FAQs

 

  • High school racing is governed by the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association (PCISA).
  • Currently more than 80 schools in California and Hawaii are registered in the PCISA.
  • Eligibility is open to boys and girls in ninth through twelfth grades (eighth graders can crew in double-handed boats).
  • Schools in the northern California region of PCISA sponsors regattas each school year around the San Franciso Bay area.
  • The Lake Washington Sailing Club, in West Sacramento, supports local high school teams.
  • LWSC supplies boats, coaches, trailer,s and much more.
  • We hold both weekend and weekday practices. No practices are mandatory, but we encourage athletes to attend as many as possible, and at least one each week.
  • Weekday practices are Monday & Wednesday 4pm to 7pm. Weekend practice can be either Saturday or Sunday, depending on other Lake Washington activities, from 1pm until 4pm.
  • There is no practice on weekends when there is a regatta .
  • All school teams practice together in an effort to put as many boats together as possible to more realistically simulate a regatta experience.
  • Practice will occur regardless of inclement weather so sailors should anticipate sailing in all types of weather. Coaches will make a determination at 1pm as to whether conditions warrant sailing.
  • Click here for the 2016-2017 schedule.
  • Most racers sail double-handed dinghies called the Flying Junior, or “FJ.”
  • There are also opportunities for gaining single-handed experience in Sunfish and Lasers.
  • Starting in the 2016-17 season, Lake Washington Sailing Club will be hosting the Sacramento Cup for high school regattas.
  • We will also offer opportunities to travel to the Bay Area for a few regattas throughout the season.
  • Ideally each high school team has at least two members, one skipper and one crew, but arrangements can be made for schools with only one interested sailor.
  • YES! Both skipper and crew positions are available.
  • Register Here.
  • Sailors from grade school through 2017 high school graduates (6th grade and above) can participate
  • Completed Registration Forms (Register Here)
  • Proof of swimming ability
  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • The fee for the 40-50 scheduled practice and regatta sessions scheduled for 2016-2017 is $300.
There are fees for some regattas, usually less than about $30. Those who drive Team members and/or tow boats to off-site Regattas will be reimbursed by the other families for these expenses. Some High Schools chose to purchase Team uniforms - this is also an individual responsibility and is not included in the training fee.
Participants would be expected to provide their own
  • PFD (personal floatation device)
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Closed-toe shoes (with non-marking soles)
  • Sunscreen
  • Wetsuit and other cold weather gear (for winter sailing conditions)
  • Supervised use of LWSC facilities, offering the highest standard of safe, quality access to the water
  • Supervised use of a fleet of FJs, Sunfish & Lasers
  • Safety and rescue boats on the water at all times with liability coverage under the Club's insurance policy
  • High-quality coaching during regattas and practices.
  • Sailing is a co-educational competitive sport
  • Colleges actively recruit talented sailors for their college teams
  • Sailing involves a high level of physical strength and agility; at the same time, it teaches students about navigation, physics, the marine environment, and the importance of teamwork.
  • Sailing is a worldwide activity that can take you around the globe and provide instant introduction to people in every country
  • Sailing is a physically active sport, but it is a “whole body” sport and does not require excessive use of any specific part of the body, thus no repetitive stress injuries
  • Sailing is a sport you will enjoy throughout your life