Exciting News:  The Victoria Sailing School has contracted with North Sails to host one of their North U. March Racing Clinics in Denver starting on Friday evening, April 29th through Sunday late afternoon, May 1st, 2016.  (Friday during the day is optional).

So - what is Match Racing?  Below is the definition provided by U.S. Sailing.

"Made popular by the America's Cup, match racing pits one boat against another around a short two-lap windward/leeward course.  This race format emphasizes the need for great boat speed, strong boat handling, teamwork, and communication.  match racing will improve all aspects of your sailing, specifically your time-on-distance skills, starting line positioning, understanding of the rules, short course strategy and boat on boat tactics.  Additionally, the tournament-style format makes it fun by maximizing the number of races per day."

Who is running the North U Match Racing Clinic?

The North U Match Racing Clinic will be coached by Dave Perry. Dave is the Chairman of the US Sailing Match Racing Committee, a coach for the 2009-2012 US Women's Olympic Match Racing effort, a five-time U.S. National Match Racing champion, and a two-time Congressional Cup champion.  His full bio is in the last section of this article.

 What material will be covered?

Dave will teach the tactics and strategies needed to understand and enjoy Match Racing, including the Pre-Start, Upwind and Downwind Tactics, and Killing Penalties. On the water, Dave will run the sailors through all the scenarios, with on-the-spot feedback, and video replay after sailing. In addition, he will give much instruction and feedback on how to sail a small keelboat fast.

What will the schedule be?

  • Friday, April 29:   (optional) 2:00pm – 5:30pm – meet at the Chatfield Reservoir.

    • Boat Handling and Boat Speed Practice and Coaching on the water

    • 6;30 - Dinner at the Victoria Sailing School classroom (1776 S. Jackson St.).

    • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Intro to match Racing and Tactics in the prestart.

  • Saturday, April 30, 8:30 a.m.

    • meet at the Victoria Sailing School classroom.

    • 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prestart tactics.

    • 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on the water - racing.

    • 6;30 - Dinner at the Victoria Sailing School classroom (1776 S. Jackson St.), provided by the Sailing School.

    • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Clinic and video debrief

  • Sunday, May 1:  8:30 a.m.

    • meet at the Victoria Sailing School classroom.

    • 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prestart tactics.

    • 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on the water - racing.

Target Sailors?

The clinic is for sailors of all levels who are interested in learning about match racing in small keelboats, and in raising their sailing skill level. No match racing or keelboat sailing experience is needed or expected.

Priority will be given to current Why Buy members.  There are 24 spaces available.

Dave will teach the tactics and strategies needed to understand and enjoy Match Racing, including the Pre-Start, Upwind and Downwind Tactics, and Killing Penalties. On the water, Dave will run the sailors through all the scenarios, with on-the-spot feedback, and video replay after sailing. In addition, he will give much instruction and feedback on how to sail a small keelboat fast.

Meals / Water?

Dinner Friday and Saturday evening is included in the entry fee. Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunches and water.

What is the cost of the clinic?

The cost for the clinic will be $60 and this will include dinner Thursday evening (probably pizza), Friday evening

 Dave Perry Bio.

  • Professional Sailor

  • Coach  / Consultant

  • Rules Expert

  • Author of three books on racing

    • Winning in One-Designs

    • Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing

    • Dave Perry's 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes

  • 2011, 2008, 2006, 1982 & 2015 U.S. Match Racing Champion (POW Trophy)

  • 2010 Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup winner

  • 2009 Seawanhaka Cup winner

  • 2009 North American representative at ISAF Nations Cup

  • 2007 South American Racing Champion

  • 1998 & 1992 Knickerbocker Cup winner

  • 1984 & 1983 Congressional Cup winner

  • 1991 - 1992 Rules adviser for II Moro di Venezia (Italian America's Cup Challenger)

  • 2006 - 2007 Rules adviser and afterguard coach for Victory Challenge (Swedish America's Cup Challenger)

  • 2011 - 2013 & 2015 - 2017 Rules Adviser for Artemis Racing (Swedish America's Cup Challenger)

  • 2008 & 2012 - 2017 Rules Adviser for U.S. Olympic Sailing Team, and for Sally Barkow's team in particular

  • U.S. Sailing National Judge

  • Chairman of the U.S> Sailing Appeals Committee & Match Racing Committee

  • National Champion in Collegiate Sailing (Yale), Ideal 18's and Tasar's

 

Made popular by the America’s Cup, match racing pits one boat against another around a short two-lap windward/leeward course. This race format emphasizes the need for great boat speed, strong boat handling, teamwork and communication. Match racing will improve all aspects of your sailing, specifically your time-on-distance skills, starting line positioning, understanding of the rules, short course strategy and boat-on-boat tactics. Additionally, the tournament-style format makes it fun by maximizing the number of races per day. - See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/racing/small-boat-racing/match/#sthash.qJWQEDGV.dpuf
Made popular by the America’s Cup, match racing pits one boat against another around a short two-lap windward/leeward course. This race format emphasizes the need for great boat speed, strong boat handling, teamwork and communication. Match racing will improve all aspects of your sailing, specifically your time-on-distance skills, starting line positioning, understanding of the rules, short course strategy and boat-on-boat tactics. Additionally, the tournament-style format makes it fun by maximizing the number of races per day. - See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/racing/small-boat-racing/match/#sthash.qJWQEDGV.dpuf
Made popular by the America’s Cup, match racing pits one boat against another around a short two-lap windward/leeward course. This race format emphasizes the need for great boat speed, strong boat handling, teamwork and communication. Match racing will improve all aspects of your sailing, specifically your time-on-distance skills, starting line positioning, understanding of the rules, short course strategy and boat-on-boat tactics. Additionally, the tournament-style format makes it fun by maximizing the number of races per day. - See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/racing/small-boat-racing/match/#sthash.qJWQEDGV.dpuf
Made popular by the America’s Cup, match racing pits one boat against another around a short two-lap windward/leeward course. This race format emphasizes the need for great boat speed, strong boat handling, teamwork and communication. Match racing will improve all aspects of your sailing, specifically your time-on-distance skills, starting line positioning, understanding of the rules, short course strategy and boat-on-boat tactics. Additionally, the tournament-style format makes it fun by maximizing the number of races per day. - See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/racing/small-boat-racing/match/#sthash.qJWQEDGV.dpuf
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