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Originally delivered on 2/16/2020 5:00 pm

SUBJECT: SAYRA e-newsletter February


SAYRA e-newsletter February 2020

Commodore’s Log 

Winter, what winter?  As I write this missive, the temperature is 75 degrees in Columbia, so it’s hard to say that it’s too cold to sail.  But regardless of the temperature, there’s a cyclicality to our sport and this is the slow time of the year.  But that’s a great time to clean the boat up, check your sails and go to the SAYRA Convention!  

We had a fantastic time in Hilton Head the last week of January seeing old friends, celebrating awards and hearing about new ideas.  Blair Overman from US Sailing gave a great overview of the Seibel Sailing Program, which hopefully will inspire some SAYRA clubs or Community Sailing Programs to apply for this program.  Greg Fisher spent a fascinating few hours telling us about his experiences with the US Sailing team and ways to integrate some of the lessons he’s learned over the years into our club agendas.  Congratulations also to all the sailors and volunteers who were honored for their achievements.  The list is long so I won’t detail everyone here, but it was a deserving group of honorees!Continued...  

25th Anniversary of Charleston Race Week

Want to be involved - CRW VOLUNTEER CLICK HERE




Building a robust pathway from local sailing clubs to the US Sailing Team is a priority for the US Olympic Sailing Committee.


On the path to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the US Sailing Team is sponsoring its first nationwide initiative, the Club Challenge, which aims to raise critical money for the Team. This funding is particularly important in this Olympic year to meet the financial demands of training, travel, equipment, and coaching. It will also support the ongoing development of our younger athletes already training to represent the U.S.A. at the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games.

With the participation and support of our American sailing communities, athletes will not have to pay from their own pockets…, something that no Olympian should have to do to represent the U.S.A. 


For more information on the CLUB Challenge CLICK HERE, SAYRA has the best fan base! Register your club today and help be a part of the Sailing Team Fan base! GO Team USA!

2020 Sailing Leadership Forum by US Sailing

Thank you to ALL the South Atlantic YRA participants that went to San Diego to learn and engage in our sport and help move it forward.  More info can be found HERE on the notes taken by our Regional Sailing Rep - Treez Decker in the meantime this highlight reel showcases just a bit of what we accomplished in San Diego. Expect these great ideas to be shared at clubs around SAYRA this year.   


NSPS2021 coming to Savannah

National Sailing Program Symposium is coming to Savannah in January 28-30, 2021! This is a HUGE opportunity for our SAYRA sailors, leadership and clubs.  Please take a moment to review the schedule from 2019 event to get a flavor of the great opportunities coming your way in 2021! Save the date over 400 Sailing leaders are coming to SAYRA!2019 NSPS Schedule HERE


2020 Jr. Grand Prix Championship Series

Laser (all rigs), Sunfish, C420 (spin/trap and college style), Opti Red/White/Blue, Open Bic U13/+13)
Best 3 of 8 with 1 salt/1 fresh requirement
Opti Green Fleet Best 2 of 8 with 1 salt/fresh requirement
South Carolina YC JO Festival June 6-7 salt
Hobcaw YC Open July 11-12 salt
Carolina YC SC July 25-26 (Clinic Friday 24th) salt
Carolina YC NC August 1-2 salt
Beaufort YSC Pluff Mud Sept 19-20 salt
Lake Norman YC Board Bash Sept 26-27 fresh
Augusta SC Halloween Regatta Oct. 10-11 fresh
Columbia SC Midlands Regatta Nov. 7-8 fresh
NOR will be published by March 1st.

SAYRA PHRF Offshore Champs

Scheduled for 2020 has been posted!


March 21-22 St. Patrick's Day Regatta at

Geechee Sailing Club  


CLICK HERE for PHRF Series Information 


 Upcoming area events....  

LLSC Laser Southerns

D12 event #1




Blackbeard SC March 14th

Lake Norman YC June 6th

Register HERE



Columbia SC - Tommy Whitesides Multihull Regatta April 3-5



2020 Instructor Courses

SAYRA CLUBS thanks for organizing your courses - FULL LIST HERE

First one at CYCNC - March 7/8 and 14/15 


Helen Hanley Funding available for US Sailing training classes confirm your eligibility  CLICK HERE

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