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Originally delivered on 8/18/2020 3:01 pm

SUBJECT: SAYRA e-newsletter August


SAYRA e-newsletter August 2020

Commodore’s Log 

Although the disruption from the pandemic continues to disrupt our racing schedule this summer, I am heartened by the reports of successful sailing camps and “light touch” junior regattas.  In addition, sailing activity at the Club level seems to be picking up.  Although it’s only one data point, I know that the summer dinghy series at the Columbia Sailing Club has enjoyed its highest participation in years, thanks to a combination of promotion and people staying close to home.  I don’t think this is isolated however, based on the anecdotes that I hear from around our region. Continued.... 

US Sailing takes the lead on an important Conversations - Increasing Diversity, Equity and inclusion in the Sport of Sailing

VIDEO and Letter from CEO

NBC news report on Jackson Park YC here


SAYRA PHRF Offshore Champs

2020 PHRF Series continues in AUGUST!


August 22nd - Hook Ocean Race

August 29-30th - Wassaw Cup Savannah YC

Oct 10-11th - SCYC Ocean Challenge


CLICK HERE for PHRF Series Information & current results 

One Design Central HERE

Ratings Racing / Portsmouth Yardstick

Ratings racing is a type of fleet racing and is typically done by a fleet comprised of a variety of one design boats.  This may be a great solution for an organization or location that doesn't have enough of any  single kind of one-design boat to create its own fleet but when grouped together can form a combined fleet.

Portsmouth Yardstick is ​one of the most widely used handicapping system.  It is based on average historic performance data ​of a class to assign a "rating" to each One Design boat in the fleet. The Portsmouth Yardstick is a handicapping system that allows multiple classes of one designs and other smaller boats to sail on the same starting line and race course with corrected time results. The winner is determined by the formula provided in the rating rule.

 Portsmouth Yard Stick Start line

Race Start for a Rating Race


 US Sailing has partnered with the RYA to create a more robust platform for Portsmouth Yardstick Racing using the PYOnline platform. The new PYOnline platform is exclusively for US Sailing member organizations. PYOnline will produce updated ratings for each class after a day or event of sailing.

Key Advantages:

  • PY Online streamlines submitting race results digitally, with the potential to update ratings on a daily basis.
  • Each Club has their own portal in PY Online allowing local updates to specific classes for better racing based upon local conditions.
  • The ratings will become more accurate over time, ensuring that competition stays fresh on the water. This means no one boat or class is guaranteed a win or loss based upon ratings alone.
  • US Sailing will update the national ratings for a given class on an annual basis, based upon the ratings used by the individual clubs.

Portsmouth Yardstick racing becomes better, more robust and more fun with more clubs and sailors participating. Please consider adding a mixed fleet racing event or series to your calendar. Contact with any questions or to discuss how PYOnline can help your organization.


 Meet the new SAYRA Program Directors....  


Carolina Yacht Club  NC/ CYCNC Jr Racing Team

Jack Gower

Recent graduate of Jacksonville University Business Administration and part of the very successful sailing team - reaching the National Finals in 2019! He sails Lasers, C420 and just about anything else he can jump on. 

Jack has been a racing team coach the past few summers at CYCNC and steps into the director role confident and ready to continue developing this strong program! CYCNC Is continuing their program with Endless Summer focusing on High School 420 Program development! Unique to CYCNC is the long standing tradition of James Match Race held in early Fall. Jack wants to incorporate more Match and Team racing into the programing to expand the skills of all sailors young and old. This summer the successful Adult SIP and Sail continued along with WOW offered during youth camps for the Mom's to get in on the fun! CYCNC is excited to host a USODA SE Champs this fall October 8-11 and work on developing the local High School teams preparing for a spring season in 2021! 


Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club / Beaufort Community Sailing and Boating

Danielle Feerst

Welcome Danielle to the BYSC Activities and Sailing Director position! Originally from Charleston with a background of optis and C420. She studied at Tufts with a Masters in Occupation Therapy and now part of 401 Accelerator/Incubator program in Charleston, SC for small business in special education and healthcare and excited to bring her passion for innovation, youth leadership, and outdoor programming to Beaufort. She has prior programming experience with Community Boating in Boston on the Charles River specifically the Universal Adaptive Program.

Danielle’s vision is to bring family-friendly events to the Beaufort Community that will improve the moral and mental health of individuals during the time of Covid-19. Her mission is to improve, grow, and expand the sailing and boating programming for all ages and abilities at BYSC/BCSB. Already off to a great start will a full Fall program offering and brining more opportunities of community based sailing to the area. 


Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club

Pluff MudInvitational

September 12-13

 This years Pluff Mud Championship is ON! The 2020 event will be an Invitational for Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Opti RWB & Opti Green Fleet. This is an invitational event please see NOTICE of Race for details. 

Details HERE


Lake Norman Yacht Club 


September 26-27

This one's for you! That's right... Vanguard 15, Laser (all sail sizes),MC Scow, O'Pen Skiff, C420, Sunfish and Optimist (R,W,B)!  Register by September 12th, for $10.00 discount! 




South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association
PO Box 12493    Charleston, SC 29422