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Originally delivered on 2/18/2022 10:00 am

SUBJECT: SAYRA e-newsletter February 2022

Commodores Notes February

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Committee Meetings or Annual Meetings for the SAYRA AGM this past January. Lots of content was shared and all the presentations are on the website HERE. 

Special thank you to all the clubs and individuals/families that contributed to the Helen Hanley Fund, over $17,000 was pledged. It is not too late to send in your donation CLICK HERE for details. Another record year of fundraising to support our US Sailing Training and Championship participation. Check out the HH donor list which is being updated often! 

Please don't forget to send in your Calendar Club Open Events to the SAYRA Calendar - it is looking like a very active year for our region! Thank you everyone for your support of SAYRA and if you have any questions - let me know. 

Commodore Pete - 

Certified Officials & Instructor Coverage

The Commerical Insurance 2-16-22 announcement by US Sailing this week on coverage for certified officials and instructors has led to many questions. Please, all clubs need to confirm their coverage. Gowrie has provided a FAQ on the coverage changes that might help you navigate this. 

Smythe & Bemis Semi-finals @ CYCSC

Save the date - SMYTHE (ILCA Radial) and BEMIS (C420) will be held in conjunction with the Carolina Yacht Club SC Junior Regatta - May 14-15. More details coming. 

Sears (triple handed) TBD

Junior Program Lunch-n-Learn Feb. 8th

Thank you to Jodi Weinbecker, Waterfront Director from Florida Yacht Club and Kate O'Donnel from CYCSC for presentations on Tuesday, Feb. 8th about Instructor Hiring - Building, growing and strengthening your Youth Programming - It's all about the people! 

Full presentation, recording and Reference files can be found on our website NOTES

Thank you to the program leaders for participating the dialog & Q&A was very good. 

Race Management Courses


Online - April 18-22(instructor JD Rosser & Jerry Thompson)

In person - Feb. 26 @ Atlanta YC(Instructor JD Rosser)

Need a Race Official - CLICK HERE!

US Sailing Instructor Courses

Classes are being scheduled in or near SAYRA, courses being added weekly:

LEVEL 1 **Must take Level 1 ONLINE portion PRIOR to in person class**

  • Lake Lanier Sailing Club - April 9-10
  • Columbia Sailing Club - May 7-8
  • Carolina Yacht Club NC - May 7-8
  • Lake Norman YC - May 29-30
  • Friends of NC Maritime Museum - June 4-5

LEVEL 3 - Head Instructor Course **ONLINE**

  • Starts March 4th 

ONLINE REACH (STEM) Educator Course Starts April 8th 

  • The Online Reach (STEM) Educator course prepares you to teach STEM concepts using sailing as a learning platform. Over the course of 10 days, you will participate in live webinars, engage in meaningful discussion groups, and view Reach in action through videos from events, student sessions and more! Don't miss the opportunity to expand your skill set and start using Reach at your sailing program. The next course starts February 11th! 

Course Calendar gets updated often CHECK HERE

Submit a HOST A COURSE Application

Remember Helen Hanley Training Grants are available for those eligible.

Hands-On Safety at Sea Training

Hands-On Safety at Sea Training demand for certificates is at an all-time high! As we get back into the swing of things prior to the upcoming season and with big offshore races on the calendar, we are looking for hosts for courses across the country. Demand will outpace course availability. You can help!

Please consider hosting two “hands-on,” one-day courses back-to-back to help sailors complete training for their International Offshore Safety at Sea Certificates with hands-on training that meets World Sailing Guidelines. We are looking for Host Organizers for courses to run this spring, through the summer/fall and into 2023. If your organization is interested in hosting a Safety at Sea Course,
CLICK HERE. If you would like more information, email

PHRF Offshore Championship Series

The SAYRA 2022 PHRF Offshore Championship Series is a series of events that is not only challenging for the competitors but promotes participation and fun for all who compete. This Series will consist of several SAYRA member clubs' existing regattas and races, whose results will be used to gain points towards the SAYRA 2022 PHRF Offshore Championship. Points shall be awarded for both participation and performance throughout the series. For further information please contact SAYRA Championship Committee Chair Patrick Aulton Chisum,

Upcoming Events:

March 19-20   St. Patrick's Day Regatta Geechee Sailing Club

April 2-3          Santa Elena Regatta Beaufort YSC

Why SAYRA Individual Membership?

South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association is the regional organization that supports the NC, SC and Georgia area. We provide training opportunities, regional communications, provide Club, PHRF/Offshore and Jr Series Championship opportunities, administer the Helen Hanley Memorial Fund and most of all support all sailing efforts in this region. 

For a list of the Member clubs in SAYRA - Click here. 

We ask that you join as an individual ($25 family, $15 individual, $5 junior). PDF form or join online at or having problems review the LOGIN instructions.  

D12 ILCA Schedule 2022
  • Savannah YC June 4-5
  • James Island YC June 18-19 *
  • Carolina YC SC July 30-31
  • Carolina YC NC August 6-7 (ILCA GP Pts) *
  • Board Bash Lake Norman YC Sept. 24-25 *
  • Halloween Augusta SC October 9-10 *
  • Midlands Columbia SC November 5-6 *

Best 4 of 7 series for ILCA 4,6 & 7

Must be a ILCA Class member to qualify for series

Low Point Scoring, Series NOR on WEBSITE 

*SAYRA Jr. Grand Prix

Geechee Sailing Club St. Patrick's Day Regatta

Geechee Sailing Club - 43rd Annual St. Patrick's Regatta

SAYRA PHRF Offshore Championships Series

To kick off the official racing season for 2022, the Geechee Sailing Club will again host their St. Patrick's Regatta - for the 43rd year - on March 19 & 20.

Continuing with the format introduced in 2020, there will again be regular Fleet Races (at least three) on Saturday, then the Pursuit Race on Sunday.

More Details:


Welcome Chatham Sailing Club

Chatham Sailing Club was formed in 2009 by, and for, sailors in the Savannah, Georgia area to fill in the gaps between existing sailing clubs schedules. By doing so we hope to provide sailors of all ages the opportunity to participate in sailing activities including racing, cruising, social events, and regattas according to their own busy schedules. In addition, we will provide a physical location on the water to host activities and provide our members with a clubhouse and dock space to use under terms set forth by the board. By having this location, we hope to increase participation in the Savannah area. Chatham Sailing Club is a 100% volunteer-based organization. Website:

2022 SAYRA Calendar

Get your Club OPEN events in the SAYRA schedule. Check out the current list HERE and submit dates/events to 

Upcoming Events
Friday, February 18
LMYRA - Spring Skippers Meeting
Saturday, February 19
Neuse YRA - Commodore's Ball Regatta
Saturday, March 5
LMYRA - Race Island 1
Saturday, March 12
LLSC - J24 Atlanta Cup
LMYRA - Race Bouy 2-3
AYC - Super Saturday ILCA
Sunday, March 13
LLSC - J24 Atlanta Cup
LNYC - Keelboat Midwinters / Highlander Midwinters
Monday, March 14
LNYC - Keelboat Midwinters / Highlander Midwinters
Saturday, March 19
Geechee Sailing Club - 43rd Annual St. Patrick's Regatta
AYC - Y Flyer Midwinters
Sunday, March 20
Geechee Sailing Club - 43rd Annual St. Patrick's Regatta
AYC - Y Flyer Midwinters
Monday, March 21
AYC - Y Flyer Midwinters
Tuesday, March 22
AYC - Y Flyer Midwinters
Friday, March 25
Columbia SC - Nor'easter Regatta (Ensign & J24)
Saturday, March 26
Columbia SC - Nor'easter Regatta (Ensign & J24)
Sunday, March 27
Columbia SC - Nor'easter Regatta (Ensign & J24)
Saturday, April 2
BYSC - Santa Elena Regatta - Jean Ribaut Cup
LLSC - Dogwood Regatta
Sunday, April 3
LLSC - Dogwood Regatta
BYSC - Santa Elena Regatta - Pedro Menendez Cup
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