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Friday, December 09, 2016 


Team racing is the most fun and fastest growing form of the sport with more action per minute than any other sailboat racing you will experience. Whether you are a one design fleet racer or a big boat racer, we promise that you will enjoy team racing. Team racing is also a great way to improve your skills. It will improve your starting, tactics, boat handling, and your understanding of the rules. We have events for everyone including novices, juniors, masters, and experts. There are opportunities for members of any experience level to crew and skipper. There is an emphasis on getting those new or inexperienced in team racing to join us. We are inviting everyone from juniors looking to take their sailing to the next level to experienced offshore sailors looking for something new and fun. Consider the winter team racing and the Saturday club series. Both these events are focused on learning all phases of team racing. All members are strongly encouraged to join us, a space will be made available for all that attend. 

If you are interested in team racing please email us at An invitation will be returned to you to join the web site with schedule, roster, and write-ups. There is even a free iPhone app. Phone calls are also welcome whether you have questions or would just like to chat about team racing. Hope to see you out there!

Seawanhaka & Team Racing 
Seawanhaka has long been involved in Team Racing. Seawanhaka may in fact be the first club in the United States to initiate Team Racing - on an International level with the creation of the British - American Cup. 

Seawanhaka has continued that tradition with the Commodores International Cup ("CIC") against the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club and the Islands International Challenge Cup (I²C²) against the Daring Class. These International Team Race competitions have been well established over the decades. 

The Team comes first 
Team racing is the only form of racing in which you can win a race without crossing the finish line first. The outcome of a race between two teams - variations include two boats against two boats, three-on-three, and four-on-four - is determined by their combined scores. For the most part, we will race three-on-three and four-on-four. The racing is best when two teams are evenly matched and the sailors understand that a selfless move (often sacrificing position) can benefit their team. Individual honor is sacrificed for the Team benefit. 

Sailors of all specialties are valued in team racing. You can contribute your area of expertise - foredeck, trimming, helming, strategy, rules, short-course know-how, or physical strength - to a team's winning effort. Get involved, have some fun! 

Team Racing Skill Levels 
Advanced: Extensive team racing and/or match racing experience. Proficient at racing the types of boats being sailed. Has competed at a National/International level. 

Intermediate: Some team-racing knowledge and experience. Competes (as skipper or crew in the top half of keelboat fleets such as Sonar. Has experience competing outside Seawanhaka. The majority of team racers at Seawanhaka. 

Beginner: No team-racing experience and some experience at the helm of keelboats such as a Sonar. 

The Boat - Sonar 
Seawanhaka is fortunate enough to own a fleet of Sonars purchased and maintained for the purpose of advancing Team Racing and Match Racing at Seawanhaka. The money for these Sonars has been donated over the past few years by the Seawanhaka membership to purchase these. The Sonar boat is a familiar boat to Seawanhaka sailors. In addition to the Sonar fleet, ladies sailing utilizes the Sonar, which is similar to the Shields or J-24. The Sonar is not overly physical and is easy to learn for everyone. 

Open to all SCYC members, spouses, or children. Those who attend will be broken up into 2 evenly matched Teams; multiple starts and races will be run by the Race Committee during the normal schedule; an "instructor" will be present in a whaler to direct the racing, offering on-the-water critiques and off-the-water debriefing.

Click here to view the Team Racing Website with additional information

2016 Team Racing Committee

Past-Commodore Alfred C. Constants III, Co-Chair
Peter Troxler, Co-Chair
Priscilla Constants
George Ellis
Joel Hanneman
E. Eric Johnson
Thomas Kinney
Colin Kennedy
Robyn Philip-Norton

For any questions or if you are interested in joining Team Racing, please email

2016 Team Racing Calendar- Click here
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