CBYRA has published the 2016 Junior Regatta schedule. Ranging from single day events to large 2-day events – there’s something for all juniors and most events should have Radials and Standards – although check with event organizers. The largest that will surely have at least one class of Laser have been added to the D11 calendar.
A number of the events are packed into a 3 week period allowing maximum opportunities to compete before the longer distance travel events in late July.
Note there are a few events that are not strictly Junior events. Some like FBYC and Oxford Annual regattas in August will have combined Junior and Adult fleets. Others like the VA Governors Cup at Ware River will have separate junior and adult courses with separate racing.
ILCA-NA has announced the qualification system for the 2012 Worlds. Sailors can qualify for the Standard, Radial, Women’s Radial, Junior Radial, 4.7 and Master’s Worlds through their participation at 2011 events.
The Complete 2012 Worlds Qualification System is posted here. Check out the 2012 planning grid to see where the various World Championships will be held in 2012.
Of most interest will likely be the 2012 Masters Worlds Qualification requirements. The basic gist of it is that Masters Sailors who have finished well at a major event or participated in Worlds before get first priority, then it moves down to sailors who finished in the top 20% of their fleet at a qualifying regatta. As of 2011 the Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship is now one of the qualifying regattas so finishing in the top 20% in your age bracket could help qualify you for Worlds.
The 2010 season just barely ended and your fleet captains have been hard at work preparing the 2011 schedule. The captains have been working together to work out conflicts while picking the best days for sailing. The schedule has a variety of events from Portsmouth long distance races, to junior regattas, to two-day annual regattas, to our premiere event the District 11 Championship. Many of the events this year will include starts for Radials in addition to Standard rigs.
Check out the first draft of the 2011 schedule posted on the website. Some of these dates are subject to change, but in just a few weeks they should be finalized. Start picking out the weekends of the can’t-be-missed regattas and circle those weekends on your calendar today!