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CISA – Advanced Racing Seminar April 12-15

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Teenage sailors looking to raise their games have until Feb. 1 to sign up for the California International Sailing Association’s 30th annual Advanced Racing Clinic April 12-15, Thursday through Sunday, at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.

World-class competitors will tutor participants from across North America in Lasers, Laser Radials, Club 420s, International 420s, Club FJs and 29ers. Last year an elite staff of instructors including recent Olympic competitors showed 130 boys and girls ages 13 to 18 what it would take to sail in their shoes. The four typical 12-hour days mixed on-shore lectures with on-the-water drills focused on tactics, sail trim and boat handling.

Participants will be selected based on the résumés presented on their applications, which are available online at

Fees are $375 per Laser or Radial and $750 per Club 420, International 420, Club FJ or 29er ($375 per sailor). The fee includes three dinners. Fee payments and medical and liability forms must be mailed to: CISA, Marylee Goyan, P.O. Box 180580, Coronado, CA 92178

Director Robbie Dean has lined up a staff of instructors including Olympic medalist Pease Glaser and 2004 Olympians Isabelle Kinsolving and Peter Wells. Those three will be working with the 420 dinghy class, along with Jamie Malm and Jonathan Farrar.

Nick Adamson and Brett Davis will tutor the Lasers, Carisa Harris and Adam Deermount the Laser Radials, Jay Kehoe the CFJ dinghies and Zack Maxam the 29ers.

The clinic also will serve as a prep for this year’s Club 420 North American high school sailing National championships for the Mallory Trophy, which will be sailed at the same venue.

Dean said he attended “five or six” clinics as a teenager and the program worked for him, although it was intimidating at first.

“Definitely. It was windy and I was a little kid and we were sailing Laser 2s with those big spinnakers.”

But, he said, “At the end of my junior sailing career I had won the [U.S.] Youth Championship and also the Laser 2 world championship.”

The instruction is non-stop. A typical CISA clinic means four 12-hour days spent on and off the water, with full-on racing the final day.

“It forces you to go a hundred per cent the whole time,” said Myles Gutenkunst, 18, of Mill Valley, Calif., who attended his fifth clinic last year. “You’re forced to do a lot of things you don’t do in local regattas.”

CISA, founded in 1971, supports amateur sailors by providing travel grants for regional, national and international competition and funds local sailing programs and racing clinics. With assistance from CISA, 35 sailors attended the recent Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami.

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