JSA of LIS Midwinter Meeting March 4 at Larchmont YC

Registration is now open for the JSA of LIS Midwinter Meeting with program management sessions on Saturday March 4 at Larchmont YC.

– Doors open at 0815 with coffee/tea and bagels.
– The meeting from 0845 to 1230 is free to all who register in advance.
– An optional lunch following the meeting encourages networking.
– You may register online at this link. Or simply email the JSA office with names of the attendees from your club who will stay for lunch (prepaid: $25 for JSA members or $30 non-JSA attendees).

The Midwinter Meeting will have valuable presentations, with information and recommendations to enhance and grow your junior program. The agenda may be viewed at this link.
Sessions will include:
– Updates on JSA initiatives for 2017
– Several JSA clubs have been successful with broadening their junior programming to include non-racing sessions, known as “adventure sailing.” Tim Doolin from Larchmont Shore, JP Blaise from Seawanhaka, Nicky Souter from Riverside and Julie O’Shea from Shelter Island will share their stories about what adventure sailing looks like at their clubs.
– Growing a successful junior racing program will be discussed by champion sailors Steve Benjamin and Gary Knapp. Each of them started their sailing careers at the Seawanhaka junior sailing program, first competing at JSA events, then at college and all the way to the international/Olympic level. Steve will describe US Sailing’s position on best track from junior sailing to international and Olympic sailing, from his experience as a former board member of US Sailing. Gary will share best practices on how to be a “‘supportive parent,” as father of a daughter who has competed successfully at the JSA and the national level.
– Expanded Junior Big Boat Sailing events will be described by Stu Johnstone from J/Boats and Iris Vogel from YRA of LIS.
– Champion sailor John Fallon from Norwalk YC will describe how your club’s program can introduce junior sailors to the excitement and skill of team racing, how it differs from fleet racing and how to grow team racing at your club.
– Advanced sail racing teams can provide services during the summer to support JSA member club junior programs. Beth Danilek from LISOT and Tom Rice from LIMA will discuss some of the services they are able to offer.

Club representatives are all welcome, including Flag Officers, Junior Program Delegates, Chairs, Sailing Committees, Program Directors and Head Instructors. An important benefit of coming to this meeting is the people you will rub shoulders with during breaks, or find yourself sitting next to during the optional lunch that follows the meeting.