Final Days to Sign Up for the 2014 McIntyre Team Racing Clinegatta


Junior sailors compete in SUNY Maritime’s C420s.

Are you a high school sailor looking to improve your team racing skills, or even become a better fleet racer?  The McIntyre Trophy Team Racing Championship Clinegatta is the perfect event for you to attend to kick off the summer racing season.  The clinegatta takes place at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, July 7 to 9 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). Part of the time is a clinic to enhance your team racing skills, while the rest of your time will be devoted to intense racing that will be hard to forget.

The JSA of LIS has room for more teams – so if you want to go, be sure to ask your club to register a team of 6 sailors by the end of the day July 5. If your club has some sailors who wish to sail in the event, but not enough for a full team of six, please contact the JSA office at so JSA may act as matchmaker with available sailors from another club.

The coaching team of three top-notch college coaches is also a great reason to sail in the McIntyre.  Lead coach Brian Clancy is the head coach of the Cornell University Sailing Team; coach John Pearce is the head coach of George Washington University’s sailing team; and coach Chris Klevan is the assistant sailing coach at the US Coast Guard Academy.

The McIntyre is open to all levels of sailors: veteran high school team racer, never team raced before, or anywhere in between.  SUNY Maritime provides the equipment and boats, all of which are in excellent condition – All you need to bring is your personal sailing gear such as PFDs, and lunch.

Besides being very intense and incredibly exciting, team racing actually helps you improve your fleet racing skills as well!  Anyone who has team raced before will tell you that boat-handling is key for team racing, and by practicing your boat-handling in an intense environment such as team racing, you will inevitably improve your boat-handling for fleet races.  In addition to that, team racing demands a very close understanding of the racing rules of sailing, which can help with fleet racing as well.