Elite Youth Laser
Training Program

Find success in the amazing Laser coaching staff to competitive sailors! Our world class coaches can bring your racing skills to the next level.

At Big Blue Sailing Academy, we provide professional instruction, racing and coaching in ILCA 4/6 (Laser 4.7 & Radials) for dedicated and experienced youth sailors in the Chesapeake Bay region. If you're an enthusiastic athlete and experienced sailor between the ages of 13-18, let's get to work!

Weekly training will include boat handling, boat speed, sail trim, one design tactics and strategy, video analysis, and age-appropriate conditioning and fitness.  Other topics will include nutrition, event preparation, weather strategy, and mental focus.

Click our registration links below to register to be an Elite Sailor!

Registration Forms

Register for our Elite Training Sessions Now!
Attendance is limited to 12 Sailors.

Elite Coaches

Mitch Brindley: Program Director and Head Coach

Morgan Collins: Assistant Director and Coach

Tyler Colvin: Technical Director and Coach

Marcelo Venturini: Coach

Facilities

Rigging, launching, and most instruction takes place at the Old Dominion University Sailing Center during the Big Blue Sailing weeks.

Hampton Yacht Club has partnered with Big Blue Sailing Academy for our amazing summer camps!

Boat storage will be available and limited charters will be available from Old Dominion University Sailing.

Pricing

The one week preseason session is $185.

Two week clinics are $740 each.
If availability exists, sailors may register on a weekly basis at $370 per week.

To charter a Laser, Big Blue Sailing Academy charges the sailor $130 per week. There are a limited number of boats available.

Additional daily regatta coaching fees and travel expenses may apply for the travel group attending out of area events coached by Big Blue Sailing Academy / Hampton Yacht Club coaches.

Eligibility

The University and NCAA regulations prohibit limiting the attendance in any way based on skill level. The only permissible limitations on attendance are number, age, grade level and/or gender.

Schedules

Actual training dates will vary based on regatta travel schedule. Sailors are encouraged to participate in travel regattas as part of the Big BlueSailing Academy / Race Team. The day after a regatta will normally be a day-off.

We are excited to partner again with Coach Pato Jamardo at Hampton Yacht Club! You can keep up to date with our coaches by looking at the schedule below.

Classes Schedule

6/6/22
-
6/10/22
Monday - Friday
1:30 - 5:30
Session:
Preseason
Location:
ODU Sailing Center
Price:
$185
Notes:

Great for those moving into the boat from Opti or other class

6/13/22
-
6/24/22
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 4:00
Session:
1
Location:
ODU Sailing Center
Price:
$740
Notes:

June 24 - 26 practice and racing at FBYC

6/27/22
-
7/7/22
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 4:00
Session:
2
Location:
Hampton Yacht Club
Price:
$740
Notes:

(Sign up with HYC) Commonwealth Cup @ HYC June 28-29

7/11/22
-
7/22/22
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 4:00
Session:
3
Location:
ODU Sailing Center
Price:
$740
Notes:
7/26/22
-
8/5/22
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 4:00
Session:
4
Location:
Hampton Yacht Club
Price:
$740
Notes:

(Signup with HYC)

Race Schedule

6/25/22
-
6/26/22
Fishing Bay Yacht Club Annual Junior Regatta
Location:

Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Deltaville, VA

Notes:
6/28/22
-
6/29/22
Commonwealth Cup / Area C Smythe
Location:

Hampton Yacht Club

Notes:
6/30/22
-
NYCC Annual Junior Regatta
Location:

Norfolk Yacht and Country Club

Notes:
6/30/22
-
7/3/22
ILCA North American's
Location:

CORK, Kingston, Canada

Notes:
7/6/22
-
Annapolis Yacht Club Junior Annual Regatta
Location:

Annapolis Yacht Club

Notes:
7/7/22
-
Sandy McVicker Regatta
Location:

Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis, MD

Notes:
7/15/22
-
7/17/22
ILCA National Championship
Location:

Brant Beach Yacht Club, NJ

Notes:
8/6/22
-
8/7/22
Maryland State Champs
Location:

Tred Avon Yacht Club

Notes:
8/6/22
-
8/7/22
CYCNC SAYRA Youth Regatta
Location:

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Notes:
8/8/22
-
8/12/22
US Sailing Junior Championships
Location:

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, MI

Notes:
6/25/22
-
6/26/22
Fishing Bay Yacht Club Annual Junior Regatta
Location:

Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Deltaville, VA

Notes:
6/28/22
-
6/29/22
Commonwealth Cup / Area C Smythe
Location:

Hampton Yacht Club

Notes:
6/30/22
-
NYCC Annual Junior Regatta
Location:

Norfolk Yacht and Country Club

Notes:
7/6/22
-
Annapolis Yacht Club Junior Annual Regatta
Location:

Annapolis Yacht Club

Notes:
7/7/22
-
Sandy McVicker Regatta
Location:

Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis, MD

Notes:
8/6/22
-
8/7/22
Maryland State Champs
Location:

Tred Avon Yacht Club

Notes:
6/30/22
-
7/3/22
ILCA North American's
Location:

CORK, Kingston, Canada

Notes:
7/15/22
-
7/17/22
ILCA National Championship
Location:

Brant Beach Yacht Club, NJ

Notes:
8/6/22
-
8/7/22
CYCNC SAYRA Youth Regatta
Location:

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Notes:
8/8/22
-
8/12/22
US Sailing Junior Championships
Location:

Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, MI

Notes: