Practices & Regattas
High School Practices and Regattas
All sailors are expected to rig (set up) and derig (take down) boats for practice. Sailing teams focus on team racing, strategic and tactical training, and physical fitness. Drills performed at practice will foster experience to properly prepare a sailor for regattas. Many practices will include mini-races to offer sailors opportunity to try, fail and ultimately succeed at racing.
Spring season: March 28 – May 13, 2021.
Fall season: Aug. 24 – Oct. 28, 2021.
This season, we will be dividing our group into 3 separate sailing groups, by school, to ensure social distancing on shore and to continue to provide excellent instruction both on and off the water. Each of these groups will get to sail against the other at least 1 evening per week. Practices will take place Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening. Boats should be rigged and ready to sail at 5 pm.
Group 1: Gahanna, CSG, Upper Arlington, Dublin Jerome, New Albany, Thomas Worthington, Granville.
Group 2: Berlin, Olentangy, Orange, Bexley, Buckeye Lake HS Program
Group 3: Liberty, Westerville North, DeSales, Watterson, Westerville Central, Worthington Kilbourne
Beginning HS Sailing Sailing Clinic: July 6-9, 2021
In this week long training camp, we’ll focus on boathandling, basic rules of the road, fitness, proper sailing conditioning and short course race tactics.
Pre-season HS Sailing Clinic: August 2-6, 2021
This week long clinic is limited to the first 30 sailors that sign up. The coaching staff will be onsite this week to evaluate the sailors and start pairing up teams for the fall season.
Hoover Sailing Club also offers opportunities for students to join their Junior Race Team.
Fall Pre-season Clinic
Saturday August 21, 2021, 10 am-4:30 pm. This clinic will focus on boat-handling, race course strategy and tactics, and boat speed. We encourage our sailors to come with a partner in mind and be ready to work together for the season.
Head Coach: Jamie Jones
Coach Jones has coached youth, high school and collegiate sailors for over 25 years. He’s currently the Program Director of Hoover Sailing Club’s Learn to Sail program, the Head Racing Coach for the Denison University Sailing Team and the Head Coach of the Central Ohio High School Sailing Association, comprising 11 local Central Ohio High Schools. In 2017, Jamie was recognized by US Sailing as its Outstanding Organizational Leader. Jamie was STEM Instructor Certified through US Sailing’s Reach program in 2014. He’s currently serving US Sailing as the Regional Training Coordinator for our area, as the Junior Championship Chair. He sits on the Community Sailing Committee providing guidance to all Learn to Sail programs in the Midwest. In 2017, Jamie was appointed a voting board position as Area Director, MISSA East for HS Sailing. He’s an accomplished sailor and races competitively with his family and kids.
Assistant Coach: Dave Alvarado
Our Head Race Team coach also fills in as our Assistant High School coach. Dave has been coaching young sailors off and on for the past 14 years. He’s a US Sailing Level 2 Certified instructor, past Junior National Champion in the Interlake Sailing Class and a former high school and collegiate sailor.