High School Sailing

The LTYC High School Sailing Team

Lake Townsend Yacht Club is proud to offer a co-ed High School Sailing Team for 8th through 12th grade students! High School Sailing is one of the fastest growing segments of sailing in the country, with over a dozen teams competing in North Carolina alone. Regattas are designed especially for teens, with short, intense races, and are based on team competition. Teens love sailing with their friends!

High School Sailing

The High School Sailing Team

The team competes in the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association against other member teams, with cumulative scores leading to divisional and national championships. The team also competes in invitational non-point regattas against nearby teams, including teams from Raleigh, Charlotte, Oriental, Virginia and South Carolina; and competes in the monthly LTYC race series at Lake Townsend. There are two seasons per year, corresponding to the spring and fall semesters. Team members sail C420 class sailboats provided by the team.

Practices & Regattas

Practices are held weekly at Lake Townsend, usually one weekday and one weekend session per week. Please check the season schedule for dates. The spring season starts in March and runs through early June. The fall season starts in September and runs through early December.

Regattas are held on weekends, and usually require travel, although most regattas are close enough to Lake Townsend to not require overnight stays. All practices and regattas are closely supervised by the team's experienced coaches.

No practice or regatta is mandatory due to busy student schedules and other sport commitments.

High School Sailing


Team members are required to be either in the 8th grade or in high school; they must be competent swimmers; provide their own PFD and wetsuit for cool weather sailing; and must have completed a basic sailing course, such as LTYC's learn to sail class or equivalent. All team members are required to join LTYC as a student member and pay a nominal participation fee per semester to cover expenses and to maintain the team's equipment. Members are not required to provide their own boats!


For further information and to apply, contact Mark Hayes.

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