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St Thomas, VI
Performance Race WeeK

Welcome to American Sailing's mid-winter Performance Race Week powered by North U. Held at the prestigious St. Thomas Sailing Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands this clinic will help you master racing trim, helming, and boat handling. Seasoned coaches aboard high-performance IC-24s will be your guide through practical on-water training and races, shoreside seminars, and insightful video reviews.

Feb 5th - 9th, 2024
Mar 4th - 8th, 2024
St Thomas, VI
2,490 / person
Race Ready IC-24s
5 Day On-The-Water Clinic
Coach Onboard for All 5 Days
Classroom Sessions
Video Debriefs
Full Crew Discounts
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“Performance Race Week is about getting faster and smarter, and while a sunburn will soon fade, the memories and the lessons will last a lifetime.”

Read the article by Dave Reed from Sailing World
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COURSE OVERVIEW

The North U Performance Race Week is an intensive five day clinic designed to elevate your competitive sailing skills. The curriculum covers every facet of racing trim, helming, and boat handling, with special attention given to tactical decision-making. Participants receive on-the-water coaching aboard IC-24s, combined with comprehensive shoreside seminars and detailed video reviews. You will improve your skills in every facet of racing trim, tactics, boat handling, and driving; and return home a better, more versatile racer.

The Clinic

The clinic teaches refined techniques to transform you from a racer into a winner.  Sailboat racing is a complex endeavor drawing upon a broad mix of skills. Every sailor has strengths and weaknesses in their skill set.  We’ll improve areas of weakness and build on your strengths to send you home a better, more versatile racer.  By having your coach on board we are able to focus on your particular skill set.

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The Coaches

North U coaches combine championship racing skills with years of coaching experience. With just four sailors plus a coach aboard each boat you’ll get close personal attention. Just to be clear: The coaches will NOT be sailing the boats. You and your team do all the sailing.

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The Boats - IC-24

The IC-24 is a comfortable, responsive, stable racing boat with a large open cockpit providing room for each crew member to do their job. The full array of sail controls allow training in proper trim through the full range of conditions. Their responsive nature makes them excellent for learning and improving trimming skills.

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The Books

Performance Racing Trim and Performance Racing Tactics are the best sailboat racing textbooks out there. Written by North U Director Bill Gladstone, and packed with illustrations, and practical techniques, they make the perfect companion to this clinic. The books are NOT included with the class. If you don’t already own them, they are available at a 15% discount to participants.  Details will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

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The program was exceptional! The onboard coaches are the best out there and the racing drills help improve your sailing & racing skills. Plus every day is followed up with an extensive review. Whether you want a refresher course, or you want to participate in world-class regattas, this is the program for you.RG & SG ~ Miami, FL

ST. THOMAS

St. Thomas is a Caribbean island that belongs to the United States Virgin Islands. It is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts, as it has consistent trade winds, calm waters, and beautiful scenery. Typical air temperatures for February/March are around 82 degrees, with sea temperatures around 78 degrees.

The island features a stunning coastline, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life. St. Thomas has many natural harbors and bays, such as Charlotte Amalie, Red Hook and Honeymoon Beach, where sailors can anchor their boats and enjoy the island's amenities. In addition to sailing there are wonderful beaches, world-class snorkeling, and historical sites to visit - the ultimate destination for sailors who love adventure, beauty, and culture.

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THE SAILING VENUE

The clinic takes place at the St. Thomas Sailing Center. It is part of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious yacht clubs in the Caribbean. The sailing center is located on Cowpet Bay on the southeast corner of the island, a couple of miles from the town of Red Hook.

Performance Race Week participants also receive a 30-day Blue Water Membership to St. Thomas Yacht Club which grants full access to the club and various amenities including the patio, bar, and galley. As a Blue Water Member, there is also the option to sail on the IC-24s before/after the clinic.

Accommodations

There is a variety of accommodations within the vicinity of the sailing center, ranging from hotels and resorts to vacation rentals and villas. We recommend choosing something in the immediate Cowpet Bay area, so you can enjoy a short convenient walk to St. Thomas Yacht Club! Download the St. Thomas Sailing Center Accommodations Guide. If you’re considering sharing accommodations with other sailors please let us know and we can put you in touch with other sailors in the same situation.

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This has been an amazing and invaluable experience for me. I learned more than I ever knew there was to learn. The combination of on-the-water sessions and classroom instruction was great. I would highly recommend it to all sailors and teams.L.Q. ~ New York, NY

The Schedule

The clinic starts at 8:30am on Monday so plan to arrive at least 1 day before. If your schedule permits, try and arrive a few days early to allow for unanticipated travel delays and to ensure you're ready to sail on day one! The clinic concludes around 6:00pm on Friday so we recommend planning to depart the following day at the earliest.

MONDAY | FEB 05 • MAR 04

8:30am - 9:15am : Check In / Sign In / Boat Draw

9:30am - 11:30am : Sailing Session

Trim, Boat Handling, Crew Organization
Upwind Trim: Angle of Attack / Depth / Twist
Solo Drills
Windward/ Leeward Loops

11:45am - 1:00pm : Classroom Session (with lunch)

Trim, Boat Handling, Crew Organization
Upwind Trim: Angle of Attack / Depth / Twist
Spinnaker Trim and Handling

1:30pm - 4:30pm : Sailing Session

More Boat Handling and Sail Trim
Trim and Sail Controls, Tacking
Pairs Drills
Upwind/Downwind Boat Handling & Sail Trim

5:00pm - 6:30pm : Welcome Party at St Thomas Yacht Club

TUESDAY | FEB 06 • MAR 05

8:30am - 11:30am : Sailing Session

Boat Handling and Sail Trim

Windward/ Leeward Course for Spinnaker Practice

Continued Work on Upwind Trim & Performance

11:45am - 1:00pm : Classroom Session (with lunch)

Starting Strategy and Tactics

1:30pm - 4:30pm : Sailing Session

Starting Drills & Practice
Rolling Starts + Sprint to Ladder Rung
Positioning, Control, Acceleration & Lane-Holding Drills

5:00pm - 6:00pm : Video Debrief

7:00pm - 9:00pm : St. Thomas Yacht Club Buffet

WEDNESDAY | FEB 07 • MAR 06

8:30am - 11:30am : Sailing Session

Starting Drills & Practice
Races with Practice Starts
Spinnaker Trim & Handling Drills

11:45am - 1:00pm : Classroom Session (with lunch)

Starting Strategy and Tactics (continued)
Spinnaker Trim and Handling (continued)

1:30pm - 4:30pm : Sailing Session

Races with Practice Starts
Two Rolling Starts Leading into a Race

5:00pm - 6:00pm : Video Debrief

THURSDAY | FEB 08 • MAR 07

8:30am - 11:30am : Sailing Session

Races with Practice Starts
Two Rolling Starts Leading into a Race

11:45am - 1:00pm : Classroom Session (with lunch)

Upwind and Downwind Strategy & Tactics
Buoy Racing / Point to Point Racing

1:30pm - 4:30pm : Sailing Session 6

Races with Practice Starts
Windward Leeward Races
Open Water/ Point to Point Races

5:00pm - 6:00pm : Video Debrief

FRIDAY | FEB 09 • MAR 08

8:30am - 11:30am : Sailing Session

Races with Practice Starts
Regatta (Part 1 of 2)
Coaching Between Races

11:45am - 1:00pm : Classroom Session (with lunch)

Morning Session Video Debrief
Rules & Tactics

1:30pm - 4:30pm : Sailing Session

Regatta (Part 2 of 2)
Coaching Between Races

5:00pm - 6:00pm : Debrief & Prize Giving


The Details

What's Included

  • 5 Days of Sailing + On The Water Training

  • A Coach On Each Boat

  • Race Ready IC24 with new North Sails

  • Classroom Sessions + Video Review

  • 5 x Lunches + 1 x Dinner

  • ASA 111 Certification

What's Not Included

  • Travel & Accommodations
  • Other Meals
  • Personal Sailing Gear
    (bring your PFD and Racing Watch)

REQUIREMENTS

  • Strong Sailing Skills

  • Some Racing & Spinnaker Experience

  • Ability / Agility to Sail on an Active 24-foot Boat.

CAPACITY

  • Space is limited to 11 boats and 44 sailors.
  • Sign up individually, as a group, or full crew of 4.

Pricing

  • $2,490 - Individual Sailor

  • $9,360 - Team of Four (save $150 per person)

Risk Free Registration
Pay a $500/person deposit to reserve your space today and your payment will be fully refundable until November 15th, 2023.

Payment Due Dates
All registrations must be paid in full by

  • December 1st, 2023 for February 2024 bookings
  • January 5th, 2024 for March 2024 bookings.

Refunds / Cancellations
Payments/Deposits will be refunded in full if a reservation is canceled before November 15th, 2023. Refunds may be available after this deadline but only in situations where we are able to fill the space.

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