Texas Youth Race Week is a Team Trials Qualifying (TTQ) event for the United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) and a US SAILING (USSA) Junior Olympic event.

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Registration for Lasers and Double Handed boats

All Lasers–Full, Radial, and 4.7–as well as double handed boats–C420 or I420–register on Regatta Network.  The payment step includes options for registering for two days, all four days, and the Start Clinic on Wednesday, July 12.

A fleet of RS Fevas are available for charter from KO Sailing.  Charter includes an intro clinic to the boat.

Register Lasers and Double Handed

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Registration for Optimist Red, White, Blue and Green

All Optimists register with the United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA). You can choose to register for two days or all four days.  Registration for the Start Clinic on Wednesday, July 12 is seperate.

Register Optimist RWB and Green

Register for Opti Start Clinic

US Sailing Membership

All of Texas Youth Race Week, for Optis and everyone all week long, is an official US Sailing Junior Olympic event with sponsors including Sperry, Gill, and New England Ropes. As stated in the Notice of Race, all competitors will be US Sailing members. A youth membership is $30. When you join, make a note of your membership number, you will be asked for it on Regatta Network or at the registration desk. Click here for the US Sailing Membership site.

USODA Membership

All Opti sailors—Red, White, Blue, and Green—are required to be a member of their class association, the United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA). A skipper membership is $39.  You can join at USODA.


Green Fleet Frequently Asked Questions

We have a fun week planned for Texas Youth Race Week Greenies! Our PRO and Race Committee team will be providing some fun lessons each day, extra friendly competitors briefings, and a great experience on the water.

Do I need US Sailing and USODA memberships?
Yes. All of Texas Youth Race Week, for Optis and everyone all week long, is an official US Sailing Junior Olympic event with sponsors including Sperry, Gill, and New England Ropes. All competitors should be be US Sailing members. When you join, make a note of your membership number, you will be asked for it at registration. Click here for the US Sailing Membership site.  Additionally, all Opti sailors—Red, White, Blue, and Green—are required to be a member of their class association, the United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA).  You can join at USODA.

What will Green Fleet sailors do during the Start Clinic?
We have some fun regatta prep activities planned for Green Fleet sailors as well as some practice starts.

New Opti registration step-by-step:

  1. Join US Sailing or locate your family membership information and have it handy.
  2. Join USODA.  You’ll be asked for your child’s sail number, have it ready.
  3. While you are at USODA, register for Texas Youth Race Week

Nutrition Breakfast and Start Clinic

On Wednesday, July 12 we’ll all work on our starts—starting with some nutritional information at breakfast. By popular TSA demand, we’ve asked a nutritionist to give our sailors and parents some specific information about how what we eat fuels our sailing.

At the start clinic, Green fleet sailors will cover the basics with LYC Coach MacKenzie McGuckin, RWB Opti sailors will work with LYC Coach Bernat Gali Bou and his Opti team, and Laser / 420 / Feva sailors will work with Sailing Director Watt Duffy and his team of coaches to try out new strategies and work with a larger fleet on the line. Find out more about our LYC Coaching Staff here.

Please note: Lunch is not provided on Wednesday, July 12. Breakfast and dinner are included for sailors.

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Dinner with Luther Carpenter and Parent Social

We are delighted to welcome Luther Carpenter, US Sailing Senior Olympic Coach, as our guest for a very special dinner event. Texas Youth Race Week has a proud tradition of involvement by top sailors including John Kolius who coached at the event for many years and presented his own N.G.U. (Never Give Up) award. This event builds on that tradition.

Luther Carpenter has a long history on Galveston Bay waters, and is one of the friendliest guys to race against. Beyond that, he has been an Olympic coach at US Sailing for over 25 years and has attended eight Olympic Games with Team USA. He is the most successful Olympic sailing coach in U.S. history, and one of the best in the history of the sport, having guided athletes to five medals in an unprecedented four different classes. Learn a little more about Luther here.

While the competitors and coaches enjoy dinner and visiting with Coach Carpenter, all parents are invited to a social in the LYC bar area. Relax! The week has just begun!

To learn more about Texas Youth Race Week history, listen to our oral history interview with John and Catherine Focke who have given so much to the event for many years.

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