Sailing in College

posted Dec 16, 2014, 5:53 PM by Karen Werner

John Vandemoer, Stanford Head Sailing Coach, gave a talk on sailing in college. John's talk was very informative, for both the parents and sailors. Some major take-aways:

  • look at to see the different college team examples from across the country to do your first filter.
  • Contact coaches by the winter of your junior year (sophomore for Ivy League). When contacting them be succinct and to the point (they're overwhelmed with the amount of requests from students, make it easy for them). 
  • Do "extra curricular" sailing, get out of your area, compete and train with a bigger pool of sailors to get better and get more exposure. 
  • Sail multiple boats, be well rounded.
Some examples of clinics from around the country:
  • CISA Clinic: Elite level, Resume based. CFJ, C420, 29er, Radial, I420 
  • Neill Clinic: Advanced Level. C420.
  • Brooke Gonzalez Clinic: Elite Level, Resume based. C420, Radial, I420, Bytes, F16.
  • Regional Clinics: associated per class, and per National Championship. Ida Lewis: Women's Doublehanded National Championship
  • Leiter Cup: Women's Singlehanded National Championship
  • Sears Championship: Triple handed Junior Championship
  • Bemis Championship: Double Handed Junior Championship
  • Smythe Championship: Single Handed Junior Championship
  • Northern CA Championship: (hosted by PYSF!)

No one gets "good" by simply hoping it so. Like anything you would like to succeed in, you must plan ahead and make a commitment. Make a commitment to yourself, your team, your parents, etc. Lay out some big picture goals you would like for your sailing career in the next 2-3 years. Then plug in the steps needed to attain those. I am happy to help you come up with the missing pieces. But you must come up with a plan in the first place. When you watch a committed athlete work on their sport, it's amazing how quickly the improvement comes.

Capsize Recovery Video

posted Mar 7, 2014, 10:39 AM by Karen Werner

The Club 420 Class has published a great capsize recovery video. Capsizing is a fact of life for dinghy sailing. Always good to know how to quickly and safely get back in the race!

Gunn High School Sailing Team

posted Jan 8, 2014, 6:02 AM by Karen Werner
Very cool video produced by Gunn High School for their morning news broadcast. Awesome recruiting tool!

Hundreds of teens compete in Sea Otter Regatta in Monterey

posted Oct 16, 2013, 10:27 AM by Karen Werner

Check out interviews of PYSF Sailors Magda and Andrew on KSBW channel 8. Interviews appear just after the ad.

An Interview: Molly Talks About Teams & Teamates

posted Sep 24, 2013, 7:22 PM by Karen Werner

SoundWaves – An Interview with 2012 Olympian Molly Vandemoer
APRIL 15, 2013

In this edition of SoundWaves, Dean Brenner interviews Molly Vandemoer, a member of the 2012 US Olympic Sailing Team. She and her two teammates, Anna Tunnicliffe and Debbie Capozzi, were gold medalists at the 2011 World Championship and silver medalists at the 2012 Worlds. They spent 16 months ranked #1 in the world and finished 5th at the 2012 Olympic Games. In this exclusive interview with The Latimer Group, Molly shares some simple insights on teams and being a good teammate, concepts that helped make her, Anna and Debbie the best in the world in their sport.



Find more insights on our weekly blog,

Molly at 49er World Championship

posted Sep 24, 2013, 7:25 AM by Karen Werner

I have been getting great reports from Hanna and all of our coaches while here in France.  My regatta (49er World Championship) starts tomorrow.  There are 52 women's teams and 99 men's teams registered for the event.  For the past week we have seen anywhere from 2 knots to 30+, with a small or very large ocean swell and chop.  Challenging conditions for sure!  The forecast is for very light wind the first few days of racing.  If you would like to follow along, here is the link to the regatta:

Volunteers Needed

posted Sep 21, 2013, 4:03 PM by Karen Werner

At the Fall Info Night online sign-ups were mentioned, and they now exist! If you go onto the PYSF website you will see a "Volunteer and Donate" tab at the top of the page. You can now sign up for volunteer times for PortFest the first Saturday of October. We REALLY need all of your help that day. You will also find sign up sheets for towing to regattas. Please take some time now to see what you can do to help us out.

Important Reminders!

posted Sep 21, 2013, 3:56 PM by Pysf Team

  • We are now halfway through October and the weather is slowing getting colder. Make sure your kids have the proper gear for cold weather (spray gear, long underwear, beanie, neck gator, etc).  The day's practice might start warm, but the end of the day is chilly!  
  • Reminder also to get some sunglasses.  It is the only sunscreen for your eyes!  Imagine going skiing without goggles.  The glare off of the snow is just as bad as the water and sails.  
  • Make sure to bring water and sunscreen to practice
  • Check out for gear options.
  • High School kids get registered with ISSA through your High School Rep.  Also, check your schedules and let the Rep know what events you can make it to. They will get me a list and I will start to put boats together.  
  • Opti Race Team check your schedule for the next regatta.  Remember practice, practice, practice.  If you have the time in your schedule, I highly recommend the Wednesday practice day to get more time on the water.

Fall Opti Racing

posted Sep 20, 2013, 10:40 AM by Pysf Team

Fall Opti Racing  Register now for the Fall Opti Classes.  Keep fresh and improve on the skills you learned this summer!

Radial Laser Clinic April 6-7

posted Mar 13, 2013, 7:50 AM by Pysf Team

PYSF, in conjunction with Santa Cruz Yacht Club,
invites Bay Area youth sailors with prior Laser experience to a clinic April 6-7 with Anna Tunnicliffe. You’ll learn tuning, boat handling, course tactics to prepare for upcoming regattas. You will get a chance to practice sailing in Santa Cruz where the Laser Nationals will be held in June.

Download Application form here.
  • Send entry form and waiver to Molly by FAX 650-649-2320, or email obryan.molly@gmail.
  • Mail $300 check payable to PYSF to:
  • PYSF, P O Box 2295, Los Gatos CA 95031-2295
  • Registration Deadline: Form, waiver, and payment must be received by April 3.
  • Registrants will receive an explanatory email from Molly on April 3rd.
  • Meet at Santa Cruz YC Saturday morning 9:30am to sign in.
  • Limited to 15 sailors. Resume based
  • Questions? Contact Molly Vandemoer at

Coach Anna Tunnicliffe 

  • Olympic Gold Medalist Laser Radial, 2008
  • ISAF Sailing World Cup winner 2009 (Radial), 2011 & 2012 (WMR)
  • ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, 2009 & 2011
  • #1 Ranked Woman's Match Racer in the World


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