2014 CISA Advanced Race Clinic

April 5-8, 2014

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Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach, CA




Mandatory forms: MEDICAL / LIABILITY / MEDIA



PRESS: CISA pre_release

The clinic fee is $500 per sailor and can only be paid by check payable to CISA.

California International Sailing Association

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Andrew Campbell, Harry Legum, Fuzz Spanhake, Leandro Spina, Kevin Hall, Mike Kalin, Robbie Dean, Cameron Biehl, Zack Brown, Dave Wright, Ryan Minth, Lisa Ross, Jay Kehoe, Steph Roble, Joey Mello, Elizabeth Kratzig, Sydney Bolger, Zack Maxam, Jimmer Montgomery

Andrew Campbell

CISA has partnered up with Sailors for the Sea to make the 2014 CISA Clinic a Clean Regatta. Sailors will be expected to use reusable water bottles and filling stations on shore as well as in the coach boats to refill those bottles with to eliminate single use plastic bottles. Coach boats will have bags to collect trash each day. Recycling bins will be located in the boat park and clubhouse and sailors will be asked to monitor the boat park and marina for trash each day.

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club:
7201 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803

The program will consist of lectures and on-the-water drills including tactics, strategy, sail trim, boatspeed, etc., together with information on what is important for developing a successful Olympic campaign. Coaches utilize daily video footage, archival footage, chalk talks, land demos and on-the-water exercises. A trainer is also brought in to work with the sailors on physical fitness routines and how to train their bodies to perform on the water. Nightly guest speakers and presentations round out the experience by showing the sailors what other avenues of sailing are available to them.

CISA will not arrange for, transport, broker or be responsible for any charters. Invited I420 sailors will be offered a CISA I420 charter which comes with all parts necessary to sail however; participants should plan on bringing a basic toolkit of spare parts, lines, a loos gauge and a tuning guide.

VELA-LALasers & radials for charter: contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 562.243.8820



Sailors are responsible for their own transportation to/from the clinic. An attempt will be made to house all out of town sailors with local families. Participants should bring clothes to work out in, we have a personal trainer coming in to work with the sailors and there will be daily high level workouts. Not having appropriate shoes/clothes is not an excuse to miss the workout.

The acceptance list will be posted on/around March 1st. It will be announced on our Facebook and twitter feeds. Sailors must submit the $500 (per sailor) clinic registration fee and all forms (Medical Release, Liability Release and Media Release) by February 5th. Sailors that are selected and decline their spot after March 15th will forfeit half of their clinic fee. Sailors that are selected and decline their sport after April 1st will forfeit their entire clinic fee.

Accepted sailors should plan to fly into Los Angeles International (LAX), Long Beach(LGB) or Santa Ana/Orange County (SNA) on the afternoon of April 4 and fly home after 7pm on April 8. LGB is the closest airport to the clinic venue (Jet Blue is a major carrier into LGB), SNA is close to the housing in Newport Beach and LAX is the furthest away but will likely have the most flight options.

Sailors in the I420 fleet may want to consider arriving on early enough on the 4th to start prepping their boat. Coaches will be available to assist I420 sailors on the 4th. All sailors must be off property by 5pm on the 8th.


2013 CISA Orange Bowl Assistance Program


CISA will provide coaches at the 2013 Orange Bowl Regatta for qualified fleets.  All California sailors are welcome to attend the morning and afternoon meetings; however on the water coaching will be for the larger fleets only (C420, Radial & others TBA).

Sailor’s requesting a grant to attend the regatta may fill out the separate CISA grant request form and submit it by 1700hrs October 31, 2013 for consideration.  Grants are not guaranteed.  They will be provided on an as needed basis and will not exceed $250.

Each sailor must fill out their own application (please mom and dad let them do it!).  In doublehanded boats please only put down the name of your skipper/crew.  Teams may apply even if one team member is 1) out of high school or 2) not a California resident, however funding will only be granted to sailors from California who are currently in high school or younger.  

2013 Grant & Coaching Recipients


US Sailing Partners with Clever Pig in Youth Racing Development Initiative

In 2007, The Southport Sailing Foundation developed the original Clever Pig website with the goal of providing youth sailors with the information required to manage a successful campaign. The Foundation invested in a practical online program that would empower sailors to organize their own campaigns, and provide Clever Pig’s resources to all sailors at no cost.

Clever Pig provides the necessary guidance and direction for sailors at every step of the campaign process.
• Defining a successful campaign, how to get started, and setting expectations.
• How to select a coach with tips on what to look for and where to find the right coach.
• A coach finder database gives visitors the chance to learn more about coaches.
• Selecting a class and finding a teammate through a crew finder source.
• The latest training tips and developments in sports psychology to maximize results on the water.
• Information on campaign financing, fundraising, and applying for grants.

US Sailing, along with the Southport Sailing Foundation, Chicago Match Race Center, Sailing Foundation of New York, Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound, and California International Sailing Association (CISA), has pulled together an effective listing of services and programs to enhance the website for users from around the country.

The development of youth sailing in the United States is paramount at US Sailing. Young sailors in search of great competition, quality coaching instruction and a fun time on and off the water have been participating at US Sailing youth racing events for years. The USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival (JO) and the US Sailing Championships series collectively organize a combined 27 regattas around the country for youth sailors from June through December. These events are designed to promote the enjoyment of sailing, develop the skills of young sailors, and to provide a pathway for hopeful Olympic competitors. These events are often preceded by clinics conducted by coaches provided by US Sailing.


2013 U.S. Jr. Women's Doublehanded Championship

Locals Smith and Davidson Capture U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship

CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. (June 27, 2013) – Carolyn Smith (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Bayley Davidson (Costa Mesa, Calif.) cashed in on their fourth consecutive attempt to win the Ida Lewis Trophy at the 2013 U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship, hosted by the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. The duo tallied a 3-4-2-4 scoring line in Thursday's third and final day of racing to win the title by eight points over contenders Cassie Obel (Marina del Rey, Calif.) and Annika Garrett (Culver City, Calif.). Smith and Davidson were representing the Newport Harbor Yacht Club and Balboa Yacht Club this week.13 usjwdc winners

Smith and Davidson placed second at least year's U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. They were the most consistent team this week. Smith and Davidson finished outside the top five just twice through 10 races. Making a hard charge today to place third was the team of Elena VandenBerg (Annapolis, Md.) and Lilla Salvesen (Edgewater, Md.). They won Race 9 and finished second in Race 10. Thursday's leaders Alie and Liza Toppa finished fourth (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

There were plenty of Black Flags and OCS calls throughout the three-day championship. “Starts are the most crucial part of the entire race," said Smith. "However, finding that happy medium between a competitive start and OCS is difficult."

“It’s our first big win,” exclaimed Davidson, who came up short in last year's championship by one point. “That haunted us,” Smith added.

Winning in their home port in their final U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship was even sweeter. Smith and Davidson will find themselves on opposing college sailing teams next year. Smith will be attending St. Mary's (Md.) and Davidson is headed for the College of Charleston.

Lucy Wilmot (Orinda, Calif.) and Maya Dornbrand-Lo (Berkeley, Calif.), representing San Francisco, Richmond and Encinal Yacht Clubs, received the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Sportsmanship Award by popular vote of their peers.

“Lucy is always cheerful and sees the bright side of things,” said fellow competitor Jessica McJones. “Maya has a great sense of humor, and they are always positive – even when black-flagged."


2013 Star North American's

CISA Alum Brian Ledbetter wins and Clinic Director Andrew Campbell Takes 3rd at Star North Americans2013 star na campbell

In a very competitive 42 boat fleet filled with former World Champions and Olympians CISA alum Brian Ledbetter sailing with Gregg Morton earns a silver star and a berth to the 2013 Worlds to be hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club later this summer.  CISA Clinic Director Andrew Campbell sailing with John von Schwarz from Annapolis placed 3rd.

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