Ready, Set, Race!

It may be February, but racing season never feels far away at LMSS. As a top provider of race instruction in the Midwest, our LMSS Race Teams continue to be among the most competitive in the region, and 2019 was no exception:

  • Over 75 students participated in race teams in the Opti, 420 and X Boat
  • Students raced in local and regional regattas including the TCYS (Twin Cities Youth Sailing) series, US Sailing Junior Olympics, and ILYA (Inland Lake Yachting Association) Championships on Lake Minnetonka and White Bear Lake
  • Students also traveled to events in Lake Geneva, Milwaukee and Lac La Belle, WI, and most recently, St. Petersburg, Florida!

As we gear up for another exciting racing season, we are thrilled to continue supporting our students as they reach for big dreams.

Are you ready to take the next step and give racing a try? Read our February Newsletter for all the info you need on LMSS race sessions and programs.

New sailors and families welcome! If you are interested in joining LMSS Learn to Race, or a Race Team, or have questions regarding placement please contact us.

Learn to Race + Race Teams Q&A Sessions

LMSS has a long history of providing top end racing instruction and performance for our sailors who are looking to achieve their goals and compete on local, regional and national levels. 

What’s next for your sailor? Our program is organized into three progressive tracks, each one building upon the track before it: Recreational Sailing, Learn to Race, and LMSS Race Teams. Sailors are encouraged to advance through these tracks as their skills improve.

Are you ready to take the next step and give racing a try? Join us to learn more about LMSS Race Teams: 

  • Stop by the Caribou Coffee on Minnetonka Boulevard and 101 either Wednesday, Feb 19 or Thursday, Feb 20 from 3:30-5:30 PM either day, as your schedule permits
  • Coaches will be available to answer questions and provide information on expectations, schedules, travel opportunities, registration and more
  • New sailors and families welcome!

If you are unable to attend, and are interested in joining LMSS Learn to Race, or a Race Team, or have questions regarding placement please contact us.

TCYS Winter Climbing Meetup

Join the Twin Cities Youth Sailing crew at the Minneapolis Bouldering Project for a rock climbing adventure!

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020, 12 PM – 2 PM
  • All TCYS affiliated sailors, parents, and coaches are invited
  • $12 youth day passes, $16 adult day passes. First time climbers get free shoe rental; otherwise, $4 shoe rental
  • All climbers under the age of 14 must be chaperoned by an adult while climbing
  • Relax between climbs at our TCYS designated hangout space

Climbers and chaperones must fill out a waiver of liability prior to arrival. https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/59f3b44894810/web/

New to climbing? Receive instruction from a TCYS sponsored climbing instructor!

Email Alec McKee with any questions. Happy Climbing!

Registration for 2020 Goes Live January 1

It’s time to register for summer 2020! Lake Minnetonka Sailing School will go live with registration on January 1, 2020. From beginner recreational camps through advanced race teams, and our popular STEM-focused sessions, there’s something for every age and ability, no experience required. U.S. Sailing accredited, LMSS emphasizes safety and skills development for a lifetime of sailing.

Visit our home page to determine which track is right for you, and to review programs and sessions for summer 2020.

Don’t delay, classes fill quickly and tend to sell out for many sessions and age groups!

Minnetonka Students Earn State and Regional Fall Sailing Titles

High school sailing fall season is off and running! Minnetonka High School sailors have earned two titles in recent regattas:

  • Jacob Zils (’23) placed first at the MISSA (Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association) MN Singlehanded State Tournament Regatta September 7 in a Laser radial rig. [Results]
  • Four MHS sailors earned a 1st Place Team finish and 1st Place Division A last weekend at the MISSA (Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association) Girls’ Great Lakes District Championship in Grosse Point, MI. Sailors Lucia Loosbrock (’21), Katie Hanley (’22), Emma Komis (’22) and Carmen Lineer (’22) qualified to compete at the PCISA (Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association) Girls Invitational in San Diego, CA, October 19-20. [Results]

This weekend, several of our sailors will participate in the 2019 MISSA Singlehanded Championship in Wayzata, qualifier for the ISSA (Interscholastic Sailing Association) Cressy Singlehanded National Championship in Santa Barbara, CA, November 2-3.

Minnetonka Qualifies for High School Nationals

Our Minnetonka High School Sailing Team finished 1st overall in Pewaukee, WI  April 28-29th. This result qualified the team for Mallory Nationals in Seabrook, TX. Congratulations sailors, we are proud of you!

High School Sailing Season Starts March 13, 2018

The ice may not be out on Lake Minnetonka, but we’re gearing up for the start of the 2018 Spring sailing season already. Dryland practice for MHS sailors starts on Tuesday, March 13. Following are some additional details:

Start of Spring Dryland Training

Tuesday, March 13th from 3:00 – 5:00pm – Pagel Center (Tuesday & Thursdays)

Complete the following online registrations prior to March 13th to remain eligible for practice.

If you are a middle school sailor interested in joining the MHS High School Sailing Team this spring, please reach out to the coaching staff prior to registering online.

Left Turn Indoor Sailing Championship Recap

Congratulations to David Carlson and Ned Chapman, who took first and second place at the first annual Left Turn Indoor Sailing Championship in February. This fun event was open to LMSS sailors, MYC members and their families. Sailors had a chance to reconnect with their LMSS friends and try their hand at indoor model boat racing during the long winter off-season. Big thanks to the Brave New Workshop and the Sweeney family for hosting!

 

US Sailing STEM Program Starts in July!

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This year, we’ve added new STEM curriculum from US Sailing to our two-week Recreational Camp sessions.

Our goal is to foster an interest in these subjects through inquiry-based learning, structured around sailing. Sailors ages 10-16 who register for sessions 4 & 5 will participate in hands-on learning opportunities, exploring innovative fields of study like physics, marine biology, and engineering.

 

These new lessons will be integrated throughout our normal sailing instruction and camp activities. With the help of our US Sailing certified staff, sailors will discover how classroom concepts apply to real-world experiences. Topics include: wind, weather, lift, buoyancy, simple machines, marine debris, conservation biology, and more.

Area K Junior Championship, July 18 – 21

LMSS is excited to host the 2017 Area K Junior Championship! Registration is open and can be found online here: https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=14914

The Notice of Race can be found online here: https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/regatta_uploads/14914/2017NoRAreaKChampionships.pdf

The regatta fact sheet can be found here: http://lmss.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-Area-K-Regatta-Fact-Sheet.pdf 

Additional meal packages, apparel, and clinic registrations can be purchased via square: https://squareup.com/store/lake-minnetonka-sailing-school