International Race Teams

Race Teams

  • For Optimist Advanced sailors and Laser Advanced sailors.

  • Comprised of our top 5 to 10 sailors in each of the Optimist and Laser Radial classes who with the support of their parents are interested in competing at international events and are able to afford and/or are willing to raise funds to attend them.

  • Required to train 3 to 5 days per week (Minimum of 3 days on the water) and attend at least 80% of the practices monthly.

  • Coached by R Dunkley.

  • Required to sign BNSS Racing Team Agreement (sailor and parent)

  • The Coach and Class Representative are required to approve acceptance of the sailor on the team.


  • High-level international coaches are invited by BNSS to give clinics locally. There are a number of these each year.

  • There are also clinics abroad to which our sailors are invited.

  • There are normally between six and 10 participants at a clinic.

  • There is a cost for attendance, which varies for each clinic.

  • The Coach and Class Representatives are required to approve acceptance of the sailor in the clinic.

Examples of International Events

  • Lasers

    • Orange Bowl – Miami

    • Laser Mid-Winters East – Clearwater

    • CORK International Sail Canada Youth Championship – Kingston, Ont.

    • Laser Radial Youth Worlds

    • Laser North American Championship

  • Optimists

    • Orange Bowl – Miami

    • US Nationals

    • North American Championship 

    • Canadian Championship 

    • Optimist World Championship

Anticipated Costs

  • International Regattas

    • Florida area – about $2,500 per sailor

    • Canada and other parts of USA – about $3K per sailor

    • Costs cover:

      • Airfare

      • Accommodations

      • Land transportation

      • Regatta registration

      • Boat charter

      • Share of coach and coach boat expenses

  • Clinics

    • Between $100 and $200 for a four to seven day clinic. It largely depends on the number of people attending, level of the instructor, and distance the instructor must travel.