Aloha HYSA sailors, parents, and community supporters! As the end of the HYSA 2022
sailing season comes to a close with the last two months of regattas and events, we'd like to
thank every single one of you for your support and assistance throughout the year. Our youth sailors also appreciate all the efforts our coaches, parents, and yacht clubs' support teams placed into hosting the races and in providing several advanced singlehanded, doublehanded, and wind foil clinics galore. Mahalo for your volunteer time in supporting our junior sailors in learning how to sail, race, and in participating in local sailing events! It takes a great TEAM of volunteers to make years like this happen with many successes. Thank you! Mahalo!
HYSA #7 and #8
The last two HYSA regattas of the year will be held at Kaneohe Yacht Club this weekend. We would love to see as many of you come out to sail Saturday, October 8th for HYSA #7 and on Sunday, October 9th for HYSA #8. Both regattas are open to El Toro, Laser, and O'pen Skiff sailors. See the Calendar page for the event details.
HYSA #8 @KYC, hosted by Makani Kai YC (online registration preferred, but on-site, cash only, registration will occur, too)
32 Years Strong!
Makani Kai Yacht Club is looking foward to hosting HYSA #8 at KYC, on Sunday, October 9, 2022. They have consistently hosted the last HYSA regatta of the season since 1990! After the regatta, team parents and junior sailors head over to Makani Kai YC for the award ceremony and BBQ.
HYSA #8 regatta is a must sail! Come out for a day of sailing fun, and a great way to end the HYSA sailing season.
November 6, Sunday
Kaneohe Yacht Club
The annual Pigfest is coming up on November 6th at Kaneohe Yacht Club. The Pigfest is the annual fundraiser for the Hawaii Sailing Foundation. The Hawaii Sailing Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established to support our youth sailors here in Hawaii.
Every year the Hawaii Sailing Foundation awards travel grants to our youth sailors so they can compete nationally and internationally. Our support of Hawaii Sailing Foundation is critical to providing next year's funding to our HYSA sailors. Please help support the Hawaii Sailing Foundation by registering to attend and participating in this year's fundraiser. There will be great food and entertainment for everyone.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the event on November 6th!
Hawaii Sailing Foundation Supports Our Youth
Most recently, Hawaii Sailing Foundation supported youth sailors to compete in the US Sailing National Championship, the Chubb U.S. Junior Championships 2022, in Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, Michigan.
Earlier in the spring, Hawaii junior sailors competed for the coveted spots for the singlehanded (Laser radial, 2 spots), doublehanded (C420, 4), and triple-handed (Rhodes19, 3) Area-H Regional Championships. The winners of the Area-H Regionals spent a week in August in Macatawa Bay YC with 2 days of training and 3 days of competitions for the 2022 Chubb US Junior Championships.
They did amazingly well, had tons of fun, and learned much from their experiences!
Congratulations to Hawaii's first-ever 1st Place Winners of the Sears Cup trophy!
In the 101 years of the Sears Cup Trophy, Hawaii has yet to make a placement above fourth place. Yet, this was the year that our exceptional junior sailors made history!
Every year, as this particular championship rotates to the next host yacht club, the triple or quadruple-handed sailboat changes with the host club's availability of boats. At last year's 2021 Chubb US Junior Champs, Makani, Noelani, Bryce, and Jaxon crewed on the quadruple-handed RS21, and came in earning a tie for 4th place but ultimately receiving 5th place overall. An equally amazing win for this team of 8-9th graders with tons of collective sailing experiences! With only three team members returning this year to sail the triple-handed VX One, Makani, Noe and Bryce came back with a determination to do even better....to come home with a potential 1-3rd place win. Well, Makani Andrews (skipper), Noelani Velasco and Bryce Huntoon, from Kaneohe Yacht Club, earned a first-place win for the Sears Cup Trophy! Congratulations team!
Congratulations to the C420 team from Waikiki Yacht Club, Madi Suh (skipper), and Spencer Fleming (crew) on earning the Bemis Sportsmanship Award!
This award is achieved by vote from their fellow C420 fleet of sailors who found Spencer and Madi to be readily available, helpful, and friendly, giving up their time to assist others.
Lastly, a BIG MAHALO to Kahala shirts for providing our youth sailors with the "In the Wind" design of many tiny sailboats for the opening ceremony.
Our junior sailors hail from Kaneohe YC and Waikiki YC: see previous blog post
WYC - Madi (skipper) and Spencer (Bemis, C420 team)
KYC - Makani (skipper), Noe, Bryce (Sears Cup, VX One team); Kama (skipper) and Maka (Bemis C420 team); Wiliam and Michael Kai (both Smythe, Laser, singlehanded)
Please consider making a monetary donation to support our junior sailors to meet their goals to compete in national and international regattas and clinics. Mahalo!