Youth Racing

Join the Minnetonka Yacht Club and maximize your race experience

Minnetonka Yacht Club offers a full slate of racing for youth aged 8-22 years. This great opportunity provides LMSS sailors to sharpen their skills on their home waters, in races run by MYC’s professional race staff, as well as a great training-ground for local and regional racing. 

The Minnetonka Yacht Club summer racing calendar is typically 14 weeks long and offers the most convenient and cost-effective sailing for a youth sailor. Below is a summary of events; please see the MYC schedule for dates and start times. 

Monday Youth Night: Optimist & 420 (Main/Jib only)

  • Three Races per night; pre- and post-race briefing for Opti sailors
  • Post-race briefing (and dessert!) for 420 sailors with the fleet captains
  • Parent-chaperoned “gap-time” between LMSS camp and MYC racing
  • Pot-luck dinner for sailors and parents, hosted by MYC parents
  • Parent spectator boat and safety crew opportunities available 

Wednesday Night: X-Boat, 420 (Spinnaker & Trapeze) & Laser

  • Single race followed by MYC’s famous Grill & Chill catered dinners
  • Scow fleet crew opportunities available – contact fleet captains to coordinate sailing opportunities

Saturday & Sunday Fleet Racing: X-Boat and 420 (Spinnaker & Trapeze)

Sunday Night Junior/Senior Series:

  • Sailed in X-Boats, this MYC tradition focuses on developing racing skills
  • Junior skippers are paired with an experienced adult sailor who crews and acts as a mentor during the races.

Laser Fleet Racing: Wayzata Bay

  • Wednesday evening Laser racing 6:30 pm, April-May (three races per evening)
  • Tuesday evening Laser racing 6:30 pm June-August (three races per evening)
  • Contact: Bruce Martinson

Adult Sailing/Racing Lessons:

Offered in partnership with LMSS on Wednesday nights. Lessons include dinner at the MYC Grill & Chill.  Additional Details.

New! Founders Day Regatta:

All-ages racing weekend will feature racing, instructional clinics and social events.  Details to be announced Spring 2016.

MYC Hosted Regattas:

MYC typically hosts one to three major regattas every summer – a fantastic opportunity for youth sailors to crew with and learn from some of MYC’s many accomplished racing sailors. Please refer to the club schedule for more information.

Additional benefits of Membership

  • Access to the Lighthouse Island Facilities
  • Use of grills, volleyball courts, swim platform and private restrooms
  • Access to the boat launching crane and the Carson’s Bay Facility

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does it cost? The Annual Youth Membership at MYC is $100 and the racing registration fee is $75 per child for the entire summer. That works out to be $13 per week! Click here for information on all MYC membership options.

Are boat charters available? Boat charters are available through LMSS to MYC members for Optimists and 420s. The 420s are available for $10 per Monday Night or $395 for the entire season. Optis are available for charter at a rate of $150 per LMSS session. Contact LMSS for more information.

Where do I store my boat and how much does it cost? Optimists may be stored on Lighthouse Island pending available space. Opti storage is complimentary for those who are currently enrolled in LMSS classes. X-Boat and 420 storage is available on Bug Island for a fee. Click here for details on boat storage: (link to fee schedule)

What do you do in inclement weather? The Race Officials monitor the weather radar. The sailors will not go out on the water if there is thunder or lightning in the area, or if winds are dangerously strong. They can and will, however, sail in the rain. Sailors should come prepared for all weather conditions. 

Where do you sail? Most of the races take place right off Carson’s Bay, Lighthouse Island (LHI), with the exact course location determined by wind direction. The races are visible right from LHI.

Are the MYC Youth races run by instructors? No, MYC racing is for sailors who have enough sailing experience to sail themselves around a racecourse. Additionally, parents of Opti sailors are expected to either attend the races or assign another parent as a responsible party. There may be times when the conditions are beyond the skills of the sailor and the parents are expected to make that judgment call.