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2015 YRA Seminars

YRA Seminars


The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound takes pleasure in presenting seminars by

Bill Gladstone, North U, and Butch Ulmer, past president of UK Sailmakers.  

Please register early for these always-popular sessions.

These Seminars are open to all sailors. Skippers, please ask your crews to attend and invite them to join the YRA!

Dinner is now available at Seawanhaka Corinthian YC before the seminar

   Immediately preceding the SCYC seminar on March 11, 2015 there will be a YRA Spring Meeting to vote on the Nominating Committee




To win races you need to put all the pieces together.  At this 3-hour evening seminar North U Director Bill Gladstone will cover a spectrum of topics to make you Fast, Smart and Lucky next racing season.  We’ll take a full lap around the course covering sail trim, tactics, strategy, rules, and boat handling; plus a special section on Long Island Sound Local Knowledge.  You’ll learn when to cover and when to split; how to catch up from behind and how to protect a lead; gear shifting tips for better balance and speed upwind; spinnaker trim refinements beyond the basics; starting tactics in a mixed fleet; and breakthrough insights on strategy in current; plus answers to your questions. 

About Bill Gladstone

Bill is the author and creator of the North U books, discs and seminars.  His racing experience covers the spectrum from dinghies to maxis, bow to helm, and ponds to oceans.  Graduates of his seminars are winning races in fleets all over the world. 

Seawanhaka Corinthian YC  -  Wednesday, March 11, 2015          

Webb Institute  -  Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Knowing the Racing Rules of Sailing, Inside and Out


A general discussion of the Rules, featuring animated situations, quizzes, discussion and resolution of Rules Questions designed to make you a better informed, more confident racing sailor.  This will be a highly interactive, participatory event so bring your questions, stump us with situations and be prepared to defend your interpretation of the Rules. These seminars are a great opportunity for all sailors to enhance their knowledge of the RRS. 

About Butch Ulmer

Butch is the past president of UK Sailmakers, manufacturers of technologically advanced, high-performance sails for cruising and racing boats. 


Riverside YC  -  Friday, March 13, 2015                                          

American YC  -  Thursday, March 19, 2015

YRA Members $30.00

(Must login to receive member price)

Non YRA Members $45.00

Immediately preceding the SCYC seminar on March 11, 2015 there will be a YRA Spring Meeting to vote on the Nominating Committee


Webb Institute:  Guided tour of the Webb Institute Facility from 6:00-7:30 PM

SCYC:  “Cash bar” from 6:00 – 7:30 PM; Buffet Dinner from 6:00 PM

Riverside YC and American YC: “Cash bar” from 6:00 – 7:30 pm and after presentation; Dinner from 6:30 PM

For dinner reservations, please call club directly: SCYC (516-922-6200)  RYC (203-637-1706)  AYC (914-967-4800)

Click on the attachment below to view the flyer of all four seminars


REMEMBER:  You must login to receive the YRA member Price



FAST, SMART and LUCKY by Bill Gladstone

Seawanhaka Corinthian YC - Wednesday, March 11, 2015        REGISTER

Webb Institute (plus tour)  - Wednesday, March 25, 2015        REGISTER



Riverside YC - Friday, March 13, 2015         REGISTER

American YC - Thrusday, March 19, 2015    REGISTER