March 30, 2004
CISA Clinic: Top Young Sailors Learn from Olympians
LONG BEACH, Calif.---Seven sailors, including three medalists,
from the 2004 Olympics will gather at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club
this weekend, not to sail but to impart their know-how to about
135 of the hottest prospects on the continent.
It's the annual Advanced Racing Clinic Saturday through
Tuesday, April 2-5, organized by the California International
Sailing Association. CISA, founded in 1971, conducts the clinic
each year for boys and girls ages 13 and older who are selected on
the basis of their sailing résumés. Boats to be used are Laser,
Laser Radial, Club 420, International 420, Club FJ and 29er.
The students will represent 13 states from Maine and Florida to
Hawaii, plus British Columbia.
Among the 19 instructors are Athens Olympians Kevin Burnham,
Charlie Ogletree, Lenka Smidova, Katie McDowell, Isabelle
Kinsolving, Pete Spaulding and director Peter Wells.
Four days of intense instruction ashore and afloat will cover
boat handling on Saturday, boat speed on Sunday and tactics on
Monday, climaxed by a championship regatta on Tuesday.
How intense will it be? Adults accompanying the students are
instructed: "Plan to drop off your sailors at 8 a.m. each day and
pick them up at 8:30 p.m."
Burnham was a gold medalist in Men's 470 at Athens last summer
and attained instant fame with Daniel Forster's photograph of him
doing a back flip at the finish line, leaving skipper Paul
Foerster smiling in the boat.
Ogletree won a silver medal with John Lovell in Tornado, while
Smidova won silver in Europe dinghy for the Czech Republic.
McDowell and Kinsolving sailed a Women's 470, Spaulding a 49er
with Tim Wadlow and Wells a Mistral sailboard.
Ogletree said, "I taught at the clinic a few years ago. What I
learned was how high the level of junior sailing is today compared
to when I [was that age]. The intensity and basic skill level are
higher. There have always been exceptions of young sailors who
were standouts in a class, but now the overall level is much
Other instructors will include Olympic campaigners Bill
Hardesty, Mark Ivey and Nick Adamson. The latter was a 1996
Olympian in the Laser class. In January at Key West 2005 Hardesty
drove a Melges 24 with Burnham and Ivey as crew to Boat of the
Week honors in that prestigious event.
Spaulding and Dalton Bergan---runnerup in the U.S. Trials in
the 49er class---will tutor the 29ers, McDowell, Kinsolving, Brian
Doyle, Jaime Malm and Peter Alarie the Club 420, Burnham and
Ogletree the International 420, Jay Kehoe and Bill Uniack the CFJ,
Nick Adamson, Brett Davis and Hardesty the Laser, and Smidova,
Richard Feeny, Elizabeth Kratzig, Carisa Harris and Adam Deermount
Ron Rosenberg of Long Beach, an organizer of the 2005 ORCA
Elite Youth Racing Clinic May 27-30 at Seattle, said, "The most
successful of these youth clinics is CISA. It is not only the
pioneer of youth racing clinics in the USA, but 28 years later
they are still the undisputed masters, and they were more than
happy to generously support our ORCA Clinic efforts as well."
The program will consist of morning lectures and evening
programs scheduled around on-the-water drills. The financial and
personal demands of an Olympic campaign also are included in the
CISA supports amateur sailors by providing travel grants for
regional, national and international competition and funds local
sailing programs and racing clinics.
Unlike other nations, the U.S. has no federally supported
assistance programs for its amateur sportsmen or for the
development of young talent. CISA, a 501(c)3 organization, relies
on contributions of corporations and individuals to provide
support of amateur sailors. Because it is non-profit and
tax-exempt, all contributions are tax deductible.
Questions may be submitted to CISA administrative assistant
Marylee Goyan at
CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL SAILING ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 17992
Irvine, CA 92713-7992