Please select your home edition
Edition
Coast Guard Foundation LEADERBOARD 2

Summer is here! Acorns and Saplings are arriving at the Oakcliff Sailing Center

by Oakcliff Sailing 18 Jun 2020 06:09 PDT
Acorns and Saplings are arriving © Lexi Pline

Our first batch of trainees arrived this Monday. It is finally starting to feel like a normal summer again (somewhat at least). Today marks 100 days of isolation for the Oakcliff team.

Even though local regulations have loosened up, we are committed to maintaining a safe environment so that trainees, Supporters, and racers can still make good use of our fleet of 100+ boats as creatively and safely as possible.

Two weeks ago we hosted our first Quaranteam Clinegatta and this Saturday we are hosting a Grade 5 with the same safety protocols. Follow on Facebook for race updates, photos, and drone footage.

We have socially-distanced options available to get Supporters out on the water. Go for a sail or have a picnic on one of our Classics or Match 40s. Sign up on our calendar or email the Development Manager at if you have questions.

Our Performance Party Face Covers are available on our online store. They are perfect for socializing safely or using while sailing. Learn more and get yours here.

Grade 5 Regatta this weekend

If you're missing match racing, come spectate the Grade 5 regatta this Saturday, June 21. While spots to race are full, feel free to come and anchor by the racecourse on your own boat and watch some fun and informative match racing. Races start at noon on Saturday and last until around 4. Please have your VHF set to Channel 69 so you can follow the race committee's actions and, if they have time, they will answer any questions you have.

Email Patrick Burks at with any questions about weekend racing.

High performance heats up

This week, we welcomed our first Acorns and Saplings of the season into the bubble, kicking off with High Performance. While the start of the program was delayed due to COVID-19, the implementation of the Oakcliff Bubble has allowed us to safely test and vet each new arrival.

Yesterday, the trainees worked with coach Nate Housberg on rigging a 49er and then got an intense footwork session. Afterwards, they hit the water and worked on their crew work. They returned to the bunkhouse with beaming smiles around 6pm and chowed down on some well-earned tacos. The official report from Coach Housberg is that the trainees had "a pretty epic first day of skiff sailing."

Acorn sessions this summer are on rolling enrollment. Read more about our Sapling and Acorn programs and sign up on our website.

You can also email the Training Program Director Ethan Johnson at with questions or call the office at 1(516) 802-0368.

Shifting the team with shifting times

Oakcliff is shifting and adapting to these challenging times and so is the team here. We recently brought in a new Media & PR Manager, Lexi Pline. Lexi graduated in 2019 from Boston University with a degree in Journalism and has been working at the Martha's Vineyard Times for the past year. She sailed all four years of college and continued sailing Snipes in the Vineyard but didn't get out as much as she wanted to and that's what led her to apply to Oakcliff.

With Lexi filling the Media and PR role, Francis George will move into the Development Manager position as Chris Bellerjeau moves on to other projects. Chris plans on staying plugged into the Oakcliff community sailing Classics, which is how he first got involved with the organization.

Bringing families together on the water

This summer is a time of rebuilding and Oakcliff is committed to helping families get out on the water to make the most out of these challenging times. Oakcliff is offering socially distanced sails to our Supporters and their families to help them build their sailing foundation. Or you can just bring your own picnic, relax on a boat, and escape for a few hours. We want to serve our Supporters and our local community in whatever way we can.

The time slots available for sailing (for now) are every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 12-5pm. You can sign up for a sail or a picnic on online calendar. We have Lasers, Match 40s, Classics, a Sunfish, and a paddleboard available.

Contact the Development Manager Francis George at with questions or requests.

Get your performance party cover

Our Performance Party Covers are flying off the shelves - get one while they last. These patent-pending face covers are UV resistant, moisture-wicking and antimicrobial. Each cover has a grommet in the back that can be turned to the front and used as a straw hole, so you can sip a beverage without compromising safety.

We all know that face coverings help to keep us safe but these also protect against sun burn and keep you cool. Plus they are easy to deploy.

They are also made with locally sourced materials and produced right at home so they are 100% American. Buffs can be purchased with or without a reusable metal straw from our shop. Buy the Performance Party Cover.

This week on the Cocktail Breeze

Related Articles

Oakcliff heating up for summer of match racing
The David Storrs Memorial Regatta starts the season Oakcliff hosted first regatta of the season, the David Storrs Memorial Regatta, this past weekend. The event was a qualifier for the US Match Racing Championship to be held in Long Beach CA this fall. Posted on 22 Apr
Learn the basics of Match Racing Officiating
Join Oakcliff for an intro with Racing Program Director Partick Burks Join Oakcliff digitally for an intro to match race officiating with (expert) Racing Program Director Partick Burks. Posted on 23 Mar
Join Oakcliff for a 2021 Rules Changes Workshop
This is a great seminar for racers and race officials alike Join Oakcliff digitally March 11 from 6:30 to 8 pm to discuss the 2021 changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, presented by former Oakcliff Race Program Director Bill Simon and local International Umpire and Judge Bruce Cook. Posted on 9 Mar
Meteorology 102 with Chelsea Carlson
Up your racing game with an in-depth look at puffs & lulls and learn how to connect the dots Join us for an in-depth look at puffs & lulls and learn how to connect the dots for the win. Meteorology expert Chelsea Carlson of Sea-Tactics will teach us how to understand and predict wind shifts using practical examples Posted on 7 Feb
Oakcliff is back and ready for a jam-packed 2021
Getting the year off to an exciting start Happy new year! We're back from break and ready to take on 2021 here at Oakcliff. Getting the year off to an exciting start, the PRADA Cup challenger series begins this Thursday, January 14 at 9 p.m. EST. Posted on 13 Jan
Dawn Riley on Oakcliff's Helix map to the Olympics
An interview with Dawn Riley on Oakcliff's Helix roadmap to the Olympics I checked in with Dawn Riley, Oakcliff Sailing's executive director, via email, to learn more about Oakcliff's Helix roadmap for Olympic hopefuls. Posted on 12 Jan
WMRT partners with Oakcliff Sailing
Oakcliff Match Racing Academy is open to sailors with all levels of match racing ability The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) have announced a partnership with Oakcliff Sailing based in Oyster Bay, NY USA with the launch of the Oakcliff Match Racing Academy to run from 4-16 August, 2021. Posted on 17 Dec 2020
Career stepping-stone for aspiring US sailors
11th Hour Racing Team has renewed its partnership with Oakcliff Sailing 11th Hour Racing Team has renewed its partnership with Oakcliff Sailing to provide a career-shaping internship program for aspiring American sailors. Posted on 20 Nov 2020
Oakcliff Looking forward: 2021 applications open
2020 season just finished with the Halloween Regatta Yes, Oakcliff's season just finished with the Halloween Regatta, but we already have a plan for our 2021 programming. Applications open today on website. Posted on 6 Nov 2020
Triple Crown grants fund Olympic aspirations
Another successful Triple Crown has come and gone at Oakcliff Another successful Triple Crown has come and gone at Oakcliff. As the first year of the 2024 quad, the focus on giving spreading the support with younger sailors. Grants given to winners help them on their long-term Olympic journey. Posted on 8 Oct 2020
Gul 2020 FOOTERSelden 2020 - FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTER