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Welcome to Twin Cities Youth Sailing (TCYS).

TC Youth Sailing is a volunteer, non-profit organization of youth-sailing supporters committed to providing sailboat racing opportunities for young sailors in the Twin Cities metro area. These volunteers are active amateur sailors representing the local sailing clubs of: Calhoun Yacht Club (YC), Minnetonka YC, St. Croix Sailing Club, Wayzata YC, Lake Harriet Yacht Club and White Bear YC.

Our racing activities coordinate with the racing classes at the local sailing schools of Lake Calhoun Sailing School, Lake Minnetonka Sailing School, Wayzata Sailing School, White Bear Sailing School and the St. Croix Sailing School.

If you want to race against the best youth sailors in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area this summer, TCYS is the place to be. Whether you sail an Optimist dinghy, Club 420, Laser or Laser Radial, you'll find an exciting time on the water.

TCYS sponsers a series of youth sailing regattas held in the twin cities area during the summer. Sailors up to 15 years old race in Optimist dinghies (single-handed) while sailors up to 21 years old sail the Laser and Laser Radial (single-handed) and Club 420 (double-handed). Volunteers from the local yacht clubs and sailing schools operate TCYS. These events will give sailors the experience needed to participate at ILYA, USODA, US-Sailing, high school and college sailing events.

During the season, sailors can follow the overall scores on the Results page of this website.


Membership is $25 and should be paid at the first regatta in which you participate.

Please note that TCYS follows the Optimist class age rules (USODA) for the season series rather than the ILYA rules. The most important different is that you may NOT sail an optimist in a TCYS event the year you turn sixteen although you maybe able to compete in the ILYA Optimist Championship.

For Optimist sailors only, we determine age as of the date for the first TCYS event so that the competitors' fleet color most closely reflects their age during the season summer.