ECSA Midget Regattas

 

ECSA participates in two distinct Midget events each year:  The Middle Atlantic Midget Championships and the Midget Challenge.  Details follow on each of these events, including how to qualify to represent ECSA at these events.  Sailors are eligible for “Midget” status if they are 15 years or younger on both days of the final event.

 

Middle Atlantic Midget Championships

 

ECSA participates in the Middle Atlantic Midget Championships each year along with seven other YRAs/SAs (Yacht Racing Associations/Sailing Associations).  The YRAs/SAs take turns hosting the regatta on a rotating schedule:

2016 Chesapeake Bay YRA

2017 YRA of Long Island Sound

2018 Eastern Long Island SA

2019 Eastern Connecticut SA

2020 Middle Atlantic YRA

2021 Great South Bay YRA

2022 North Jersey YRA

2023 Barnegat Bay YRA

Each Association may enter two boats in each of the single handed (Optimist) and double handed (Club 420 with spinnaker and trapeze) classes.  These eliminations are open to all ECSA Midgets, with no restriction as to one per club.

To determine which two boats represent ECSA in the Club 420 class, ECSA conducts a one-day elimination, sailed concurrently with the 420 fleet at the ECSA qualifier regatta noted on the schedule (Niantic Bay Junior Olympics for 2016).  The top two Midget finishers qualify for the Middle Atlantic Midget Championships.  If a qualifier cannot attend, the invitation to represent ECSA goes to the next finisher.

To determine which two boats represent ECSA in the Opti class, ECSA tabulates the lowest point total for skippers sailing at least five of the following eleven regattas:  Watch Hill, Weekapaug, Sachem’s Head, Fishers Island, Niantic Bay, Pine Orchard, Ram Island, Madison Beach, Groton Long Point, and NESS/Wadawanuck.  Scoring is based on overall fleet finishes, with 1 point for first, 2 for second, etc. A third in a small fleet counts the same as a third in a large fleet. Ties will be broken by the most first, seconds, thirds, etc. If a tie still remains, then who beat who in the last regatta both sailed will be the tie breaker.  The two skippers with the lowest point totals qualify for the Middle Atlantic Championships.  If a qualifier cannot attend, the invitation to represent ECSA goes to the skipper with the next lowest point total.

 

Midget Challenge Regatta

 

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2016 Midget Challenge Waiver

Double handed teams from ECSA also compete in the Midget Challenge Regatta against teams from Western Long Island Sound, Great South Bay, and Eastern Long Island.  This regatta, typically held at the US Coast Guard Academy in Flying Juniors (FJs) near the end of the summer, uses normal fleet racing rules.  No team racing is allowed.

To determine which boats make up the ECSA team, ECSA conducts a one-day elimination, sailed concurrently with the 420 fleet at the ECSA qualifier regatta noted on the schedule (Niantic Bay Junior Olympics for 2016).  The top 7 ECSA Midget finishers become the team that represents ECSA at the Midget Challenge Regatta.

A total of 20 (more if available) boats race.  The #1, 2 & 3 skipper/crew combinations will sail one boat each.  The #4, 5, 6 & 7 qualifiers will share two boats at the USCGA. If a winner cannot attend, then the next lowest point total will be invited.  Team scores are totaled to determine the winning team.  Trophies are awarded to the top 3 skippers and crews.