2018 Clinics

Spring Opti Clinic — $225

Spring 420 Clinic — $225

Advanced Opti Racing Clinic
with Mauricio Galarce — $300

  • June 2–3
  • Application are now being taken for this limited capacity clinic. Apply here.
  • Up to 16 kids
  • The clinic will focus on boatspeed and boat handling
  • Two full days on the water and in the classroom with a top notch opti coach

Advanced 420 Racing Clinic
with Mitch Hall — $225

  • Clinic June 16–17 open to all applicants 16 kid maximum
  • Applications are now being taken for this limited capabcity clinic Apply here
  • Private clinic on June 18th for GPYC sailors
  • During this clinic sailors will work on boat speed and boat handling with a top college racing coach. This intensive clinic will last two days both on the water and in the classroom

Beginning Laser Clinic — $125

  • June 9–10
  • Registration here
  • For opti and 420 kids interested in learning the laser
  • Top local laser coach(es)
  • Two full days on the water and in the classroom
  • By the end kids will know how to rig laser, learn basic boat handling, fun regatta at the end
  • 8 kid maximum

Advanced Coaching Clinics — Free

  • June 2 with Mauricio Galarce in the MAC
  • June 17th with Mitch Hall in the MAC. Open to all coaches. Mauricio was just chosen to coach the USODA international team in Wales.

College Sailing Information Night
with Mitch Hall — Free

  • June 16th in the MAC
  • Open to all parents and high school sailors
  • Learn about what college sailing is all about, how to apply to colleges and get in touch with coaches, what to expect if you try out for a college team, understand the benefits and opportunities that come with college sailing

About Guest Coaches


Graduated in 2008 from Florida State University (B.A., Political Science, International Affairs). While studying at FSU, Galarce re-organized its sailing club into a competitive ICSA team, which he served as Race Team Captain. After graduation, Galarce returned to his hometown of Miami, Fl. finding employment with Sail Laser, L.L.C. where he ultimately advanced to the position of Center manager. Throughout those years, Galarce contested various Snipe, Etchells and J24 championships, and actively campaigned the 49er.

In 2012, Galarce assumed the position of Head Green Fleet coach at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. Emphasizing learning and dedication, and using a competitive curriculum, his early coaching efforts immediately bore fruit. During his tenure, CRYC’s Green Fleet program won the Green Fleet Division of both the 2013 and 2014 National Championships, and placed podium finishers at the 2013 and 2014 Orange Bowl Green Fleet Regattas. In 2015, Galarce began coaching CRYC’s RWB program, where his success continued, helping to qualify 32 and 25 CRYC sailors for the 2015 and 2016 U.S.O.D.A. Team Trials, respectively, and winning the 2016 U.S. National Championship.

After seeing-through the success of a historic, home-grown generation of Optimist talent, Galarce started coaching at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club in Fall, 2016. Galarce continues to pursue his passion for the sport, employing his unique motivational methodology, and a commitment to constant, high-level improvement in the tradecraft of both sailing and coaching, to raise future cohorts of champion sailors.


Mitch Hall is in his sixth season as the assistant coach for the College of Charleston sailing program. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Hall joined the Cougars during the 2011-12 season after serving as the head coach at Tulane.

Last year, CofC captured its first-ever ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship title in program history and was presented with the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy, awarded annually to the best overall collegiate team in the nation.

Hall has won numerous events in his sailing career including the ICSA Sloop Championships, the ISSA Singlehanded Nationals and the U.S. Sailing Singlehanded Nationals.

Hall also excels at team racing and helps supplement the strength the Cougars show in team racing as evidenced by their third-place finish at the 2011 Nationals.

For more information contact: Emily Simon