Big Blue Sailing Academy

2021 Elite Laser Training Program at ODU


Purpose: Provide professional instruction, race training, and coaching in Laser Radials (4.7 or Laser Standard also suitable) for dedicated and experienced youth sailors in the Chesapeake Bay region utilizing the facilities and expertise of the Old Dominion University Sailing program. The program will be conducted and managed by Big Blue Sailing Academy, LLC in partnership with Hampton Yacht Club, for alternating sessions.

Curriculum: Weekly training will include boat handling, boat speed, sail trim, one design tactics and strategy, video analysis, and age appropriate conditioning and fitness.  Other topics will include nutrition, event preparation, weather strategy, and mental focus.

Staff: The Program Director and Head Coach will be Mitch Brindley, head coach at Old Dominion University. Over 27 years coaching experience at the youth, collegiate, national, and international level in a variety of one design class dinghies with extensive experience in Laser and Laser Radials. Some notable athletes coached include Anna Tunnicliffe (2008 Olympic Gold Medal Laser Radial), Sally Barkow, Brad Funk, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Laser Team 2009, Rob Crane, Erika Reineke, Zach Railey (2009 Skandia Sail for Gold – Bronze in the Finn class), and Stephanie Roble. Brindley has coached and conducted clinics at various US Sailing Junior Championships.

Assistant Director and Coach: Morgan Collins, Assistant Coach Old Dominion University. Morgan has extensive Laser Radial coaching and sailing experience. While a team member at Old Dominion, she qualified for the LaserPerformance Singlehanded National Championships four years in a row.  And as a youth sailor she finished second at the US Sailing Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship. In addition to collegiate coaching Morgan is a frequent coach for US Sailing at national youth clinics and regattas.

Technical Director: Tyler Colvin, Assistant Coach Old Dominion University.

Program Schedule: The nominal weekly training schedule will be Tuesday – Friday 9:30 am- 3:30 pm June 14 – Aug 6. We are modifying our schedule to partner with Hampton Yacht Club and alternate training at HYC every two weeks where the team will work with Vir Minon.  Actual training dates will vary based on regatta travel schedule. Participants are encouraged to participate in travel regattas as part of the Big Blue Sailing Academy Race Team. Maximum 12, minimum 6. 

Fee: 2 week sessions $634 (boat charter is an additional fee)

Fee includes travel-training days, but not away regatta coaching fees and travel related expenses. If availability exists, participants may register on a weekly basis for $350 per week. Sailors are encouraged to have their own boats. Limited chartered boats may be available for additional fee.

Facilities: Rigging, launching, and instruction will take place at the Old Dominion University Sailing Center. Boat storage will be available and limited charters will be available from Old Dominion University Sailing. 

Restrictions: The University and NCAA regulations prohibit limiting the attendance in any way based on skill level.  The only permissible limitations on attendance are number, age, grade level and/or gender.  The target age will be 14-18 with an enrollment of 8-12 athletes.

2021 Elite Youth Laser Radial Schedule:

Youth Laser Radial Training program: June 14 – Aug 6, Monday - Friday (9:00am – 4:00pm). Actual dates will vary based on regatta travel schedule. The day after a regatta will normally be a day-off.  








June 7-11 M-F


ODU Sailing Center

$ 176

Prep for ILCA Nationals


June 14-25 M-F


ODU Sailing Center

$ 634

ILCA Nationals 18-21,


June 28-July 9



$ 634

(Sign up with HYC)


July 12-23


ODU Sailing Center

$ 634


July 26-30



$ 325

(Sign up with HYC)


Aug 2-6


ODU Sailing Center

$ 325

ILCA National Championship        June 18-20         ODU Sailing Center 

CBYRA Regattas  

Fishing Bay YC Annual JR Regatta          June 26-27         Fishing Bay YC, Deltaville, VA 

Annapolis Annual JR (MD States)           July 6                 Annapolis YC 

Sandy McVicker Regatta (MD States)      July 7                 Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis, MD 

Hampton YC Junior Olympics                July 10-11           HYC 

NYCC Annual Junior Regatta                 July 22-23           Norfolk Yacht and Country Club 


Additional regattas to consider: 

Area C Smyth Qualifier                               TBA                   TBA 

Junior Women’s Singlehanded Regional July TBA                  Old Dominion University Sailing Center?

Ware River Annual Regatta                        TBA                    WRYC  

Carolina Yacht Club Annual                       Aug 7-8               Wrightsville Beach, NC