Since 1854 • Bay St. Louis, MISSISSIPPI


2016-2017 Sailing Team

The regular sailing season practice dates are September 7 – December 7 and January 4 – May 17. Regular practices occur Wednesdays from 3:40 – 6:00 PM, and as called on Mondays, typically in the weeks ahead of a major regatta. During the months of January and February, we will have a clinic or practice depending on the weather. Always check the Activity Board for updates on practice schedules. We also use email and a GroupMe text group for the latest info. Of course you can also talk to your coach or another teammate.

Regular participation is required to remain on the team. In order to receive a varsity letter award, you must be a fully participating member of the team who competes at the varsity level. A fully participating member of the team attends a minimum of 60% of regular team practice.

Coach: Dan Zwerg

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Upcoming Regattas and Events

FALL 2016
September 10-11, Back to School, PontYC
October 1-2, Cressy Qualifier, SSBG
October 28-30, Cressy Trophy, SSBG
October 15, Monk Smith, Bay Waveland YC
October 8-9, Jerry Ellis Regatta, BYC
October 22-23, Shearwater Regatta, OSYC
Nov 5-6, High School Sailing Champs. PCYC
November 18-20, Great Oaks, Southern YC
December 3-4, Sugar Bowl Regatta, Southern YC

Feb. 4 Superbowl Regatta, BWYC
Mar. 11-12 Northshore Cup/Leukemia Cup Regatta, PontYC
Mar. 25-26 MS State HS Team Race Championship, PCYC
Apr. 1-2 SEISA Mallory/Baker Qualifiers, FYC
Apr 13-23 Sail the Bahamas, Key Largo to Bimini
Apr. 29 1699 Regatta, OSYC
Apr. 29-30 Alfonso Suter (Lasers D14 Champs)
May 12-14 Mallory Cup National Championship, MIT
May 26-28 Baker Cup National Team Racing, Norfolk, VA
Jun. 10-11 School’s Out Regatta, PontYC
Click here for all SEISA events.  Click here for the GYA schedule for more information on many of these listed above.  Bolded are regattas we’re planning solidly for; non-bolded are options we will decide upon shortly before.

2016 Sugar Bowl Regatta

Congratulations to the St. Stanislaus Sailing Team for their outstanding performance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Regatta held at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans Dec. 3-4. SSC was bested only by last year’s national fleet racing champion, Clear Falls High School. Skipper Charlie Breath and crew Hanna Dawley sailed in the A Division; Skipper Josh Grumme and crew members William Diaz and Frederick Cabell sailed in the B Division. Both groups placed second in their respective divisions for a combined place of second overall. Great job Sailing Rocks!


Congratulations to the Saint Stanislaus Sailing Team for winning the Mississippi State Fleet Racing Championship for the second year in a row. The regatta was held November 5-6 at Pass Christian Yacht club in moderate to rough conditions with easterly winds blowing approximately 15-18 knots. Competition was fierce with excellent teams from Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana sailing an 18 race series in 3 divisions. Boyd Housey won first place in the Laser division; Michael Burns, Claire Housey, and Thomas Duffy won first place in the 420-A division; Charlie Breath, Lauren Kidd, and William Baxter won second place in the 420-B division. Also sailing for Stanislaus were: Frederick Cabell, Hanna Dawley, William Diaz, Josh Grumme, Joel Grumme, and Tingjun Zhang. Way to go state champion Sailing Rocks!

Fleet Racing Champs 2016-2017

2016 Shearwater Regatta

Congratulations to Josh and Joel Grumme who represented the Saint Stanislaus Sailing Team at the Shearwater Regatta in Ocean Springs Oct. 22-23. Josh and Joel sailed 6 races over two days to win 3rd place in the regatta. Great job sailing Rocks!


100_1251The Saint Stanislaus High School Sailing Team won the Mississippi State Team Racing Championship Regatta held on March 5-6 at Bay Waveland Yacht Club. Five teams competed in a 30-race series over two days in beautiful sailing conditions. Saint Stanislaus placed first, winning all races sailed. Gulfport High School took second place; Ocean Springs took third; Saint Patrick placed fourth; and Ursuline Academy placed fifth.

Sailing for Saint Stanislaus were: William Baxter, Michael Burns, Charlie Breath, Frederick Cabell, Thomas Duffy, Joel Grumme, Josh Grumme, Boyd Housey, Lauryn Kidd, J.T. Moore, Taylor Traphani, Tyler Trapani, and Thomas Weber. The team is coached by Mr. Dan Zwerg and Mr. Dan Munger.

This latest win comes on the heels of winning the Mississippi State Fleet Racing Championship in the Fall. Stanislaus looks forward to competing in the Southeast Interscholastic Sailing Association (SEISA) championship regatta for fleet racing and team racing in April.

State Fleet Champs 2015-2016

Congratulations to the St. Stanislaus Sailing Team for winning the Mississippi State High School Fleet Racing Championship Trophy. Seven teams comprised of more than 50 sailors from Mississippi and Alabama competed in the regatta held at Bay Waveland Yacht Club. Team members sailed 14 races in each of 3 divisions for a total of 42 races overall. Team captain Charlie Breath led the team and skippered the 420-A Division with crew Thomas Duffy and Lauryn Kidd. Michael Burns skippered the 420-B Division with crew J.T. Moore and Tyler Trapani, winning all races and their 1st place division trophy. Skipper Boyd Housey dominated the Laser Division, winning all but one race and winning his division’s 1st place trophy. Race conditions were rough on Saturday and moderate on Sunday, but SSC “rocked” the whole time, thanks to great attitudes and effort, and the support of fellow teammates William Baxter, Ethan Estis, Gerardo Garcia, Maddie Trapani, and Thomas Weber. Congratulations once again to SSC’s state championship sailing team!

Back to School Regatta

Congratulations to St. Stanislaus sailors for their outstanding performance in the first regatta of the season, the “Back to School Regatta” held at Ponchartrain Yacht Club in Mandeville this weekend. Sailors competed in fleet racing and in the “Dinghy Challenge Cup” competition on Saturday and Sunday. In fleet racing, sailors from SSC sailed in two classes of 420–with spinnaker and with no spinnaker. Boyd Housey placed 1st in the 420 Spinnaker class; Josh Grumme and Joel Grumme placed 1st in the 420 no-spinnaker class. Frederick Cabell with crew members Ethan Theobald and Ethan Estis placed 3rd in the 420 no-spin class. In the Dinghy Challenge, sailors formed teams to sail 4 boats–a Flying Scot, 420, Laser or Sunfish, and an Optimist. For the second year in a row, Boyd Housey’s team took 1st place. Josh and Joel Grumme’s team placed third. Sailors from SSC enjoyed tremendous success this weekend–Great job sailing Rocks!!



The following links are good resources for learning how to race:
All Sailors:
Roll Tack Videos:
Roll Tack Video 1
Roll Tack Video 2
Roll Tack Video 3
Roll Tack Video 4

Racing Basics – By Mark Johnson, University of Iowa
Click here for printable version.
Racing Rules – Summarized (Unofficial)
Tips for Racing 420s
Online Sailing Course (U.S. Sailing)
Rules Quiz

Advanced Sailors:
Sail Smart
Starting Approaches
Mark Room Rules
Crewing Guide
Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) Official
ISSA Procedural Rules Official

Beginning Sailors:
Start Sailing Right – Short Course
Basic Racing Rules – Explained and Illustrated
Learn to Sail – GYC
Sailing Knots


Recommended Gear

We would like you to purchase team gear so we all look sharp at practices and regattas.  A printed description of all the options is available in the computer lab at school.  We sail year-round so be sure to prepare for the weather.  It’s just as much fun to sail when it’s cold IF you prepare.  For warm weather, shorts and t-shirts are great.  Additional gear you will need to be comfortable in the winter might include:

PFD–you MUST wear a USCG approved personal flotation device at all times.
Spraytop–a water resistant windbreaker will do
Spraypants–really help when it’s really cold
Boots–neoprene sailing boots keep your feet warm, otherwise wear shoes and socks
Hat–warm wool or nylon skull cap type
Underarmour–or longjohns for when it’s really cold
Layers, layers, layers

If you would like to be outfitted with the best gear for the conditions we encounter, here are some very specific recommendations.  You don’t have to buy these items now, but eventually, you’ll want these items or something like them.  Most of these items are listed in Annapolis Performance Sailing’s catalog (800-729-9767). Ask for a high school sailing discount. You might also check with West Marine. The items and prices listed below are a couple of years old, so use this as a guide and verify price and availability.

Gloves — a virtual “must-have.”  Gill Championship Glove, DG7240 Fingerless.  Measure the circumference of your hand at the fullest point of the palm, not including the thumb. Sizes: 5″= XXS, 6″=XS, 7″=SM, 8″=MD, 9″=LG, and 10″=XL.  $27.95 from APS, 800-729-9767.  You can also get some nice gloves locally at West Marine in Biloxi (corner of Pass Rd. and Popps Ferry Rd.).

PFD — A good one made by Ascend is currently available from Bass Pro Shops for $65.  Norge by Astral AST203, Red, SM/MD, LG/XL, or XXL.  $112 from APS.  Another APS choice would be the Extrasport Retro Avenger, Red/Gray for $110.  Sizes available are:  XS, SM/MD, LG/XL.

Spraytop–Musto One Design Smock, MSS0153, Red/Black, SM-XXL $110 from APS.

Trousers–Musto One Design, MSS0159, Black, SM-XXL. $110 from APS.

Boots–Gill Dinghy/Trapeze Boots, DG905T, Mens sizes 4, 5/6, 7, 7 1/2, 8, 9, 10, 10 1/2, 11/12, 13, 14.  $59.95 from APS.