Since 1854 • Bay St. Louis, MISSISSIPPI


2017-2018 Sailing Team

The regular sailing season practice dates are September 6 – December 6 and January 10 – May 16. Regular practices for the entire team occur Wednesdays from 3:40 – 6:00 PM; varsity only practices are at the same time on Mondays. 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 and regattas. 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 and attends a minimum of 60% of team practices.  In order to receive a participation certificate, you must participate in at least 40% of team practices during the year.

Coach: Dan Zwerg

Upcoming Regattas and Events

FALL 2017
September 9-10, Back to School, PontYC
September 23-24, Cressy Qualifier, Fairhope YC
September 29-October 1, Wadewitz Regatta, Fairhope YC
October 7-8, Jerry Ellis Regatta, BYC
October 14, Monk Smith, Bay Waveland YC
October 21-22, Shearwater Regatta, OSYC
October 27-29, Cressy Trophy, St. Petersburg YC
November 4-5, High School Sailing Champs, GYC
November 18-19, Great Oaks, SYC
December 2-3, Sugar Bowl Regatta, SYC

Jan/Feb Superbowl Regatta, BWYC
Mar. Northshore Cup/Leukemia Cup Regatta, PontYC
Mar. MS State HS Team Race Championship
Apr.  SEISA Mallory/Baker Qualifiers
Apr Sail the Bahamas, Key Largo to Bimini
Apr 1699 Regatta, OSYC
Apr Alfonso Suter (Lasers D14 Champs)
May 12-13 Mallory Cup National Championship, Lakewood YC
May 26-27 Baker Cup National Team Racing, San Diego, CA
Jun. School’s Out Regatta, PontYC
Exact dates for Spring 2018 are not available yet.

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.

Back to School Regatta – September 9-10, 2017

Congratulations to the Saint Stanislaus Sailing Team for winning the first regatta of the season! The team competed in the Back to School Regatta held at Pontchartrain Yacht Club in Mandeville this weekend. It was a clean sweep for Joshua and Joel Grumme who placed 1st in all races sailed, winning the 1st place trophy in the 420 division. Joshua and Joel also competed as part of a Dinghy Cup Challenge team, along with Chris Friend from Pontchartrain Yacht Club and Molly Lagarde from Southern Yacht Club. With straight bullets, the Grummes led their team to victory, bringing home the 1st place trophy for the Dinghy Cup Challenge, the James Edwards trophy, and season passes to Gulf Islands Water Park. Way to go Sailing Rocks!

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!

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!




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
Racing Rules – In Brief
Racing Rules – Summarized (Unofficial)
Tips for Racing 420s
Rules Quiz

Advanced Sailors:
Do’s and Don’ts for Roll Tacking
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.