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Race Coach & Assistant Race Coach Application

Reports to: Program Supervisor 

Classification: Seasonal, full-time

Mid-June to  Mid-August

Additional opportunities May-June September-October

The Head Race Coach and Assistant Coach (if needed based on enrollment) work under the direction and supervision of the Program Supervisor. The racing coaches are responsible for implementing a comprehensive racing program consistent with SBJSA Leadership's goals.

The candidate should be a leader who is highly organized and self-motivated with excellent communication skills. Part of this position includes communicating with parents, members, sailors, and other staff respectfully and effectively.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Plan, prepare, and teach daily lessons in racing and race boat handling, the USSA Racing Rules, sail trim and helming, boat rigging/de-rigging, safety, seamanship, regatta procedures, etc, in a safe environment and according to the details provided in the SBJSA Travel Race Team (TRT) curriculum documents for Opti, Laser & 420. To the best of your ability, adjust lesson plans to fit the needs and skill levels of enrolled campers in that TRT session.


2. Utilize the SBJSA TRT Curriculum Progression Diagram to help campers move through skill levels logically and understand how they advance and learn through the curriculum.


3. Create and utilize effective “rainy day” programming for the TRT when inclement weather prevents on-the-water activities.


4. Demonstrate proper handling care and respect for all materials, boats, equipment, and facilities to team members and, by example, in your own actions.


5. Be willing to carry out additional duties assigned by the Program Supervisor.


6. Supervise students to ensure their safety at all times.


7. Supervise each racer, group of racers, and physical areas used by racers to store equipment.


8. Schedule and attend regular meetings with the Program Supervisor regarding the needs of the program, including the Program Supervisor's daily staff meetings.


9. Collaborate with the Program Supervisor and the Executive Director in planning the SBJSA inter-club and regional regatta schedule and transportation of racers and equipment. Effectively and regularly communicate with parents in a timely fashion about the racing event schedule, where volunteer assistance is needed or required in order for the team to travel (including transporting race team members and towing boat trailers, etc), departure/arrival times, contact phone numbers at the destination yacht club, etc.


10. Encourage and support the spirit of racing by informing all racers of other appropriate races/regattas in the area and their eligibility


11. Directly supervise, assign boats/trailers, and coach SBJSA racers at the SBJSA

Thursday Night Racing Series and designated inter-club and regional junior regattas that may involve weekends as assigned. This also involves maintaining records of equipment, preparing student certificates and presenting awards.


12. Contribute ideas at staff meetings and provide enthusiasm and energy for the staff team.


13. Oversee the delivery and coordination of the Learn to Race program and curriculum with the Travel Race Team program and curriculum.


14. Direct and evaluate the Assistant Race Coach (if that position has been filled) and communicate to the Program Supervisor those instructors who represent good candidates for involvement in the racing program, including future coaching potential.


15. Be a role model and example of good sportsmanship. Teach students how to react and conduct themselves in competitive situations on the water and in protest hearings on land, including how to lose.


16. Report all boat damage and/or equipment damage or loss to the Program Supervisor in a timely fashion.


17. Understand and comply with all requirements set forth in the Head Race Coach Employment Offer document, including weekly work schedule/hours (including travel and coaching at inter-clubs and regattas), travel reimbursement and required mileage records, restrictions on time off, etc.


Must be at least 18 years of age 

  • Current CPR/AED Certificate

  • US Sailing Level I - Level 2 

  • Current Standard First Aid

  • NYS Safe Boating Card

  • USSA Safe Sport Certificate

  • Driver's License and Clean Record

**To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to

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