Race Team

The LTS Race Team provides our students with the opportunity to expand and enhance their involvement with the sport of sailing, with the ultimate goal of helping to build lifelong sailors. Alumni of past LTS Race programs have been and are members of the elite in the world of sailboat racing, including members of America’s Cup teams, world champions, Collegiate All-Americans, and more. Little Traverse Sailors has a vast number of alumni who enjoy the sport and pleasure of sailing as a lifelong passion.

The LTS Race Team is designed for committed sailors age 13-20 who want to take their sailing experience to the next level. The program gives team members the opportunity to grow their sailing skills, learn advanced racing tactics, and build a passion for sailing in a fun team sport environment. This experience is designed for sailors who are comfortable and confident sailing on their own; prospective team members need to have mastered all points of sail and basic boat-handling.

Head Coach Dan Thompson is the Assistant Sailing Coach at Cornell University in New York, and has over fifteen years of youth coaching experience and ten years collegiate coaching experience at one of the premier college sailing programs in the country.

Schedule + Fee

2021 Fee

Race Team  $1,600*

Weekdays 12:45pm to 3:45pm

Admission to race team requires application approval by Race Coach.

What's Included

  • Season-long coaching, instruction and boat use for Race Team activities, including coaching during Monday/Thursday evening dinghy racing and LTS Youth Regattas
  • A 2020 Race Team pinny (to be designed this spring with input from the Race Team)
  • Race Team Merch
  • Entry fees for all LTS-run racing programs during summer 2020, including Dinghy Racing and the Youth Regatta Series
  • A junior membership in the Little Traverse Yacht Club (LTYC)
  • A ticket to the LTYC Annual Banquet and Dance in August — where the seasonal awards will be announced.

*Please note: 2021 LTS Race Team participants will be billed in early June 2021.

Youth Regattas
Little Traverse Sailors hosts a number fun youth regattas throughout the summer. Designed for current LTS sailors who feel confident in their sailing skills, these fun regattas help foster our youth racing community while honoring past LTS supporters. The dates can be found on our calendar. Our Youth Regatta Chair is Martin Grin.

The Traveller Regatta

 The Traveller Regatta honors David Irish and his legendary boat Traveller. Traveller was a kelly green Peterson 34 that was sailed at the highest levels particularly in Bayview-Mackinaw Races and offshore races of LMSRF Area V in the 1980s.

The “one of a kind” single-spreader boat enjoyed much success sailing “old school” against much more modern boats of the times. The success of Traveller was a true testament to the “genius” of Dave’s sailing ability as the boat was as unique as her skipper.

The Traveller Regatta Trophy provided by the Irish Family shows Traveller approaching Mackinac Island in the 1986 Bayview-Mackinac Race.

The Collaboration Regatta

 The Collaboration Regatta honors Oliver Grin and his legendary boat Collaboration. Collaboration was a Nelson Merek 46 that enjoyed great success in the Great Lakes and across the globe in the 1990s.

Collaboration twice won Key West Race Week in addition to a first overall finish in the Miami-Montego Bay Race, first overall in the NYYC’s Onion Patch Series and first in class & third overall in the Newport-Bermuda Race. Success followed Collaboration as it came back to the Great Lakes winning first overall in the Bayview-Mackinac Race, Queens Cup & Ugotta Regatta.

Ollie & Collaboration were named Boat of the Year by Yachting Magazine and selected to represent the United States at the Commodore’s Cup in Cowes, England. Collaboration led the three boat U.S. team to victory in the Commodore’s Cup over a very competitive field comprised of teams from 17 countries and four continents.

The Collaboration Regatta Trophy donated by the Grin Family depicts the “Spirit of Collaboration” which was the foundation of Grin’s philosophy for success both on and off the water.

The Tomahawk Regatta

 The Tomahawk Regatta honors T.K. Lowry and his multiple boats named Tomahawk. The Tomahawk boats were a fixture in both the Chicago & Bayview Mackinaw races during the 1980s & 1990s.

While Lowry skippered Tomahawk to winning its class four times and winning 1st overall in the 1996 Bayview Mackinaw Race, it was the events of the 1985 Bayview Mackinaw race that were his most courageous. During 1985 Bayview Mackinaw Race, his C&C 35 Tomahawk suffered a hull failure during a vicious storm resulting in Tomahawk sinking in 19 minutes. All crew members were safely rescued and Lowry continued to sail in the Mackinaw races for many years to come…

The Tomahawk Regatta Trophy was donated by the Lowry Family and crafted by R.J. Oldenkamp.

The Teddy Brown Regatta

 The Teddy Brown Regatta honors former LTS sailor, Teddy Brown and his infectious spirit. We lost Teddy in a tragic plane crash in 2016 that also claimed the lives of his mother and father. Teddy was an LTS student with a big smile that enjoyed the simple pleasure of being on the water sailing with his LTS friends.

While Teddy enjoyed sailing, he didn’t necessarily consider himself a “serious racer.” It is with his spirit in mind that the Teddy Brown Regatta focuses on having fleets for all skill levels and always a “sweet treat” on the shore after racing.

The Teddy Brown Regatta Trophy was donated by his friends at Little Traverse Sailors.

Dinghy Racing

LTS is pleased to run weekly competitive dinghy races, with Lasers racing Monday evenings and 420’s competing Thursday evenings. Unless otherwise stated by the race committee, the races will start in the vicinity of the Harbor mark. The race committee will attempt to run 3-4 races per evening using a 3 minute dinghy starting sequence. We use the current edition of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing and the International Laser Class Association rules. Any inquiries or questions can be directed to Meredith Moran, this year’s Captain of the Dinghy Fleet, via email meredith.moran@littletraversesailors.org.

A copy of the Laser and 420 Series SI’s can be found HERE

Registration for dinghy racing is now open! Register below.

Laser Racing

June 21-August 16
Mondays 6pm
$75 fee (no fee for LTS Race Team)
BYO Laser
LTS Lasers will be available to current LTS Youth and Race Team Sailors

*Use of LTS boats requires approval from Fleet Captain Meredith Moran meredith.moran@littletraversesailors.org 


420 Racing

June 24-August 19
Thursdays at 6pm
$275 fee includes use of LTS 420 (No fee for LTS Race Team)

*Use of LTS boats requires approval from Fleet Captain Meredith Moran meredith.moran@littletraversesailors.org