The LTS Race Teams provide 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. We view our race teams as supplementing the LTS learn-to-sail program, enabling our students at all levels of sailing skill and interest to find a place to explore their passion for sailing.
One major goal for the LTS Race programs is to integrate our team members into the active sailing community in Harbor Springs — one of the most storied sailing centers in the United States (not to mention the most beautiful). 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. Perhaps more importantly, Little Traverse Sailors has a vast number of alumni who enjoy the sport and pleasure of sailing as a lifelong passion.
The diversity of the Harbor Springs sailing scene is one of the strengths of the LTS Race programs. With training and racing available in boats ranging from our 9ft Bugs on up to our brand new state-of-the-art Club 420s, an active and highly competitive Laser fleet, active small keelboat racing in J/70s, NMs, and Alerions, and a substantial big-boat fleet racing weekly on Little Traverse Bay.
For Summer 2017, LTS is offering two versions of the race team experience:
- The LTS Race Team, for 13-20 year olds who want to learn advanced sailing, racing, and seamanship in a team environment. Click here for more details and to apply.
- The LTS Junior Race Team is a program designed to offer our sailors the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sailboat racing in a low-key and fun environment, and discover if racing is something they are interested in. The Junior Race Team is offered all summer long as a part of the LTS learn-to-sail program. Click here for more details.
If you have any questions about the 2017 Race Team programs, please feel free to contact our Director of Racing Programs, Dan Thompson.
Dan Thompson, Director of Racing Programs
Little Traverse Sailors