TSA Conditions and Guidelines 

for Youth Events


TSA Youth Racing Circuit Conditions and Regatta Guidelines (2024)

2024 Changes and Additions:

TEMPLATE – Notice of Race (2024)

TEMPLATE – Sailing Instructions (2024)

Safety Guidelines

Some key items from the Conditions and Guidelines for all volunteers to note:

The TSA Conditions (13.1) state that all life jackets should be US Coast Guard approved. Previously, the popular Zhik brand life jackets were not U.S. Coast Guard-approved.  In 2019 Zhik released a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD.  All sailors who wear the Zhik brand PFD should ensure theirs is the newer version that is U.S. Coast Guard-approved.  If it is not, the sailors should be asked to find or borrow something different. They should not be permitted to compete in the non-approved life jackets.

The official notice board should have local emergency contacts and other important safety information. Additionally, one person should be designated as on-shore safety. This person:

Some TSA parents are doctors. Contact us prior to the start of the event and we can provide names of some doctors who will be on site just in case.

On the water, the RC and/or safety boats should always stay out until the last competitor has returned to shore. This is stated in the Guidelines (Para. 19.12.12).

The competitors’ briefing should include remarks about any local hazards. Particularly, look ahead to the busy launching and retrieving process to avoid confusion from parents and sailors.

Green fleet should have a separate briefing and a separate line on the water. Encouraging communication from the PRO is always welcome on the Green line!

Regatta Planning Checklist

One month prior to Regatta:

One week prior to Regatta:

Friday night or Saturday morning of Regatta: