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Advanced Opti clinic with top North Sails Optimist Coaches and Experts in Miami, FL

North U is hosting the Leading Edge Optimist Clinic on November 2nd and 3rd in conjunction with the Southeast Champs, Nov. 4-5th. Hosted by Key Biscayne Yacht Club in Miami Florida, the clinic will include on the water sail testing sessions with the North Sails Optimist product line test sails, where sailors will be equipped with GPS tracking. Sail set-up and advanced tuning techniques will be discussed, paired with seminars on ‘How Sails Work’ led by Optimist Experts Zeke Horowitz and Mike Marshall. Awards will be handed out on Friday to the top performing sailors at the clinic. Charter boats are provided by McLaughlin Boatworks. Join us in Miami on Nov. 2-3rd for an interactive sailing experience with one of the best Optimist coaches in the nation.

“I am really excited about our first ‘Leading Edge’ High Performance Clinic presented by North Sails. At this clinic we would provide all the sailors with top information on how to improve their techniques and have a better understanding on how sails work!” -Juan Carlos Romero

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Clinic Schedule:

8:30 am – Check-In / Breakfast Buffet & Make Your Lunch
9:00 am – All sailors rigged & ready
9:00-10:00 am – Sail Set-Up & Rigging Tips
11:30 – 4:00 pm – On-the-Water Training & Sail Testing
4:00 – 4:45 pm – Debrief / GPS Tracking Analysis
5:00 – 6:00 pm – ‘How Sails Work’ Seminar with North Sails Experts Mike & Zeke

8:30 am- Breakfast Buffet & Make Your Lunch
9:00 am -All sailors rigged & ready
9:00 – 10:00 am – ‘How Sails Work’ Seminar with North Sails Experts Mike & Zeke
10:30 – 4:00 pm – On-the-Water Training & Sail Testing
4:00 – 5:00 pm – Debrief/ GPS Tracking Analysis


Coaches: Who are they?

Juan Carlos Romero is one of the most accomplished and experienced coaches in the Optimist class with nearly 25 years coaching experience. Born in Ecuador, Juan has coached at many top programs such as the Annapolis Yacht Club, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Lauderdale Yacht Club, Coral Reef Yacht Club and is currently the Sailing Director at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club in Florida. Juan has also coached the Ecuadorian and United States National Teams in international events such as South Americans, North Americans and Worlds.

Zeke Horowitz grew up in Sarasota, Fla. where he quickly took to sailing and began racing in the Optimist Class at the age of nine. His Optimist racing took him all over the world and inspired his passion for sailing and the camaraderie that comes with the sport. He continued on to race in other dinghies and small keel boats throughout high school, garnering multiple state and national championships along the way. Zeke attended The College of Charleston in South Carolina where he was selected as an Honorable Mention All-American twice, as well as an Academic All-Conference All-American. Zeke was team captain his senior year, and led the Cougars to their first ever ICSA Team Racing National Championship.

Mike Marshall grew up in Rhode Island racing Optimists, 420s, and Lasers. He graduated with a degree in Geophysics from Connecticut College, where he was co-captain of the sailing team for two years. He is currently focusing on designing sails for one-design boats and one-design custom projects, including designs for the US Olympic 470 teams and many other world-championship-level programs.

For additional information, contact:

North Sails Head Coach Juan Carlos Romero at 410-212-5303,

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