Many U.S. National Championships have a clinic before the racing begins. These clinics are organized by the host and the respective National Chair. US Sailing's Racing Clnic program provides a turnkey operation.
These clinics should have four objectives:
• Make the racing fairer by familiarizing all teams as equally as possible with the boats to be raced -- familiarity with the boat should not be a competitive factor;
• Familiarize all teams as equally as possible with the racing venue, including the waters, wind and seasonal weather conditions in which the races are to be held, emphasizing obstructions (if any), tidal currents and conditions, and probable location of marks, weakening any potential "home-court" advantage as much as possible;
• Take advantage of the opportunity to further advance the skills of already-advanced sailors who have brought together at this event, and through them the skills of many other sailors;
• Provide every team a growth and success opportunity independent of regatta placement.
US Sailing is available to assist in helping find certified coaches if hosts would like to organize their own clinics. Hosts are free to select an individual of their choosing to run the clinics. US Sailing recommends but does not require that the clinic instructor hold a minimum of a Level 1 certification from US Sailing. Hosts will contact and contract directly with the coaches, who set their own fees
Road to Rolex clinics are open to women of any age who are interested in preparing for US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship.