Skull Island Race Team

About Us

Skull Islanders want you!

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We are a volunteer run sailing team open to sailors of all ages.  We are dedicated to fun and to helping sailors from New Brunswick kick ass. If you can sail a windward-leeward course on a laser, opti or 420, we want you!

The Skull Island Race Team Is Not Sailing School!

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We exist to supplement  programs offered by traditional sailing schools by enabling enthusiastic sailors to practice together and to travel as a team to provincial and regional regattas.

What we do:

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Help sailors organize so they can more easily compete.  We help with:

a) travel 

b) accommodations 

c) chaperones (for minors) 


Registration Fee

$75 (pinny not included)

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Skull Island Race Team Pinny

$30.00

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Coolest Pinny in the Maritimes!

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Schedule

Summer 2019

  • ARK JULY 6-7                                             Bedford, NS
  • RKYC JULY 13-14                                      Saint John, NB
  • SAIL EAST!!! August 1-4                          Shediac, NB
  • RYC August 10-11                                     Rothesay, NB  
  • (TBD) Race The Tide                                Charlottetown PEI


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FAQ

Q: Is the Skull island race team an elite racing program that will lead me to the national team?

A:In a word, no.  Our goals are much more modest. We're more interested in getting more sailors on the race course and having fun while doing so. Increased speed and skill will almost definitely be a byproduct but not the goal. 

Q: Can anyone join?

A: If you can sail a windward leeward course  in an Optimist, Laser, Radial or 420 you're in!  And unlike any other race team in the country, it is for any aged sailor. There is a youth (under19) and senior (19 and over) section. Master sailors (35 and over) are highly encouraged!

Q: Ok I want to join, what do I do?

A: Fill Out the registration form, pay the registration fee $75 and then watch this sitefor our first practice in July.


What can I expect to get out of this team?

A:  Help getting to and from regattas, a team of enthusiastic sailors to practice and travel with and the best team gear in the Maritimes!


Who we are

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Dave Cripton-FOUNDER AND PROFESSOR EMERITUS

Dave has been racing sailboats since he was 10 years old. He's always had a passion for sailing in New Brunswick and is the veteran of three Canada Games campaigns (twice sailing and once as a coach). A former Sail Canada instructor evaluator he was an instructor at SBYCSS for 8 years and is a former NB provincial coach. Dave has been on the podium as well as placed dead last in regattas all over North America.

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Lucie Ford-COACH

Lucie is NB sailing’s 2017 “Sailor of The Year”, and has been racing since she was 10. She is a level 5/6 coach with several years of coaching experience both at the SBYC and Able Sail. Between 2009-2012, she was one of the province’s top Opti sailors winning provincial regattas as well as Top Female sailor at Sailing School. Graduating to In 420s saw wins in both Shediac and Rothesay

In 2015 she started racing 29ers with Annie Dysart, placing 3rd at Sail East in 2015 and 2016 as well as competing in the Canadian Youth Championships and CORK. Their partnership culminated  with a very strong 4th place finish at the Canada Games in 2017. Now a member of the NCAA varsity sailing team at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.  In a few words from her university coach, he says "Her determination for success drives her actions. Her commitment to the sport of Sailing, whether in the classroom or on the water, is commendable.  She is a leader, a teacher, and most importantly, a friend to all."  As coach of the Skull Island Race Team, she hopes to see the team participate competitively at maritime regattas and to also have fun while learning and focusing on the racing aspects of sailing. She is very excited to have a fun summer filled with racing!

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Lucie racing At the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Gimli, Manitoba

Team Captains

Jeff Boudreau -Senior Team Captain

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 Jeff was 2016 New Brunswick Male Sailor of the year. He also comes from a long line of Shediac sailors.  Sa voile de practique est meme fierement un drapeau Acadian.  Last summer saw a 1st in Shediac, 2nd in Rothesay, and 2nd at Sail East.  Jeff, (and his training partner Christien Vienneau) who rekindled their love of lasers by each getting one as a 35th birthday present has, like a fine wine, gotten better as he has aged, logging more hours on the water in Shediac Bay than anyone else over the last 5 years, training almost year round in Shediac.

Ben Cripton-Junior Team Captain

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In 2018 Ben was the recipient of the Top Racing Skipper at SBYC Sailing school. Also in Club 420's with skipper Dom Theriault they placed first in the Shediac regatta as well as 2nd place finishes at both ARK and the Rothesay Regatta.  They ended the season at the Canadian Youth Championships in Toronto placing 12th out of 24.  Ben was also the winner in Shediac in 2017 as well as Rothesay in 2015.  In the spring and fall he races Lasers in Brooklyn NY where he attends Brooklyn Technical High School majoring in Environmental Science

Team Burgee

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Meaning

Orange for the famous Shediac sunsets, green for the land of our spiritual home Skull Island and blue for the water of Shediac Bay.  Top left is a Common Tern, who have a breeding colony in Shediac Bay, and who have one of the longest migratory routes in the world. 

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