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Spring Race Clinic May 17 & 18, 2018



Special Invitation to The Second Annual

Galen Freeman One Design

Spring Race Clinic

May 17 – 18, 2018


One of the best things about racing sailboats is the willingness of those at the pinnacle of our sport to share their knowledge with the rest of us. It doesn’t matter whether you are at the very back of the fleet -- the middle -- or trading tack for tack with them at the front of the fleet; almost all of the Sailing “Rock Stars” will gladly offer helpful advice to help you improve your sailing.   When my wife, Carolyn and I discovered sailboat racing over 40 years ago, we were very fortunate to have many “Sailing Mentors” who would beat us in nearly every race … Then …

Coach and share advise with us afterward by sharing their experience.   We are grateful for every tip and gradually accumulated a vast store of knowledge plus many good friends … and … A love for the SPORT of SAILING


It is the tremendous help I have received over the years that motivated me to ask our Sponsor, Tony Giarratana, of GIARRATANA LLC to allow me to invite another of the best sailors in the World to join us and share a small bit of their vast experiences with the sailors at this year’s Galen Freeman One Design.


Thank you, Tony, … for your generous support to make this another special event … AND …

Bill Draheim, GUS SAILS, Rockwall, TX … for sharing your One Design knowledge with us. 


I am sure, all who attend will leave a better sailor.


Galen Freeman

Schedule of events

Leader & One Design Expert : Bill Draheim, Gus Sails, Rockwall, TX

Thursday May 17 – Afternoon and evening @ Hamilton Creek Marina

         16:30 – Discussion of plans for J/22 on water coaching (on deck)

          18:30 – “ROOT BEER” with BILL (as opposed to Beer w Bill)


Friday May 18 – J/22

        09:30 – Skippers & Crew meeting for day of “On the water” coaching

          10:30 – 15:30 – On water drills return to dock

          16:00 – 17:00 - Dock review & Q&A

Meet Bill Draheim

Galen Freeman One Design Race Clinic Leader

                -  May 17 – 18, 2018___________

We are extremely proud to introduce this year’s “Mystery Guest” for the Galen Freeman One Design  Clinic ... Bill Draheim, Rockwall TX.

Last October I was able to catch Bill at the VX1 National Championships - Rush Creek Yacht Club and ask him to share his winning expertise as our 2018 GFOD Clinic leader.   At that time, Bill had finished the last race and was enjoying his favorite beverage (more on that later) before accepting the National Championship Trophy to add to his wide collection of National and World Championships in numerous One Design Classes … Including the J/22.  


Meet Bill

Bill received the best sailmaking education possible at an early age. In the late 1970’s at the age of 18, Bill was one of the top promising young sailors in the nation, catching the eye of World Class Sailmaker/Sailor, Bruce Goldsmith. Bruce won National or World Championships in virtually every class he sailed. He designed championship sails in many more! Bruce finished 2nd in the 1972 Olympic Sailing trials to Buddy Melges and won the pre-Olympic regatta in Germany just before the Olympics. He was arguably the top sailor in the nation in the 70’s!!

After college, Bill was again fortunate to work with Dave Ullman who had established himself as Americas top sailor.  Dave first worked with Bill as his U.S. Olympic 470 team coach for the 6 years he was on the U.S. Olympic 470 Team.

Bill worked for Ullman Sails before purchasing his own Ullman Sails Loft in Dallas, Texas.  Bill kept the Ullman franchise for a few years, then was part of the North Sails Group a couple of years but ultimately opened his own loft - Gus Sails in Rockwall, Texas.

News Flash April 16 –

Bill has joined  Quantum Sails as One Design Specialist

BEER WITH BILL  - YouTube Sailing Tips BY  Bill Draheim

Beer with Bill – Finding a good Mentor – “You can’t get to the top unless you learn from the top” 

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 1:30 PM until Friday, May 18, 2018, 5:30 PM
Hamilton Creek Sailboat Marina
Hamilton Creek Marina Official Site
2901 Bell Road
Nashville, TN  37217

(615) 862-8472
Galen Freeman
(615) 377-6022
Registration is required
This is a racing clinic. Be prepared to to sail both days. No children under 18 unless directly involved in the racing event. No alcohol at this event.
No Fee