Youth Sailing Program

The sailors will be matched to various levels of sailing ability in the Sail Program. These class descriptions and progression steps are listed below. Progression is dependent upon the sailor's acquired skill levels during the program and previous year's efforts Swimming participation is required for all sailing program participants until completion of the Community Water Safety/Basic Water Rescue (CWS/BWR) level defined by HYC. Refer to the swim program for a description of its classes.

PW Sailors

Age Requirements : Must be 6 years old or older by December 31st of the program year.

Skill Requirement : Successful completion of PeeWee Sailors class or similar sailing experience, or at least 8 years old by June 1st of the program year.

Class Description : PW (Pee-Wee) Sailors is an introductory class of the basics of sailing, for beginners. The class meets twice a week for two hours each day. Each class starts with a classroom session discussing the day’s focus, then a warm up, and team-building activity. It is important to be on time!
During class on the water, each boat has one senior or junior instructor plus a number of PW sailors depending on the vessel. A combination of fun activities and skill building drills will be incorporated into the class to develop a love of sailing and confidence in each child. The sailors will learn safety and rules of the program, parts of the boat and sail, wind direction, points of sail, seamanship, rigging, mooring and docking the boat, capsize and recovery, skippering and crewing, tacking and jibing, basic right of way rules, boat care and knots.
Special emphasis is placed on being safe on the water, team building, sportsmanship and having fun. Once the program begins you will receive a schedule of the planned themes for the summer.

Class Meeting Time : Monday, Wednesday: 10-12
Your child will be assigned to one of two groups of PW Sailor classes. Based on enrollment, this assignment may change.

Boats Used : The Club launch, the coach boats, rowboats, Hunter 140’s and J-22’s.


Opti Beginner

Age Requirements : Must be 8 years old or older by December 31st of the program year.

Skill Requirement : None.

Class Description : Opti Beginner provides a fun environment to help young sailors learn how to sail their single-handed boats. The class meets three days a week. Each class starts with a chalk talk to discuss the day’s focus, then a warm up and team-building activity. It is important to be on time! A combination of fun activities and skill building drills will be incorporated into the class to develop a love of sailing and confidence in each child.
The sailors will learn safety and rules of the program, basic right of way rules, advanced knots, navigation and weather patterns. This class introduces sailors to the Optimist; the parts of the boat and sail, points of sail, seamanship, rigging, docking the boat, steering, tacking and jibing, basic boat handling skills with the tiller extension. This class also focuses on helping the sailors become more comfortable in their boats, and, when appropriate, the introduction of racing skills.
Parents of sailors who express an interest in racing outside of class should speak with their child’s instructor to determine readiness. If the instructor approves, the parent should sign their child up for the HYC Sunday Series and other green fleet events.

Class Meeting Time :Sailors should arrive ½ hour before the start of their class in order to help get boats off racks with the assistance of instructors or available parents if necessary. Boats should remain de-rigged until all hulls are readied.

Boats Used : Personally owned Opti.


Opti Intermediate

Age Requirements : Must be 9 years old or older by December 31st of the program year.

Skill Requirement : Successful completion of Opti Beginners class or similar sailing experience, or at least 9 years old by June 1st of the program year.
Our Opti Intermediate class is being divided into two different levels; Opti Intermediate and Opti Intermediate Learn to Race.
The Opti Intermediate class will focus on further developing the skills learned in the Opti beginner class with a particular focus on boat handling skills, sail trim, seamanship, and sportsmanship. Students in this class will have passed Opti Beginner, will be comfortable rigging, de-rigging, launching, landing, and sailing at all points of sail independently.
The Opti Intermediate Learn to Race class will focus on preparing sailors to participate in green level regattas, with a particular focus on racing tactics and racing rules. Advanced boat handling skills specific to racing will also be a central focus of the class. Students in this class should have mastered basic boat handling in their Optis, and should demonstrate a desire to learn to race competitively.

Class Description : The Opti Intermediate class builds upon the skills learned in Opti Beginner. The class meets three days a week. Each class starts with a chalk talk to discuss the day’s focus, then a warm up and team-building activity. It is important to be on time! A combination of fun activities and skill building drills will be incorporated into the class to develop a love of sailing and confidence in each child.
The sailors will learn safety and rules of the program, basic right of way rules, advanced knots, navigation and weather patterns. This class reviews: the parts of the boat and sail, points of sail, seamanship, rigging and docking the boat, steering, tacking and jibing, basic boat handling skills with the tiller extension. This class continues to focus on helping the sailors become more comfortable in their boats and their racing skills.
Parents of sailors who express an interest in racing outside of class should speak with their child’s instructor to determine readiness. Parents should register the sailor for both the July and August HYC Sunday One Design Series. Sailors are also encouraged to participate in local green fleet regattas provided they did not compete as a green fleeter the previous summer.

Class Meeting Time : Opti Intermediate 1: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-12
Opti Intermediate 2: Tuesday, Thursday 9-12, Wednesday 1-4
* Sailors should arrive ½ hour before the start of their class in order to help get boats off racks with the assistance of instructors or available parents if necessary. Boats should remain de-rigged until all hulls are readied. Your child will be assigned to one of two groups of PW Sailor classes. Based on enrollment, this assignment may change.


Opti Advanced

Age Requirements : Must be 10 years old by June 1st of the program year.

Skill Requirement : Successful completion of Opti Intermediate class or similar sailing experience, or at least 10 years old by June 1st of the program year.

Class Description : The Opti Advanced class meets five days per week with one floating day off for rest. It is scheduled at the same times as the Opti Race Team with one full-day training per week to build stamina for the many long days at away regattas. The goal of the class is to raise the level of racing skills and sportsmanship through drills and actual racing in a structured class environment.
The Opti Advanced class will travel along side the Opti Race Team to some of the Southern Mass Sailing Association events, but not necessarily participate in as many events. They will also combine classes for the Club Class Championships during those race days.
Each class starts with a chalk talk to discuss the day’s focus then a warm up and team-building activity. It is important to be on time! A combination of fun activities and skill building drills will be incorporated into the class to develop a love of sailing and confidence in each child. This class offers sailors the opportunity to sharpen their skills in Optimists, practice their boat handling skills and become more comfortable racing their boats.

Class Meeting Time : * Sailors should arrive ½ hour before the start of their class in order to help get boats off racks with the assistance of instructors or available parents if necessary. Boats should remain de-rigged until all hulls are readied.


420 Program

420 Intro, 420 Race Team A, B, C Our Club 420 program will include both a 420 introduction class and a race team that will be divided into A, B, and C Teams.

Sailors must be recommended by a previous instructor to try out for the 420 race teams, and must have either completed 420 Intro or have been on the Opti Race Team. The try outs will occur within the first week of the program. At this point, all sailors trying out will meet together for the full week. At the end of the week those trying out will be divided into A, B, and C teams. We will send each team to appropriate level regattas throughout the summer.

Sailors in 420 Intro will be those who are preparing for eventually competing on the 420 race team. This class will introduce them to boat handling skills appropriate for racing the Club 420 as well as introduce them to basic racing tactics and strategies.