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 Pee Wee 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.

 

 

Seaman 1 & 2

Seamen learn the basics of sailing and spend most of their time in Hunter dinghies while also being exposed to J22s, club safety boats and tenders. After an initial instruction period, they sail around the inner bay with a junior instructor in the boat. Seamen learn sailing terminology, seamanship, both helming and crewing, rigging, docking, basic right of way rules, knots, the fundamentals of navigation and on-water safety.

 

 

Mates 1 & 2

Mates build on the skills they learned in Seamen. They gain confidence through time on the water.

 

 

Skipper

Skippers build on the skills they learned as Skippers and Mates. They practice both helming and crewing skills in Hunters, J22s and O’Pen Bics. They learn to fly spinnakers, land at a mooring, beach launch, basic boating skills and advanced knots. In addition, they increase their knowledge of navigation and weather patterns.

 

 

Captains

This class is all about having fun while spending time on the water and improving sailing skills. Adventure Sailing is designed for the pre-teen or young teenage sailor with little or no sailing experience, or those who would prefer to emphasize recreation rather than racing. In addition to water activities, the lessons will also incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) throughout the summer. Topics include: measuring wind, buoyancy, sail area, water quality testing, marine debris, land and sea breezes, underwater exploration.

 

Sailors will cover all the basics while sailing doublehanded in Hunter dinghies, J22s, O’Pen Bics and occasional outings on other sorts of boats for fun and variety of experience. Topics and activities such as destination sails in the bay and ocean, navigation, and field trips to local sailing industries and attractions will keep participants engaged while promoting a broader knowledge of our sport.

 

Take Adventure Sailing if:

You like being outdoors with friends

You prefer the idea of sailing without competition

You want a ton of variety in your sailing experience

 

 

Opti Beginner

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

Skill Requirement: Sailor must have complete Mates or Seaman and be recommended by instructors for Opti Beg.

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 Intro LTR

This class is for younger sailors who are eager to learn to race. The class will learn the same skills presented to the Opti Intermediate Class, however learn to apply those skill to a race at an earlier stage. Sailors will build upon all of the skills they have learned in prior classes, and apply them to the racing fundamentals. It will be strongly encouraged that all sailors sail in at least 3 regattas throughout the summer. These regattas will be determined by the coach, and will be “team events."

 

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 alongside 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.

 

Opti Race Team

The Optimist Race Team is a group of sailors who want to practice their racing skills and compete in Optimist dinghies. Team members travel together to regattas at other clubs and help host the Wianno Opti Regatta. During practice time, Optimist racers practice starting techniques, racing tactics, boat speed, tuning the boat for various wind conditions, roll tacks and some introductory team racing. Daily attendance at practice is expected. Each sailor must commit to attending seven regattas during the summer. Sailors must be sailing in the Championship fleet at all regattas

 

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.

Intro to 420

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.

420 Race 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.

 

 

Sailing Instructor Training Course

The Sailing Counselor (SC) course is designed to prepare camp counselors, and staff from community sailing and scouting programs, to supervise small boat recreational sailing activities typically conducted on sheltered and protected waters.

The emphasis is on safety and hands-on practice to familiarize candidates with proper terminology and boating techniques. Sailing Counselor training will also provide a model for how a counselor might structure actual sailing activities. These courses are taught by Small boat Level 1 IT’s.

 

COURSE GOALS

  • Familiarize candidates with principles of risk management, including carrying out a safety inspection.

  • Familiarize candidates with sailboat nomenclature and proper sailing terminology.

  • Prepare candidates to properly rig a small sailboat. Prepare candidates to conduct a swim check.

  • Prepare to conduct a capsize/rescue drill.

  • Familiarize candidates with land drills.

  • Rehearse candidates in fundamental small boat sailing skills and familiarize then with routine sailing drills.

  • Familiarize candidates with basic “rules of the road” for small sailboats.

  • Familiarize candidates with on-the-water safety, possible emergencies, and overboard recovery and rescue techniques.

  • Familiarize candidates with hazardous weather conditions.

  • Prepare candidates to organize and conduct safe and orderly sailing activities.

  • Familiarize candidates with the use of hand signals in on-water communication.

  • Familiarize candidates with US Sailing Training programs, products and resources.

  • Minimum age limit for Sailing Counselor Course Participation

  • All Candidates must have reached their 14th birthday within the calendar year of the course.

LIMITATIONS OF THE SAILING COUNSELOR COURSE (vs. Level 1 Sailing Instructor Certification)

The Sailing Counselor course is not a certification course. It is therefore recommended that Sailing Counselors will work under the supervision of Level I Certified Sailing Instructors. Please note that that Sailing Counselors are not powerboat qualified and successful Sailing Counselor candidates are not covered by US Sailing certified instructor personal liability insurance afforded fully certified instructors.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

  • Basic sailing experience

  • A basic understanding of sailing theory and minimal practical experience sailing a small boat is expected.

  • Ability to swim 50 yards both with and without a life jacket.

  • The accepted swim strokes are: front crawl, breaststroke, side stroke, elementary backstroke, back crawl and butterfly, as defined by the American Red Cross. Floating and treading water are not considered to be swimming strokes, and sculling or finning as a way of moving through the water while floating or treading is not considered to be a swimming stroke.

  • Completed course registration form accompanied by appropriate course fees (and any late charges).

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION & CERTIFICATION

  • Sailing Counselor cards may be granted to those who pass the following:

  • Swim/Life jacket check – Practical Evaluation

  • Know basic safety for sailing

  • Show basic risk assessment and management for sailing

  • Basic sailing Skills practical evaluation

  • Familiarization of classroom, on land, and on the water, teaching methodologies

TRAINING MATERIALS

All materials will be sent directly to the course site and handed out by the Instructor Trainer. The training materials for the Sailing Counselor course include the following:

Learn Sailing Right! Beginner sailing (student manual)

Sailing Smart Activity Book and Instructor’s Handbook

Other handouts and course information as applicable