Youth Summer Sailing

2018 Junior Programs

Classes will run in two sessions: Monday, June 25th through July 20th and Monday, July 23rd through August 17. Each class runs three hours: from 9-12 or 1-4, on its scheduled days. Instruction takes places at NBYC.

 

Don’t forget the SAILING POTPOURRI CLASS 1:00-3:00 PM Tuesday and Friday!!

Sailing Potpourri

Designed for kids who enjoy sailing but aren’t interested in racing. This class will utilize all the boats that NBSA has to offer from Optimists and 420s to Blue-Jays and Ensigns, and even larger boats to cruise around Niantic Bay. Exploration of different boats will be accompanied by games and activities at destinations; a good time is guaranteed! Sign up today!

Beginner

An introduction or reintroduction to sailing. This class is for the young student who has one year or no prior sailing experience. Beginner students will have fun and learn skills in both small group and whole class lessons. The basics of sailing, wind directions, parts of the boat, rigging, steering , sail trim, tacking, jibing, knots, towing, and docking, capsize and recovery, bailing as well as basic boat care. Swimming, games, and knot tying will all be part of this fun-focused introduction to sailing class. This class will be taught primarily in Optis and Blue Jays.

There are two sessions available, afternoon and morning. Classes meet three days a week for 8 weeks. However, classes will meet Monday-Friday for the first week.

Opti Green Fleet

This class is designed for the young sailor who has mastered the beginner class and is ready to learn some basic racing skills. These skills can be tested at local Eastern Connecticut Green Fleet Regattas. These fun, low-key regattas are for kids that want to begin and test competitive racing. Owning your own boat is a good idea and encouraged.

Double-handed Beginner

This class is for the older beginner sailor. This fun class will be taught in 420s and possibly Blue Jays. Basic skills addressed in this class will be wind directions, parts of the boat, rigging, steering , sail trim, tacking, jibing, knots, towing, and docking, capsize and recovery, bailing as well as basic boat care.

Intermediate Double-handed Sailing

This class is recommended for sailors who have participated in two full seasons of sailing classes who are age appropriate and ready to move on from the Optimist. We recommend at least 13 years old. Lessons will be primarily taught in Blue Jays and 420s. Intermediate sailors will build upon the skills learned as beginners. 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. Sail trim (main, jib, and spinnaker), weight distribution, upwind steering, points of sail, sailing backwards, and introduction to spinnakers will all be covered in class. Seamanship and basic racing will also be introduced.

Optimist Racing

This class is for the Opti Sailor who is eager and committed to learning racing skills. This class is longer in length to provide sailors more time in the boat, a concept proven to develop stronger skills. Opti racers will develop racing skills including rigging for optimum speed, race preparation and strategy development, various starting tactics, upwind/downwind steering, strategy, and rules. Classes will be formatted to include both small group instruction focused on boat handling (mark rounding, roll tacking/gybing, starting, etc.) and whole class racing. Opti Racers will be encouraged to participate in Twilights, weekend racing, and regattas (for which coaching will be provided).

420 Racing

This class is for the 420 Sailor who is eager and committed to learning racing skills. This class is longer in length to provide sailors more time in the boat, a concept proven to develop stronger skills. 420 racers will develop racing skills including rigging for optimum speed, race preparation and strategy development, various starting tactics, upwind/downwind steering, double handed sail trim, and rules. Classes will be formatted to include both small group instruction focused on boathandling (mark rounding, roll tacking/gybing, starting, spinnaker and trapeze, etc.) and whole class racing. 420 racers will be expected to represent NBSA in the ECSA team races and are encouraged to participate in Twilights, Weekend Races, and regattas (for which coaching will be provided).