Camp and Sailing Instruction

2021 KIDS CAMP - June 21st - September 3rd
2021 JUNIOR SAILING - June 28th  - August 20th

Little Mariners

4-5 year olds, Tues/Thurs or Mon/Wed/Fri 9:30-11:30

This class is geared towards our youngest campers and is held outside along the harbor or on the beach and teaches children about the pond and beaches, how to keep them healthy, the creatures that live in and around the water and also uses this class to introduce the children to boating and water safety. Swim lessons will be incorporated into the curriculum for both the 2 and 3-day sessions. Children must be 4 years old at the start of the class and should bring a towel and life jacket to each class.

Junior Crew

6-7 year olds, 3-day (Mon/Wed/Fri) or 5-day 9:00-12:00

Similar to Little Mariners, this class teaches children about the pond and beaches, how to keep them healthy, the creatures that live in and around the water and also uses this class to introduce the children to sailing and boat safety through games, activities and daily on-the-water outings. Sailing and Swim lessons will be incorporated into the curriculum for both the 3 and 5-day sessions. Children must be 6 years old at the start of the class and should bring a towel and life jacket to each class.

Beginner Opti

Mon-Fri mornings

This program is for sailors age 8-10 and will be offered in different sections with a maximum of 5 students per section to minimize exposure, with each student maintaining custody of one boat for the duration of the program (either their own boat or a rental that is solely theirs for the session). The program will be a hybrid of on land activities and on the water introduction to Opti sailing with the goal of minimizing contact and exposure between instructors and students. The program is designed to be active and engaging for kids to teach them the fundamentals of sailing as well as engage in fun summer activities while maintaining a safe environment. The non sailing activities will be used on days when there is either too little or too much wind to safely and effectively learn to sail and may include usage of boats around the club, beach adventures, environmental protection activities, gardening, crabbing, knot tying, building boats, and other crafts and activities.

Intermediate Opti

Mon-Fri afternoons

This program is for sailors age 9-12 with beginner Opti experience, and will be offered in small classes to minimize contact and exposure. This program will focus on perfecting and reviewing skills learned in beginner opti as well as more advanced sailing skills and an introduction to racing. Intermediate Opti skills include reviewing beginner skills like the points of sail, where the wind is coming from, tacking and gybing and proper form. Sailors will mostly focus on becoming very comfortable in a sailboat, while also slowly becoming introduced to racing. New skills will build on their beginner skills as well as new techniques for boat speed. Becoming at home in a boat is important in sailing and in building a foundation for racing.

Advanced Opti

Mon-Fri afternoons

This program is for sailors age 10-13 with intermediate Opti experience. This program will focus on racing and advanced techniques of opti sailing. We will review and perfect beginner opti and intermediate opti skills then move into racing. We will focus on boat speed and learn new skills like roll tacking and roll gybing. We will also learn about racing rules as well as tactics and strategies. Although this class is centered around racing, there is still a place for non racers. Learning how to go fast and maneuver your sailboat are important sailing skills that reach beyond racing.

Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced 420s

Mon-Fri mornings for Beginners and Mon-Fri afternoons for Intermediate/Advanced

This program will be for sailors age 12+ and welcomes all sailing levels. Groups will be limited to 4 kids to limit exposure and contact between students and groups will be split up by skill level. This program will meet 4 times a week. We will review basic sailing techniques learned in optis as well as learn skills required for 420 sailing such as single handling a 420 without a jib and learning how to maximize speed. In beginner classes students will learn about the wind and how to maneuver the boat. In advanced 420 classes students will learn race techniques and strategies in addition to how to rig a 420 sail to go fast and how to maintain boatspeed.

BYO Sailing Adventures

Recruit friends and build your own class for Summer 2021! Please contact the club to schedule a build-your-own sailing adventure class.

Private Lessons

Private lessons for members of any age can be scheduled in any number of boats (beetles, 420, quest, bug, Hobie, etc) by contacting the club. Lesson rates are $75/hour for one sailor and an extra $25/hour for each additional sailor.

If you have any questions as to which class to register your child for, please feel free to email our Sailing Director, Art Ellis. Private Lessons will be available beginning June 19th, when the club opens.