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Junior Sailing Class Descriptions


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Class Descriptions:

 

Beginners – Ages 8-12

An introduction to sailing, Beginners will have fun with the basics of sailing – wind directions, parts of the boat, rigging, capsize and recovery, bailing, knots, points of sail, tacking, jibing, towing, and docking, 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 Prams. Students will sail double-handed (in pairs) and hopefully solo by the end of the session, but that decision will be tailored to each student’s comfort level.
There are 2 sections of beginner class. The classes have the same curriculum and skill level (new to sailing), they just meet at different times.

Class times: Beginner ‘A’ meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-12.
                     Beginner ‘B’ meets Monday, 1-4 pm; Tuesday & Thursday from 9-12.
                     2-week option: Sailors attend class every morning, 9 am - 12 pm, for 2 weeks.
Price is the same for all three beginner options: $405
 
Add A Day:
Children who want to sail more often can add a day or two days of class each week. Classes added must be for the entire session and must be the same day each week. Under the ‘Additional Programs’ part of registration, you will have the opportunity to add a class or two extra for your beginner. After registering for an extra day or two, please contact the program director to let her know which day or days your sailor will attend as ‘add-on’ day(s). Cost $100 for one day and $200 for two days added to each 4-week session.
Price: $405; $810 for 8 weeks

 

Intermediates – Ages 9-12

Intermediate sailors will build upon the skills learned as beginners to sail solo in Prams. 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. Docking, sail trim, weight distribution, maneuvering, points of sail, getting into and out ‘of irons’ and sailing backwards will all be covered in class. Seamanship and basic racing will also be introduced. Since children will exposed to windier conditions in this afternoon class, they may intermittently sail Hunter 140s with a junior instructor in the boat as part of the class.
 
Class Times:   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1-4 pm.
                         This class is 4 week or full 8 week summer sessions.
Price: 4 Weeks: $470; 8 Weeks: $940.

 

Adventure Optimist – Ages 10-12

This class is intended for the sailor who has completed Intermediates (or the equivalent). Sailors must be comfortable sailing solo. The class will expand on the seamanship and boat handling they have previously learned with lots of “tiller time” in Optimists. Sailors will be on the water in their boats sailing for fun, exploring the Bay, learning how to sail well in a variety of conditions. Instructors may also introduce racing in a fun, non-traditional way.
Sailors are encouraged to join in the Monday evening fun races off the dock at CYC, which start at 4:30 and end at 6 pm. The first Monday night racing off the dock will be June 25.
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own boats, though it is not required. CYC has 10 available boats for charter, thus 10 places in the class for kids without their own boat. The charter fee is $150/session. The ‘Additional Programs’ section of registration will allow you to reserve and pay for a CYC charter boat. You can charter a boat for one session or both, so please pay attention to which you choose when registering.
 
Class Times:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 1-4 pm
                        This class is 4 week or full summer (8 weeks) sessions.
Price: 4 Weeks: $400; 8 Weeks: $800. 
 

Adventure Sailing – Ages 12+

Adventure sailing is a class for children 12 years of age and older who:
             1.) Enjoy sailing and just want to enjoy time on the water (but not race) and/or,                           
             2.) Are new to sailing.
This class uses multiple platforms to cruise around Narragansett Bay- Hunter 140s, O’Pen Bics, Hartley 10’s, J/22s, and anything else that we can find to safely float and sail. Sailors are welcome to bring their own boat to class too!
The class will focus on fun on the water and using the power of the wind to go to various destinations around the Bay. They will play games at their destinations and swim in addition to learning sailing basics such as wind direction, parts of the boat, rigging, capsize and recovery, knots, towing, docking, time and distance, as well as basic boat care.
Sailors will take turns doing all the jobs on the boat – steering, trimming the main and jib, and being the navigator.
 
2-week session Dates:
Session 1: June 25 - July 6
Session 2: July 9 - 20
Session 3: July 23 - August 3
Session 4: August 6 - 17
 
Available Class Times (prices are per 2 week session):
2 days a week, Monday & Friday, 9 am – 12 pm, $160
2 days a week, Monday & Friday, 1-4 pm, $160
2 days a week, Monday & Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, $310
3 days a week, Tuesday – Thursday, 9 – 12 pm, $210
5 days a week, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 12 pm, $340
5 days a week, Monday & Friday 1 – 4 pm, Tuesday -Thursday 9 am - 12 pm, $340
5 days a week, Monday & Friday 9 am – 4 pm, Tuesday - Thursday 9 am - 12 pm, $500
 

Keel Boat Crew Training - Ages 12 +

The goal of this class is to give young sailors a larger sailing platform to sail with friends and become confident and competent sailing a J/22 keel boat. This class is for sailors who are ages 11 or 12 and older. Ideally, children will have some sailing experience and understanding of sailing. For example – where the wind is coming from and points of sail. CYC’s J/22s will be used in this class. There will be an instructor or junior instructor on board each boat. Sailors will learn how to sail a J/22 and become skilled in the different positions. (This is a recreational keel boat class, intended for students to have fun sailing with their friends while learning the different positions and skills on a J/22.)
 
2-week session Dates:
Session 1: June 25 - July 6
Session 2: July 9 - 20
Session 3: July 23 - August 3
Session 4: August 6 - 17
 
Class Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 am – 12pm
Price: 2 weeks: $290/2 week session

 

Green Fleet Optimist Team

Green Fleet Opti is for beginning Optimist racers. Sailors who participated in Adventure Optimist in previous years, anyone who is competitive, and/or is interested in starting to race Optimists should join this group. Like any other sport, racing hones skills and mastership of the sport. Instruction encourages fun on the water with sessions that combine racing drills and recreational sailing. Green fleet sailors need to be able to go upwind, tack, jibe, and control their boats in varied wind conditions.  The class will teach the fundamentals of racing and racing rules. Ideally, sailors will participate in local regattas on Narragansett Bay including Jr. Race Week as a part of the Green Fleet class. These races are typically short, close to shore, and are designed to encourage the beginning racer. The Green Fleet includes sailors of any age with entry-level racing skills. There will be a CYC coach and motorboat at each scheduled regatta. Regatta entry fees and NBYA membership expenses are additional, but necessary to compete in the NBYA regattas. Regatta registration must be done on the NBYA website: http://nbya.org/juniors/
 
Sailors must have their own boat for this class. If owning your own boat is a barrier to entry for this class for your sailor, please contact Meg Myles. 
 
CYC has an eight boat Optimist trailer to help transport our Opti Racing sailors to regattas. Spots on the trailer can be purchased for $50/event, or $55 for one regatta. This can be found on the ‘Add-Ons’ section of the website. Parents will still be responsible for getting their sailors to the regattas and all the gear except for the hulls. A regatta parent, or the coach, will organize parents to car pool.

The week before the program begins, the coach/coaches will send parents an e-mail to schedule a time to bring your sailor’s boat to CYC. Instructors will help sailors to rig their boats. Parents are encouraged to be present. The instructor(s) will explain NBYA regattas - how, where & when to register, as well as parent expectations in terms of regattas and the general schedule.
 
Green Fleet sailors are also strongly encouraged to attend Monday evening ‘Learn to Race off the Dock’ sessions, which run from 4:30-6. These are free and open to all sailors participating in CYC’s Jr. Sailing Program. Parents are encouraged to come and get involved. Monday evening sessions end with hot dogs and watermelon at 6 pm. Pre-registration is NOT required. There is no fee. This is open to ALL CYC Junior Sailors. (Parents are encouraged to come and watch their sailor. Parents, if you are a sailor, your help is always welcome!)
 
Equipment List & tools for Opti’s: This is the time to start a toolbox for your sailor.
http://conanicutyachtclub.org/Juniors/Junior-Sailing/JS-Forms.aspx
 
Also, please download and read this article from the Optimist Class. It is an older article, but still very relevant and helpful. Parent Manual Part I:
http://conanicutyachtclub.org/Juniors/Junior-Sailing/JS-Forms.aspx
 
For those parents who want more technical information about the Optimist and tips on rigging, as well as vocabulary words, please download the Parent Manual Part II:
http://conanicutyachtclub.org/Juniors/Junior-Sailing/JS-Forms.aspx
 
Class Times:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 am – 4 pm
                        This class is full summer (8 weeks) only.
Price: 8 Weeks - $1,000.
 
Regatta Schedule: Calendar tbd

 

CYC Optimist Racing Team

The CYC Opti Racing Team is for Optimist sailors who have completed at least one season in Green Fleet Optimist and enjoy racing. Racing is also the best way to master the sport of sailing and hone your skills. Sailors should have basic racing skills. Practices will focus on racing drills, advanced boat handling, racing rules, and strategy. Optimist racers are expected to attend NBYA regattas and Jr. Race Week. There will be a CYC coach and motorboat at each scheduled regatta. Sailors must have their own boats. Sailors are encouraged to bring their own lunch to class as the timing of lunch may vary due to weather conditions.

At regattas, sailors are put into three different divisions based on age. The fleets are known as Red, White, & Blue:
White fleet is for skippers who are 10 and under.
Blue fleet is for skippers who are 11 or 12.
Red fleet is for skippers who are 13, 14, or 15.
(Please note, sailors can race in Green Fleet for as long as they want to. Sailors in CYC’s Opti class are encouraged to race in the red, white, and blue fleets, but may remain racing in Green Fleet if they prefer. Regardless of what fleet a sailor sails in, sailors on the CYC Optimist Racing Team will practice at CYC altogether (not in Green Fleet class).

In all fleets, the determining date is the skipper’s age on the first day of the regatta, not the skipper's age at the end of the current year. Skippers move up to blue fleet on their 11th birthday and red fleet on their 13th birthday. At most regattas, the red, blue, and white fleets all start at the same time and race on the same course. Trophies are typically awarded to the top skippers in each age group, or fleet.
 
CYC has an eight boat Optimist trailer to help transport our Opti Racing sailors to regattas. Spots on the trailer can be purchased for $50/event, or $55 for one regatta. This can be found on the ‘Add-Ons’ section of the website. Parents will still be responsible for getting their sailors to the regattas and all the gear except for the hulls. A regatta parent, or the coach, will organize parents to car pool.
 
Parents are still responsible for getting their sailor’s to the regattas and all the gear except for the hulls. A regatta parent, or the coach, will organize parents to car pool.

The week before the program begins, the coach/coaches will send parents an e-mail to schedule a time to bring your sailor’s boat to CYC. Instructors will help sailors to rig their boats. Parents are encouraged to be present. The instructor(s) will explain NBYA regattas - how, where & when to register, as well as parent expectations in terms of regattas and the general schedule.
 
Equipment List & tools for Opti’s: This is the time to start a toolbox for your sailor.
http://conanicutyachtclub.org/Juniors/Junior-Sailing/JS-Forms.aspx
 
Also, please download and read this article from the Optimist Class. It is an older article, but still very relevant and helpful. Parent Manual Part I:
http://conanicutyachtclub.org/Juniors/Junior-Sailing/JS-Forms.aspx
 
For those parents who want more technical information about the Optimist and tips on rigging, as well as vocabulary words, please download the Parent Manual Part II:
http://conanicutyachtclub.org/Juniors/Junior-Sailing/JS-Forms.aspx
 
Class Times:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 am  – 4 pm
                        This class is full summer (8 weeks) only.
Price: 8 Weeks: $1,000.
(There is a $75/session discount if Optimist Racing is combined with Green Fleet 420.)

Regatta Schedule: tbd

 

Green Fleet 420 – Age 13+

This class is an introduction to sailing and racing Club 420’s (formerly called Apprentice 420). Sailors who are interested in progressing to racing, and those who may be interested in high school and college sailing, should join this class. The class will focus on all aspects of becoming a competent 420 sailor: skippering and crewing, long distance sails, seamanship skills, docking, rules of the road, and introduction to spinnaker and trapeze will be covered in class. Basic boat-handling and more advanced boat handling will be stressed. Ideally, each sailor will become competent as a skipper and a crew.
All students in this class MUST view this safety video prior to the first day of class:
https://youtu.be/gZT-lT0Hb0Q

Add a day of class! Sailors can add Wednesday's 9 am - 4 pm to their schedules. In 2018, first session, all Wednesday's are available; second session on July 25 & August 1 are available to add. (Add-on prices reflect this on the FamilyID.com registration site.)
Sailors will be integrated into the 420 Racing class to be exposed to other sailors with higher skill levels. Green Fleet 420 sailors will sail with the racing class as well as have the chance to watch from the motorboat as well.
*Note: this class is a preparation class for Racing 420s. Sailors will switch skippering and crewing to get the experience of doing all the different jobs of sailing the boat.
** Sailors are encouraged to bring their own lunch. The timing of lunch may vary due to weather/sailing conditions.
 
Class Times:  Monday and Friday from 9 am- 4 pm. Add-on Wednesday’s, 9am - 4pm
                        This class is 4 week or full summer (8 weeks) sessions.
Price:  4 Weeks: $490; 8 Weeks: $980.
            Add Wednesdays: $730/session for session 1 (4 Wednesday’s); $610 for session 2 - only 2 Wednesday’s are available to add on

 

Lasers/Byte’s 

This class is designed for anyone who wants to sail/race a Laser or a Byte. Instruction will focus on boat handling, sail controls and making adjustments, weight placement, technique, racing, and strategy. Though the class will be geared towards racing, long distance and “fun” sails will be interspersed with drills to achieve competency and confidence. Racing singlehanded sailors are expected to attend the NBYA regattas and Jr. Race Week. There will be a CYC coach and motorboat at each scheduled regatta.
Sailors are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Lunch-time may vary due to weather conditions.
Parents must register sailors for the NBYA regattas on the NBYA website: http://nbya.org/juniors/ . Fees associated with NBYA regattas are not included in the CYC Program fees, but include an NBYA membership, which is usually about $25, and a fee per regatta which is typically about $30/event. The fee for Junior Race Week is approximately $125. (It costs more because it is a three-day regatta.)
Class Times:  Monday & Friday 9 am – 4 pm.
                        This class is 4 week or full summer (8 weeks) sessions.
Price: $340/session. (There is a $75/session discount if combined with 420 Racing.)
 
Regatta Schedule: tbd

 
 

CYC 420 Racing Team

420 sailors who have a strong desire for racing and have demonstrated good, solid boat-handling skills in 420s or other boats, are ready for the CYC 420 Racing Team. Practices will focus on advanced boat handling with trapezes and spinnakers, racing drills, racing rules, and strategy. Skipper/crew teams will be formed by the coach, though requests will be considered. Fees include the use of CYC boats and equipment in class and at NBYA regattas. 420 sailors are encouraged to own their own boats if they are interested in participating in events outside NBYA. (There is also a discount if you bring your own boat.)
 
CYC will provide trailers to transport 420s to NBYA regattas. Parents are needed to help tow the trailers and/or tow boats by water to regattas. Every parent will be asked to be responsible for the logistics of one 420 regatta (be a regatta parent).
 
All students in this class MUST view this safety video prior to the first day of class:
https://youtu.be/gZT-lT0Hb0Q
 
Parents must register sailors for the NBYA regattas on the NBYA website: http://nbya.org/juniors/ .
 
Fees associated with NBYA regattas are not included in the CYC Program fees, but include an NBYA membership, which is usually about $25, and a fee per regatta which is typically about $30/event.
 
420 practices include the discipline of team racing. Team racing is not only an excellent way of practicing boat-handling, but is a discipline in college sailing and throughout the world. CYC sailors will practice as a team and participate in inter-club team races with local clubs.
Sailors are encouraged to bring their own lunch. The timing of lunch may vary due to weather/sailing conditions.
420 Equipment & Tools List
 
Class Times:   Tuesday – Thursday 9 am  – 4 pm.
                        This class is full summer (8 weeks) only.
Price: 8 Weeks: $1,300; $1,000 if you bring your own boat.
 
Regatta Schedule: tbd