Junior Sailing

About Jr. Sailing

The CYC Jr. Sailing program is open to all juniors including non-members, member guests, friends and relatives.* The program provides a safe and fun environment where youth sailors of all ages and abilities can improve their sailing skills, while learning respect for their fellow sailors, boats and the water. Sportsmanship and respect are of the utmost importance, and it is the instructors' responsibility to engender these qualities among the sailors. The program strives to provide a high level of excellence as well as a variety of boats and classes to instill a lifetime love of the sport of sailing.

Jr. Sailing class placement is based primarily on skill, not age. Sailors must be 8 years old by September 1 the year in which he/she will begin to participate in junior sailing. There are multiple pathways for learning to sail, progressing through the CYC Junior Sailing Program, and becoming a competent sailor. Starting in the beginner class is always recommended as the best place to start learning to sail, regardless of age. Kids who start in the beginner class and go through the recommended class progression often become the most competent, confident, and independent sailors.

Registration

Member registration opens March 5, 2021. 
Non-member registration opens March 22, 2021.
Guest Registration Instructions
All juniors including non-member guests, friends and relatives are required to pay an additional $75 limited CYC Junior Membership fee per two-week session. 

Two Week Session Dates 2021

Session 1: June 28 - July 9
Session 2: July 12 - 23
Session 3: July 26 - August 6
Session 4: August 9 - 20

Four Week Session Dates 2021

Session 1: June 28 - July 23
Session 2: July 26 - August 20

Opening Night

Friday, June 25 | 6 PM

Medical Waivers

Classes & Schedules

Beginners
Intermediates
Adventure Optimist
Adventure Sailing
Green Fleet 420
CYC Green Fleet Optimist Team
CYC Optimist Racing Team
420 Racing Team
Lasers
Junior Big Boat Sailing Team

Optional Fees

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Refund Policy

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Equipment to bring 

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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). In order to move to Intermediates, sailors must demonstrate that they are comfortable sailing alone.

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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. Children may experience windier conditions in the afternoon classes, and thus may intermittently sail Hunter 140s with a junior instructor in the boat.
Children must be comfortable sailing solo to participate.

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Adventure Optimist, ages 10-12

This class is intended for the sailor who has completed Intermediates (or the equivalent). Sailors must be comfortable sailing by themselves. 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. (Sailing correctly on the various points of sail is a main focus in this class.) Instructors may also introduce racing in a fun, non-traditional way. Sailors must either have their own Optimist or charter a boat from CYC.

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Adventure Sailing, ages 12 and older

For those who just want to recreationally sail. Multiple platforms are used 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! Wednesday’s will be keel boat day. Tuesday & Thursday participants will have a choice as to what boats they want to sail.

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.

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Green Fleet 420, ages 13 and older

This is an introduction to sailing & racing 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. Sailors will switch skippering and crewing to get the experience of doing all the different jobs of sailing the boat.

All students in this class MUST view this safety video prior to the first day of class: https://youtu.be/gZT-lT0Hb0Q

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CYC 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.

Sailors should have their own Optimists. CYC may have boats available for charter if needed though. Contact Meg Myles to discuss. Meg@ConanicutYachtClub.org

CYC has an eight boat Optimist trailer to help transport our Opti Racing sailors to regattas. Spots on the trailer can be purchased for $150 for all regattas, or $55 for one regatta. Parents will still be responsible for getting their sailors to the regattas and all the gear except for the hulls. Parents are responsible for getting their sailors to the regattas and all the gear except for the hulls.

Here is some great info for parents about Opti’s on the USODA Class website: https://usoda.org/faq

  • Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 am - 4 pm. This racing class is an 8-week experience in two four-week sessions. Sailors are strongly encouraged to participate in all 8 weeks.. Ideally a sailor who can participate for only 4-weeks will participate in the first 4-weeks.
  • Cost:
    • 4-week fee - $600
    • 8-week fee - $1,200
    • Trailer fee - $55/event for $150 for all NBYA events
    • Pinny - $35
  • Register

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CYC Optimist Racing Team

The CYC Opti Racing Team is for Optimist sailors who have completed at least one season in Green Fleet Optimist. Racing is the best way to master the sport of sailing and hone 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.

CYC has an eight boat Optimist trailer to help transport our Opti Racing sailors to regattas. Spots on the trailer can be purchased for $150 for all regattas, or $55 for one regatta. 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 responsible for getting their sailors to the regattas and all the gear except for the hulls. (Please note, sailors in the CYC Optimist Racing class can choose to race in Green Fleet at regattas. This is ideal for a sailor who is more timid or new to racing.)

Here is some great info for parents about Opti’s on the USODA Class website: https://usoda.org/faq

  • Schedule: T, W, Fr 9 am - 4 pm. This racing class is an 8-week experience in two four-week sessions. Sailors are strongly encouraged to participate in all 8 weeks. Ideally a sailor who can participate for only 4-weeks will participate in the first 4-weeks.
  • Cost:
    • 4-week fee - $600
    • 8-week fee - $1,200
    • Trailer fee - $55/event for $150 for all NBYA events
    • Pinny - $35
  • Register

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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. Sailors will switch skipper and crew roles during practices as much as possible. 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.)

Newer, first year 420 racers are NOT required or expected to attend NBYA regattas. Those sailors may attend CYC’s Adventure Sailing Class (T, W, Th 9-12) during regatta days.

CYC will provide trailers to transport 420s to NBYA regattas. Parents are needed to help tow the trailers and/or to tow boats by water to regattas.

All students in this class MUST view this safety video prior to the first day of class: https://youtu.be/gZT-lT0Hb0Q

  • Schedule: T, W, Th 9 am - 4 pm. There may be additional sailing opportunities for sailors to casually race against Sail Newport and other local clubs. These opportunities will be scheduled a week in advance. Class size is limited to 5 CYC 420s, 10-12 sailors. This racing class is an 8-week experience in two four-week sessions. Sailors are strongly encouraged to participate in all 8 weeks.
  • Cost:
    • $750 for 4-weeks;
    • $1500 for 8 weeks
    • $900 for 8 weeks if you bring your own boat
  • Register

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Lasers

A recreational class promoting the fun of sailing Lasers and Bytes. CYC has 3 Lasers with a variety of rig options (4.7, radial, and full rig), as well as a Byte. Kids must weigh at least 90 lbs and be skillful enough to dock the boat without damaging it.

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Junior Big Boat Sailing Team

The JBBT program is for sailors ages 13/14-17 who ideally have some racing experience. The goal is to introduce these sailors to the fun of racing as a team on a big boat, and the new learning curve that big boat sailing offers.
The program will run during the Jr. Sailing sessions – from late June to mid-August. A meeting with parents will be held before the first session.

The Grimes’s One Design 35 will be used for this program. The Wednesday evening NYC series will be used for practice races. There will be one other evening or weekend practice session each week, most likely on Sunday afternoons.

There is limited space available (8-10 sailors maximum). The cost is $100/sailor, and sailors may be asked to buy some sailing gear for themselves to ensure safety and comfort.

Sailors are expected to make a strong commitment to the team, but we understand that other sailing/racing commitments may get in the way occasionally.

On board coaching will be provided. In the event that the weather is inclement, the group will still plan to meet to go over the boat’s systems, different sails, tactics, etc…

Interested junior sailors are encouraged to apply. The contact for the program is Meg Myles; Paul Grimes will be the Program Coordinator. Please reach out to Meg Myles for the application that accompanies this program. All applications need to be returned to Meg Myles: Meg@ConanicutYachtClub.org.

  • Schedule: Wednesday evening (5-8 pm) + a second afternoon or evening tbd.
  • Cost: $100/person

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Optional Fees

  • $50 Lunch Program Deposit (to draw down) to set up a lunch account (only Limited Junior Sailing members)
  • $200 per session Optimist charter fee
  • $30 pinny fee (racing classes)
  • $55 per event trailer spot for regattas or $150 for all NBYA regattas (Green Fleet Optimist, Optimist Racing)

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Refund Policy

After [date TBD] a $25 administrative fee will be assessed, with the balance refunded. If a sailor has attended class(es), the refund will be prorated based on the number of classes attended.

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Equipment To Bring

All Junior Sailors must bring their own life jacket. Life jackets are to be worn at all times when on a boat, on the water, on the pier, and on the docks.

ADDITIONALLY, CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Closed-toed boating shoes (bare feet not allowed)
  • A snack (no food is provided)
  • A Towel
  • A change of clothes
  • Layers in case it is cold or raining. (It is always cooler on the water, and sailors will sail in the rain. Children will NOT sail if there are thunderstorms or thunderstorms are within a 20 mile radius. Classes are held though, regardless of the weather.)
  • A water bottle. In order to reduce the number of plastic cups used for water, sailors are required to bring their own water bottles. Refill stations are available in the junior room.

For information about the Junior Sailing Program, contact Meg Myles, Junior Sailing Program Director.

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Waivers

COVID-19 Liability Waiver
Medical Release & Liability Waiver 

CYC Sailing Facility

40 Bay View Drive
Jamestown, RI

Contact

Meg Myles
Junior Sailing Program Director
(401) 855-6643
meg@conanicutyachtclub.org