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Stonington Harbor Yacht Club
Youth Instructional Sailing 2018

Open To Members and Non-Members

Waterfront and Youth Sailing Coordinator: Richard Walter
860.535.0112 ext 107

waterfront@shyc.us

CLASSES :
• Tiny Tugs:  NEW
• Junior Instructor-In Training 
NEW
• O'pen Bic Sailing:  NEW
• Beginner Optimist
• Intermediate Optimist
• Optimist Racers
• 420 Intro & Cruise
• Advanced/Racing 420
• Wednesday Racing Night Clinics
Click HERE to view our Adult Sailing Instruction available in 2018!

Session 1: Monday, June 25th   ----     Friday, June 29th
Session 2:  Monday, July 2nd   ----    Friday, July 6th*
Session 3:  Monday, July 9th   ----    Friday, July 13th
Session 4: Monday, July 16th   ----    Friday, July 20th
Session 5:  Monday, July 23rd   ----    Friday, July 27th
Session 6: Monday, July 30th    ----    Friday, Aug 3rd
Session 7: Monday, Aug 6th      ----    Friday, Aug 10th
Session 8: Monday, Aug 13th    ----    Friday, Aug 17th   
  • July 4th- there will be no sailing lessons held. A makeup class will be available
  • Classes for the week of August 13 – 17 * will be held based on minimum required number of registrants. Low registration for this last session may result in class cancellations. The program director will communicate regarding progress with filling these sessions.

REGISTRATION
Registration is considered complete when each of the below items has been received.  No child will be assigned to a class until a complete registration package and payment is received. 

A registration package consists of:

  1. Completed Registration Form(please find signup links below, next to desired sailing class)
  2. For dates, prices, and early bird registration information- Click Here
  3. Completed Child Medical Information / Consent Form  - Click Here
  4.  Adult Instruction Liability Form --Click HERE
  5. Volunteer Form (We can’t do it without help!) - Print Here
  6. Payment in the form of a check (please make sure child's (or adult) name and session date are in the memo portion of the check)

Printed forms and payment should be mailed to the below address:

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club
Attention Youth Sailing/Richard Walter
PO Box 87
Stonington, CT  06378


Our greatest efforts will be made to accommodate a consistency with this information, dates and class descriptions.  That said classes & session dates are subject to change based on demand and varying circumstances.
Classes for the week of August 13 – 17 * will be held based on minimum required number of registrants. Low registration for this last session may result in class cancellations. The program director will communicate regarding progress with filling these sessions.

Thank you for your interest in
Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Youth Instructional Sailing!


 


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Tiny Tugs:  NEW
Qualifications: Child should demonstrate willing separation from parents and comfort being near, on and in the water and unconditional willingness to wear their life vests.
Minimum Age Requirement: 5 years

Dates:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:  July 9, 11, 13
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:  July 23, 25, 27
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: August 6, 8, 10
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This class is designed to nurture future sailors who may have little to no experience on the water. Students will be paired with an instructor and (potentially) volunteer SHYC Junior Instructor-In-Training participants. . Focus will be on FUN in and around the SHYC Clubhouse and safety on the docks with early introduction to on-the-water safety in the form of controlled on-water access. Extent of on-the-water exposure will depend on the comfort and maturity level of the students. An enriching class curriculum and concepts will be implemented using crafts, games and basic knowledge building exercises including simple knot tying, wind direction and naming of boat part games. As well as exercises to instill the importance safety on the docks, on the water, etc.

To Complete the Tiny Tugs Registration Form – Click HERE


Junior Instructor-In-Training  NEW
Qualifications: Participants must be at least 13 years of age and have demonstrated dedication and responsibility as a student in the SHYC sailing program. Students must have completed the Red Cross Baby Sitting Basics Course.
Minimum Age Requirement: 13 years
Dates: Weekly Sessions (two minimum sessions preferred)
Monday through Friday:       
June 25 – August 17*
Mon, Wed, Fri -Junior Instructor-In-Training
Tues, Thursday  - Social Sailing &/or Advance Racing Technique
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM

This class is offered by invitation. Qualified candidates will be asked to submit a resume and brief essay explaining their qualifications for participating in the program and what life lessons they have learned which will help them as an SHYC Instructor-In-Training. This class is for experienced, advanced, youth SHYC sailors who have demonstrated dedication and responsibility on the water and have an expressed interest in passing along a love of being near and on the water, sailing and a tradition of sportsmanship and safety to our youngest members. 

On Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, Junior Instructors-In-Training will follow the guidance of their instructor and coach mentors and will be responsible for assisting in class with the Optimist Beginner sailors and Tiny Tug participants.  They will assist in enriching class curriculums by researching and helping to implement crafts, games and basic knowledge building exercises eg. simple knot tying, wind direction, safety on the docks, naming of boat parts games, basic on water exercises, etc. On Tues and Thurs, when not competing in regattas and dependent on needs and circumstances, participants will enjoy peer, social sailing and/or Advanced Racing Techniques.

To Complete the Junior Instructor in Training Program Registration – Click HERE


O'pen Bic Sailing:     NEW
Qualifications: Must be able to swim and tread water.
Minimum Age Requirement: 10 years and dependent on student size & experience

Dates: Weekly Sessions
Monday through Friday:  June 25 – August 17*
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The O'pen Bic Dinghy brings a whole new world of fun and excitement for young sailors.  A thrilling boat for experienced Optimist sailors looking to diversify, a great learner boat for older beginners, and amazing single-handed alternative boat to the 420.The primary goals for our O'pen Bic sailors are fun, safety and enjoyment for sailing as a recreational competitive sport. Coaches will set daily objectives for students to work on, implementing games or drills to further students’ progression with boat handling skills and to reinforce classroom concepts. Principles of  basic sailing will covered, safety, sportsmanship and proper boat and equipment maintenance will be reinforced. Those wanting to focus on O'pen Bic regatta performance will be coached accordingly. Reasonable efforts will be made to facilitate attendance at area O'pen Bic regattas.

To Complete the O'pen Bic Sailing Registration – Click HERE


Beginner Optimist:
Qualifications: Must be able to swim and tread water.
Minimum Age Requirement: 6 years and dependent on student size & experience

Dates: Weekly Sessions
Monday through Friday:  June 25 – August 17*
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This class is for the novice sailor, who may have little to no experience on the water. Students may be paired with an instructor or another student. Though Optimists are intended to be sailed single handedly, the “buddy system”  is often an important tool in the beginning stages of sailing whether it be with an instructor to build trust and confidence or a fellow student. This class maintains an emphasis on FUN. Students learn the basic principles of sailing through chalk talks, games and on-the-water demonstrations. Instructors carefully teach students how to overcome capsizing fears and focus on sailing safety. Your child will learn how to capsize and properly right an optimist. Beginner sailors learn parts of the boat, basic knot tying, wind direction, how to steer an Opti, tack and gybe, and learn how to avoid obstructions. The goal of this class is to have students experience sailing single handedly, build confidence and feeling curious to learn and sail more and consider competing.

To Complete the Beginner Opti Registration Form – Click HERE


Intermediate Opti:
Qualifications: Ability to swim, tread water, understand wind direction, rig & de-rig, tack & gybe, steer and trim sails, and basic knots.
Suggested age: 8-10 years and dependent on student size & experience

Dates: Weekly Sessions
Monday through Friday:  June 25 – August 17*
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Primary goals for  Intermediate Optimist sailors are independence, responsibility and to foster an enjoyment for sailing as a recreational sport. Safety skills from the beginner class will be reviewed. Coaches set daily objectives for students to work on, implementing games or drills to further students’ progression with boat handling skills and to reinforce classroom concepts. Students are taught the principles of team work, sportsmanship and proper boat and equipment maintenance. While instructors are available to assist, students are responsible to rig and de-rig on their own and rely on one another as teammates. Intermediate Optimist sailors should be building  confidence, enjoy the social aspects of sailing and approaching an early / beginner racer mind-set. Students will learn how to recover from irons, the points of sail, recognize puffs and lulls, sailing language, learn how to adjust boat speed, proper sail trim & sail shape, boat docking, how to read telltales, proper body and weight placement, and are introduced to racing along with basic race and sportsmanship rules.

To Complete the Intermediate Opti Registration Form – Click HERE


Optimist Racers:
Qualifications: Ability to swim and tread water, understand wind direction, rig and de-rig, steer and trim sails, dock successfully, recover from irons, understand speed principles (weight placement & trimming sails for speed), able to read telltales and basic knots.
Suggested age: 10-15 years and dependent on student size and experience

Dates: Weekly Sessions (two minimum sessions preferred)
Monday – Friday:  June 25 – August 17*
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Students in the Optimist Racers class will continue to improve their sailing skills through boat handling techniques, drills and training. Sailors will also further and progress their skills with exposure to higher winds and racing. Race performance, sportsmanship and safety are a focus is this class. Scrimmages and drills are used to help achieve and further develop boat handling skills and improved race performance.

Coaches will instruct proper sail trim and body position for peak performance.  Students will begin to also understand how these techniques will help them in lulls, puffs, headers, lifts and currents. Advanced opti racers will also work on drills such as: controlled tacks & gibes, roll tacks, utilizing hiking straps in heavy winds, starting and stopping a boat on a whistle, sailing rudderless and sailing backwards. Students will also learn how to read a navigation chart. Instructors will set marks to familiarize students with the typical race setups as well as standard racing sequences. Students will also become accustomed to more sailing nomenclature.

On regatta days, SHYC will not be responsible for students opting out of participation. Students enrolled in the Optimist Racer class will be expected to attend area regattas supported by the SHYC Youth Sailing Program. With some exceptions, regattas occur weekly on Tuesdays.  Meet up is around 7:00 AM and arrival back at the SHYC docks is generally around 5:00 PM.

To Complete the Optimist Racers Registration Form – Click HERE


420 Intro & Cruise
Qualifications: Ability to swim and tread water;  prior experience in smaller boats or boats of similar size and caliber, understand wind direction, rigand de-rig, steer and trim sails, dock successfully, recover from irons, understand speed principles (weight placement & trimming sails for speed), able to read telltales and basic knots.
Suggested age: 12-17 years and dependent on student size & experience

Dates: Weekly Sessions
Monday through Friday:  June 25 – August 17*
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The 420 Intro & Cruise class is a collaboration of students who collectively have had some previous sailing, have outgrown Optis or who are interested in double handed sailing. Students will be paired appropriately, according to their weight, size and sailing experience. Junior sailors also may be paired with instructors. Students who have been placed in this class due to age, size and overall weight and have little to no experience sailing will be assigned to sail with an instructor or experienced sailors.

Students in the 420 Intro & Cruise class are able to grasp and learn at an accelerated rate because, conceptually, they have already learned how to sail and are simply transitioning into double-handed sailing (in a bigger boat and with a partner). This class teaches junior sailors: how to rig a 420, the importance and variability of sail trim and body weight placement in different wind conditions and utilizing hiking straps in heavier wind settings.  While learning the fundamentals of sailing and safety, a focus will also be on the both the benefits of social sailing and fun competition. Youth sailors will experiment in both the skipper and crew position.  Teamwork, communication and good seamanship are necessary components to enjoying sailing a 420.

To Complete the 420 Intro and Cruise Registration Form – Click HERE


Advanced/Racing 420
Qualifications: Ability to swim and tread water; appealing to students who love racing and are seeking to improve on overall race and performance and have had previous experience in sailing 420s.
Suggested age: 12-17 year dependent on student size, age & experience

Dates: Weekly Sessions (two minimum sessions preferred)
Monday through Friday: 
June 25 – August 17*
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Advanced / 420 Racing class is focused on fleet and team racing. Sailors are focused on improving regatta performance and want to fine tune boat handling and racing skills. Instructors will discuss tactics and demonstrate techniques with both visual aids in chalk talks and show strategies via drills on the water. Students should be motivated to rig, be attentive during chalk talks and respectful of their instructor coaches. On-water time is focused on improving race performance. While students of various racing backgrounds are welcome to join this group, the class is focused on competitive racing, which includes repetitive drills, hard work and continually challenging one's personal best.

On regatta days, SHYC will not be responsible for students opting out of participation. Students enrolled in the Advanced / Racing 420 class will be expected to attend area regattas supported by the SHYC Youth Sailing Program. Regattas generally occur weekly.  Meet up is around 7:00 AM and arrival back at the SHYC docks is generally around 5:00 PM.


To Complete the Advanced / Racing 420s Registration Form – Click  HERE


Wednesday Racing Night Clinics
Qualifications: Ability to swim and tread water; appealing to students of all racing abilities who are seeking to improve on overall race. These clinics are suggested for green, white, blue and red Opti racers and 420 racers.

Suggested age: 8-17 years and dependent on student size & experience

Dates:

Wednesdays, June 26 through August 8, 5:00 – 7:00

  • Clinic One: 5:00pm --  7:00pm   Wed June 27th, Wed July 11th, & Wed July 18th
  • Clinic Two: 5:00pm --  7:00pm   Wed July 25th, Wed Aug 1st, & Wed Aug 8th

Wednesday clinics are designed for Intermediate & Advanced Opti, 420 and Open Bic racers. On Wednesday Nights, the ever popular Stonington Dinghy Club Races take place in the Stonington Harbor and students interested in enhancing their racing experience are encouraged to join the fun and casual competition. Sailors will experience the thrill of racing in comfort and convenience of their own harbor accompanied by an SHYC instructor coach.Advance Notice and Registration is required. Wednesday Night Clinics may be signed up for individually or can be purchased in bulk for a discounted rate.

The Wednesday Night Clinic sign up prombts are available in the individual Opti, Bic, and 420 registration links.


Thank you for your interest in

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Youth Instructional Sailing!