Program Descriptions

2017 JUNIOR SAILING PROGRAM DATES:

Programs commence Monday, June 26th and run through Friday, August 18th
Voyager Program Dates: Commencing Monday, June 26th through Friday, August 4th.

EYC Junior Sailing offers two types of Schedules: full season, or a flexible six week schedule.     
Full Season: The full season offering enables sailors to sail all eight weeks of the summer.
Flexible Six Week Program: This offering allows the sailor to sail any six of the eight weeks. The weeks attended do not need to be consecutive. This offering provides maximum flexibility for your summer sailing schedule.

PROGRAM OFFERINGS

SLOOP SONARS (Ages 5&6)
(Tue & Thu 9:00-11:00AM)

Description: Designed to provide a safe, stable, and fun introduction to sailing for EYC's youngest sailors. The varied curriculum presents basic boat handling and sailing terms, including safety rules and weather/wind observation. Children will sail in groups in Sonars. While teaching basic skills through games, hunts and other adventures, this class will help foster enthusiasm for further sailing. Note that this class is shorter than most (2 hours) to appeal to this young age group. Prerequisites: Designed for EYC Camp children in Sloops, ages 5&6, generally having completed Kindergarten. Children not enrolled in Camp are welcome to take part in this class. This class takes and expands upon the fun group Sonar sailing that the kids are experiencing briefly in Camp. No previous sailing experience is necessary. This class will be geared towards the younger child getting comfortable and having fun on a boat! Goals: Learn to enjoy and appreciate sailing in Marblehead harbor! The emphasis in this program is on fun & safety on the water.

INTRO TO SAILING (Ages 7+)
(Tue & Thu 9:00-12:00)

Description: Designed to provide a broad introduction to all that Junior Sailing offers in and around the water. The fun and varied curriculum focuses on basic boat handling and sailing terms, including safety rules and weather/wind observation. Children will sail in both Sonars and Optimists (2 to an Opti). While teaching basic skills this class will help foster enthusiasm for further sailing adventures. Prerequisites: Designed for children ages 7 & older, generally having completed 1st grade. In conjunction with Camp, this class provides a 5 morning a week experience. Children not enrolled in Camp are welcome to take part in this class. No previous sailing experience is necessary. EYC boats (Sonars and Optis) are provided. Goals: Learn to enjoy and appreciate sailing in Marblehead harbor! The emphasis in this program is on fun & safety on the water.

OPTI I (Age 8+, No Prior Sailing Experience Required)
(Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00-12:00)

Description: This introductory class is designed to teach children basic boat-handling skills including tacking, jibing, making safe landings, and rigging an Opti. This class will principally be taught with 2 children to a boat to maximize fun and wellbeing. All children will have an equal opportunity to helm the boat. Opti Beginners will generally sail in the immediate Riverhead float area. Prerequisites: Designed for 8+ year old children with no dinghy sailing experience. EYC Optis are available for rent on a first come first serve basis. The rental fee is $100 per session. 2 children will be assigned to a boat for each session. If you provide your own boat, your child will always sail in it. The first 5 children registered with boats will get storage space on the Riverhead float for that session. Private boats can be shared. However, the Jr. Sailing committee will not coordinate sharing. Sharing must be coordinated by the families. Goals: To enjoy their first dinghy sailing experience. The progression of the class will provide each child with some single-handed sailing by the end of the session in order to be prepared for Opti II, Opti III, or Pleon.

OPTI II (Prerequisite Opti I)
(Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu 1:00-4:00)

Description: This class is designed for beginning single-handed Opti sailors. Children will continue to develop basic boat handling skills, while learning about safety, wind observation, and taking care of their equipment. There will be plenty of fun games and adventures on water & land to keep the sailors engaged and enthusiastic. This class will do some double-handed sailing early on and in windy conditions. Single handed sailing will be emphasized as the sailors become more comfortable. Emphasis will be on having fun, as well as building confidence and competence. Prerequisites: Designed for children having completed 2nd grade, with Intro to Sailing, Opti I, or other basic Opti exposure. EYC Optis are available for rent on a first come first serve basis. The rental rate per session is $100. Families may also provide their own Opti which will be stored on the Riverhead floats. Goals: To be proficient and confident single handling an Optimist, and ready for Opti III.

OPTI III (Prerequisite Opti II)
(Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu 1:00-4:00)

Description: This all single-handed class is designed for children who have become proficient in basic Opti sailing and want to fine-tune their boat-handling skills while learning some basic racing techniques. This class will venture all around and just outside the harbor. Participants in this class are encouraged to participate in Marblehead Race Week (see details on our race week program below). Prerequisites: Designed for children having completed 3rd grade, with Opti II or equivalent. Comfort sailing single-handedly is a must. This year we will continue our participation in the Harbor Challenge Series. This race occurs weekly every Tuesday and is a teaching event for our sailors where they will have the opportunity to sail against the Boston Yacht Club and Corinthian Club Jr. Sailing programs. The Harbor Series is a great teaching tool allowing us to recognize our strengths and weaknesses as sailors and work a group to improve our skills. Sailors must have their own Opti. Goals: To have good boat handling skills, a basic understanding of how to get around a race course, and be prepared to enter Pleon as an enthusiastic, confident sailor.

VOYAGER CLASS (Ages 10-13, Prerequisite Opti II or Pleon)
(Mon, Wed & Fri 1:00-4:00)

Description: Building on successful years in 2015 and 2016, the Voyager program is back for 2017. This class is being offered for children ages 10 – 13 and there is no limit on the class size this year. This class is intended for kids who love being on the water and want to continue to build their boating skills and knowledge in a variety of water craft. The children will spend time in a variety of boats, big and small, sailing with some of our senior members at the Club. They will learn basic navigation skills and will be able to navigate our home waters. They will learn how to captain a motorboat safely and effectively. Topics covered in the Boaters License Course will be taught. The class will journey on different types of adventures, including longer voyages outside of Marblehead Harbor. We hope the program will enhance our kids' enthusiasm for being on the water and love of the ocean. Prerequisites: The prerequisite for Voyager Class is that applicants must have completed Opti II/III class at EYC or at least one-year at Pleon. We encourage Parents to form a group of six to eight children and we will work with you to create a fun filled summer program. Call or email the Co-Chairs of the EYC Jr. Sailing Program: Andrew Kaeyer or Will Walters for more information.

FRIDAY FUN SAIL

Friday Fun Sail is a great way to end your sailor’s week. Every Friday afternoon from 1:00 - 3:30 PM the instructors take a group of up to 20 sailors to different locations. They often travel on the motorboats to places like Brown’s Island or Sand Dollar Cove. We will be running this again as a first-come-first-serve weekly sign up at the Junior Sailing Hut. Friday Fun Sail costs $15 per Friday session.

MARBLEHEAD JUNIOR RACE WEEK
(Mon, Tue & Wed of Marblehead Junior Race Week - all day)

This is a special “high touch” coaching program for our children participating in the Opti Green fleet at Marblehead Junior Race Week (a 3-day regatta held the third or fourth week of July). Race Week prep, assistance with rigging, launching and on the water coaching & support is included all day, for all three days. Prerequisites: Opti III and Staff recommended. Sailors must have their own Opti*.

* Please note: The Opti must be available all day for all three days. Therefore it cannot be a boat that is shared with someone in another EYC sailing class. 

OTHER RACING OFFERINGS

(Dates and events to be determined)

In order to provide ample opportunity for our Opti III sailors to participate in sailing events we are offering an expanded calendar of regattas. The regattas are optional and we will pursue based on the interest level of our sailors. In 2016, we participated in the Manchester Green Fleet Regatta in July and had one sailor participate in the Annisquam Regatta in August. To help coordinate the logistics behind these regattas, Ryan Jones will be our Racing Director. Should you have interest in participating, please contact either Charlotte Polk or Ryan Jones. With respect to the non-Marblehead regattas, Parents will need to transport their child to and from the Regatta. EYC Jr. Sailing cannot drive your child. In addition, transportation of your child’s opti to and from the Regatta will depend based on the event’s location. We will tow the Optis to Manchester, but in the case of the Annisquam Regatta, each sailor’s family will be responsible for transporting their boat to the race. Each Regatta has its own race fee and registration forms that the parents will need to complete.

 

EYC JUNIOR SAILING 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE

 

MONDAY

 

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Morning

9:00-12:00

 

EYC Camp

 

Opti I

 

 

Intro to Sail

 

Sloop Sonars

9-11 AM

 

EYC Camp

 

Opti I

 

Intro to Sail

 

Sloop Sonars

9-11 AM

 

EYC Camp

 

Opti I

Afternoon

1:00-4:00

 

 

 

Opti II

 

Opti III

 

Voyager Class

1:00–4:00

 

Opti II

 

Opti III

 

 

 

Opti II

 

Opti III

 

Voyager Class

1:00–4:00

 

Opti II

 

Opti III

Voyager Class

1:00-4:00

 

Friday Fun Sail

(1 – 3:30 PM)


THANK YOU FROM THE JR. SAILING STAFF AND COMMITTEE

Thank you selecting the EYC Jr. Sailing Program. The program is dedicated to promoting the love of sailing in a fun and safe environment. The staff is truly the best on the harbor and we work hard to produce the very best experience for your young sailor. We are excited to have your child onboard for the summer and look forward to creating a lifetime of memories together.

Andrew Kaeyer & Will Walters
Co-Chairs Jr. Sailing

Jr. Sailing Committee
Jeff Sachs
Kim Hutchinson
Kathy Doody
Michael Weissenburger
Mike Piper
Alexia Kearney
Tory Cruice