Program Descriptions

2018 PROGRAM DATES:

New in 2018: two week session lengths! 
Sailors must complete at MINIMUM two sessions of a class before advancing to the next class.

Session 1: Monday June 25 - Friday July 6  (No class July 4)
Session 2: Monday July 9 - Friday July 20
Session 3: Monday July 23 - Friday August 3 
Session 4: Monday August 6 - Friday August 17
 

2018 PROGRAM OFFERINGS


SLOOP SONARS (Ages 5-6)

(Tue & Thu 10:00-12:00)

Goals: Get comfortable on the water, and have fun enjoying sailing in Marblehead harbor in Sonars!
Sloops is designed to provide a safe, stable, and fun introduction to sailing for EYC's youngest sailors. Sailors will learn basic boat handling and sailing terms, including safety rules and weather/wind observation. While teaching basic skills through games, hunts and other adventures, this class will help foster enthusiasm for further sailing and comfort on the water. Note that this class is shorter than most (2 hours) to appeal to this young age group.
Prerequisites: Designed for ages 5-6, generally having completed Kindergarten. No previous sailing experience is necessary. This class is a great complement to the EYC Camp Sloops group.

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

Goals: Gain comfort and confidence on the water, gain familiarity with basic boathandling and points of sail, and have fun enjoying sailing in Marblehead harbor!
Intro is designed to provide a broad introduction to dinghy and keelboat sailing. The 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). The Optimists allow sailors to have more independence and control than solely sailing Sonars in the Sloops class. 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. No previous sailing experience is necessary. EYC boats (Sonars and Optis) are provided.

OPTI 1 (Ages 8+)
(Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 9:00-12:00)

Goals: To build confidence through fun sailing activities, and to be comfortable single-handing an Opti by the end of session. To understand points of sail and basic boat handling. To enjoy their first dinghy sailing experience.
This introductory class is designed to teach children basic boat-handling skills including tacking, jibing, safely docking, and rigging an Opti. This class will principally be taught with 2 sailors to a boat. All sailors will have an equal opportunity to helm the boat.
Prerequisites: Designed for 8+ year old children with no dinghy sailing experience, although some confidence on the water is an asset. Opti 1 is the last class that has a major double-handed component.

OPTI 2 (Prerequisite Opti 1)
(Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu 1:00-4:00)

Goals: To be proficient and confident single handling an Opti. Mastery of points of sail and comfort with basic boat handling.
This class is designed for beginning single-handed Opti sailors. Sailors will continue to develop boat handling skills while learning about safety and taking care of their equipment. 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.
Prerequisites: Designed for children having completed 2nd grade, with Intro to Sailing, Opti 1, or other basic Opti exposure. Opti 3 and Pleon require confidence single-handing Optis.

OPTI 3 (Prerequisite Opti 2)
(Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu 1:00-4:00)

Goals: To nail boat handling manuvers, gain a basic understanding of how to get around a race course, and gain independence in rigging, sailing, racing, and sailing preparation.
This all single-handed class is designed for sailors 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 outside the harbor. Participants in this class are encouraged to participate in Marblehead Race Week (July 23-25 in Session 3, see details on our race week program below). This year we will continue our participation in the Boston/Eastern/Corinthian Series (BEC). This mini-regatta, with a focus on fun, occurs weekly during class, and is an awesome opportunity to sail with the Boston Yacht Club and Corinthian Club Jr. Sailing programs.
Prerequisites: Designed for children having completed 3rd grade, with Opti 2 or equivalent. Complete confidence sailing single-handedly is a must.  

FRIDAY FUN SAIL
Friday Fun Sail is a great way to end your sailor’s week. Every Friday afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00 PM the instructors take a group of up to 20 sailors to different seaside locations via motorboat. Favorites include Brown’s Island and Sand Dollar Cove. We will be running this again as a first-come-first-serve weekly sign up at the Junior Sailing Hut. Sailors from any session can participate in any Friday Fun Sail. Each Friday Fun Sail costs $15, charged to your EYC account.

MARBLEHEAD JUNIOR RACE WEEK
July 23-25, 2018
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). Race Week prep, assistance with rigging, launching and on the water coaching & support is included all day, for all three days. Prerequisites: Opti 3 and Staff recommended. There may not be any club boats available for use in MJRW because all classes will continue to run.* Reach out to Renee Torrie at renee.torrie@easternyc.org with inquires. 

* Please note: If using a private Opti, the Opti must be available all day for all three days. If it is a boat that is shared with someone in another EYC sailing class arrangements must be made. 

OTHER RACING OFFERINGS

Manchester Green Fleet Regatta: 2018 date TBD (July 6, 2017)
Squam Day Regatta: 2018 date TBD (Aug 4, 2017)

In order to provide ample opportunity for our Opti 3 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. Should you have interest in participating, please contact Renee Torrie at renee.torrie@easternyc.org. With respect to non-Marblehead regattas, parents will need to transport their child to and from the regatta. EYC Jr. Sailing cannot drive your child. Transportation of your child’s Opti to and from the regatta is location dependent. EYC Jr. Sailing will tow the Optis to Manchester via coach boat, but parents must drive Optis to the Annisquam Regatta. Each regatta has a fee and registration forms that parents will need to complete.

 

EYC JUNIOR SAILING 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE

 

MONDAY

 

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Morning

9:00-12:00

 

EYC Camp

Opti 1

 

 

Intro to Sail

Opti 1

Sloop Sonars (10 - 12)

 

EYC Camp

Opti 1

 

Intro to Sail

Opti 1

Sloop Sonars (10 - 12)

 

EYC Camp

 

 

Afternoon

1:00-4:00

 

 

 

Opti II

 

Opti III

 

Opti II

 

Opti III

 

Opti II

 

Opti III

 

 

Opti II

 

Opti III

 


Friday Fun Sail

 


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.

 

Jr. Sailing Committee

Tori Cruice   Alexia Kearney 
 Chaz Bertrand     Jennifer Lambertz
 Ellie Myers    Michael S. Weissenburger
 Stephen Peabody    Stan Schreyer
 Matt Velluto    Kristin Goedkoop