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Junior Sailing Program 2013
Sailing instruction classes teach boat handling skills and seamanship following the US SAILING Small Boat Sailing curriculum. Class offerings are designed to progress through the season from entry beginner skills to advanced intermediate skills. While participation in consecutive lessons is encouraged, signing up for a single session is also welcomed.
Our Instructors are US SAILING certified Level 1 instructors. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 15 participants with typically 4 on-the-water instructors. All participants will receive US SAILING Little Red Sailing Certification Books at the completion of their program. When fully and successfully completed, the “Little Red Book” can be redeemed at US Sailing for an official Logbook of Sailing validated with a Small Boat Sailor certification sticker.
Beginner instruction focuses on the basics of rigging, points of sail, sailing maneuvers, along with safety and recovery. All skills are taught in a safe and fun environment. Certified Instructors lead a variety of land and water based activities designed to promote comfort and independence in the boat.
Advanced Beginner instruction continues with an emphasis of basic boating
skills while stretching receptive participants with more advance boat
Advanced Intermediate instruction will focus on advanced boat handling skills and introduce elements of small boat racing equipment and tactics.
Racing classes focus on the development and support of the MBBC Junior Sailing Race Team and include a schedule of races against other area junior sailors. Instruction is given in Optimist prams and Flying Juniors.
Private instruction is also available and is an ideal way of refreshing
old skills or receiving targeted instruction for new skills.
Sailing instruction and Racing classes are available to all members of the community that meet the age and swim requirements. Class availability is provided on a priority basis to members of MBBC. Remaining class openings are available to community members. Non-members should register as soon as possible and will be accepted for the requested sessions in the order received. Normally about half the sailors are non-members.
Participants must be able to swim. A swim test will be given on the first day of each session. Participants must come to class with an approved life preserver (Type II or Type III).
Financial assistance is available for Colchester residents with an interest in sailing and limited financial resources.