Youth: Learn to Sail and Learn to Race

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LEARN TO SAIL CLASSES (ages 8 – 18)

SJJF 2017 Summer Sailing School
Located at 7 Lighthouse Lane, St. Joseph, MI
(Just east of the St. Joseph River Yacht Club)

THREE (A, B, C) 3-WEEK SESSIONS – St. Joseph Campus.  Opti Levels 1 & 2, 420 Levels 1 & 2

  • Session A: June 12 to June 28, 2018 (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 PM)
  • Session B: July 10 to July 26, 2018 (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 PM)
  • Session C: July 31 to August 16, 2018 (Tuesday & Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 PM)

NINE 1-WEEK SESSIONS – St. Joseph Campus.  Opti Levels 1 & 2, 420 Levels 1 & 2.

  • Week 1: June 11 to 14, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)
  • Week 2: June 18 to 21, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)
  • Week 3: June 25 to 28, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)
  • Week 4: July 9 to 12, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)
  • Week 5: July 16 to 19, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)
  • Week 6: July 23 to 26, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)
  • Week 7: July 30 to August 2, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)
  • Week 8: August 6 to 9, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)
  • Week 9: August 13 to 16, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)

LEARN TO RACE CLASSES (ages 8 – 18)

  • Week 3: June 25 to 28, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)
  • Week 5: July 16 to 19, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)
  • Week 9: August 13 to 16, 2018 (M, T, W, Th; 9:00 AM – Noon)

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Learn to Sail–Opti Levels 1 & 2

In this class, youth sailors learn the basic skills to sail a small boat independently. Students are taught the parts of a sailboat, the points of sail, capsize recovery, and basic knot tying. This class is meant for those new to sailing as well as those furthering their skills at an advanced-beginner or intermediate level. Students are divided based on skill level, and instruction is tailored to that level, to ensure that students stay engaged and continue their skill development.  Students sail a one-person boat, the Optimist Pram (Opti) or the Sailcube, which provides the quickest learning curve.  Most  students remain in this class for two to three sessions, in order to learn the skills required to move on to sailing the 420 (the larger, two-person boat) or into the racing class.  All beginners under the age of fourteen and under 125 pounds will begin in this class.

  • Prerequisite(s): 8 – 14 years old, swim one length of pool

Learn to Sail–Club 420 Levels 1 & 2

In this class, youth sailors learn the skills to sail a small two-person boat along with another sailor.  This class is primarily designed for advanced beginners and intermediate sailors; however, some older beginners and those over 125 pounds will begin their sailing instruction in the Club 420, as it is a larger boat.  Beginner students are taught the parts of a sailboat, the points of sail, capsize recovery, and basic knot tying, just as in the Opti class.  They are paired with an intern instructor for on-water instruction, with a focus on helming (steering the boat).  Advanced beginners and intermediate sailors learn proper sail trim for speed, how to refine their upwind and downwind sailing techniques, and basic right-of-way rules.  Students alternate between serving as skipper (steering the boat) and crew (trimming the jib).  Most students take multiple sessions of this class before moving on to Learn to Race, Team SJJF, or Introduction to Keelboat Sailing.

  • Prerequisite(s): 12 – 18 years old, swim one length of pool

Learn to Race–Opti and 420

In this class, youth sailors learn the basic skills necessary to race sailboats.  This class is designed for advanced beginners and intermediate sailors with an interest in racing.  Students are taught basic racing rules, how to sail around a race course, starting and mark-rounding techniques, among other skills. This one-week class is offered in both the Opti and Club 420 sailboats and will prepare sailors for competition at West Michigan Youth Sailing Association (WMYSA) regattas  or  Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association (MISSA) high school sailing regattas.  This class serves as a bridge class to joining the Team SJJF Race Team.  

  • Prerequisite(s): Learn to Sail, 8 years old minimum, swim one length of pool