Junior Sailing Program for Non-Members

Come learn to sail at the Saunderstown Yacht Club!

Download the 2020 SYC Sailing Flyer (It’s HERE!).

  • Membership at SYC not required to participate
  • Kids applying must have turned 8 by December 31 of the current calendar year.
  • Download Non-Member Registration Form which includes the Medical Consent and Information Form (click here to download).
  • For more information contact: sycsailingchair@gmail.com

Classes run for eight weeks, June 29 – August 21.

Families are encouraged to register their children now.

“Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness and courage, and gives in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports afford.” -Thomas Merton

Registration Information

Sailing Registration

Registration will begin on March 20th.  Forms may be sent by regular mail or as scanned documents to Patrick Canavan.   Class availability will be on a first come, first served basis.

Rules of Registration & Cancellation

Class fees shall be paid in full and accompanied with completed application forms to guarantee registration in the desired class/classes. There will be a $50 cancellation charge for any cancellations or changes up until the first week of the class; after that time there will be no refunds.

Contact

Program Director, Patrick Canavan.  Email: sycsailingchair@gmail.com

Class Descriptions & Cost

Beginner

Learn to sail in a fun, safe manner. Club boats include Optimists, Blue Dragons, Open BICs, and Bullseyes.

  • Class Fee – $550: 9 hrs/week
  • Class 1: Mondays &  Fridays –  9 AM – 12 Noon, Wednesday 1 PM – 4 PM
  • Class 2: Mondays & Friday – 1 PM – 4 PM, Wednesday 9 AM- 12 Noon

Intermediate

Graduates from the Beginner class can move into Intermediate and continue learning in a fun, safe environment. Club boats include Optimists, Blue Dragons and Open BICs.

  • Class Fee – $550: 9 hrs/week
  • Class 1: Monday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Thursday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
  • Class 2: Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Thursday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Adventure Sailing & Pre-Racers

Develop confidence and skills for pre-racers and a lifelong love of sailing for those not interested in racing.  For Adventure Sailing: learn proper seamanship and build friendships through team work (on the water treasure hunts, adventures, navigation and more!).  For Pre-Racers: double handed sailing skills (spinnaker, etc.)  and exposure to high performance sailing. Club boats include Bullseyes and Open BICs.

  • Class  Fee – $575: 12 hrs/week
  • Monday and Thursday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Race 1 – Optimist Green Fleet

Improve racing skills through organized practice and NBYA regattas.  Emphasis on boat responsibility/care, rules, tactics & sportsmanship on/off water.  Club boats include Optimists and Open BICs.

  • Class Fee – $575 + $150 boat fee for use of club boats if needed: 12 hrs/week
  • Tuesday and Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Race 2 – 420s and Advanced Optis (White, Blue and Red Fleet)

Improve racing skills through organized practice and NBYA regattas.  Emphasis on boat responsibility/care, rules, tactics & sportsmanship on/off water.  Club boats include Optimists, 420s, and Open BICs.

  • Class Fee – $700 + $175 boat fee for use of club boats if needed: 18 hrs/week
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Club Boats

  • The Blue Dragon is similar in size and shape to the Optimist.  It’s self-bailing, stable and durable design make it an ideal learn to sail boat for beginners
  • The Optimist Dinghy is used for beginners, but most sailors continue to race them up to 14 or 15 years of age. The Optimist is the biggest youth racing class in the world. As well as the annual world championship the class also has six continental championships, attended by a total of over 850 sailors a year.
  • The O’pen BIC was designed with fun sailing as the priority. The totally open and sloping cockpit means that there is absolutely no water in the boat to bail.
  • The 420 is an established worldwide performance two-person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy which holds status as an ISAF International Class. It is also the most common boat in Inter-Collegiate Sailing.
  • The Bullseye is based on the Herreshoff H-12 1/2 design, The Bull’s Eye has a nice size cockpit that will comfortably accommodate 4 or 5 adults. The Bull’s Eye has active one-design racing fleets from Florida to Maine and an active national association.
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