Junior Sailing Program for Non-Members

Come learn to sail at the Saunderstown Yacht Club!

Click Here to Download the 2021 SYC Sailing Flyer.

  • 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, TBD

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 KC Bishop.  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 Chairperson, KC Bishop.  Email: sycsailingchair@gmail.com

Class Descriptions & Cost

Beginner

Blue Dragons

Learn to sail in a fun and safe environment by joining the beginner Blue Dragon class. This class focuses on introducing young sailors to parts of the boat and points of sail, as well as offers opportunities to get on the water in an organized environment. Over the course of the summer the Blue Dragon sailors will develop the foundational skills of sailing, boat mechanics, and gaining confidence on the water. Minimum age of seven.
○ Class Fee- $725: 12 hrs/ week

Intermediate

After completing the beginner Blue Dragon course, or a course of the equivalent level, sailor’s will advance to the intermediate opti sailing course. This course reviews parts of the boat and points of sail for young sailors, introducing them to a different boat; the Opti. This sailing course focussed further on boat mechanics and confidence on the water, as well as continuing to practice sailing in a variety of winds in an organized environment. Furthermore, sailors will have the opportunity to try out racing and see if this is a path they would like to pursue.
○ Class Fee- $725: 12 hrs/ week

Adventure Sailing

The Adventure Sailing course is a course designed for sailors that wish to continue their love for sailing in a non-race environment. This course offers sailors the opportunity to gain experience within a variety of boats such as O’Pen Bic, Club 420, and Sunfish. Sailors will develop their confidence on the water, and continue to develop their foundational skills sailing all around Narragansett Bay.
○ Class Fee- $700 12hrs/ week

Race 1 – Green Fleet

The Green Fleet sailing course provides sailors with an introduction to the racing rules of sailing, as well as opportunities to practice racing in an organized environment and participate in their first regatta series. This course will focus on the more technical aspects of rigging the boat for speed, as well as body placement, and advanced tacking and jibing techniques. Additionally, sailors are taught about boat responsibility/care, and sportsmanship on/off water. All sailors enrolled in the Green Fleet course are expected to participate in the NBYA regatta series.

○ Class Fee- $800: 18hrs/week, plus an additional $150 boat fee for the use of club boats and equipment if needed.

Race 2 – Red, White and Blue Fleet

The Red, White, Blue Fleet sailing course provides sailors with further opportunities to practice racing in an organized environment and participate in the NBYA regatta series at a more advanced level. This course will continue to focus on the more technical aspects of rigging the boat for speed, body placement, advanced tacking and jibing techniques, and race tactics. Additionally, sailors are taught about boat responsibility/care, and sportsmanship on/off water. All sailors enrolled in the Red, White, Blue Fleet course are expected to participate in the NBYA regatta series.
○ Class Fee- $800: 18hrs/week, plus an additional $150 boat fee for the use of club boats and equipment if needed.

420 Racing

The 420 Racing course is designed to provide sailors with the opportunity to practice racing skills with an assigned partner in an organized environment. Sailors will participate in the NBYA regatta series, as well as other local regattas around New England. This course focuses on the technical aspects of rigging the boat for speed in a variety of wind conditions. Furthermore, it teaches sailors the importance of weight displacement, boat responsibility/ care, and working together as a team towards a common goal. Sailors will become more comfortable using trapeze harnesses and spinnakers, as well as the techniques that go along with this equipment. Finally, this course will emphasize race tactics to prepare sailors for all of their future racing endeavours. All sailors enrolled in the Race 420 course are expected to participate in at minimum the NBYA regatta series.
○ Class Fee- $800 18hrs/week, plus an additional $175 boat fee for the use of club boats and equipment if needed.

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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