The Junior Program mission is to teach sailing in a safe, educational and fun environment. We aim to instill a life long love for sailing in our youth. The Portland Yacht Club Junior Sailing program supports both serious competitors and recreational sailors of all skill levels, and is focused not only on building sailing skills but also promoting sportsmanship, fostering teamwork and strengthening respect for oneself and others. We welcome both member and non-member families.
Summer 2019 Dates:
|Session I:||June 24 – July 05||Monday to Friday||Two weeks|
|Session II:||July 08- July 19||Monday to Friday||Two weeks|
|Session III:||July 22- August 2||Monday to Friday||Two weeks|
|Session IV:||August 5-16||Monday to Friday||Two weeks|
|Minnows Mornings||August 19-23||Monday to Friday||One week|
|Minnows Afternoon||August 19-23||Monday to Friday||One week|
|Travel Race Team||June 24-August 16||Monday to Friday||Entire Season|
Cow Island Overnight
|July 16 & July 17||
Tues & Wed
|2 days/1 night camping|
Cow Island Overnight
|July 30 to July 31||
Tues & Wed
|2 days/1 night camping|
STEM III & IV
|July 22 to August 2||
Monday to Friday
PREREQUISITE SWIM DRILL REQUIRED FOR
ALL AGES AND LEVELS
Comfort in the water is a fundamental part of safe sailing. All junior sailors, regardless of age or number of years in the Program, are required to take a swim drill. Drill includes swimming in a bathing suit and shoes along the length of the junior float (50 ft), treading water for 30 seconds, and putting on a life jacket in the water. (Sailors in the Minnows program will wear life jackets in a modified drill.) There is a swim ladder that children can use to climb out of the water. If children struggle they may retake the drill and coaches will offer support as needed. The drill will take place on the first day of each session, so please plan accordingly: pack a towel, a dry bathing suit, and a second pair of shoes. If this test would be a challenge for your sailor, please contact Program Director Chris Morin to discuss the situation (207) 899-2864.
Minnows (Ages 6 -7)
Beginner AM (Ages 7-8)
Beginner PM (Ages 7-8)
Opti I (Ages 9 -10)
Opti II (Ages 9 -11)
Opti III (Ages 10 -12)
Opti Green (Ages 10-12)
Prerequisite: Intermediate and swim drill
Full-day program (9am to 4pm) OPTI GREEN FLEET – For sailors who successfully completed Optimist II or equivalent or previous coach’s recommendation and are interested in racing. Typical ages: 10-12 yr. Olds Class Overview: Portland Yacht Club’s Opti Green Fleet is for sailors who have completed Opti III and are motivated to continue sailing in a more race-focused environment. The sailors in this class are introduced to more advanced rigging and boat handling techniques. The class will have a more racing focus and sailors are encouraged to compete in the appropriate local and regional regattas in the Green or Championship Fleet (Red, White or Blue). In addition to sailing skills the program teaches important life skills: responsibility, independence, confidence, teamwork and sportsmanship. Skills Taught: – Introduction to racing – Understand weight placement and sailing in different wind and wave conditions – Describe how to determine favored end of the start line – Understand concepts of clean air and wind shadows – Understanding basic race courses, starting sequence, and basic racing nomenclature
420 (Ages 10-17)
Prerequisite: Opti Green and swim drill
Full-day program (9am to 4pm) Class Overview: For sailors who would like to continue sailing but in a larger boat with another person. Portland Yacht Club’s 420 class is meant for sailors who are new and/or familiar to the 420 sailboat. The 420 class is typically (but not necessarily) comprised of sailors who have some prior sailing experience, either in Optis or Keelboats, but who are looking for an introduction to a double-handed boat. The focus of this class is to familiarize sailors with the 420 and to understand the basics of a double-handed boat, including an introduction to trapezing, spinnakers and understanding sail trim and weight-placement. Skills Taught: – Understanding rigging and parts of a 420 – Understanding teamwork and communication within a high-performance boat – Understanding how to start and stop a 420 – Tacking and gybing
Adventure (Ages 12-17)
Travel Race Team with 420 and Opti Fleets
- – Encourage and demand sportsmanship, fair play and Corinthian mind sets
- – Foster love of the sport of sailing and have fun!
- – Fine Tune Racing Skills
- – Compete on a regional and National levelTypical Age Range: 13 – 18 year olds
- Skills Taught:
- – Advanced starting techniques and racing tactics
- – Understanding starting and stopping a boat; covering and wind-shadows
- – Advanced understanding of racing rules
The Travel Race Teams have benefitted from volunteer parent participation. If your child is on the team, and you would like to volunteer, please contact: Sarah Young, PYC Junior Sailing Program Officer: email@example.com.
STEM Session III & IV (Ages 11-17)
Cow Island Overnight (Ages 9 & Up)
FREQUENTLY ASKED Q’s
What sailboats are used?
When is my child ready to move from Optis into 420s?
What should kids bring to sailing?
What footwear is acceptable?
How can I view photos of my child?
Are parents allowed to come watch the sailing lessons?
What classes are suitable for kids with no prior sailing experience?
Sarah Young, Junior Sailing Program Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org