Junior Sailing Program

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We are hiring coaches for the 2022 season.   Click here for an Application for Employment.  Please mail your completed application to Portland Yacht Club our email it to Chris Morin, Junior Program Director:  junior.director@pycme.net

Registration opens on January 1 for Members,
February 1 for non-Members.
Please note that non-Members can submit forms early,
but the forms will not be processed until February.

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CONTACTS
Chris Morin Program Director: junior.director@pycme.net
Katie Rooks, Junior Sailing Program Officer: junior.officer@pycme.net

2022 PROGRAM DATES

Session I: Two weeks, June 27 – July 8
Session II: Two weeks, July 11- July 22
Session III: Two weeks, July 25 – August 5
Session IV: Two weeks, August 8- August 19
Minnows: One week, August 22 – August 26
 Race Team : Eight weeks, June 27 – August 19
Junior Sailing classes meet weekdays 9am – 4pm.                  

Pram Beginner AM & Minnows AM class meets 9am – 12noon.

Pram Beginner PM & Minnows PM class meets 1pm – 4pm.

Race programs require travel, which occasionally falls on the weekends.
 

2022 PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Minnows                               Ages 6 -7                     Prerequisite: Ability to swim with PDF

This one-week program (August 22-26) is added on at the end of the summer as an opportunity for young sailors to test the waters.  The sailors will become familiar and comfortable with the docks, boats and water as they are exposed to the sport in a fun environment.  The sailors will learn to sail our pram dinghies in pairs (and solo if appropriate) close to shore.  The program is a half-day, either morning (9am to 12noon) or afternoon (1 to 4pm).

Pram Beginner AM and PM                      Ages 7-8                      Prerequisite: Ability to swim

This introductory level class is for younger sailors who are new to sailing and want to learn in a fun environment. Capsize recovery and comfort on the water will be emphasized and the children will sail dinghies (Prams & Optis) close to shore. They will learn parts of the boat, how to rig sails, basic knot tying, good seamanship and the various points of sail. This is a half-day program in the morning (9am to 12noon).

Opti Beginner                                             Ages 8-10                  Prerequisite: Ability to swim

This beginner level class is designed for sailors ages 8 and above who are new or have little experience to the sport of sailing and want to learn in a fun environment with other sailors who are close in age and ability level. Capsize recovery and comfort on the water will be emphasized. They will learn parts of the boat, how to rig sails, basic knot tying, good seamanship and the various points of sail. While the focus is on sailing, there are always water games, swimming and island adventures mixed in. This is a full-day program (9 to 4pm).

Opti Intermediate/Advanced                       Ages 9-12                    Prerequisite: Beginner 

This intermediate level class takes the sailors who already have learned the basics of sailing and are ready for instruction that focuses on refining these skills and taking them to the next level. Sailors are encouraged to register for multiple sessions as they become  efficient with more advanced sailing techniques.   While the focus is on sailing, there are always water games, swimming and island adventures mixed in.  The program is full day (9am to 4pm).

Opti Green                                                     Ages 10-12                      Prerequisite: Intermediate 

This advanced level class introduces and prepares sailors for racing through drills and chalk talks. Focus will be on building boat handling skills and confidence, as sailors learn to roll tack, hike, and downwind sailing.  The sailors will participate in local, Covid safe, on the water regattas where sailors will travel by boat and not be incontact with other program sailors.   Students will learn responsibility and teamwork by caring for the Club’s best equipment. The program is full-day (9am to 4pm).

420 Green                                                       Ages 12-17                    Prerequisite: Ability to swim

This course is for older sailors who would like to learn to sail with other sailors on a double handed 420 dinghy.  This class will provide sailors who wish to sail without a strong focus on competitive sailing. Sailors are instructed on proper seamanship, boat rigging, and sail trim while interspersed with slightly longer-distance sails to nearby islands around Casco Bay.  Sailors who enroll in this class and would like to experience “relaxed” racing events, there are opportunities to do so.  The program is full-day (9am to 4pm).

Adventure                                                  Ages 12-17                       Prerequisites: Ability to Swim

This unique course is an in-depth introduction to  keelboat and some 420 sailing for older sailors in our junior program ! The course teaches seamanship and sailing in a fun, cooperative environment on board our club J/24 keelboats and 420s.   Instruction includes rigging, steering, sail trim, tacking, jibing, docking, knots, parts of the boat, anchoring, small outboard engine skill, and basic navigation. Students will also learn general boating safety and capsize recovery. Teamwork and communication between crew is emphasized.  Each day will be a new and exciting opportunity for the sailors to explore Casco Bay, so be prepared for a little bit of everything; island hopping, fort exploration, swimming, and fishing to mention a few. The program is full day (9am to 4pm).

Opti Race                                                      Ages 10-15                  Prerequisite: Opti Green

A travel team of self-motivated sailors led by an excellent race coach. Sailors learn advanced technique and kinetics, as well as racing tactics and strategy. Parents are expected to assist with travel to ±2 regional regattas  (depending on the CoVid impact on schedule). Many sailors have their own boats BUT PYC makes a small number of Optis available for charter on a first come basis. This race team is the premier learning opportunity for junior sailors in the state of Maine to compete in officially run regattas and events. The program is full day (9am to 4pm).

420 Race                                                      Ages 12-17                Prerequisites: Opti, 420  or Adventure

This course is for older sailors who are motivated to take their sailing to the next level in a double handed 420 dinghy.  An experienced coach will coach the sailors in racing tactics and boat handling skills including roll tacking, body positioning, and trapeze and spinnaker work.  Racing drills will be interspersed with long-distance sails to destinations around Casco Bay.  Sailors are invited to compete in weekly Maine Interclub Racing Circuit (MIRC) events and regional regattas. Parents are expected to assist with possible travel to ±2 regional regattas  (depending on the CoVid impact on schedule). This race team is the premier learning opportunity for junior sailors in the state of Maine to compete in organized regattas and events. ***This program is the perfect opportunity for sailors to tune up in preparation for the high school sailing season. The program is full day (9am to 4pm).