- There are (4) two week dinghy sessions that meet Monday-Friday from 9-3 p.m. throughout the summer.
- Students are assigned to classes within each session based on their age and skill level.
- The minimum age for participation is 7 years (as of 1/1/2015).
Beginner Classes are for students who may have little or no experience on the water, in sailboats, or, they do not have a history of organized instruction experience. These classes cover the fundamentals: how to rig, de-rig and care for the boats and equipment, capsize recovery, understanding the wind, how to tack and jibe. Students are introduced to the different points of sail, and basic "rules of the road." Beginner classes are taught using Vanguard Prams and Bugs (ages 7–11), and Hunter 140s (ages 11–17).
Students learn at different rates and in different ways. Sailing is both a very physical and a highly conceptual sport. Some students grasp the practical side quickly (while the theory eludes them). For others it is just the opposite. Students also retain information very differently. For students who have completed just one session as a beginner, most will move to a Beginner/Intermediate class where they can continue to solidify their skills. This is particularly true of students who are only sailing for a few weeks each season. Beginner Intermediate classes are taught using Optimists and Bugs (ages 7–11), and Hunter 140s (ages 11–17).
Builds on the basics with students learning the finer points of boat handling and sail theory. There is an emphasis on developing confidence for sailing alone. Other topics can include currents, weather, a little navigation and more. Taught in Optimists and Bugs (ages 7–15), and C420s (ages 13–17).
Club 420s (typically for ages 14–17)
Covers spinnaker handling, trapeze work, rig set-up and tuning and sail trim. Popular with students who are interested in learning advanced boat handling skills, but not in racing necessarily.
Opti's (after completing intermediate level)
Covers advanced boat handling. Everything from fine-tuning sail trim and shape to roll tacking and gybing. Again, not necessarily racing.
Introduction to Racing
C420's and Opti's
An introduction to the fundamentals of racing. From start to finish, and everything in between, everything a young sailor needs to know to get started down the competitive sailing track.