Youth Dinghy Skill Levels & Classes
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 instructional 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 RS Quests (ages 11–17).
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 (generally ages 7–11), and RS Quests (generally 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 7–14), RS Quests and 420s (ages 13–17).
Club 420s (typically for ages 14–17)
Covers advanced boat-handling, spinnaker and trapeze use, tuning and sail trim. Popular with students who are interested in learning advanced boat handling skills, possibly with a future interest in racing.
Opti's (after completing intermediate level, typically ages 10 - 14)
Covers advanced boat handling. Everything from fine-tuning sail trim and shape to roll tacking and gybing. Popular with students who are interested in learning advanced boat handling skills, possibly with a future interest in racing.