Youth Overview

Anyone can Learn to sail at Sail Newport! 

Sail Newport offers Rhode Island's most sought-after summer sailing program! Sailing is truly a unique sport: skills learned now can be used and enjoyed for a lifetime. Sailing challenges both the mind and the body allowing individuals with different strengths and skills to find their niche. That niche might be competitive or recreational and students can learn to sail big boats, little boats, single-handed, with a friend, or as part of a team. 

THE PRIMARY GOAL OF THE SAIL NEWPORT YOUTH PROGRAM
To develop solid sailing skills, and to provide inspiration to young sailors, from the beginner to the advanced or racing sailor, with an emphasis on fun and safety. 

THE BOATS WE USE
Each type of boat handles differently and certain boats lend themselves to sailors of different sizes, and/or experience levels.  Students get the most out of a program when they are in a class that is commensurate with their age, size, ability and interest.  
Sail Newport uses: 

Dinghies: 
  • Optimists 
  • LP Bugs 
  • RS Quests 
  • Scholastic rig 420s 
  • Club 420s 

Keelboats: 
  • J/22s

SKILL LEVELS
 Please check the Youth Dinghy Skills and Classes page for further information about skill levels and class details. We will help place your child in the right class: If you are unsure about what class would be right for your child, we will help you out with an appropriate placement.  Just be sure to complete the section on the registration form that asks about your child's size (height/weight) and experience, and provide as much detail as you can.    

SAFETY AND SWIMMING
  • Safety is first and foremost in the minds of the instructors. 
  • All children who participate must pass a swim check which will be held at the start of each session. The check involves a swim of 20 yards and treading water for 2 minutes. 
  • Life jackets will be worn at all times when students are on the docks or in boats. 
  • Sail Newport has a limited supply of life jackets to loan out to beginner sailors in the Optimist and Little Guppies classes for 2017. 

DINGHY SESSIONS
Class Length: Dinghy Sessions are two-week classes that meet Monday-Friday from 9-3 p.m. Students are assigned to classes within each session based on their age and skill level. 
Minimum Age: The minimum age for participation is 7 years (must have turned 7 on or by Dec 31, 2016. 


YOUTH KEELBOAT CLASSES
Class Length: Youth Keelboat classes are one-week classes that meet Monday-Friday from 9-3 p.m. 
Age Requirements: Students must have turned 12 before January 1, 2017 


LITTLE GUPPIES
Class Length: One week, meets 2.5 hours per day in either morning, mid-day or afternoon sessions 
Minimum Age: Students must have turned 5 by January 1, 2017 and must not have turned 7 before January 1, 2017
Class overview: Designed as an introductory, hands-on class, the focus is on making kids comfortable in and around boats. Lots of games will be intermingled with beginner sailing with the goal of fun! Must be able to pass a swim check to participate. 


BRENTON COVE RACING PROGRAM (BCRP):
Class Length: Eight-week program for Optimist, Laser and Club 420 racers. 
Minimum Age: Please refer to the section on BCRP for details on class days/times and other specifics. 


QUESTIONS AND HELP

Please email or call Kim Hapgood for any questions regarding the Youth Recreational Keelboat, Dinghy, Little Guppy or BCRP programs.   

Call at (401) 846-1983 and any of our staff can help you with general program questions.