Class Descriptions

2021 Program Dates:

Sessions for non racing classes ( 2 Weeks each):
Session 1: June 28 – July 9 (no classes July 5)
Session 2: July 12 – July 23
Session 3: July 26 – August 6
Session 4: August 9 – August 20

Sessions for racing classes (4 Weeks each):
Session 1 – June 28 – July 23 (no classes July 5)
Session 2 – July 26 – August 20

Optimist Classes

Designed for sailors weighing 50-120 lbs., the Optimist Dinghy (Opti) has become the world standard for introductory junior trainers. With a simple rig and a light, durable hull, Optimists have become the #1 choice of junior sailors.

Opti Beginner A

This is an entry level, learn to sail class. No prior sailing is required. Knowledge of boat rigging, basic sailing, water safety and points of sail are emphasized. Sailors must be at least 8 years old.
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 9:00-12:00
$290.00 per session

Opti Beginner B

This is an entry level, learn to sail class. Please note this option only meets two days per week and has a smaller class capacity. No prior sailing is required. Knowledge of boat rigging, basic sailing, water safety and points of sail are emphasized. Sailors must be at least 8 years old.
Tuesday & THursday, 9:00-12:00
$260.00 per session

Opti Intermediate

This class is for sailors who have successfully completed the beginner class. It is for those sailors who wish to spend some more time developing their skills in order to become more independent before moving on to the next level.
Monday, 1:00-4:00 and Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00-12:00
$290.00 per session

Opti Introduction to Race – Instructor approval required.

The introduction to race class is for sailors who have successfully completed the Intermediate class or an equivalent class. Students will continue to improve their sailing skills while they learn basic racing skills through drills and actual racing. Racing rules, tactics, boating safety and fun are emphasized. Sailors will be encouraged to participate in a few local regattas. A full summer commitment is encouraged, session 1 required.
Tuesday through Friday, 1:00-4:30
$650.00 per session

Opti Racing Team – Instructor approval required.

Sailors will work together as a team to develop boat handling and racing skills. Team members will be expected to participate in some selected regattas. Students expected to be rigged and ready to sail by the time the class starts. While not required, private boat ownership is encouraged. A full summer commitment is expected, session 1 required.
Tuesday through Friday, 1:00-4:30
$650.00 per session

Adventure

This class is for sailors who have successfully completed beginner/intermediate level classes but do not wish to move into Intro to Race. This class will focus on developing independence in a sailboat. Sailors will sail in Optimists, Rhodes 19, 420s, and will also have opportunities to sail larger cruising boats. The Adventure class will use US Sailing’s new REACH program to introduce the STEM curriculum in fun and exciting ways. Sailors will be exposed to basic racing rules in a non-competitive atmosphere. A super fun ADVENTURE for sailors of all ages!
Monday & Wednesday, 1:00-4:00
$260.00 per session

Adventure B

An additional class for our popular non-racing Adventure class which sails in Rhodes and Optis!
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-4:00
$260.00 per session

420 Classes

The 420 is a high-performance, double-handed racing dinghy which stands up to the rigors of club and collegiate programs. The Club 420 is manageable for sailors coming out of the Optimist class and enables young sailors to learn teamwork, trapeze, and spinnaker techniques.

420 Beginner

This class is for older beginners who are new to sailing and sailors new to the 420. Sailors must be at least 12 years old and/or weigh more than 100 lbs. The 420 provides older students the chance to learn in a double-handed boat. It will also teach previous Optimist sailors skills to sail in a doublehanded boat. Students will learn how to both crew and skipper. The focus of this class will be sailing as a fun, social sport.
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 9:00-12:00
$290.00 per session

420 Intermediate

This class is for second year 420 sailors. Sailors will learn more advanced boat handling maneuvers and basic skills. The focus of this class will not be racing but improving skills. Sailors will learn to use a spinnaker and trapeze harness.
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 9:00-12:00
$290.00 per session

420 Summer Fun

Have the time of your life and learn to sail! This class is for older sailors that are looking for a relaxing learn to sail class! It is for older beginners and intermediates who are new or a little familiar to sailing or the 420. Sailors must be at least 12 years old and/or weigh more than 100 lbs. The 420 provides older students the chance to learn in a two person boat. The focus will be sailing as a fun, social sport.
Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00-12:00
$260.00 per session

420 Intro to Race Team – Instructor approval required.

This class is a prerequisite for the race team. This class is for the more advanced 420 sailor with a love for sailing who wishes to focus skills on learning how to race a 420. Spinnakers and trapeze harnesses will be used daily. A full summer commitment is encouraged, session 1 required.
Tuesday through Friday 1:00-4:30
$650.00 per session

420 Racing Team – Instructor approval required.

The racing team is for the advanced, dedicated racer who wants to fine tune his/her boat handling and racing skills. Team members will be expected to participate in some selected local regattas. Team members will be expected to be rigged and ready to sail by the time the class starts. A full summer commitment is expected, session 1 required.
Tuesday through Friday 1:00-4:30
$650.00 per session


*email the Program Director at juniorsailing@sandybay.org for class placement questions.

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