JUNIOR SAILING

 ** 2017 registration is OPEN! **

2017 program dates are from June 26th – August 18 2017

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Instructors

Ciara Murphy (Limerick, Ireland) – Head Instructor and Sailing Coach   email me
Lisa Reimer (Brazil / Quogue, NY) – Sailing Coach
Sarah Ni Cheallaigh (Cork, Ireland) – 420 Racing Coach
Aisling McIvor (Dublin, Ireland) – Optimist Racing Coach
Luciana Gambaro (Capitale Federale, Argentina) – Sailing Coach
Arabella Walley (New York, NY) – Instructor in training

Overview

The Shinnecock Yacht Club Junior sailing program provides all levels of instruction to children ages 5 – 18. Our Junior program exists for one purpose; to teach our youth to love to sail. Our program has two trajectories: a Cruising path (Levels I-III) and a Racing path.  Neither is above the other, rather it seeks to address the realization that some sailors (adults too!!) prefer to sail without racing while others prefer competition.

The program is open to members and non-members alike, (no sessions on July 4th)

Cruising Programs:

Level I (Ages 8-18):   Geared for those with no experience in a boat on their own. After completing the session they will be able to identify the parts of a boat, rig the boat, leave a dock, identify the wind, and handle the basic functions of the boat.

Dates: Level 1 is a 1 week session and will be offered weekly from 9AM-12PM. The last weekly session begins on August 14th.

Level II (Ages 8-18): Participants should have basic knowledge of sailboats (ok to be VERY rusty from the previous summer) and they will progress to better boat maneuvering, adjusting/trimming of sails to advanced maneuvers! It is usual for a sailor to enroll in this Level twice before mastery of the skills is acquired to move to the next Level.

Dates: Level II programs are offered for all ages in the following time periods from (1PM – 4PM):

Session 1 – June 26 to July 7
Session 2 – July 10 to July 21
Session 3 – July 24 to August 4
Session 4 – August 7 to August 18

Level III (Ages 8-18): More advanced sailing skills and seamanship tailored to an individuals skill levels. It is usual for a sailor to enroll in this Level twice before mastery of the skills is acquired to move to the next Level.

Dates: Level III programs are offered for all ages in the following time periods (1PM – 4PM):

Session 1 – June 26 to July 7
Session 2 – July 10 to July 21
Session 3 – July 24 to August 4
Session 4 – August 7 to August 18

Sea Squirt Level (Ages 5 -7): Designed as a friendly and relaxed introduction to water and sailing culture for children 5 to 7 years of age. A fun and safe orientation to water sports and (most especially) sailing with the intent of preparing children for our Level 1 sailing class.
*No experience is required, only that they are comfortable around the water while wearing a properly secured life vest!

Dates: Sea Squirt programs are offered in the following time periods (9AM – 12PM):

Session 1 – July 3 to July 7 (no programs July 4th)
Session 2 – July 31 to August 3

 Racing Programs: 

 

All race teams are one session only (June 27th through August 19th). A boat is required for participation. Each sailor must charter a hull from SYC or provide their own. There are a very limited number of Opti hulls for chartering. SYC strongly encourages boat ownership for racing, racing Optis can be easily acquired in the range of $900 to $2000 used or $3500 from the Dinghy Shop (Amityville, NY).  Please contact Ciara Murphy if you need assistance in looking for an Opti for purchase.

        • OPTI Racing Team (Ages 8-15, must be under 120 lbs): The Sailor needs to have completed one session of level 3 (or equivalent elsewhere), no prior racing experience is needed. This group will focus on making Sailboat racing one thing: FUN!  The coach will be on the lookout for some experienced racers, but we are really looking for those who are new to racing and just want to try it.  The coach will be taking them to some exciting regattas and sailors will gain experiences they will remember long into their adult years.

 

        • 420 Racing Team (13-18 years old AND over 112 lbs by Summer): Same idea as the Opti Team….to have FUN racing sailboats and meeting sailors from all over.  We are seeking both those who have raced before AND those who are new to racing.  The age/size limit is addressing the principle that these are larger boats that requires more size and strength to safely handle on their own.  Opportunities to travel to numerous regattas from Orient Yacht Club to Westhampton Yacht Squadron and all across the Island! One session of Level 3 (or equivalent elsewhere) should be completed before enrolling.

 

        • Laser/Sunfish Racing Team (Over 12 years old AND over 130 lbs by Summer): Same idea as the Opti Team….to have FUN racing sailboats and meeting sailors from all over.  We are seeking both those who have raced before AND those who are new to racing.  The age/size limit is addressing the principle that these are larger boats that requires more size and strength to safely handle on their own.  Opportunities to travel to numerous regattas from Orient Yacht Club to Westhampton Yacht Squadron and all across the Island! One session of Level 3 (or equivalent elsewhere) should be completed before enrolling.