Youth Sailing Programs at SCYC

Surf City Yacht Club offers youth sailing programs for all ages and abilities. The safety of our youth sailors is paramount. All sailors regardless of the number of years in the program are required to pass a safety swim test the first day of the program. Each sailor must wear a USCG-approved, vest type PFD while on the water.

Participants in swimming and sailing will be tested and placed by an instructor. Sailors may stay in a sailing or swimming level for more than one year depending on the student’s level of achievement. Lesson times may be subject to change due to class size.  A minimum enrollment is required to hold each course.

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Summer Sailing Program Schedule

2016 Junior Sailing Lesson Schedule

Bay Kids

Introduction to waterfront activities for children age 4 to 7.

Classes will be held MWF from 9:00am to noon. An opportunity to bring our younger members into the Waterfront program and teach them about the island, the bay, and various aquatic sports with a “hands-on” activity oriented program.

Each child must have an USCG-approved vest type PFD and water shoes for each class. A snack will be provided each day.

Bay Kids

Opti 7s

Opti 7

This course offers an introduction to sailing for 7- 8 year olds in a very relaxed and secure atmosphere.

The main focus is for sailors to become comfortable and confident while in a boat and on the water.  Class meets Tuesday and Thursday morning.  Students are encouraged to use their own boats but the class can accommodate up to ten children without boats.

Class size is limited because of the young age of the sailors.


Sailing Level 1 (Novice)

Introduction to basic sailing and seamanship. Students will learn a positive attitude toward sailing as well as responsibility for self, others, and equipment.

Students are encouraged to begin in an Optimist dinghy. Other boats may be available depending on a sailor’s size and age. Please speak to the head sailing instructor.

This program can accommodate a limited number of children without boats. ONLY FIRST YEAR STUDENTS CAN ENROLL IN THE SAILING PROGRAM WITHOUT A BOAT.

This class will meet three mornings a week. Participants should purchase the book “Start Sailing Right” by Derrick Fries.

Sailing Level 1

Sailing Level 2 (Intermediate, Prerequisite Level 1)

Sailing Level 2

Designed for sailors who have acquired basic skills and are ready to start racing.

Focuses on improved boathandling skills, sail control, sportsmanship and basic racing and rules. Responsibility for equipment care and maintenance are stressed.

This class will meet three afternoons a week in addition to the interclub racing on Wednesday. Sailors should purchase and read at least one book on sailboat racing.  Weekend series and off island regatta participation is encouraged.


Sailing Level 3 (Advanced, Prerequisite Level 2)

Designed for sailors who have acquired basic skills and are ready to start racing.

Focuses on improved boathandling skills, sail control, sportsmanship and basic racing and rules. Responsibility for equipment care and maintenance are stressed.

This class will meet three afternoons a week in addition to the interclub racing on Wednesday. Sailors should purchase and read at least one book on sailboat racing.  Weekend series and off island regatta participation is encouraged.

Sailing Level 3

Racing Team (Advanced, Prerequisite Level 3 and Instructor Recommendation)

Racing Team

Focus is on racing strategies and tactics. Additional topics will include: weather patterns, maximizing boat speed, sail dynamics, sail trim, starting and finishing, comprehensive knowledge of rules, and sportsmanship.

Team racing will be introduced. This class requires a full commitment to Wednesday interclubs and the Weekend Series with a minimum of 3 away full day regattas. Regatta attendance counts as a class session.

Class schedule will be announced.  Extended day class schedule to be announced for Opti Race Team and Advanced Lasers Race Team.


Additional Sailing Programs

Laser

This class will meet three afternoons in addition to interclub participation on Wednesday. See Level III for course description. Prerequisite – Level III/ instructor recommendation.

Sunfish

This class will meet three times a week. Class schedule to be determined. Prerequisite – Level III/ instructor recommendation.

Boardsailing

This class will meet the skill level of each individual/group. Participants will be able to rig and properly care for the equipment, learn how to stand on and turn a board, and be able to sail across wind, upwind, and downwind.


C420 (Double Handed) Sailing Programs

C420 Novice

Sailor must be a minimum of 14 years old and weigh at least 100 lbs. or have the approval of the Jr. Sailing Director. Focus is on basic skills of double-handed sailing, including rigging, launching, basic maneuvering and racing tactics. Teamwork of crew and skipper is required. It is recommended for experienced sailors and there is limited space in the beginner class using SCYC club boats.  Class schedule to be determined.

C420 Competitive Racing

A minimum combined weight of 230lbs is recommended for this advanced racing class. This class requires dedication, commitment and teamwork of the crew and skipper. Advancement to this class requires approval of the Jr. Sailing Director. Class schedule to be determined.


Interclubs

Bay Kids

Sponsored by the Long Beach Island Yacht Racing Association. These are weekly races involving all the sailing clubs on Long Beach Island.

Each Wednesday a different yacht club hosts this event in which Optimist dinghies, Sunfish, 420’s and Laser Radials are welcome to participate. All Interclub skippers must be registered.

Be sure to get a copy of our Guide to Interclubs, Racing, and Regattas Handbook and visit LBIYRA.org for more information.

SCYC has an Optimist and Laser/Sunfish trailer available for transportation of boats to events. Parent assistance is required for getting a trailer to an Interclub at least once. This makes our attendance at interclubs possible. Parents must be responsible for their children’s transportation to and from Interclubs.


SCYC Weekend Series

Commodore and Championship Series: Free junior races are held on Saturday morning for junior sailing fleets. A minimum of three (3) boats per class is required with advanced notice to the race committee.

Children must have basic knowledge of racing procedures and rules in order to participate in these races. This is a sailor’s first experience with racing outside of sailing class.  Please check with your head sailing instructor if you’d like to participate.

You must register separately for this series. We would like to encourage as many participants as possible. Club owned boats will be used for our instructional program only and may not be utilized for weekend racing.

SCYC Weekend Series

Parent of the Day (POD)

Parent of the Day

Parents of sailors are expected to give 2 or 3 lesson periods to the program as POD’s.  POD’s are essential to the success of our sailing program. They provide an extra hand for students and instructors, assist with minor first aid and help with communications and safety.

POD’s remain on shore when the sailing class is on the water to provide a radio link with the instructors. The POD will be supplied with instructions and all necessary equipment.

Parents are asked to sign up for the Parent of the Day (POD) at registration and leave a $50.00 deposit. This deposit will be returned to you the once you have completed your two lesson periods as Parent of the Day.