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

 

Eligibility:

The junior Waterfront program is open to all children and grandchildren of family voting members and to all junior and swim members. SCYC membership is necessary in order to register for the program, except for introductory offers, clinics and drop-ins.

Parent Orientation:

A MANDATORY meeting for ALL parents will be held in the clubhouse on Sunday June 25d at 4:00pm. All parents who have children in the waterfront program MUST attend this essential meeting. Don’t forget to bring your calendar.

Schedule:

The waterfront program is an eight-week program beginning June 26th and ending August 18th.  There will be no sailing classes held during the Junior Commodore Regatta (7/6, the Wednesday that SCYC hosts the LBIYRA Inter club (7/5), or during the SCYC Green Fleet Regatta (8/8). In the event of severe weather, classes may be canceled. If there is any question about the weather conditions or class cancellations please call the club after 8:30 am. There are no makeup classes and no refunds.

Registration:

Completed forms and class fees are due by May1st. We encourage you to register by mail. Please use a complete set of forms for each child. If there are any questions please contact Letty Thomas, the Waterfront Director at (609) 597-4534.

New participants may register by mail or attend Registration Sunday May 25th 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Children MUST have reached the required age for a given class by the start of the program. There is a $30.00 registration/ activity fee per child to cover the cost of program t-shirt, equipment, and end of the program awards. Registration will close on Monday July 17th.

Club Sailboat Use Policy:

If your child is returning for a 2nd year of sailing the club policy requires them to bring their own boat with them. We allow beginners the use of our club boats for the first year (class use only) as an introduction to sailing. Please be aware that there is limited availability of club 420s and lasers for use.

Programs and Objectives

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.

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 dingy or a Sunfish depending on a sailor’s size and age. Please speak to the head sailing instructor.

This class will meet three mornings a week. This program can accommodate a limited number of children without boats. Participants should purchase the book “Start Sailing Right” by Derrick Fries. ONLY FIRST YEAR STUDENTS CAN ENROLL IN THE SAILING PROGRAM WITHOUT A BOAT.

Classes held three mornings a week.

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 boat handling 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 inter club 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/Opti Race (Advanced, Prerequisite Level 2)

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

Focuses on improved boat handling 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 inter club 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 Inter clubs, the Weekend Series and extensive travel to out of state regattas. Regatta attendance counts as a class session.

Extended day class schedule to be announced for 420 Race Team and Advanced Lasers Race Team.


Additional Sailing Programs

Laser

Prerequisite Level 3 & Instructor Recommendation

This class will meet three afternoons in addition to inter club participation on Wednesday. This class requires a minimum of three boats. There are club boats available for first year Laser sailors.

Progressive

This course will further a sailor’s knowledge in sailboat-handling, safety, boat care, maintenance and inter-coastal navigation. Focus is on FUN. Sailors will gain experience in many types of boats. In addition, sailors will gain knowledge in power boat handling and safety. This class will meet three times a week. Class schedule to be determined for this afternoon class.

Boardsailing

Prerequisite Completion of Level 2

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. Class schedule to be determined.


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. A minimum of three boats is required to hold this class.

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.

C420 Racing Clinic

This clinic is intended for sailors 14 – 18 years of age with advanced skills and prior experience in a C420. Sailors should be able to handle a spinnaker and trapeze. This clinic will have a cap and spots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Interclubs

Interclubs

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.

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 Inter club at least once. This makes our attendance at inter clubs possible. Parents must be responsible for their children transportation to and from Inter clubs.


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.

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.


Adult Sailing Lessons for Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced

This course offers adult sailing lessons to club members on four consecutive Fridays, starting in July.

The purpose of the course is to teach adult members (18 and older) how to sail his or her own boat if available, or learn to sail on a 19′ Mariner. Depending on interest Sunfish lessons may be offered. The goal is to instruct adults how to sail a boat and to feel comfortable as a skipper and crew.

Participants will learn why and how a boat sails, the different points of sailing, sail adjustments, various maneuvers, how to get out to the bay and how to safely dock the boat.  Newt Wattis and other SCYC experienced sailors have volunteered to give the lessons. Mail in your registration or register in person at SCYC.

SCYC Weekend Series