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Session Y: Introduction to Sailing for Youths – 9am to 12pm (July 8-12)


Ages 11 to 14
The Introduction to Sailing for Youth is intended for 11- to 14-year-old students who will enter 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall. This is a group class for beginners taught on 14-ft. single-sail Zest boats. This class covers the basic concepts of sailing including safety, capsize/recovery, rigging, knots, points of sail, and boat handling. Each session will have a brief lecture followed by on-the-water sailing practice. Commitment to attend all 5 class dates is highly encouraged.

This session is held Monday through Friday Morning from July 8-12 from 9am to 12pm.

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The Beginner class provides an entry-level class for students interested in learning the basics of sailing. Those who participate in this course are 11-14 year old students who will enter 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall. Students will learn rigging, basic boat handling of helm and sails, all points of sail, powering/depowering the boat, and capsize recovery. The course is designed as a way for new sailors to learn how to sail a beginner friendly sailboat at a comfortable pace in a fun, mutually supportive environment. By the end of the week, sailors will transfer their growing skills to the race course and participate in a series of short races, just for the fun of it!

Beginner class goals include:
• Learning the terms and basic parts of a sailboat
• Understanding wind direction- wind is a vector…and it likes to shift
• Tying the knots – bowline, square, figure 8, cleat hitch
• Rigging and de-rigging an RS Zest like a pro
• Leaving and returning to the beach safely
• Tacks and jibes- how do you turn this thing around?
• Reach, close hauled, Run- Get the boat moving on all points of sail
• How fast can I go? – the basics of racing
• Bottoms up! Safe capsize recovery
The skills covered in the program provide the foundation for students to be able to learn to sail with confidence.

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