Junior Sailing

Junior Sailing Program

The Junior Sailing Program aims to teach the art of sailing to juniors and, for those who are interested, introduce them to the sport of sailboat racing. The junior sailors learn on the club-owned fleet of Optimist Prams, Club 420s and Lasers.
Highlights of the program include:

  • Day camp at the club in June
  • Monthly practice sessions
  • Participation in local, regional and national regattas, most of which have special fleets for beginning racers.
  • Rock Paper Scissors Junior Regatta which is held at Birmingham Sailing Club in August.

If you have any questions or you would like to participate please Contact the Junior Sailing Program.

Junior Summer Camp

BSC Junior Sailing Camp offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced/racing courses for kids looking to advance their sailing skills in Optimists, Lasers, and Club 420 sailboats. Sailing Camp is designed to allow sailors ages 8 to 17 to become acquainted with sailing and the basics of racing. Sailors will get hands on experience rigging, steering, maneuvering around docks and around a course, tying knots, and learning about weather and boating safety. Camp is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. Contact information for participants will be sent to all parents prior to camp in order to facilitate carpooling. Each participant must wear a US Coast Guard Approved life jacket that fits and shoes or strap-on sandals which can be worn in and around the water.

 

Camp dates for 2019 (click to register):

Session 1: June 3-6
Session 2: June 10-13

 

Prerequisite skills needed for each level:

LEVEL 1 BEGINNER

No Prior boating experience required.

Must be able to swim unassisted for 25 yards and put on a life jacket while treading water.

LEVEL 2 INTERMEDIATE

In addition to the above:

Should know basic names of boat parts.

Be able to steer boat away from and back to the dock under sail alone.

LEVEL 3 INTRO TO RACING

In addition to the above: Should know the basic right of way rules. Should know how to get out of the NO GO ZONE (irons) and sail a course upwind. Should have a desire to learn more about sailing through racing.

 

If you have any questions or you would like to participate please Contact the Junior Sailing Program.

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