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

Camp dates for 2021:

BSC Junior Sailing Camp offers beginner (learn to sail), intermediate (learn to sail better), advanced (learn to race), and extreme (learn to race better) levels 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 18 to become acquainted with sailing and the basics of racing. Beginning sailors will get hands-on experience rigging, steering, maneuvering around docks and around a course, tying knots, and learning about weather and boating safety.

The program is very flexible as to which group the Juniors begin in. As skill levels progress, the Junior will be offered a chance to move to or visit another level. Each level will review skills of prior levels and focus on developing skills through games, demonstrations, and drills both on and off the water throughout the camp.

Prerequisite skills needed for each level:

LEVEL 1 BEGINNER (learn to sail)

No Prior boating experience required.

Must be able to swim unassisted for 25 yards and tread water for 2 minutes.

LEVEL 2 INTERMEDIATE (learn to sail better)

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 ADVANCED (learn to race)

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). Should be able to sail to a location upwind. Should have a desire to learn more about sailing through racing.

LEVEL 4 EXTREME (learn to race better)

Have some experience racing sailboats.

Each participant must wear a US Coast Guard Approved life jacket that fits well and shoes or strap-on sandals which can be worn in and around the water. Face masks will be worn on land and docks when social distancing is not possible. Please bring a sack lunch, drinks, and water bottle filled with water. To make this the best camp ever, we need parent involvement. We require that parents of all campers work a 2-3 hour shift at camp (sign up will be emailed to you after registration). Contact information for participants/families will be sent to all parents prior to camp in order to facilitate carpooling.

2021 Day Camp is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 17, 2021. The cost for this 4-day camp covers use of club sailboats, instructors’ fees, and t-shirt. The cost for Day Camp is $200 for members and $250 for non-members. Additional siblings in a family receive a $50 discount (for example, for a member paying for their two children: the first child would cost $200 and the second child $150, for a total of $350). The link for registering for Day Camp is: https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=22458

2021 Weekend Camp will start on Friday, June 11th and run through Sunday, June 13th. Due to the lingering threat of Covid, it will look a bit different than in past years. There will be no overnight stay for the sailors, but we will start earlier on Friday and go later on Sunday than we have in the past. Weekend Camp has the following schedule: Friday, June 11th, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, June 12th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (bring your own sack lunch and drinks); Sunday, June 13th, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.(bring your own sack lunch and drinks). The cost for this 3-day camp covers use of club sailboats, instructors’ fees, and t-shirt. The cost for Weekend Camp is $200 for members and $250 for non-members. Additional siblings in a family receive a $50 discount (for example, for a member paying for their two children: the first child would cost $200 and the second child $150, for a total of $350). The link for registering for Weekend Camp is: https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=22460

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

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