420 Junior Sailing

420 A – This class is designed for sailors who are at least age 12 and who want to learn how to sail double-handed boats. While the 420 will be the primary boat used in the class, sailors will learn to rig and sail Quests, Hobie Cats and other boats, including Beetles. Sailors will learn to both skipper and crew, fly a spinnaker and hike on a trapeze. Even thought this class will emphasize having fun sailing, sailors will also learn the basic of sail trim and weight distribution. Racing tactics will be introduced once basic skills have been instilled. Wednesday races will be encouraged, but not required.

This class replaces the Adventures A/B classes that were offered in the past.

Sailors are encouraged to sign up for a minimum of four weeks. However, two-week sessions might be possible with the approval of the Sailing Program Director.

Days, Times and Duration
Monday,  1:00-4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  4-8 weeks

Age Group and Previous Experience
12-16.
No previous sailing experience is necessary. Sailors will be required to complete a swimming test.

Boat and Equipment
This class uses primarily 420s, which the yacht club provides free, and sailors will have access to other two-handed boats, which will also be provided free. A USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD) is required.

Parent Meetings
Instructors will hold a meeting with all parents and all sailors at the end of the last class each week to review progress.

Rain Days
If class is forced indoors, the session will meet from 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Fridays. Sailors will learn knots, weight distribution and sail trim. They will also occasionally play sailing-related games or view instructional videos.

Goals
At the end of the session sailors should know and be able to demonstrate all skills needed for both skippering and crewing on a 420, including trapeze work and flying a spinnaker.

420 B – This class is designed for sailors who have graduated from Advanced Opti or have racing experience. Sailors need to be comfortable skippering a boat, although spinnaker and trapeze skills may need to be brushed up on. Sailors will learn to skipper and crew. Racing tactics, boat speed, weight distribution, heel and roll tacking will be emphasized. Key racing rules will be also be highlighted. While fleet racing will be the main emphasis, team-racing tactics will be introduced. All sailors in this class are expected to sail the Wednesday races and attend multiple off-pond ECSA regattas.

An 8-week commitment to this course is strongly recommended.

Days, Times and Duration
Tuesday, Friday 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Wednesday Races 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.mm [ECSA Regattas]

Age Group and Previous Experience
12-16
Sailors must have completed at least one 4-week session of 420 Beginning. Sailors will be required to compete a swimming test.

Boat and Equipment
Club 420s, provided free by the yacht club, will be used for class, but sailors will have access to newer 420’s for off-pond regattas. A USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD) is required.

Parent Meetings
Instructors will hold a meeting with all parents and all sailors at the end of the last class each week to review progress.

Rain Days
If class is forced indoors, the meeting time will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sailors will do extensive work with rules and racing tactics. They will also occasionally play sailing-related games or view instructional videos.

Goals
Sailors will be expected to maximize boat speed as both skipper and as crew and to be successful racers on and off the pond. Sailors will be expected to attend multiple off-pond regattas.