29th Annual Junior Regatta 8/1-8/2:
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2016 SHYC Sailing Program Details
Head Instructor: Grant DeWald has extensive sailing experience and has just finished his sophomore year at Bates College where he is the kicker for the football team.
Opti & 420 Coaches:
Margaux Bertola is returning this year. She attends St. Anselm College
Bennett Tierney is entering Hobart and William Smith Colleges this Fall after graduating Cohasset High School. She is an experienced sailor from Cohasset Yacht Club.
Pram & Opti Coaches
Fisher Hunnewell plays soccer, baseball and skis at Cohasset High School and was a junior instructor at Cohasset Yacht Club last Summer.
Zach Lehan is a varsity soccer, wrestling and track athlete at Roxbury Latin High School coming to us from Hull Yacht Club. Zach is departing instructor Connor Lehan’s brother.
Class Descriptions and Schedule
Beginner Pram A, B and C The students will learn to sail in the club-owned Vanguard Prams. This course is for children who have never taken sailing lessons or are not yet comfortable sailing alone. Students will learn in a recreational sailing atmosphere the parts of a boat, points of sail, right of way rules and basic knots. In addition, they will learn how to rig and de-rig, sail on a reach, tack, jibe, return to the dock and use the safety position. Students will also learn how to safely capsize and right the boat.The A, B, and C classes are the same; just different days.
Intermediate Pram A and B Students who have passed the beginner class will continue to build on the skills learned. This class will review the basics of recreational sailing, fine tuning those skills and increase confidence levels. Basic navigation skills will be introduced and applied to abilities mastered in Beginner (Pram) Students will sail upwind, downwind, determine wind direction, properly trim sails, and sail around a race course. The A and B classes are the same; just different days.
Opti 1 In our Optimist classes, students will take their skills to a new level by sailing their own boat. Students will learn the the points of sailing, right of way rules and basic knots. In addition, they will learn how to rig and de-rig, sail on a reach, tack, jibe, return to the dock and, most importantly, how to stay safe on the water. Students will also learn how to safely capsize and right their boat. Students will be encouraged to also participate in the Friday SHYC Race Series and other area regattas.
Opti 2 Students who have completed Opti 1 will continue to build on skills they’ve learned. They will also learn to sail upwind and downwind, determine wind direction, properly trim the sail, roll tack, and sail around a course. Students will be encouraged to also participate in the Friday SHYC Race Series as well as other area regattas.
Introduction to 420 This class is for sailors who are new to 420s. Students will be introduced to recreational sailing in high performance sailing dinghies using club-owned 420s, a two-person boat, where students will learn to function as both skipper and crew. As abilities permit, students will learn to rig and de-rig, fly spinnaker and use the trapeze. Students must demonstrate strong sailing skills to participate in this class. The goal is for students to continue to build confidence as crew and skipper and work toward improving their overall boat handling skills. As students progress, racing skills will be introduced and developed with emphasis on both individual and team racing skills. Students will also be encouraged to participate in the Friday SHYC Race Series as well as other area regattas.
Advanced 420 This class is for more experienced sailors who have already completed at least one season in 420’s and will continue to build on skills learned. In particular, this class will focus on performance sailing and more advanced individual and team racing skills. Students will also be encouraged to participate in the Friday SHYC Race Series as well as other area regattas.
Mercury A & B Class Students will have a chance to be introduced to the sport through the use of the 14 ft Mercury. More stable than the 420 and perfectly built for all sailors. Whether you are a novice or more skilled sailor, this is a great class for you. The A and B classes are the same; just different days.
SHYC Race Series The SHYC Race Series is provided to all Opti and 420 sailors who wish to develop their racing skills in this inter club racing format. Each week, participants will spend time focusing on a core racing skill (e.g. starting, roll tacking, etc.) followed by a series of races. Scores will be kept throughout the series so that student can track their progress and performance. This class is designed for Opti and 420 sailors of all ages and abilities.
Junior Instructor Program Junior Instructors play an important role in SHYC’s sailing program. The “JI” program provides an opportunity for our sailors to share their knowledge with younger kids while getting real “hands on” teaching experience. This program is open to SHYC sailors ages 11 – 15 who have successfully completed the Opti 2 program. In order to provide continuity and consistency, we plan to assign each Jr. Instructor to a specific class (e.g. beginner or intermediate pram). Therefore, Jr. Instructors will need to commit to a specific 3-class time slot each week.
2016 Mass. Boating Safety Certificate Course
Operators of motorized vessels 12 to 16 years old are required to have on their person a Boating Safety Certificate evidencing their successful completion of a Massachusetts Boating Safety Course approved by the Boat & Recreational Safety Bureau of the Massachusetts Environmental Police. The Scituate Harbor Yacht Club is offering this course to adult AND junior members again this year. This course will include: - general information concerning vessels and maintenance - information to make your boating experience safer and more comfortable - tips on how to be a more courteous vessel operator; and - a review of the laws and regulations to which you must adhere. This course complies with the Boating Safety Certificate requirements and will be a benefit to novice boaters of all ages. You must be at least 10 years old to participate and you must be at least 12 years old by Labor Day to receive your Boating Safety Certificate.
The course will be held
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