Sailing (Home Page) - General Info
Dear SHYC Members,
Finally, the season of snowy Nor'easters and bomb cyclones is behind us. The docks are in the water and boat prep is well under way.
For the 2018 Sailing Program we have updated some of the class names. Our newest sailors will learn to sail in the Pram Discovery class. Returning sailors who have completed the requirements of Pram Discovery will move on to Pram Explorer. For the sailors who have completed pram classes and are ready to begin sailing in Optimist, we have Opti Discovery. Returning opti sailors who have completed Opti Discovery requirements will move on to Opti Explorer. For sailors looking to enjoy learning in a variety of bigger boats we have the Adventure Sailing class. This class will be taught in Cape cod Mercury's and our new for 2018 Rhodes 19. The Opti race and 420 classes remain unchanged.
We are happy to welcome back Zach Lehan in his new role as head instructor. We have 4 new instructors to welcome and are excited about all of them; Patrick Dromey, Sydney Langenhagen, Lila Belsher & Finn Doherty.
7/7-7/8 New Bedford Junior Regatta
7/16-7/17 Vineyard Haven Jr Regatta
7/12-7/13 Hingham Bay Junior Regatta
7/20 SHYC Sailing Expo
7/23-7/25 Gill Trophy – DBMS
7/26-7/27 HYC Junior Scorpion Bowl
7/28-7/29 Duxbury Bay Jr Regatta – DBMS
8/6-8/7 Scituate Junior Regatta – SHYC
8/9-8/10 SMSA Team Racing Championships – Wianno
8/14-8/15 Beverly Junior Regatta
8/18 Finlay Cup – Squantum YC – Hustlers
I'd like to thank Commodore Davis & the council, Maureen Ray, and the sailing committee for the work they've done and the help that they've given me to make sure we have a great 2018 on the water. See you all soon & please contact me with any questions that you may have.
Sailing Committee Chair
Sailing Classes & Schedule
2018 SHYC Sailing Instructors
We are excited to welcome back Zach Lehan as our new Head Instructor. Zach returns to us from Hull Yacht Club and George Washington University for his 3rd year at SHYC. We also would like to welcome our new instructors. We are excited and lucky to have them!
Finn Doherty: Cohasset Yacht Club, Thayer Academy
Lila Belsher: Hingham Yacht Club, Hingham High School
Patrick Dromey: Hull Yacht Club. Boston College High School
Sydney Langenhagen: Hingham Yacht Club, Thayer Academy
All sailing lessons will be billed to your account based on what you register for using the following Fee Schedule:
Sailing Participation Fee Schedule
$200 First Child Rate
$115 Second Child Rate (if this is the second child you have signed up)
$85 Third+ Child Rate (if this is the third or more children that you have signed up)
$85 Adult Sailing
Pram Discovery 1 & 2
Learn to sail in the club-owned Vanguard Prams. 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.
Requirements: 7 years old by July 1.
Pram Discovery 1 Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:00 – 10:00
Pram Discovery 2: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00 – 12:00
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.
Requirements: Completed Pram Discovery sailing class
Pram Explorer Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00
Students will take their skills to a new level by sailing their own boat. Students will learn 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 and 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.
Requirements: Completed Pram Explorer. Provide own Optimist boat and equipment.
Schedule: Opti Discovery Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur 8:00 – 10:00
Student 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.
Requirements: Successfully completed Opti Discovery. Provide own Optimist boat and equipment
Schedule: Opti Explorer Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur 10:00 – 12:00
This class is for the more serious Opti sailor who will compete in home and away regattas, including the Friday SHYC Race Series. Students will be exposed to stronger afternoon winds and learn to take advantage of them.
Requirements: Successfully completed Opti Explorer. Provide own Optimist boat and equipment.
Schedule: Opti Race Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur 12:30 – 4:00
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 spinnakers and use the trapeze. 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.
Requirements: Completed Opti Explorer and or Adventure Sailing program and demonstrate strong sailing skills. Recommended sailors weigh 100lbs.
Schedule: Intro to 420 Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur 8:30 – 12:00
This class is for more experienced sailors who have already completed at least one season in 420s 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.
Requirements: Completed Intro to 420.
Schedule: Advanced 420 Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur 12:30 – 4:00
Students will have a chance to be introduced to the sport through the use of our Rhodes 19 and Cape Cod Mercury 16. 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.
Requirement: 7 years old by July 1.
Schedule: Adventure Sailing Tuesday & Thursday 12:30 – 2:30
SHYC Race Day
Race Day is for Series Racing (Commodore's Cup) and Team Racing. It is open to all 420 and Opti sailors.
Please note that series races will also be held during classes, Monday – Thursday. For the 420 sailors, Race Day will also be a potential time to host or travel to a different club for Team Racing. Scores for Series Racing will be kept for 420 skippers, 420 Crews and Opti's. The winners at the end of the season will win the Commodore's Cup. Requirements: Open to all 420 and Opti sailors.
Schedule: SHYC Race Day Friday 12:30 – 4:00
Back by popular demand, our Adult Sailing program has two sessions each consisting of 8 classes that meet in the evening twice weekly for 4 weeks. Interest is strong in these classes and is available on a first registered, first served basis. Cost is $85 per session. Participants are encouraged to bring wine and cheese for après sailing get-togethers.
First session June 18 - July 12
Mondays and Thursdays 5:00-7:30pm
Second session July 16 - August 16 (*no class week of Aug, 6th)
Mondays and Thursdays 5:00-7:30pm
2018 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.
Requirements: 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
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
- 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.
Dates: July 2, 9 and 10
Where: SHYC Dining Room
When: July 2,9 and 10 - 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Register: On-line at shyc.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: FREE – All course materials provided!
Please bring a pencil and notepad.
Participants MUST attend ALL 3 classes and complete final exam to obtain the Certificate.
For further information please contact Steven M. Guard at email@example.com