Youth instruction

Youth Instruction

2020 Youth Sailing Program

Skill Levels and Classes

Sailing is both a very physical and a highly conceptual sport. Students learn at different rates and in different ways. Some students grasp the practical side quickly, while the theory eludes them. For others it is just the opposite. Students also retain information very differently. Sail Newport’s goal is to make sure students are placed in a class (boat and skill level) that will help them succeed to the best of their ability, and have fun while they are learning! Factors that we take into consideration in making placements include:

  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Prior experience
  • Personal interest
  • Goals (cruising, racing)

Designed as an introductory, hands-on program, the focus is on making kids comfortable in and around boats. Lots of games will be intermingled with an introduction to sailing with the goal of having fun! Must be able to pass a swim ‘check’ to participate. The ratio is 1:5 instructor to Guppy. Applicants must have a DOB of 2014 or 2015 to participate in the 2021 program.

Beginner Classes are for students who may have little or no experience on the water, in sailboats, or, they do not have a history of organized instructional experience. These classes cover the fundamentals: how to rig, de-rig and care for the boats and equipment, capsize recovery, understanding the wind, how to tack and jibe. Students are introduced to the different points of sail, and basic “rules of the road.” Beginner dinghy classes are taught using Prams (ages 7–11), and RS Quests (ages 11–16) and in the keelboat program, J/22s (ages 12 – 17).

For students who have completed just one session as a beginner, most will move to a Beginner/Intermediate class where they can continue to solidify their skills. This is particularly true of students who are only sailing for a few weeks each season. Beginner/Intermediate dinghy classes are taught using Optimists, Hartlie 10’s (generally ages 7–12), and RS Quests (generally ages 11–17) and in the keelboat program J/22s (ages 12 – 17).

Pre-requisite Sail Newport Beginner Class and recommendation of the instructor, or its equivalent.

Builds on the basics with students learning the finer points of boat handling and sail theory. There is an emphasis on developing confidence for sailing alone and learning to sail as part of a crew. Other topics can include currents, weather, a little navigation and more. Dinghy classes are taught in Optimists, Hartlie 10s  (ages 7–14), Quests and 420s (ages 13–17) and in the keelboat program J/22s (ages 12 – 17).

Pre-requisite Sail Newport Intermediate Class and recommendation of the instructor, or its equivalent.

Dinghies:
  • Club 420s (typically for ages 14–17 with two sessions of intermediate 420 classes)
    Covers advanced boat-handling, spinnaker and trapeze use, tuning and sail trim. Popular with students who are interested in learning advanced/performance boat handling skills, possibly with a future interest in racing.
  • Opti’s (after completing intermediate level, typically ages 10 – 14)
    Covers advanced boat handling. Everything from fine-tuning sail trim and shape to roll tacking and gybing. Popular with students who are interested in learning advanced boat handling skills, possibly with a future interest in racing.
Keelboats:
  • J/22s are used for advanced boat handling as well as beginner and intermediate. Skills including fine tuning sail trim and shape, using spinnakers and advanced seamanship.

2021 Schedule

The 2021 schedule for youth dinghy, keelboat and Little Guppies programs is subject to change depending on what happens with the Covid Pandemic and local, state and national rules and procedures.  Please check back periodically to look for changes and updates.

For ages 7-17 (must be 7 as of Jan 1, 2020 / been born in 2013 or earlier).  Beginner through advanced classes.

Dinghy Session 1
  • Dates: June 21 – July 2
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dinghy Session 2
  • Dates: July 5 – 16
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dinghy Session 3
  • Dates: July 19 – 30
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dinghy Session 4
  • Dates: August 2 – 13
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

DOB 2014 or 2015. Novice level only.

Session 1: June 14 – 18 (one week session)
Session 2: August 16 – 20 (one week session)

Times:

  • Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Mid-day Session: 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon Session:  3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For ages 12-17 (must be 12 as of Jan 1, 2021 / born in 2008 or earlier).  Beginner through advanced.

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday (one week session)

Dates:

  • Session 1: June 14 – 18
  • Session 2: June 21 – 25
  • Session 3: June 28 – July 2
  • Session 4: August 9 – 13
  • Session 5: August 16 – 20
  • Program will run June 21 – August  19
  • Optis, Lasers and Club 420s
  • Green Fleet and Championship Fleet training

For more information please visit our youth racing page.

Registration

We anticipate opening registration for summer 2021 Youth Dinghy, Youth Keelboat and Little Guppies classes in early January 2021.

All registration is handled online on this site.  If you are unable to register online, we will be more than happy to help you fill out your registration over the phone.

No payment is due with your registration and submission of the registration is not a guarantee that space is available in the class/session appropriate for your child (ren). Payment will be due once a student is placed in a class and you will be notified by email as to availability. 

Please double and triple check for accuracy in your contact information (especially your email address), as this can be the cause for confusion with the auto-responder email that serves as your confirmation of registration. If you do not receive this email (it will come from info@sailnewport.org), then something has gone wrong with your registration, and we might not have it. Check your spam/bulk boxes and if you don’t have it, give us a call and we can check on it for you.

The best way to increase your child’s chances of getting a spot in the program is to be flexible. If you are able to attend different sessions, add them to your list of preferences. Be sure to check your schedule and ours so you don’t add sessions that your child can’t attend. There is a chance that they will be selected for one of their alternates.

As always, if you have any questions about the programs, dates, age restrictions, anything at all, really, don’t hesitate to give a call and we will be happy to help you out. We’re looking forward to another great summer of sailing!

Confidential financial aid is available by application for those who qualify. Financial aid forms are made available once a student is accepted into a session. Any questions or concerns regarding financial aid for the youth sailing programs can be directed to Brad Read, Executive Director.

Once a student is accepted, confirmed and paid for a summer session, cancellations will be accepted and refunds given following these guidelines:

  • Students who are unable to participate at the time of payment deadline (typically in March) have no obligation.
  • Cancellations before April 15, 2021 will be refunded less a $25 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations April 16, 2021 and later will be refunded less a $45 administrative fee if the student’s spot is filled. If the student’s spot is not filled we cannot issue a refund.

Volunteer Sailing Assistant Program

Each summer, a great team of volunteers between the ages of 13 and 18 work as sailing assistants (SAs) to help the instructors with the day-to-day activities of the SN Youth Program. SAs must have solid fundamental sailing skills, but no previous teaching or work experience is necessary, outside of a willingness to learn new skills, be a team player, and have enthusiasm for sharing the joys of sailing with other kids.

We strongly recommend that SAs continue with their own program of instruction–this opportunity is not meant to replace participation in sailing classes of their own, whether here at Sail Newport or in another program.

The schedule is flexible–some volunteers help out specific hours or days for multiple sessions, others help for part or the entirety of a whole session (two weeks, M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). SAs are required to commit to a minimum of 15 hours of volunteering. The registration below will ask for your expected availability.

In return for helping out and contributing to the success of the program, SAs get a special edition Youth Program tee shirt, the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new experiences. SAs will also be able to participate in a US Powerboat Safe Powerboat Handling course at Sail Newport. We will provide a letter for each SA documenting volunteer hours that can be used towards school, church or other youth group requirements.

Have questions?

Contact Kim Hapgood, Program Director

Phone: (401) 846-1983
Email: kim.hapgood@sailnewport.org