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).
Beginner- Intermediate Classes
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 10s (generally ages 7–12), and RS Quests (generally ages 11–17) and in keelboats 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.
• 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.
• Optis (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.
• 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.