HYC Junior Sailing is a small program with a high percentage of instructors to sailors. We realize each sailor is unique and no curriculum fits any sailor perfectly. While our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of as many sailors as possible, our instructors also strive to give each sailor individual attention.
Be sure to click on the 'HANDBOOK' link on the top right of this page for complete details about our program's curriculum including all guidelines and rules.
Typical Daily Schedule
Each day our instructors will have a written lesson plan. It is weather dependent and often needs to be altered or advanced following the progress of both individual students and the class as a whole.
Senior Sailors (14+ years old by the end of 2018) learn key safety skills by attending an off-site US Sailing class in Session 1, and may have opportunities to sail on bigger boats and in regattas with our members. The curriculum by itself isn’t worth anything without good or excellent instructors to execute it.
All of our instructors are US Sailing trained Level 1 certified. They employ auditory, visual, and kinesthetic (VAK) methods to teach sailing using chalk talks, demonstrations, land drills, and on the water drills. All in fun, entertaining and enjoyable ways. Our goal is for sailors by the end the summer to want to come back ... and ideally to become life-long sailors.
The session objectives are only a guideline and will not perfectly match the goals or needs of every sailor. They are only examples and will most likely need to be altered to meet the goals and needs of each individual sailor.
After three weeks, a Beginner Optimist sailor should know how to ... After six weeks, a Beginner Optimist sailor should also…
At the end of six weeks, an Intermediate Optimist sailor should know how to ...
At the end of six to twelve weeks, an Advanced Optimist sailor should know how to ...
After six weeks, a RS Feva sailor should know how to ...
After six to twelve weeks, a Laser Radial sailor should know how to ....
Jr Sailing Parents
HYC Jr Sailing has been having great and healthy summer both on the water and on the land. We are striving to keep it that way. The health and safety of our Jr Sailors and staff remain our highest priority. We ask that you help us continue to protect the health of sailors this summer. While we continue to guard against the virus, we have to remember other safety precautions.
Please drive carefully in the parking lot.
Drop Off and Check-In
- At drop off, please be sure to wait for the thumbs up from the screener before departing. Thumbs up means your sailor does not have a fever, and they are checked in.
We want to minimize reversing in the parking lot. After the thumbs-up, please proceed forward out the lower exit. When boats are launching, the lower gate will be closed, and you will have to make a 180 degree turn and head out the way you came in. If you need to park, please pick a spot away from the tent area. All members of your party must wear a face covering on the grounds.
Pick Up and Check Out
- Accountability at HYC Jr Sailing is extremely important. Please make sure your sailor correctly checks out at the checkout table before they get in your car.
- Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days— including staff, sailors, and families— should not come to the program. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
Please remind your sailors to wear face coverings when on the grounds. They do not need to wear a face-covering when eating, on their boat, or in the water. They must physically distance when eating.
- Sailors must wear their life vests zipped up. Life vests not worn properly provide no protection in the water.
- Please have your sailors wear closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes such as boat shoes or sneakers. Crocks are great; flip flops are not. Please keep the flip flops at home.
- Please make sure your sailor has sunglasses and a Hat: with a brim suitable to shade the eyes and face from the sun. Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) -- ample supply; *no aerosol sunscreens. Sailors are reminded during the day to reapply sunscreen. We can’t do it for them.
Long sleeve tops, sun cover-ups, and rash guards are excellent at blocking the sun.
HYC Jr. Sail Committee