• Follow program and harbor rules
• Stay protected from the sun
• Be safety conscious (Rule 1)
• Use a safety whistle appropriately
• Put on and take off a PFD in the water
• Tread water without a PFD for two minutes in the sea
• Avoid collisions
• Get in the safety position
• Capsize and recover
• Execute a squall/storm drill
• Avoid contact (Rule 14)
• Use windward/leeward (Rule 11)
• Use Starboard/Port (Rule 10)
• Use clear ahead/clear astern (Rule 12)
• Be comfortable in an Opti on the water
• Tie an 8-knot, square knot, cleat knot, bowline, half hitch, and clove hitch
• Coil and throw a line
• Identify points of sail
• Know where the wind is coming from
• Explain actual vs. apparent wind
• Rig and de-rig properly
• Name the parts of an Opti
• Take care of a boat
- proper and neat stowing and securing
- washing boats
- checking sail for ties
- tying ties
• Check mast preventer Explain how a sail works
• Do simple navigation
- North, South, East, West - recognizing landmarks
- navigation buoys
- water depth
- reading a chart
- using a compass
• Recognize the approach of puffs and lulls Use the paddle while steering
• Steer responsibly on a tow
• Attach a sail onto spars
• Recognize and sail in currents and tides Assess weather
- simple weather systems
- clouds and what they mean - wind and weather
- weather reports
- barometric pressure
• Use sailing as a way to get somewhere Row
• Sail as passenger or crew on a big boat
• Leave the dock
• Return to the dock
• Stay out of the no-go-zone except when tacking
• Recover from irons
• Maintain proper body position and weight placement in the boat
• Hold the tiller and mainsheet correctly
- s gybe as apposed to c gybe
- pull in sail and center tiller Tack
• Sail downwind
- sail trim dictated by where wind is
- body position and placement
- sail by the lee
• Upwind sailing
- steering a straight course.....paying attention
- watching for speed and balloon in luff
• Sail a figure eight
• Sail a triangle
• Sail a square
• Use telltales for upwind steering
• Stop and start
- heading into wind
- backwinding sail
- pull in and head off
• Execute a 360
• Adjust the daggerboard for different conditions and points of sail
• Where, when, and how to sit
• Position body weight
- steering with weight
- how body placement and movement affects the boat - for different weather conditions
- for different points of sail
• Adjust sail shape (when and why)
- boom vang
- sprit tension
- for different weather conditions
- for different points of sail
• Sail backwards
• Respect others
• Respect equipment
• View sailing as a team sport
• Work in a team during rigging and activities
• Understand sportsmanship in racing
- fair sailing
• Use tacking rules (Rule 13)
• Sail a starting sequence
- clear air
• Avoid la-la land
• Assess wind on a course Round a mark
- the mechanics of it
- basic applications of Rule 18 Finish
• Act on puffs and lulls
• Adjust sail controls for different legs Adjust weight for speed
• Find clear air
• Use rules in racing
• Execute a 360 when foul occurs
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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