We encourage you to download and review our parent handbook in its entirety before your child begins our program since it contains important and helpful information. Our general guidelines and rules are listed below.
- Attendance: Please notify the Program Director in advance if your sailor will not be attending for any reason. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lunch: Lunch will be provided daily along with filtered water and fresh fruit, except on Fridays which is pizza day. Lunches are prepared locally or by our Club chef. The lunch schedule is posted in advance on the home page of this website. The local ice cream truck visits the Club at the end of each day. Sailors can purchase ice cream at that time.
- Parking: Please follow HYC rules with respect to parking. Non-Members and Members without HYC stickers are not to park in front of the Club House. The designated Flag Officers’ parking spaces should not be used for any reason.
- Hours: The program day is from 9 am - 4 pm. If you need to drop off your sailor late or pick him/her up early, this should be done between 12 and 1 pm. Sailors generally leave shore for the docks at 9:15 am for the morning session and 1:15 pm for the afternoon session. Thus, the instructors cannot accommodate supervision of a sailor who is dropped off or picked up other than during that time. The program is scheduled to end at 4 pm sharp and at that time instructors must turn to preparing for the next day. If you expect to be late picking up your sailor, please make alternate arrangements to have your sailor picked up on time. Since late pick-ups have been a problem in past years and in order to cover instructor time parents may be charged for every 15 minutes after 4:15 pm. Please do not drop your sailor off before 8:45 am since there is no Instructor supervision scheduled before that time.
- JSA Registration: You must sign your sailor(s) up on the JSA website. No sailor may participate until this is completed. The Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSA) has selected The Clubspot, a web-based regatta administration platform, as the system for the JSA Roster Registration and Regatta Management. see https://jsalis.org/parents/roster-registration Do not pay the fee online (it is paid via your HYC registration).
- Sportsmanship: As adults, we set the example for our Junior Sailors. Therefore we ask parents and everyone else associated with the program to model good sportsmanship and fair play. We want to emphasize performance goals rather than outcome goals.
- Participation and Behavior: Sailors are expected to participate in the on-the-water activities each day. Sailors are also expected to demonstrate acceptable behavior and respect for one another so that everyone has fun and stays safe. Anti-social behaviors such as bullying, rough-housing, ignoring safety rules and/or destruction of equipment will result in discipline. Please direct any disciplinary concerns regarding your sailor (or another sailor) to the Program Director.
- Maintenance: Learning boat upkeep is part of learning to sail. Therefore, our sailors are responsible for maintaining their boats, both private and chartered. Sailors will be expected to keep their boats clean and identify missing, broken or worn equipment. Keeping a boat shipshape is also important for safety reasons. HYC has some spare parts – replacement costs will be assessed to parents – and if HYC does not have the part, there are several local vendors that we can recommend that supply small sailboat equipment.
- Instructors: Please demonstrate respect for instructors, the Program Director and other Club employees. Consistent with HYC rules regarding members’ interactions with Club staff, except in emergency situations, if a problem or concern arises, please make an appointment (through email or phone) with the Program Director, or contact a member of the Board. You can send all emails to email@example.com. During the season, both the Director and Committee Chairs will receive these emails.
- Rainy Days: Sailing is a weather dependent sport and part of learning to sail is also learning how to deal with the elements, which can be hard to predict. While we try to go out on the water both in the morning and afternoon each day, there are occasions when there may be too much or too little wind, or fog and rain. Safety is top priority and the Director and Instructors will make decisions based on then-current conditions and predictions, and the sailors’ skills. The Program staff will have a rainy day plan to keep some or all of the sailors entertained if weather conditions don’t cooperate. We expect all of the sailors and parents to be flexible.
- Progress Reports: Your sailor’s Instructor and/or the Head Instructor are available to provide you with updates on his/her progress in person at pick up time. Please contact the Director ahead of time to arrange an informal meeting.
- HYC Charters: Please advise the Director or Head Instructor if you think any HYC charter boat is not in acceptable condition or if you have any concerns about the boat you have chartered. During the season, we rely on the sailors and their parents to notify us if there are any issues with a chartered boat.
- Encouragement: We are excited about our Junior Sailors participating in regattas. However, forcing him/her to participate in certain events they may not enjoy or feel ready for may turn them away from sailing completely. Please take their opinions and feelings into account, and remember that this is your sailor’s summer vacation.
- Spectators: Parents can be spectators during regattas but will need to provide their own on-the-water transport. The HYC Instructors cannot accommodate parents on chase boats. If you will be a spectator, please remain in designated areas outside of the racecourse.
- Coaching: Any coaching DURING a race is prohibited by regatta rules and could lead to your sailor’s disqualification. Also, while we recognize that parent’s help is valuable, most instructors appreciate being able to coach without parents’ input.
- Ethics: As always, model supportive and ethical behavior about participation in and during regattas.
- Transportation and Trailering: Transportation of sailors and their boats to and from regattas is solely the parent’s responsibility. Instructors do not take on this responsibility. Please maintain a parent community where transportation of the trailer (with all boats) and sailors is shared and rotated. In a few limited circumstances and WEATHER PERMITTING Instructors may tow boats to nearby regattas (e.g., Larchmont Shore Club). In those cases, parents retain the responsibility to transport sailors to and from the regatta by car. Also WEATHER PERMITTING Instructors may accompany sailors when they sail to or from regattas (e.g., Larchmont Race Week). Parents must remain ready to provide sailor and boat transportation in the event the weather does not cooperate or the Instructor is not available.
Equipment: Sailors are responsible for making sure that their boats are prepared for regattas and that their boats are brought ashore, ready for trailering. Regatta organizers require boats to undergo safety checks and will not let sailors participate if equipment is missing or broken. Parents are strongly encouraged to go over the boat equipment checklists with their sailors before leaving HYC for a regatta to make sure that all gear is collected and in good working order, this includes chartered boats.
At a minimum the following equipment is required by the HYC Junior Sailing Program:
✓ Life Jacket: Properly fitting USCG approved TYPE III PFD
✓ Whistle (attached to life jacket)
✓ Shoes: Closed toe, rubber-soled shoes such as boat shoes or sneakers (not water sox)
✓ Sunglasses and/or Hat: with a brim suitable to shade the eyes and face from the sun
✓ Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
✓ Water bottle
✓ Swim suit
✓ Windbreaker/rain jacket or spray top
Other items that sailors may find handy at times:
Items that will be more of a distraction than of any use – don’t bring them:
**Cell Phones: Please instruct your sailor not to text or call during Summer Program hours unless it is an emergency. Sailors will not be permitted to bring cell phones on the water.
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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