• Follow program and harbor rules Be safety conscious
• Stay protected from the sun
• Use a safety whistle appropriately. Avoid collisions
• Put on and take off a PFD in the water
• Tread water without a PFD for two minutes in the sea. Get in the safety position
• Capsize and recover
• Execute a squall/storm drill
• 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
• Rig and de-rig
• Name the parts of an Opti
• Know where the wind is coming from
• Take care of his or her boat
- proper and neat stowing and securing
• Use the paddle while steering
• Steer responsibly on a tow
• Stay out of the no-go-zone except when tacking. Recover from irons
• Leave the dock
• Return to the dock
• Maintain proper body position and weight placement in the boat Hold the tiller and mainsheet correctly
• Sail upwind
• Sail a figure eight
• Sail a triangle
• Sail a square
• Respect others
• View sailing as a team sport
• Work in a team during rigging and activities
• Tie sail ties
• Attach a sail onto spars
• Do simple navigation
- North, South, East, West - recognizing landmarks
- navigation buoys
- water depth
• Identify current and tides
• Recognize the approach of puffs and lulls Explain how a sail works
• Use sailing as a way to get somewhere
• Sail as passenger or crew on a big boat
• Use telltales for upwind steering
• Sit (and where) for different wind and water conditions
• Adjust the daggerboard for different conditions
• Maintain proper weight and body balance in the boat
• Stop and start
• Adjust (when and why) sail controls
- sprit pole tension
- vang stop
- boom vang
• Execute a 360
• Understand sportsmanship in racing Start
• Round a mark
• Find clear air
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Jr Sailing Parents and Sailors
HYC Jr Sailing Committee appreciates all the hard work and perseverance of the sailors, parents, and coaches through the Summer of 2021; This Summer we plan hope to "accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, spread joy up to the maximum, and bring gloom down to the minimum." (paraphrasing Bing Crosby).
The first Open House for registration will be Sunday, January 31st, 2022, from 1 pm to 4 pm. There will be discounts for all who register by February 1st.
The second Open House for registration will be Sunday, February 27th, 2022, from 1 pm to 4 pm. There will be somewhat smaller discounts for all who register by February 28th.
We look forward to seeing you all again next Summer.
HYC Jr. Sail Committee