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9:00 - 12:00 Opti Beginner (7/3-7/14) 420 Intermediate Opti Beginner (7/3-7/14) 420 Intermediate Opti Beginner (7/3-7/14)
Opti Green Doublehanded Beginner Opti Green Doublehanded Beginner Opti Green
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:45 - 1:00 Afternoon Prep Afternoon Prep Afternoon Prep Afternoon Prep Afternoon Prep
1:00 - 4:00 420 Team Racing/Lessons 420 Race Adventure Sailing 420 Regatta 420 Race
Opti Race Opti Regattas Free Sail Opti Race Opti Race
4:30 - 6:00 Twilight Race Day Twilight Race Day

Junior programs run in two sessions: Monday, June 19th through July 14th, and Monday, July 17th through August 11th. Sign up for junior programs online through the Camp Network. Schedules for adult programs to be announced. Instruction takes place at NBYC.
Beginner

An introduction or reintroduction to sailing. This class is for the young student who has no prior sailing experience. Beginner students will have fun and learn skills in both small group and whole class lessons. The basics of sailing . wind directions, parts of the boat, rigging, steering , sail trim, tacking, jibing, knots, towing, and docking, capsize and recovery, bailing as well as basic boat care. Swimming, games, and knot tying will all be part of this fun-focused introduction to sailing class. This class will be taught primarily in Optis and Blue Jays.

The class will take place in two parts: Opti Beginner Boot Camp will run for two weeks, Monday through Friday, from June 19 to June 30 for Opti Beginner sailors. Boot camp will be taught using Optimist, Blue Jays and remote controlled boats. Boot Camp will have a higher student to teacher ratio to help foster growth and understanding early in the new sailors development. Then, starting July 3rd, Opti Beginner classes will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Opti Green Fleet

This class is designed for the young sailor who has mastered the beginner class and is ready to learn some basic racing skills. These skills can be tested at local Eastern Connecticut Green Fleet Regattas. These fun low key regattas are for kids that want to begin and test competitive racing. Owning your own boat is a good idea and encouraged.

Double-handed Beginner

This class is for the older beginner sailor. This fun class will be taught in 420.s and possibly Blue Jays. Basic skills addressed in this class will be wind directions, parts of the boat, rigging, steering , sail trim, tacking, jibing, knots, towing, and docking, capsize and recovery, bailing as well as basic boat care.

Intermediate Double-handed Sailing

This class is recommended for sailors who have participated in two full seasons of sailing classes who are age appropriate and ready to move on from the Opti. We recommend at least 13 years old. Lessons will be primarily taught in Blue Jays and 420.s. Intermediate sailors will build upon the skills learned as beginners. A combination of fun activities and skill-building drills will be incorporated into the class to develop a love of sailing and confidence in each child. Sail trim, weight distribution, upwind steering, points of sail, sailing backwards, and introduction to spinnakers will all be covered in class. Seamanship and basic racing will also be introduced.

Opti Racing

This class is for the Opti Sailor who is eager and committed to learning racing skills. This class is longer in length to provide sailors more .time in the boat., a concept proven to develop stronger skills. Opti racers will develop racing skills including rigging for optimum speed, race preparation and strategy development, various starting tactics, upwind/downwind steering and strategy, and rules. Classes will be formatted to include both small group instruction focused on boat handling (mark rounding, roll tacking/gybing, starting etc.) and whole class racing. Opti Racers will be encouraged to participate in Twilights, weekend racing, and regattas (for which coaching will be provided).

420 Racing

This class is for the 420 Sailor who is eager and committed to learning racing skills. This class is longer in length to provide sailors more .time in the boat., a concept proven to develop stronger skills. 420 racers will develop racing skills including rigging for optimum speed, race preparation and strategy development, various starting tactics, upwind/downwind steering, double handed sail trim, and rules. Classes will be formatted to include both small group instruction focused on boathandling (mark rounding, roll tacking/gybing, starting, spinnaker and trapeze etc.) and whole class racing. 420 racers will be expected to represent NBSA in the ECSA team races and are encouraged to participate in Twilights, Weekend Races, and regattas(for which coaching will be provided).

Adventure Sailing

This popular sail instruction concept is new to NBYC Sailors. Adventure sailing is a class for kids who enjoy sailing and just want to enjoy time on the water (but not race). Any student who has completed at least two full seasons of sailing classes is welcome to join this class. This class will use multiple platforms to cruise around Niantic Bay. The class will focus on fun on the water and using the power of the wind to go to various destinations around the Bay. They will play games at their destinations and swim in addition to learning sailing basics such as wind direction, parts of the boat, rigging, capsize and recovery, knots, towing, docking, time and distance, as well as basic boat care. Kids will take turns doing all the jobs on the boat . steering, trimming the main and jib, and being the navigator. Classes will be taught in various types of sailboats but anything that floats is game!

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