JUNIOR SAILING & RACING

East Bay Sailing Foundation offers a variety of classes for all skill levels, starting at age 6 and up! From Novice classes for the littlest sailors, to Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes, there's a class for everyone. 

 

Summer 2020 is an unknown. We are hopeful that we can run shorter sailing classes with less kids. 

Lunches willl likely be eliminated and snacks will be encouraged. We will stagger classes and encourage kids to sail in singlehanded boats like the Opti. We will continue to update this page and our emails with our most current thinking. We encourage you to sign up now with the deposit coupon below - classes will be smaller and will likely fill quickly. 

 

For Summer season 2020 we've updated and reimagined some of our classes based on your demands and requests, and to improve our sailing school experience. The littlest sailors (HARBOR MICE) are now invited to come for 4-week sessions that operate Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm for a better intro to sailing.

(*C-19 update - Harbor Mice class and Beginner Mercury classes are in question for summer 2020 due to the nature of many kids in a small boat with an instructor)  Our BEGINNERS will be encouraged to go right to sailing the Optimist, but more timid sailors have the choice of starting with a Sailing Assistant on a Mercury.

KEELBOAT is a more advanced option for older kids who want to fly spinnakers and advance their skills and big boat handling, sail trim, and navigation. Read more below and as always, reach out to Mike Zonnenberg, Program Director, with questions. 

Use the coupon code "DEPOSIT25" to deposit 25% of the registration fee

the remainder will be collected before May 31st.

ALL REGISTRATIONS WILL BE REFUNDABLE for cancellations due to COVID-19 

See our Refund Policy on the Registration Page

 

junior sailing

HARBOR MICE

(formerly Novice)

This is a beginning sailing experience for young sailors of ages 6 and 7. This class will build the student's self-confidence through a low-key basic introduction to small boat sailing. Students will sail in Cape Cod Mercuries along with an instructor. Fun activities, arts, and crafts are offered when it is too windy. 

Class is offered in two 4 week sessions and operates

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am - 12pm

Each Session is $275

Receive a $75 discount when you register for both sessions


 

Session 1     June 22 July 17

Session 2     July 20 - Aug 14

*Covid19 Registration hold*

BEGINNER

This class is recommended for kids ages 8 -11 and have little to no previous sailing experience. Students will learn the basic sailing knowledge, skills, and seamanship. Sailors will start with an instructor in the boat and have the opportunity to slowly graduate and become an efficient solo sailor in the optimist pram.

Class is offered in four 2 week sessions and operates

Mon-Thurs, 9am - 4pm  $575

Register for multiple sessions for bulk discounts

Session 1 -   June 22 - July 3 

Session 2 -   July 6 -    July 17

Session 3 -   July 20 -  July 31

Session 4 -   Aug 3 -   Aug 14

OPTI

This class is recommended for students ages 8-13 with prior sailing experience.  During the 2-week session sailors will learn to handle a boat solo, sail to an upwind destination without coaching, and recover from a capsize. This class is great for students who would like to eventually join our opti race class.

 

Class is offered in four 2 week sessions and operates

Mon-Thurs, 9am - 4pm  $575

Register for multiple sessions for bulk discounts

Session 1 -   June 22 - July 3 

Session 2 -   July 6 -    July 17

Session 3 -   July 20 -  July 31

Session 4 -   Aug 3 -   Aug 14

ADVENTURE

The goal for this class is to continue to build the sailor's confidence and skills. This is a non-race oriented class where students have the ability to take the helm, trim the sails, navigate, and learn seamanship skills.

 

Class is offered in four 2 week sessions and operates

Mon-Thurs, 9am - 4pm  $575

Register for multiple sessions for bulk discounts

Session 1 -   June 22 - July 3 

Session 2 -   July 6 -    July 17

Session 3 -   July 20 -  July 31

Session 4 -   Aug 3 -   Aug 14

KEELBOAT

For experienced sailors interested in further developing larger-boat sailing skills. Sailors will primarily sail the J22. One highlight will be spinnaker flying. This class is designed for older sailors ages 14-17 years of age. 

 

Class is offered in two 4 week sessions and operates

M-W-F, 9am - 4pm  

Each Session is $675

Receive a $250 discount when you register for both sessions

 

Session 1     June 22 July 17

Session 2     July 20 - Aug 14

420 1

This class is for the beginner to intermediate 420 sailor.  Basic boat handling skills will be developed, as will skipper/crew relations and sail trim. Sailor must have prior dinghy sailing experience and be more than 110lbs or have permission by Program Director.

The class is taught in our fleet of collegiate 420s and is a great class for the aspiring high school and/or college sailor.

 

Class is offered in two 4 week sessions and operates

M-W-F, 9am - 4pm  

Each Session is $675

Receive a $250 discount when you register for both sessions

Session 1     June 22 July 17

Session 2     July 20 - Aug 14

EBSF RACE TEAM

 
OPTI RACE TEAM

Recommended ages 8-14 and under 130lbs.

 

Our Opti race team is comprised of both Opti Green and RWB sailors. Opti Green is for the beginner racer who will learn the ins and outs of how to make their boat go fast, racing strategies and tactics, and the racing rules of sailing.

 

Once an Opti Green sailor masters the basics of racing and performs well at local regattas they will then graduate to Opti RWB where they will continue to improve and learn more advance techniques, sail setup, and strategies. 

 

Racing students should expect to spend more time practicing in all weather conditions. Racers and parents should be prepared to travel to several regattas throughout the summer. 

Opti Race Team practices every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-4pm unless they are sailing in a regatta. Students are required to bring their own boats. Used Optimist can easily be located and if you have questions regarding the purchase of a boat please don't hesitate to contact the Program Director. EBSF has a very limited number of boats available for charter. 

 

420 RACE TEAM

 This class is recommended for students of ages 13-17 who have mastered their basic sailing and seamanship skills. Students in this class will hone their boat handling and sail trim skills, and learn the strategies, tactics, and rules of racing. Successful racing requires good equipment, good technique, and a lot of practice. Experience and training is the name of the game. Racing students should expect to spend more time practicing in all weather conditions. Racers and parents should be prepared to travel to several events throughout the summer. 

 

420 Race Team practices every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-4pm unless they are sailing in a regatta. Students are required to bring their own boats. Used 420s can easily be located and if you have questions regarding the purchase of a boat please don't hesitate to contact the Program Director. EBSF has a very limited number of race boats available for charter. 

 

SINGLEHANDED RACE TEAM

This class is recommended for students of ages 13-17 who have mastered their sailing and seamanship skills. Students in this class will hone their boat handling and sail trim skills, and learn the strategies, tactics, and rules of racing. Racing requires good equipment, good technique, and a lot of practice. Experience and training is the name of the game. Racing students should expect to spend more time practicing in all weather conditions.

 

Singlehanded Race Team practices along side our 420 race team every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-4pm unless they are sailing in a regatta. Students are required to bring their own boats. Used Lasers can easily be located and if you have questions regarding the purchase of a boat please don't hesitate to contact the Program Director. EBSF has a very limited number of Lasers available for charter.

  

 

Questions? Need more info? Drop us an email and we can help!

or check out our FAQ's page

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Post Office Box 855  Bristol, RI | programdirector@eastbaysailingfoundation.org  |  Tel. 401-257-6774