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

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. 

 

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 2-week sessions from 9-12 am for a better intro to sailing.  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. 

Adventure Sailing is now divided into ADVENTURE for the kids who want to sail, but not race. KEELBOAT is a more advanced, non-race option for older kids who want to fly spinnakers and advance their skills and boat handling. Read more below and as always, reach out to Mike Zonnenberg, Program Director, with questions. 

 

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. 

Harbor Mice sailing is offered in 2 week sessions
M-W-F from 9am-12pm  $275

 

Session 1 -   June 22 - July 3 

Session 2 -   July 6 -    July 17

Session 3 -   July 20 -  Aug 1

Session 4 -   Aug 3 -   Aug 14

BEGINNER

This class is recommended for kids ages 8 to 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 2 week sessions

Mon-Thurs, 9am - 4pm  $595

Session 1 -   June 22 - July 3 

Session 2 -   July 6 -    July 17

Session 3 -   July 20 -  Aug 1

Session 4 -   Aug 3 -   Aug 14

OPTI

This class is recommended for students ages 8-12 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. 

 

Class is offered in 2 week sessions

Mon-Thurs, 9am - 4pm  $575

Session 1 -   June 22 - July 3 

Session 2 -   July 6 -    July 17

Session 3 -   July 20 -  Aug 1

Session 4 -   Aug 3 -   Aug 14

ADVENTURE

The goal for this class is to continue to build the sailor 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 2 week sessions

Mon-Thurs, 9am - 4pm  $595

 

Session 1 -   June 22 - July 2

Session 2 -   July 6 -    July 16

Session 3 -   July 20 -  July 30

Session 4 -   Aug 3 -   Aug 13

KEELBOAT

For experienced sailors interested in further developing larger-boat sailing skills. Sailors will primarily sail the J22. One highlight will be spinnaker flying. Typical ages: 14-17 year olds

 

Class is offered in 2 week sessions

Mon-Thurs, 1pm - 4pm  $300

 

Session 1 -   June 22 - July 2

Session 2 -   July 6 -    July 16

Session 3 -   July 20 -  July 30

Session 4 -   Aug 3 -   Aug 13

420 1

This class is for the beginner to intermediate 420 sailors. The goal is for sailors to confident and safe in the 420. 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.

 

Class is offered in 2 week sessions

Mon-Thurs, 9am - 4pm  $575

Session 1 -   June 22 - July 2

Session 2 -   July 6 -    July 16

Session 3 -   July 20 -  July 30

Session 4 -   Aug 3 -   Aug 13

EBSF RACE TEAM

 
OPTI RACE TEAM

This class is recommended for students of ages 8–14 and under 120 pounds, 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. 

 

Opti racers can now sign up for 4, 6, or 8 weeks sailing 4 days a week, Mon-Thurs. 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. If you need a charter boat please indicate this on your registration form. In addition to practice, team members will also be expected to participate in regattas around the Bay and in Bristol.  

 

420 RACE TEAM

 This class is recommended for students of ages 10–15, or under 120 pounds, 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 racers must sign up the whole season of sailing, 3 days a week on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. 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. If you need a charter boat please indicate this on your registration form. In addition to practice, team members will also be expected to participate in regattas around the Bay and in Bristol.                 

 

The schedule for 420 Race Team has yet to be decided. We would like your input. 

The hope is to have afternoon practices and hire some of the sailors to help as SA's in the morning with the Harbor Mice Class and Beginners. Please let us know your thoughts. We will be holding a special meeting of 420 Race families to discuss in February 2020. 
SINGLEHANDED RACE TEAM

This class is recommended for students of ages 12-18 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.

 

In an effort to build skills and team camaraderie, our race programs at EBSF are offered 3 days per week for 8 weeks. Students are required to bring their own boats. EBSF has a limited number of boats available for charter. If you need a charter boat please indicate this on your registration form. 

 

In addition to practice, team members will also be expected to participate in regattas around the Bay and Southern New England. 

The Singlehanded Race Team will utilize the Laser Radial for practice and Racing. The optimal weight for a radial is 140-175 lbs. Lasers may be available for charter, please contact the EBSF Program Director for assistance.    

 

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