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Class Descriptions

The 2014 sailing season begins June 23th and ends August 15th.  Students are grouped in classes by age, ability and interest. Classes are offered for children ages 8 and up (as of September 1st), as well as adults. Most classes are offered in 4 two-week sessions. New in 2014, the Sea Urchin  class will also follow the 4 two-week session model.  The race teams and adult sailing classes run for the entire season, with the exception of Optimist and 420 Intro to Race classes which offer a half season.   All participants must wear a USCG certified life jacket in classes.

PLEASE NOTE: MSA is excited to be using a new, advanced registration system. If you are registering for more than one class/session (and/or for more than one person), please click the blue ADD button for all of the sessions before clicking the yellow CONTINUE button. You will have the opportunity to assign participants to individual classes after that.

PLEASE NOTE: All registrations are non-refundable.


 

2014 MSA SAILING PROGRAM CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

SEA URCHIN (Introduction to Sailing):  Age 8 or entering third grade

The object of this class is to introduce younger children to sailing, familiarize them with being on and around the water, to help make them comfortable and confident in a boat and to have a ton of fun while doing it.  Participants will learn the very basics of boat handling - boat parts, rowing, steering with a tiller, trimming a sail and boat safety, with an emphasis on having fun in a boat. There will be both on and off water instruction. Students will sail in the 9-foot Dyer Dhow dinghies as well as the 19-foot Rhodes 19s and will be tightly supervised throughout the session.

When the class is complete, the new sailor will be able to identify the primary parts of a sailboat, demonstrate basic helming skills, and be comfortable in a boat.

This class is best for 8 year old children who are unfamiliar with sailing and are looking for their very first sailing experience.

Mondays - Thursdays 1:00-4:00  -  $375 per session

OPTI BEGINNER (Learn to Sail):  Ages 8-11

The Opti Beginner class is for children who have little to no sailing experience, including (but not required) those who have taken the Sea Urchin class.  Sailors are taught in small groups in Dyer Dhow and Optimist dinghies.  Students will learn boat rigging, points of sail, basic sail trim, and boat safety.  There will be both on and off water instruction. There is no prerequisite for Opti Beginners.

This class has a hands on learn-to-sail focus. When complete, the sailor will be able to demonstrate basic helm, trim, and water awareness skills. The sailor will be able to identify the major parts of a sailboat and sail a boat from point A to point B.

This class is best for children who are 8 years old and have some familiarity with sailing, as well as new sailors age 9-11.

Mondays - Fridays 9:00-12:00  -  $425 per session

OPTI INTERMEDIATE (Achieving Competence):   Ages 8 -11

The Opti Intermediate class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the Opti Beginner class, or can demonstrate similar skills. This class will refine previous skills learned and build on that foundation through greater independence in rigging, sailing and boat maintenance. There will be both on and off water instruction.  Students will sail in an Optimist dinghy.

This class has a hands on learn-to-sail focus. When complete the sailor will be able to demonstrate helming skills, tack and jibe in control, trim a sail to course, identify the parts of a sailboat, sail upwind close-hauled, and be confident and independent in an Optimist sailboat.

This class is best for children 8 - 11 years old with demonstrated basic sailing skills or who have successfully completed two sessions of Opti Beginner or an equivalent course.

Mondays - Fridays 9:00-12:00  -  $425 per session

OPTI ADVANCED (Mastering):  Ages 9 -12

This class is designed for students who have successfully completed two sessions of Opti Intermediate, or can demonstrate similar skills.   The class will teach advanced Optimist handling, such as proper sail trim, sprit tension, roll tacking, and some beginner racing skills. There will be both on and off water instruction.  This class will meet in the afternoon, when wind speed is usually greater than in the morning.

This class has a hands on learn-to-master skills focus. When complete the sailor will be able to demonstrate full mastery of Optimist boat handling including roll tacking, heavier air sailing, and proper sail trim and setup.

This class is best for 9-12 years old with demonstrated intermediate sailing skills or who have successfully completed two sessions of Opti Intermediate or an equivalent course.

Mondays - Fridays 1:00-4:00  -  $425 per session

OPTI INTRO TO RACE

This class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the Opti Intermediate class or one session of the Opti Advanced class.  Sailors will work on improving their sailing skills in Optis while learning basic racing rules and tactics.  Emphasis will be on competitive boat handling in a fun environment.  Sailors who are interested in racing may choose to compete in local green fleet regattas.  This class may be taken for the first half of the season only, or for the whole season.

This year, in particular, is a great time to get involved with racing Optimists on the North Shore. In 2015, the Optimist Nationals will be held in Salem. Sailors who learn to race in 2014 have a great shot at participating in a fun and age and skill appropriate regatta in their own backyard. Hundreds of sailors will come from all over the country to sail in Salem Sound, and you can be part of it.

This class is best for 10 -13 year old children with interest in racing and an intermediate or advanced level of sailing skill.

Half Season (6 weeks - Jun 23 - Aug 1):  Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30 - $800

Full Season:   Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30  -  $1,050

OPTI RACE TEAM:

Opti Race Team is for sailors who have competed in green fleet regattas and are ready for the more challenging Championship line.  Boat ownership is encouraged but not required.  These racers usually attend Marblehead Race Week and the Mass Bay Junior Regatta, as well as additional local and regional regattas.  Parents must attend a pre-season race team meeting and participate in boat transportation for regattas.

This year, in particular, is a great time to get involved with racing Optimists on the North Shore. In 2015, the Optimist Nationals will be held in Salem. Sailors who learn to race in 2014 have a great shot at participating in a fun and age and skill appropriate regatta in their own backyard. Hundreds of sailors will come from all over the country to sail in Salem Sound, and you can be part of it.

The Race Team is best for the 10 – 13 year old committed sailor who likes to race and wants to compete at the regional and potentially national or world level.

Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30  -  $1,050

 

420 BEGINNER (Learn to Sail):  Ages 11-14

The 420 Beginner class is designed for older children with limited or no sailing experience, and covers introductory sailing skills in the two person 420 dinghy.  This class focuses on sailing basics, including boat rigging, sail trim and boat maintenance.  There will be both chalkboard (pre and post sailing) and on-the-water instruction with a focus on fun while learning.  Students finish this class with a good understanding of the fundamentals and the ability to rig and sail a 420 with supervision.

This class has a hands on learn-to-sail focus. When complete, sailors will be able to steer and trim to get from point A to point B, sail upwind, tack, jibe, and perform other basic boat-handling skill as well as identify the parts of a sailboat and to rig and de-rig a 420.

This class is best for 11-14 year olds who are interested in their first sailing experiences or to revive a forgotten younger child-hood skill.

Mondays - Fridays 9:00-12:00  -  $425 per session

420 INTERMEDIATE (Achieving Competence in a two-person performance dinghy):   Ages 12-18

The 420 Intermediate class is designed for sailors who have mastered the basics and want to enhance their sailing skills in a double-handed boat.  Successful completion of two sessions of the 420 Beginner class, Opti Advanced, Opti Race Team, or a sailor who can demonstrate similar skills is required. There will be both chalkboard (pre and post sailing) and on-the-water instruction with a focus on fun while learning.  Students will learn boat handling, sail trim and introductory spinnaker skills.

This class has a hands on learn-to-sail focus. When complete, sailors will be able set, fly, and douse a spinnaker, demonstrate skipper/crew communication and teamwork, sail a 420 upwind, downwind, and do so with independence and confidence.

This class is best for 12 – 18 year olds who are seeking to become proficient at two-person performance dinghy sailing. This is a great step towards either racing, or a recreational oriented mastery of sailing.

Mondays - Fridays 9:00-12:00  -  $425 per session

420 ADVANCED (Mastering Sailing):   Ages 14-18

The 420 Advanced class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the 420 Intermediate class or can demonstrate similar skills.  It is designed for sailors who are interested in learning advanced boat handling skills.  There will be both chalkboard (pre and post sailing) and on-the-water instruction with a focus on fun while learning.  This class will teach advanced 420 and Rhodes 19 sailing, including flying a spinnaker, as well as the fundamentals of navigation, anchoring, docking, sailing with a compass, trapeze, mooring and boat maintenance as well as some introduction to racing. 

This class has a hands on mastering-sailing focus. When complete, sailors will be well –rounded, independent, and confident sailors capable of sailing in most in-shore weather conditions.

This class is best for 14-18 years old who are seeking to master the skill of sailing. To achieve that goal, it is not unexpected that sailors will take this course more than one or two times.

Monday - Friday 1:00-4:00  -  $425 per session

420 INTRO TO RACE

This class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the 420 Intermediate class or equivalent.  Sailors will work on improving their sailing skills in 420s while learning basic racing rules and tactics.  Emphasis will be on competitive boat handling in a fun environment.  Sailors who are interested in racing may choose to compete in local regattas.   This class may be taken for the first half of the season only, or for the whole season.

This class is best for 13 – 18 years olds interested in local 420 racing or as a stepping stone to regional and/or national sailboat racing. It is also an excellent preparation for high-school and college sailing.

Half Season (6 weeks - Jun 23 - Aug 1):  Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30 - $800

Full Season:   Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30  -  $1,050

420 RACE TEAM

The 420 Race Team is the most competitive environment for experienced sailors.  Members of the 420 Race Team must be at least 14 years old and be recommended by an instructor.  Emphasis will be on honing competitive sailing skills, boat maintenance and racing rules and tactics.  Racers are expected to participate in select local and regional regattas.  Parents must attend a pre-season 420 Race Team meeting and participate in boat transportation.

This is an opportunity to be part of one of the most successful sailing teams in New England. This class is best for the focused and committed sailboat racer. It is an excellent preparation for a lifetime of sailboat racing.

This program is only available for the full season.

Monday through Friday 1:00-5:00  -  $1,050

 


 

ADULT BEGINNER:

This class is for adults who have had little to no sailing experience.  Participants will learn the basics of sailing including helming, boat rigging, sail trim, boat safety and introductory seamanship.  The class will be taught in Rhodes 19 boats.

Wednesdays  5:00-8:00  -  $525

Or

Fridays           1:00-4:00  -  $525

ADULT INTERMEDIATE:

This class is for those who have completed the Adult Beginner class or who have had prior sailing experience and are comfortable with the basics of sailing.   Instructor led practice and instruction in different wind conditions will deepen the sailor's level of competence and confidence on the water.  Emphasis will be on general seamanship and boat-maneuvering skills such as mooring, docking, heavy air seamanship and safety procedures.

Thursdays      5:00-8:00  -  $525

 

PLEASE NOTE: MSA is excited to be using a new, advanced registration system. If you are registering for more than one class/session (and/or for more than one person), please click the blue ADD button for all of the sessions before clicking the yellow CONTINUE button. You will have the opportunity to assign participants to individual classes after that.

 

 

 


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