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2020 Class Descriptions

2020 Fall Sailing

This year we will have two fall sailing options.

1. Combined Opti 2 and Advanced sailing for 10 -13 year old sailors. Five Saturday mornings 9:00 to 12:00 starting Saturday September 5th through Saturday October 3rd. Under the guidance of instructors, sailors will continue building their skills and sailing into the fall. Crisp early fall mornings can be some of the most beautiful weather of the year. This class is best for sailors who are 10 - 13 years old with demonstrated basic sailing skills or who have successfully completed one session of Opti Intermediate or an equivalent course.

2. Laser and C420 racing for 13 -18 year old sailors. Five Saturday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:30 starting Saturday September 5th through Saturday October 3rd. Racing will be held in both Lasers and C420s with first start at approximately 1:45 in either Sand Dollar Cove or near the north side of the harbor entrance (announcement on each day's location to be made on float prior to heading out.) There will be light coaching and a chance to compete in 3 to 6 races a Saturday. Sailors should be comfortable in a Laser or C420.

For both the Opti and Laser/C420 options, we will open registration on Thursday August 20th at 8:00 a.m. Given current operating restrictions, we will have 10 available slots in the morning Opti session and 12 for the afternoon Laser/C420 racing. The tuition will be $245 per sailor.

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DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, MSA WILL BE OFFERING THE FOLLOWING CLASSES THIS SUMMER - REGISTRATION FOR THIS REVISED SET OF CLASSES WILL OPEN ON JUNE 4TH, 2020

  • If you have already signed up for a class other than Adult Sailing or Sea Urchin you will be auto-enrolled in the appropriate new class. Also, if you have already enrolled, please look for a communication from Dominque Donovan (MSA Board Member) who can help answer any specific questions you might have.
  • Unfortunately, given the need for continued social distancing, MSA will not be able to offer adult sailing classes or the Sea Urchin program this summer. If you have signed up for either of those classes, you will automatically receive a full refund. This will be processed within the next week.
  • While all major C420 and Opti regattas have been cancelled, for race team participants, we are actively looking for informal meet-on-the-water racing opportunities with local clubs and programs. Race team members and parents will be hearing more about this as we know more.

MSA 2020 Coronavirus adjusted class descriptions:

Students are grouped in classes by age, ability and interest. Classes are offered for children ages 8 to 18 (as of September 1st). Most classes are offered in 4 two-week sessions. All participants must wear a USCG certified life jacket in classes.

In order to participate in the MSA program, every sailor must be able to swim 100 yards continuously and have this verified by a Water Safely Instructor on the MSA swim form. This form must be received by MSA before the sailor's first class. Both a Water Safety Instructor and a parent must sign the form. The swim test form can be found on the parent section of this site.

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OPTI 1 This class replaces Learn to Sail and Sea Urchin

The Opti 1 class is for sailors who have successfully completed one session of Learn to Sail class, or can demonstrate similar skills, AND ARE COMFORTABLE SAILING A BOAT ON THEIR OWN. The Learn to Sail class is for children who have little to no sailing experience, including those who have taken the Sea Urchin class. Sailors are taught in small groups in 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.

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 new sailors, age 9-11 and who are comfortable on a boat by themselves.

Mondays - Fridays 9:30-12:30 OR (FOR SESSION 1 & 2 ONLY) Monday Friday 1:30 - 4:30

$465 per session

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OPTI 2 This class replaces Opti Intermediate

The Opti 2 class is for sailors who have successfully completed one session of Opti Intermediate 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 sailors who are 8 - 11 years old with demonstrated basic sailing skills or who have successfully completed one session of Opti Intermediate or an equivalent course.

Mondays - Fridays 9:00-12:00 - $465 per session

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OPTI 2 & Advanced COMBINED (10-12 year olds) This class replaces Opti Intermediate & Advanced

The class is for sailors who have successfully completed one session of Opti Intermediate 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 sailors who are 10 - 12 years old with demonstrated basic sailing skills or who have successfully completed one session of Opti Intermediate or an equivalent course.

SESSION 3 & 4 ONLY -Mondays - Fridays 1:30 - 4:30 - $465 per session

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Laser/C420 1&2 - This class replaced C420 Learn to sail, and C420 Intermediate.

The Laser/C420 1&2 class is designed for sailors who are comfortable sailing a boat on their own and wish to enhance their sailing skills in a Laser. Successful completion of one session 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, rigging, handling, and sail trim.

This class has a hands-on learn-to-sail focus. When complete, sailors will be able to sail a Laser or 420 upwind, downwind, and do so with independence and confidence.

This class is best for 13 - 18 year old sailors who are seeking to become proficient at one-person performance dinghy sailing. This is a great step towards either racing, or a recreational oriented mastery of sailing.

NOTE: C420s ARE TWO PERSON BOATS AND MUST EITHER BE SIBLING/HOUSING TOGETHER PAIRS, OR AN APPROVED IN WRITING BY MSA MATCHED PAIR FOR ALL SESSIONS THE PAIR SAILS. All other sailors will be single handing Lasers.

Mondays - Fridays 8:30-11:30 - $465 per session

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Opti Advanced & Race - This class replaced Advanced Opti and Opti Race Team

The Opti Advanced & Race class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the Opti Intermediate class, or can demonstrate similar skills. This class focuses on creating expertise and building lifelong sailing skills as well as basic sailboat racing. There will be both on and off the water instruction and sailors will sail in an Optimist dinghy.

This class has a hands-on, learn-to-sail focus. When complete, the sailor will be able to confidently handle wind conditions up to 16 knots, sail around Misery Island, and be ready, if they want to, to start racing.

This class is best for sailors 9 - 13 years old with demonstrated intermediate or better sailing skills or who have successfully completed two session for Opti Intermediate or an equivalent course.

Mon - Fri 1:00 - 4:00

$465 per session

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Advanced and Race Laser/C420 - This class replaces Advanced Adventure Sailing and C420 Race Team

The Laser/C420 Advanced & Race class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the Opti Intermediate class, or can demonstrate similar skills. This class focused on creating broad sailing expertise and building lifelong general sailing as well as sailboat racing skills. There will be both on and off the water instruction and sailors will sail in a Laser or C420 dinghy.

C420s ARE TWO PERSON BOATS AND MUST EITHER BE SIBLING/HOUSING TOGETHER PAIRS, OR AN APPROVED IN WRITING BY MSA MATCHED PAIR FOR ALL SESSIONS THE PAIR SAILS. All other sailors will be single handing Lasers.

The Advanced and Race Laser/C420 class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the 420 Intermediate class or can demonstrate similar skills. There will be both chalkboard (pre and post sailing) and on-the-water instruction.

This class has a hands-on, mastery-of-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 sailors who are 14 - 18 years old with demonstrated intermediate or better sailing skills or who have successfully completed two sessions of C420 Intermediate or an equivalent course.

Mon - Fri 1:30 - 5:30

$465 per session


PLEASE NOTE:If you are registering for more than one class/session (and/or for more than one person), when using the registration system, 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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