Welcome to Manchester Sailing Association. Our goal is to make this section of the website for parents a useful resource for you as you navigate the waters of being the parent of a sailor. You may be an old salt yourself, or you maybe new all of this. Either way, welcome to the adventure!
Swim test requirements:
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 form can be found here: Swim Form.
Did you know that your sailor can show you what he/she can do on Saturday mornings?
Saturday Sailing is for all MSA participants to try out what they have learned and for parents to sail with their child, if they so choose. Sailing is supervised from 9 AM to 12 PM beginning June 29. You must arrive before 10 AM because the instructors will be out on the water after 10 AM and will not be available to sign you out. Members of all classes may participate in the boat used in class. Children are expected to be able to rig the boat themselves, with parental help if needed. The instructor is present to sign out the boats and supervise on the water and is usually not available to help in rigging, launching and de-rigging. Both children and parents must bring their own life jackets and wear them at all times. There may be a few Saturdays on which no instructor is available, so please check with your child's instructor or the Program Director as the summer progresses.
Parental racing participation guidelines
Place winning in the context of fun, good sportsmanship, and fair play. Emphasize performance goals rather than outcome goals.
Promote the total sport of sailing, not just racing.
As spectators, remain in designated areas and manage motorboats properly.
Remember that any coaching DURING a race is prohibited.
Show respect for race officials and regatta rules.
Understand that alcohol and other illegal substances have no place at any junior sailing event.
Model supportive and ethical behavior.