Sailing Program

Head Sailing Instructor: Caroline Patten
Sailing Instructor Team: Amanda Engeman, Gabrielle Myers, Tillie Morris
Junior Commodore: Brody Menzies
Junior Vice Commodore: Q Nigro
 

SailingOur Misson:

Our aim is to provide fun and educational programs for young water enthusiasts who are interested in sailing and racing. Our goal is to provide an environment where a passion for sailing as a life-long sport can grow while teaching the basic skills needed for students to stay safe on the water and to advance in the sport as far as they would like to.

Lake George Club Junior Sailing Summer Program 2018 Important Dates:

Pre-Registration ends May 20; Final Registration: June 15, 2018
Late Registration: June 15 through June 26, 2018

All Sessions Run Tuesday through Friday
(no classes scheduled Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays)

Champ Chase Regatta - July 19, 2018 to July 20, 2018
Cheeseburger Regatta - July 26, 2018 to July 27, 2018

Sailing Requirement:
All sailors must pass a swim test in order to participate.
Age Requirement:
All sailors must be age 8 or older to participate.
Required Equipment:

  • Life jacket (PFD)
  • Sailing shoes (closed-toe)
  • Helmets are required on high wind days for all classes except Dinghy Deamon

New options have been added to the program so that recreational sailors, motivated competitors and aspiring keelboat sailors, all may have a rewarding summer experience.

New: FJ Beginner is for Juniors who may have sailed Optis and/or due to age and size restrictions may not qualify for Opti classes. These students are interested in recreational/ non racing sailing. No experience is necessary.

Class Descriptions

Dinghy Deamons

This is an Introduction to Sailing Course for ages 6 & 7. No experience is necessary. Must be able to swim and have a life jacket. Basic Sailing concepts will be introduced in a safe and fun environment. The goal of this class is to get young sailors excited about sailing and comfortable on the water. Sailors will not move up to Opti Beginner until they are 8 years old.

Skills:

  • Comfort and proficiency around boats and in the water
  • Onboard safety
  • Getting to know the parts of a boat, sailing nomenclature, and basic knots
  • Rigging the Opti
  • Sail trimming

This class will be offered Tuesday – Friday from 9:00-10:20
*Class size will be limited to 12 children

Opti Beginner

This is a beginner’s course for sailor’s who are 8 to 13 years old. No experience necessary. Lessons start with two students per boat, eventually transitioning to one student per boat. Once comfortable sailing single-handed in a variety of conditions, the student may move up to intermediate level (typically after two years as beginner)

Skills:

  • The parts of the boat and other sailing nomenclature
  • Rigging the Opti
  • Safety onboard and on the water
  • Sail trimming
  • Tacking and gybing
  • Sailing upwind and downwind
  • Capsize recovery

This class will be offered Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 -12:00

Opti Intermediate

This is an intermediate course for sailor’s who are 10 to 13 years old. Must have satisfied Opti beginner instruction, be comfortable in sailing single-handed under all conditions, and have recommendation from instructor. Students learn and practice fundamental sailing skills and continue developing confidence in boat handling. Student will learn to simultaneously control tiller and sails.

Skills:

  • Sailing nomenclature
  • Knot-tying
  • Independently care for and rig/de-rig boat
  • Upwind and downwind boat handling on a course
  • Water safety awareness
  • Basic rights of way
  • Racing starts

This class will be offered Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 -12:00

Opti Advanced

This is an advanced course for sailor’s who are 11 to 15 years old. For Juniors, whose primary interest is racing. Students have to be eligible for Regatta competitions (11 + years old) and feel very confident handling an Opti under all sailing conditions. They must be recommended by the Instructor. These are the students whose aim is to compete in regatta’s.

Skills:

  • Upwind sailing and hiking
  • Rigging and trimming for speed
  • Racing rules
  • Racing starts
  • Racing tactics
  • Regatta preparation

This class will be offered Tuesday – Friday from 1:30-4:30. Participants are expected to compete in regatta’s. 4 week minimum commitment, full summer commitment preferred.


FJ sailor’s ages span from 12 to 17 years old.

The transition from Opti’s to FJ’s is recommended for sailors who are above 125 lbs. and/or taller than 5’4”.

FJ Beginner

These students are interested in recreational/non racing sailing. No experience is necessary. Emphasizes skills that may have been learned in Opti classes or introducing these as new skills. This class will focus on recreational sailing and focus on seamanship, point-to-point sailing, docking at the islands, wind patterns, weather, etc.

Skills:

  • Sailing nomenclature
  • Safety onboard and on the water
  • Sail trimming
  • Tacking and gybing
  • Sailing upwind and downwind

This class will be offered Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 -12:00

FJ Intermediate

Starts by reinforcing all skills learned in Opti classes. Students will learn to sail both positions in a double-handed dinghy. Seamanship and basic racing skills and rules are introduced. The class will focus on boathandling, tactics, crew work and teamwork.

Skills:

  • Rigging with spinnaker and jib
  • Handling a spinnaker
  • Sail trim and controls aboard a sloop
  • Skipper and crew teamwork
  • Seamanship
  • Introduction to fleet and team racing, principles and practice

This class will be offered Tuesday – Friday from 1:30-4:30

FJ Advance - Race Team

Students are avid sailors; they will develop racing techniques, rules, tactics, and strategy. They will practice starts, mark roundings, a variety of race courses, and upwind and downwind boatspeed. Team Racing will be introduced.

Skills:

  • Tactics and Strategy
  • Perfecting boat handling and technique
  • Starting
  • Introduction to Team Racing

This class will be offered Tuesday – Friday from 1:30-4:30. Participants are expected to compete in regatta’s. 4 week minimum commitment, full summer commitment preferred.


Keelboats

Extra Seminar

In addition to our regular scheduled classes, we are including Keelboat Crew Introduction & Keelboat Crew Advance seminars for those students interested in becoming crew. This will be based upon interest & skill of the student along with instructor recommendation. This seminar will be defined based on interest and other considerations.

Tentative schedule: Every Friday during “Advance” lessons, after the first three weeks of the program have been completed.

**The Juniors who are interested in participating in Saturday’s Senior Program will find of interest the Keelboat Crew (introduction) and Keelboat Crew (advance) seminars.

Keelboat Crew, introduction (Pre requisite for Keelboat Crew Advance)

This seminar is intended for those sailors interested in becoming crew in the Senior Program, J22 and J24 boats. Students will learn the name and function of all lines, the rigging, how to prepare the boat to go out sailing, how to race and dowse the sails, sail trimming. Crew positioning onboard, moving around thru a tack or a gibe, what to observe and what to communicate to the skipper, handling of spinnaker, gybing and dowsing, and picking up a mooring and securing the mooring line

Keelboat Crew, advance

This seminar is intended for those students that have successfully completed Keelboat Crew introduction.

Topics that will be covered:

  • During the start sequence: What to look for, where to look, how to communicate with skipper.
  • Racing Upwind: Sail trimming, looking for wind, boat balance, moving around the boat, tacking and roll tacking, rounding the mark.
  • Racing downwind: Sail trimming, boat balance, moving around the boat, looking for wind, gibing, dowsing.
  • Sailing Instructions & Rules. Tactics.