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2017 REGISTRATION is now open!

Class Descriptions

Classes are offered in week-long sessions beginning in July and ending in August.

Morning Classes

Rowing & Introduction to Basic Sailing Skills
Ages: 6 – 7
Boats: Rowing Dinghies
When: Mon – Fri: 8:30 – 11:45
Tuition: $200 / week
This class is an introduction to the elements of basic seamanship including balance in a tippy dinghy, rowing and landing alongside a boat, knot-tying of bowline, cleat and half-hitch, nomenclature, and other information necessary to develop confidence on and around the water. Prepares students for later enrollment in sailing classes. Limited to 30 students each week.

 

Beginning Mercury Sailing
Ages: 8 – 9
Boats: Mercuries
When: Mon – Thurs: 8:30 – 11:45
Tuition: $220 / week
This is an introductory class for sailors in their first year of sailing. Students will learn the proper rigging of a sloop, points of sail and proper sail trim, leaving and retrieving a mooring properly. Instructors sail with students in Cape Cod Mercuries. Limited to 18 students each week.

Mercury Sailing
Ages: 10 – 14
Boats: Mercuries
When: Mon – Thurs: 8:30 – 11:45
Tuition: $220 / week
For older novices as well as both intermediate and advanced students who wish to sail in double-handed keel boats with one other peer. Students will be placed with appropriate crew members based on skill level and age. Skipper-crew teamwork will be emphasized. Competency in ability to sail all points of sail in all breeze conditions is a goal of each week’s lessons as well as comfort in landing at mooring and dock in a variety of conditions, too.  All sailors should be comfortable in circumnavigating Greenings or Sutton by end of each week of class. Limited to 18 students each week.

A.M. Optimist Sailing
Ages: 8 – 14
Boats: Optimists
When: Mon – Thurs: 8:30 – 11:45
Tuition: $220 / week

This class is for both novices and more experienced students. Students sail Optimists by themselves or in pairs. Getting comfortable with proper sail trim for all points of sail, proper use of tiller extension as well as how to land safely at the dock will be covered.  Students are placed into small groups based on their skill level and age.  All sailors will develop certain competencies with the more advanced sailors learning racing, rules, starting, and boat speed techniques. This is a learning-by-doing class. Limited to 28 students each week.

A.M. Great Harbor Dream 420 Sailing

Ages: 13– 18
Boats: 420's
When: Mon – Thurs: 8:30 – 11:45
Tuition: $200 / week
This class allows beginner and intermediate students to take advantage of the new fleet of Turbo Twinks which are kept out on the Great Harbor Dream raft by Greening Island! This is a combined class with all of the Youth from MDI. Students will be split into groups ranging from novices to experienced racers. Students will be introduced to sailing and racing 420s under main, jib, spinnaker and the art of trapezing. Skipper-crew teamwork with synchronized roll tacks/ roll gybes, and proper care of the boats will be emphasized. Racing will be strongly encouraged in all events. Limited to 40 students each week.

Afternoon Classes

P.M. Optimist Sailing
Ages: 8 – 14
Boats: Optimists
When: Mon – Thurs: 12:30 – 3:30

Tuition: $220 / week

This class is an afternoon version of the AM Optimist Sailing class. Limited to 28 students each week.

 

P.M. Great Harbor Racing Team

Ages: 8 and up
Boats: Optis, Turbo 420s, Luders, IODs
When: Mon - Thurs: 1:00 - 4:30
Tuition: $200 / week
This course builds on the Great Harbor Dream initiative to appeal to sailors of all ages who are eager to pursue excellence and competency in a wide range of racing boats. Development of these skills will afford opportunities to participate in Turbo 420, Optimist, Luders and IOD racing. All registrants should be competent sailors and anxious to develop their skills in a variety of areas. Each week's curriculum will include an opportunity for both the intermediate and advanced student to receive instruction in pre-race boat set up, crew preparations, rigging and tuning for speed, starting techniques, spinnaker and trapeze work, capsize and recovery, sail trim, mark roundings, tactics, rules of racing and team work.

 

Please contact Drew Hopkins at NEHSS 276-5101 for opportunities to race in the Friday & Sunday Luders Series, Monday & Saturday IOD Series, and various Cruising Class races.