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2019 REGISTRATION

Class Descriptions

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

Ages: 6 – 7
Boats: Rowing Dinghies
When: Mon – Fri: 9:00 – 12:00
Tuition: $275 / week


This class is an introduction to the elements of basic seamanship including balance in a classic 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. Wading at low tide to discover plants and marine life eco-systems in Gilpatrick Cove will be encouraged. Prepares students for later enrollment in sailing classes. Limited to 30 students each week.

Learn-to-Sail
Ages: 8 and up
Boats: Mercuries, IOD Magic Bus
When: Mon – Fri: 8:30 – 11:45
Tuition: $275/ week with a 2 week minimum enrollment strongly suggested but not required. Class enrollment may be repeated as often as sailors wish.


This is an introductory class for sailors interested in learning the basics of sailing. Students will learn the proper rigging of a sloop, learning the bowline, cleat hitch, and other knots, points of sail and proper sail trim, as well as leaving and retrieving a mooring properly. Each day students will sail in our very own Cape Cod Mercuries accompanied by a highly competent Junior Instructor.

This class is offered in two-week segments; completing and passing all skills serves as a prerequisite for Opti Blue or Red Fleet. Students who feel competent may be approved for enrolment in these courses by the Head Instructor of Opti Red/Blue Fleet or Sailing School Director, Sasha Sakharov.

Optis Blue Fleet
Ages: 8 – 14
Boats: Owner supplied Optimist Prams and Fleet owned Optis
When: Mon – Fri: 8:30 – 11:45
Tuition: $275 / week in NEHSS boats*

Opti Blue Fleet is our traditional morning program for youth sailors who have acquired basic skills in our Learn to Sail classes and are ready for sailing optimists in a fun, non-competitive format. Competency in all points of sail in all breeze conditions is the goal of each week’s lessons, as well as comfort in landing at docks and beaches in a variety of conditions. All sailors should be proficient in circumnavigating Greenings Island by end of each week of class. Opti Blue Fleet will plan trips to Northeast Harbor, Great Cranberry Island, Yankee Cove, and Manset throughout the week.

Please note that upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible for enrolment into the Opti Red Fleet or 420 Blue Fleet, pending assessment.

*The Fleet strongly encourages sailors to own and maintain their own boats by offering a $25/week registration refund and free dock storage for those who provide their own optimist prams while enrolled in NEHSS.

Optis Red Fleet
Ages: 8 – 14
Boats: Owner supplied Optimist Prams and Fleet owned Optis
When: Mon – Fri: 8:30 – 11:45
Tuition: $275 / week in NEHSS boats*

The Opti Red Fleet is geared toward those sailors who have mastered the fundamentals and are interested in learning about more competitive sailing. The calmer morning climate at Gilpatrick’s will allow sailors in this course to begin learning start techniques, practice mark roundings, and become familiar with the basic rules of racing. Our sailors will also have the opportunity to sail with and against our neighbors in the Great Harbor (SHYC & MDICSC) during the week in an effort to increase comfort in large-fleet sailing. Each Friday, a small race will be held in which sailors will demonstrate abilities learned over the week and earn the chance to have their name inscribed on a new, program-specific trophy.  

If interested, please ensure your sailor is well versed in all points of sail, upwind sailing, multiple breeze conditions, and displays a competency in general boat manoeuvring. Students unsuited to the course will be placed in Opti Blue or Learn-to-Sail depending on assessed abilities at the discretion of the program’s Head Instructor and Sailing School Director. Successful completion of this course will allow for streamlined entry into 420 Adventure Sailing or the Great Harbor Race Team.

Please note this is NOT an intense racing program, but one that aims to expose young sailors to the competitive side of sailing. Classes will maintain their fun structure with an emphasis developing a more adept skillset.

 

*The Fleet strongly encourages sailors to own and maintain their own boats by offering a $25/week registration refund and free dock storage for those who provide their own optimist prams while enrolled in NEHSS.

420 Adventure Sailing
Ages: 8 – 14
Boats: 420's
When: 
Tuition: $275 / week


The 420 Adventure Sailing program follows the same principles as the Opti Red and Blue, but applies slightly advanced tactics to a more rigorous boat: the 420.

420 Adventure Sailing is offered for youth sailors who have acquired basic skills in our Learn to Sail classes and are ready to sail 420's in a fun, non-competitive format. Competency in all points of sail in all breeze conditions is the goal of each week’s lessons, as well as comfort in landing properly at docks and beaches in a variety of conditions. All sailors should be proficient in circumnavigating Greenings Island by end of each week of class.

Adventure Sailling will plan trips to Northeast Harbor, Great Cranberry Island, Yankee Cove, and Manset. This opportunity for “adventuring” will be earnt throughout the week, culminating in a new destination each Friday.

Please note that should students fail to exhibit the requisite skills for the 420 Adventure Sailing class, they will be advised into the Opti or Learn-to-Sail programs at request of the program’s instructor.

Great Harbor Race Team

Ages: 8 and up 
Boats: Turbo 420s, Luders, IOD, Cruising Classes
When: Mon – Fri: 8:30 – 11:45; Mon - Friday: 1:00 - 4:15

Tuition: $275 / week

This course builds upon the Great Harbor Dream initiative to appeal to sailors of all ages who are keen to pursue their competence in a wide range of racing boats. The Great Harbor Race Team is geared toward those sailors who have mastered the fundamentals and are interested in competitive sailing.

 

All registrants should be competent sailors, eager to develop their skills across the board. 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 rounding’s, tactics, rules of racing, and team work. Learning Race Committee skills aboard Shearwater is included.

 

Participants shall race weekly for a different trophy series including Fleet Trophies, Hospice Regatta, Seal Harbor Regatta, and Southwest Junior Regatta. Furthermore, Great Harbor Race Team members will have the opportunity to join their instructors in Luders, IOD, and Cruising Class races throughout the week.

Please note that due to safety, if the Head Instructor or Sailing School Director feels a student needs to reacquaint themselves with certain skills necessary for the Race Team they will be placed in the corresponding class until they have demonstrated abilities in that area.