• Information
  • Sails & Trails
  • Optimist Sailing
  • 420 Sailing
  • Registration
  • Required Equipment
  • Scholarship

Junior Sailing Program 2017

We have a very exciting summer program planned for 2017 with many changes from the previous years programs. We are going to be a State Licensed program, which will allow us to run all day programs again. We are partnered with Flanders Nature Center and will be running an exciting new program for 9-11 year olds called “Sails and Trails”. Sailing on Lake Quassapaug and Nature exploration in the Whittemore Preserve. And we will be running our existing sailing programs too.

The Junior Sailing Program is changing a bit too. This summer we will be asking parents to register participants in either “The Sails and Trails” program through Flanders Nature Center (the entire program takes place at QSC, and includes QSC’s standard sailing program, in addition to a great program of explore the wood, Streams and bogs that make Lake Quassapaug’s clean water possible.) Or register for half or full day of Optimist or 420 sailing programs on QSC’s web site. Participants will no longer be required to sign up for particular classes. Our instructors will be dividing the participants into groups by skill level at the beginning of a session. The underlying curriculum will still be in effect. We will be putting more focus on fun and adventure.

So, check out the offerings and if you have any questions call me at 203-495-9431 or e-mail: Quassapaug SailingCenter [manager.qsc@gmail.com]

Joel Zackin
Board Chair, Quassapaug Sailing Center

Program Sessions

Session 1June 19-23, June 26-30
Session 2July 3, July 5-7, July 10-14
Session 3July 17-21, July 24-28
Session 4July 31-Aug 4, Aug 7-11
All Star RegattaAugust 5

Programs

Sails and Trails 9-11 year olds, any sailing experience levels 9am-4pm
Optimist Sailing 9-12 year olds, any sailing experience level, < 110 lbs. 9am-4pm or
9am-12:15pm or
12:45pm-4pm
420 Sailing 11-16 year olds, any sailing experience level, > 100 lbs. 8:30am-3:30pm or
8:30am-11:45pm or
12:15pm-3:30pm

All Star Regatta

Quassapaug Sailing Center invites all QSC sailing school students (from all four sessions) to a fun All-Star Regatta, on Saturday, August 5, 2017. This family orientated day is filled with races, prizes, and lunch. No additional fees.



Adult Sailing Program 2017

Classes offered Thursdays 5pm-7pm and Saturdays 9am-11am or by appointment. $60 non-sponsors/$50 sponsors. Participants may pay by the class, but it is suggested to take a minimum of three classes in order to learn the most from the class.



Notes: It is the policy of QSC, that there are no refunds except for unusual circumstances.

 

*Maximum number of students per session is limited by instructor and equipment availability. If the session you are interested is currently filled, we will work with you to find a secondary option.

Sails and Trails

The Sails and Trails Program is $585 per session for non-QSC Sponsors and $445 for QSC Sponsors.

To register, please contact Flanders Nature Center at 203-263-3711 Ext. 10.

You can also register online.

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NOTE: Due to the first year of working with Flanders Nature Center, we were not able to iron out all of the issues. QSC Sponsors will have to sign up for the program at full price. QSC will honor the Sponsor Discount by refunding the difference. Checks will be written and sent once the program runs. QSC thanks all our Sponsors for their patience on this issue.

Participants will no longer be required to sign up for particular levels. Our instructors will be dividing the participants into groups by skill level at the beginning of a session. The underlying curriculum will still be in effect. We will be putting more focus on fun and adventure.

Level 1 Opti

Students <95 lbs

This course is an introduction to basic safety, seamanship, and boat handling on the water. Participants will begin their first sailing experience in Optimist dinghies, with a focus on developing independent confidence and fun! Each boat will be sailed by only one student. Curriculum will include understanding the parts of the boat, water safety, understanding wind direction, rigging, knots, and sailing up and down wind.

Level 2 Opti (Intermediate)

Students <100 lbs

This course is a continuation of refining and expanding skills in Optimist dinghies. All participants must have previously completed Beginner Opti. Emphasis on advanced knots, sail trim, position of body weight, and understanding wind changes will be taught.

Level 3 Opti (Advanced/Racing)

Students <110 lbs

This course is for those kids who are interested in learning more in the Optis and beginning racing. All participants must have previously completed Intermediate Opti. The program is designed to provide a comprehensive training, and practice racing format, coupled with local regattas. Emphasis on sail trim, position of body weight, reading wind changes, right-of-way, and rules and racing will be taught.

*If your child is 12 years old and over 5 ft. tall and over 110 lbs., they are probably better suited for the 420 class.

Participants will no longer be required to sign up for particular levels. Our instructors will be dividing the participants into groups by skill level at the beginning of a session. The underlying curriculum will still be in effect. We will be putting more focus on fun and adventure.

Level 1 420

Students >100 lbs

This course is designed to introduce students to a larger class of boat, 420s, which consists of a skipper and a crew. The boat is best sailed by students over 95 lbs. and with previous experience in Opti sailing. This course is also appropriate for older novice students who are too large to begin their sailing experience in Optimists. Curriculum will focus on rigging, efficient sailing, upwind and downwind sailing, and boat handling.

Level 2 420

Students > 105 lbs

Students will continue to advance their boat handling skills, while also learning how to use additional equipment, such as flying a spinnaker and using trapeze in heavy air. Participants will become more comfortable with the physics of sailing as well, practicing rudderless sailing, mastering roll tacking, and gybing.

Advanced 420

Students > 110 lbs

This course is designed for our oldest students who are interested in continuing to improve their racing skills. This class will be designed particularly to prepare for racing and students will be encouraged to attend regattas throughout the summer. Participants will become most comfortable with a racing start, rules, and protest situations.

Registration

 

 


Required Equipment

Each sailor must bring/wear the following to each class:

Personal Flotation Device (Type III USCG approved NON-INFLATABLE life jacket)
PFD MUST be worn at ALL times on the water

Waterproof rain/wind type jacket if inclement weather is predicted
Bathing Suit, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat
Dry change of clothes and towel
Water bottle
LUNCH (if applicable)

Participants must be able to swim (a swim test will be issued to each student)

All classes will assemble on the back deck of the QSC, rain or shine.

Students should not arrive more than 10 minutes before class and should be picked up promptly at the end of class.

Scholarship

Quassapaug Sailing Center provides educational scholarships to local youths to attend summer sailing classes.

The scholarships are awarded to students who have been successful in classes, have shown a spirit of community service, have an interest in sailing, but may not have the financial resources to participate in similar programs.


To be considered for a scholarship, please fill out our Scholarship Application. In a brief essay explain why you are applying for this scholarship, the benefits you hope to achieve in sailing, why you chose sailing over other sports, and any additional information that you may feel is important.

Application should be mailed to P.O. Box 231, Middlebury, CT 06762 no later than June 15th for consideration by the Board of Directors.