Class Descriptions and Registration

welcome to Ida Lewis Junior Sailing Program

Classes are quickly filling, please register soon to secure a spot!

to Register you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Review the Class Descriptions below and determine which class is appropriate for your Junior Sailor
  2. Complete the following three forms:

Pay for your class(es) as indicated on the Registration form:

  • Bill to Member account 
  • Mail check
  • Call the ILYC Office (Monday-Thursday, 7am-3pm, 401-846-1969 x2) and provide your credit card information

Please note that spot in classes will not be secured until payment is received. 

Remember to sign up as a Parent Volunteer on the Medical History Release Form.  It is critical to our program that our parents help out during the Summer.  Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Junior Sailing Fundraiser
  • Opti Regatta hosted by Ida Lewis
  • Awards Night
  • Sunday Sailing and many more

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Program Director, Chase Glazzard (juniorprogram@ilyc.org) or Junior Sailing Program Chair, Veronica Brown (brownveronica@me.com)

BRENTON COVE RACING PROGRAM

  • Commodores in Training
    • Objective:  New sailors will explore the sailing world in a fun, energetic, and safe environment

      Duration:   One or two evenings a week for 8 weeks, Monday or Thursday from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Optional Wednesday evening for sailors enrolled in either Monday or Thursday.

      Previous Knowledge/Experience:  No previous knowledge necessary. Sailors must be able to complete a short swim test

      Age Group:  5 - 7 years of age on July 1, 2019

      Boat:   Ida Lewis Club Optimists. Most sailing will be done with an instructor or junior instructor in the boat

      Assessment:  Sailors will be given a checklist at the end of the session indicating their progress and the suggested course for the next summer

      By the end of this class, SAILORS will LEARN the following:

      Rigging:  Rig and de-rig an optimist with a team

      Sailing:

      • Scull

      • Steer a boat with the tiller

      • Sail in a straight line on a reach and tack with an instructor

      • Sail in a straight line on a reach and gybe with an instructor

      Please note that spot in classes will not be secured until payment is received and waiver is completed and returned to ILYC.

  • Opti Beginner
    • Objective:  Introduce new sailors to the fundamentals of boats and sailing in light and calm breezes.

      Duration: 
      4 week or 8 week sessions, Mondays 9:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm

      Previous Knowledge/Experience:  
      No previous knowledge necessary. Sailors must be able to complete a short swim test

      Age Group:  At least 7 years of age (up to 125 lbs)

      Boat:  Ida Lewis Club Optimists. Beginner sailors may not bring their own boats

      Assessment:  Sailors will be given a checklist at the end of the session indicating their progress and the suggested course for the next summer

      By the end of this class, you will be able to do the following:

      Rigging: Rig and de-rig an optimist on your own

      Sailing:

      • Be able to follow the leader

      • Sail in a straight line on a reach and tack

      • Sail in a straight line on a reach and gybe

      • Launch from the dock

      • Dock the boat safely

      Capsizing and Safety:

      • Capsize and recover

      • Get to and stay in the safety position

      Knots and Seamanship:

      • Tie an 8 knot

      • Tie a cleat knot

      • Tie a square knot

      Please note that spot in classes will not be secured until payment is received and waiver is completed and returned to ILYC.

  • Opti Intermediate
    • Objective:  Improve fundamental sailing skills and introduce intermediate sailing skills in light to moderate breezes.

      Duration:  4 week or 8 week sessions, Mondays 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am - 3:00pm

      Previous Knowledge/Experience:  Sailors should be able to sail comfortably on a reach, tack and gybe on their own.  Sailors must be able to complete a short swim test

      Age Group:  At least 8 years of age (up to 125 lbs)

      Boat: Ida Lewis Club Optimists. First Year Intermediates may not bring their own boats

      Assessment: Sailors will be given a checklist at the end of the session indicating their progress and the suggested course for the next summer

      By the end of this class, you will be able to do the following:

      Rigging:

      • Rig boat for a variety of breeze conditions


      Sailing:

      • Be able to follow the leader at any point of sail

      • Sail upwind on a beat

      • Sail around a triangle course

      • Sail around a windward/leeward course

      • Navigate a crowded area

      • Pick up a man overboard

      • Start and stop the boat

      • Sail with tell tales

      • Sail backwards


      Capsizing and Safety:

      • Get out of irons

      • Capsize and recover

      • Get to and stay in the safety position


      Knots and Seamanship:

      • Tie a clove hitch

      • Tie a bowline

      Please note that spot in classes will not be secured until payment is received and waiver is completed and returned to ILYC.

  • Opti Green Fleet - Intro to Racing
    • The ILYC GREEN FLEET will again be part of the Brenton Cove Racing Program and practice out of ILYC.  The Brenton Cove Racing Program was created in partnership with Sail Newport and Ida Lewis Yacht Club.  The program aims to foster increase opportunities for sailors interested in competitive sailing.  The program allows Sail Newport and Ida Lewis Yacht Club to take advantage of improved resource opportunities created through this cooperation. 

      REGISTER HERE via Sail Newport


      Objective:

      • Introduce intermediate sailors to advanced sailing techniques and beginner racing in a fun environment.

      • Sailors in Green Fleet will be invited to sail in local regattas and the local race week.


      Duration: 8 week session

      Previous Knowledge/Experience: Successful completion of optimist intermediate sailing class or is able to demonstrate the ability to sail comfortably at all points of sail in a range of wind conditions. Sailors must be able to complete a short swim test

      Age Group:  At least 9 years of age (or by instructor recommendation) (up to 125 lbs)

      Boat:  Optimists Sailors may provide their own boat or charter a boat through Sail Newport.  Information is provided in the Sail Newport link above.

      Assessment: Sailors will be given a checklist at the end of the session indicating their progress and the suggested course for the next summer Sailors are encouraged to participate in regattas at the green fleet level.


      By the end of this class, you will be able to do the following:

      Rigging: Rig your sail and boat for performance in all wind conditions

      Sailing:

      • Sail efficiently at all points of sail in most conditions (calm to moderate to heavy winds)

      • 3 minute dinghy start

      • 5 minute race start

      • Roll tacking and gybing

      • Penalty turns


      Knots and Seamanship:

      • Learn the basics of the Racing Rules of Sailing

      • Identify and understand the government marks of channels

      • Learn how to tie down your boat for travel on your car or on the trailer

  • Day Sailing
    • Objective:  This is one of our most social classes. This course takes a recreational/adventure approach to teaching intermediate to advanced sailing skills. The primary goal of building life long sailors.

      Duration:  4 week or 8 week sessions, Mondays and Fridays or Tuesdays and Thursdays with Wednesday as an optional add-on day, 9:00am - 3:00pm
       
      Previous Knowledge/Experience: Some previous sailing knowledge is helpful, but not required. Sailors should be comfortable on the water and must be able to complete a short swim test.

      Age Group:  11 - 16 years of age (at least 100 lbs)

      Boat: Sailors will primarily use our fleet of RS visions, and may have the opportunity to sail 420s and J22s.

      Assessment: Sailors will be given a checklist at the end of the session indicating their progress and the suggested course for the next summer.

      By the end of this class, you will be able to do the following:

      Rigging:

      • Rig and de-rig a RS Vision

      • Understand the sail controls and how to optimize the sails

      Sailing:

      • Be able to follow the leader

      • Sail in a straight line on a reach and tack

      • Sail in a straight line on a reach and gybe

      • Sail upwind on a beat

      • Sail downwind with a spinnaker

      • Sail without the rudder

      • Sail backwards

      • Launch from the dock

      • Dock the boat safely

      • Launch from a mooring

      • Sail onto a mooring safely

      • Anchor and pull up anchor

      Capsizing and Safety:

      • Capsize and recover

      • Get to and stay in the safety position

      • Get to and stay in a heave-to position

      • Recognize the signs of incoming bad weather

      Knots and Seamanship:

      • Plot a course for a day sail and complete that course

      • Learn proper VHF radio etiquette and use

      • Tie an 8 knot

      • Tie a cleat knot

      • Tie a square knot

      • Tie Bowline

      Please note that spot in classes will not be secured until payment is received and waiver is completed and returned to ILYC.


  • Kites and Wires
    • Objective: Introduce intermediate sailors to the fundamentals of sailing boats with spinnakers and trapeze.

      Duration: 4 or 8 week sessions, two days/week,  either Wednesday and Friday OR Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-3pm.

      Previous Knowledge/Experience: Successful completion of optimist intermediate sailing class or Day Sailor class or demonstrate the ability to sail comfortably at all points of sail in a range of wind conditions. Sailors must be able to complete a short swim test

      Age Group:  At least 13 years of age (at least 100 lbs)

      Boat: 420

      Assessment: Sailors will be given a checklist at the end of the session indicating their progress and the suggested course for the next summer. 

      By the end of this class, you will be able to do the following:

      Rigging:

      • Rig and de-rig a 420 with a partner

      • Rigging your boat for performance in most wind conditions

      Sailing:

      • Sail efficiently at all points of sail in most conditions (calm to moderate conditions)

      • Upwind on a beat

      • Skipper upwind with a crew on the wire

      • Sailing downwind with spinnakers, both symmetric and asymmetric

      • Skippering with a crew on the trapeze

      • Crewing from the trapeze

      • Be able to roll tack a 420

      • Be able to roll gybe

      Knots and Seamanship:

      • Learn the basics of the Racing Rules of Sailing

      • Identify and understand the government marks of channels

      • Develop a working knowledge of wind, current and weather

      Please note that spot in classes will not be secured until payment is received and waiver is completed and returned to ILYC.


  • Big Boat Sailing
    • Ida Lewis Yacht Club is teaming up with Sail Newport and members of the vibrant local marine industry to provide a new program which will expand young sailors' access to the various pathways that the sport of sailing has to offer.  Taught by a mix of professional coaches, selected mentors and pro sailors with a wealth of varied sailing experience, students will learn both competitive and non-competitive sailing skills and lessons that are often only touched on or missed altogether in traditional youth programs.   

      Using high-performance keelboats, coastal and offshore cruising boats, the newly developed Youth Big Boat Program will grow the sailing knowledge base of skills of our students.  The variety of experiences will be available to every student.  One evening a sailor may learn how to plan for and navigate a weekend cruise while the next they could be two-boat speed testing on a high performance one design such as a C&C 30. Mentors from some of the most high-performance racing programs in the World and some of the regions most experienced offshore cruisers will share their knowledge with our students! 

      SKILLS TO BE TAUGHT:  
      Boat handling 
      Advanced sail trim 
      Rig tuning 
      Advanced seamanship 
      Navigation
      Working with multiple crew 

      AGES:  For sailors ages 13-20 

      PREREQUISITE:  Sailors must have a solid base of sailing experience. This is not a learn-to-sail or beginner program 

      BOATS WE SAIL
      J/22 - for the majority of training  
      C&C 30  Cruising boats     

      2019 SESSION DATES ~ THREE 4-WEEK SESSIONS 
      Session I ~ June: 3, 5,10, 12, 24, 26, July 1, 3 
      Session II ~ July: 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
      Session III ~ August: 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28  

      FORMAT:  Monday and Wednesday evenings, 4:30 p.m. ~ 7:30 p.m.
       
      MONDAYS - Skills-building days with multiple learning stations on and off the water  

      WEDNESDAYS - 
      Students will be assigned to specific boats based on their interests and skill levels in smaller groups 

      EXTRA DAYS - Students will take field trips to such places as sail lofts, marinas, boat builders, rigging companies for first-hand demonstrations and hands-on learning
      Sailors will have the opportunity to earn documented volunteer hours and learn how to properly maintain our fleet of boats 

      FEES:  $200 4-week session

      REGISTER HERE FOR THIS PROGRAM
      BECOME A MENTOR IN THIS PROGRAM

      For more information: 
      Nick Ewenson, Race Programs Manager 
      O 401.846.1983