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. Then complete the following forms:

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

  • Mail check
  • Pay by Credit Card and call the ILYC Office (401-846-1969 x2) to 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, Kelsey Crowther or Junior Sailing Program Chair, Chris Arner.

Non-Member Registration opens March 8th.

BRENTON COVE RACING PROGRAM

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

      Duration:   One evening a week for 6 weeks, Monday or Thursday from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

      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, 2017

      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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Opti Green Fleet - Intro to Racing
    • As in 2016, 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:  Introduce any level sailor to intermediate and advanced sailing skills to build strong, competent sailors for life

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

      Previous Knowledge/Experience: Some previous sailing knowledge is helpful, but not required. Sailors must be able to complete a short swim test

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

      Boat: Sailors will be exposed to sailing a variety of boats in an effort to create well-rounded sailors who are confident in any vessel. Boats include: RS Visions, 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

      • Rig and de-rig a 420

      • Rig and de-rig a J22

      • 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.


  • 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 Monday 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.


  • Big Boat Sailing
    • Objective:  Introduce intermediate to advanced sailors to fundamentals of big boat sailing (22ft and larger).

      Duration:  1 night per week for 6 weeks, Tuesdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm

      Previous Knowledge/Experience:  Must have at least an intermediate level experience with sailing. Sailors must be able to complete a short swim test without a life jacket

      Age Group:  
      14 - 18 years of age

      Boat:  J22s, J24s, J80s and a variety of other large keel boats. Sailors will be exposed to sailing a variety of boats in an effort to create well-rounded sailors who are confident in any keel boat vessel

      Assessment:  Sailors are encouraged to participate in the Ida Lewis Distance Race and the weekly PHRF racing series. 


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

      Rigging:

      • Rig and de-rig any large keel boat

      • Understand the sail controls and how to optimize the sails

      Sailing: Sail in any position on a large keel boat

      • Drive

      • Mainsail trim

      • Jib Trim

      • Bow

      • Spinnaker trim

      • Pit

      Capsizing and Safety:

      • Get to and stay in the safety position

      • Get to and stay in a heave-to position

      • Recognize the signs of incoming bad weather

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

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