Youth sailors & rowers of all levels are welcome, but class sizes are limited, so don’t wait!
Youth sailors & rowers of all levels are welcome, but class sizes are limited, so don’t wait!
Regatta Point Community Sailing’s main location is Lake Quinsigamond. See all our locations here.
For the 2021 season, all of our youth programs will run in pods of 10 students to 1 instructor. Our summer Camp will be limited to 20 kids per week and the Junior Program is limited to 10 kids per session.
Each program is specifically designed for children based on age and ability. Children of all ages and skill are welcome, but space is limited.
Please contact the office with your request or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have never turn a child away who can swim and we never want to.
Sailing Camp is for kids aged 7 to 12. It is an amazing program that kids quickly fall in love with! Kids learn the basics of sailing including, boat parts, rigging/derigging, wind direction, points of sail, and water safety while sailing, playing games, swimming and paddling. There are 9 one-week sessions for children ages 7 to 12 who can swim 75 yards and tread water for 3 minutes. Many of our campers enjoy their experience so much they sign up for multiple weeks. This program is designed to help children develop sailing skills while building confidence on & off the water.
The biggest complement:
“My child is never interested in learning and wants to stay up all night. After the sailing camp started, my child couldn’t stop talking about what they learned. Last night they were asleep without me asking, then they were ready to go back and learn more.”
It’s stories like this that inspire and drive the staff here at Regatta Point to do their very best for every child.
Working in small groups, participants also learn about responsibility and collaboration, while experiencing the practical applications of science and mathematics. Because the study of sailing can be a lifelong process, our young sailors are able to challenge themselves, setting and moving towards their own goals.
9 weeks of summer sailing for 2021
Our Typical Day
FRIDAYS – SAILING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS 2:30 – 4 PM
Sailing skills – the RPCS Summer Camp curriculum helps young sailors develop safe sailing skills. Working with small groups, trained instructors deliver brief classroom sessions, perform demonstrations, and supervise on water practice sessions.
Responsibility and Collaboration – Sailing is primarily a team effort. From rigging to racing, success depends upon working and learning together. While our staff is always available to assist, we frequently take a support role, allowing our campers the enjoyment of teaching and learning from each other. Our boats and facility require significant upkeep. Campers are responsible for keeping the boats and facility neat and clean. We share the water and shore with many other recreational users. Campers learn to respect others’ rights and to cooperate to ensure everyone’s enjoyment of our resources.
Science and Mathematics – Sailing, particularly sailing upwind, is a scientific endeavor. The sail is shaped to create an airfoil, similar to an airplane wing, which in turn creates a vacuum, pulling the sailboat upwind. While it is not necessary to understand this principle in early stages of the learning process, it is experienced from the very first day on the water. Size and shape of both the sail and the boat, combined with sailing skills, determine ultimate performance. As sailors work to improve their results, they become immersed in the practical application of physics, including mass, force, leverage, machines, mathematics, algebra, and geometry. Because the need to know is established first, this learning experience is powerful and long lasting.
Participants must be 9 years of age by the start date of the program. You must sign off that your child is able to swim 75 yards and tread water for 3 minutes. A swimming test will be given on the first day. If you are unsure, seek a local agency like the YMCA for a swim test or lessons.
The Junior Program is designed to teach sailing, build character and provide a safe learning environment for kids aged 13 – 17. This program allows kids much more freedom than a traditional camp. Kids have the freedom to sign themselves out for lunch, sailing a larger portion of the lake and use high performance equipment. As a matter of fact, one parent was so amazed and said this:
“My child would never leave their cell phone behind, it was always glued to their hip. Here at Regatta Point, they never have it on them. It’s great to see the kids interacting with each other rather than a phone.”
Prices, Dates & Time
Junior Program Session $1,050
Space is LIMITED:
The Junior Program offers three–three week sessions. The 2021 session dates are as follows:
Session A – June 21st to July 9th
Session B – July 12th to July 30th
Session C – August 2nd to August 20th
(Many teens take multiple sessions.)
Classes meet 5 days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 9 to 12 and 1 to 4. There are no formal classes on Fridays and this day is kept for advents, testing, racing, practice, and special events. Students are permitted to leave the premises during lunch break.
The program’s goals are simple, but take a lifetime to master:
Participation in the Junior Program requires a high level of responsibility on the part of the Junior Member. While the staff is here to provide instruction and coaching, and are available to help Junior Members when they need it, Junior Members enjoy a great deal of freedom in deciding how they spend their time. Junior Members must get themselves to their lessons on time, must be active in setting and pursuing learning goals, and must monitor their own actions in terms of following the Regatta Point rules and working with other members and staff.
Junior Members are expected to spend their time sailing, learning about sailing, or helping others to learn. They must understand and follow the Regatta Point principles of “Safety, Fun, and Learning.” Parents should discuss these responsibilities with their children before enrolling them in the Junior Program. Children who need a closer level of supervision might want to consider our Deckhand Program.
Junior members are expected to help keep our facility neat and clean, and may be asked to help with minor equipment repairs or to assist less experienced sailors. RPCS Junior Program operates according to the Corinthian Spirit, which states that they will conduct themselves with honor and integrity, both on and off the water.
What do the Teens Learn?
Students who join the Junior Program learn the basics of safe sailboat operations through a “hands-on-experience”, in small group classes. We believe that our Juniors are here to have fun and learn new skills. They will only advance as far as they are ready, willing, and able to. Once they pass the Helmsman Test (our basic sailing rating, covered in Beginner I), the students are offered a variety of opportunities to expand their skills and knowledge. Included in these are the upper level programs (Beginner II, Intermediate, Advanced, Racing) geared toward acquiring Advanced Helmsman, which includes the use of jib and spinnaker, windsurfers, high performance boats, keel boats, and racing classes.
Beginner I Class: Learning occurs in the stable Hunter 15. This class focuses on basic skills, enabling a child to feel confident skippering a dinghy. Concepts include: riggings, de-rigging, knots, steering, sail trim, terminology, and safety, with an overall emphasis on FUN and becoming comfortable on the water.
Upper Level Classes: Sailed in 420s, Lasers, Hunter 15s, Keelboats, and Optis, these are classes where youth can refine the basics of sailing and also experience the fun of being in high performance sailboats. Class time will be balanced between casual sailing and learning how to use high performance sailboats to their fullest. These classes are fun, social, driven, and perfect for teens.
Racing: Class emphasis is on expanding students’ skill sets and learning to race. This class offers instruction in rigging, boat handling, sail trim, safety, and an introduction to sailboat racing, including rules, tactics, and race strategy. The goal of the class is to prepare the students for regattas, and is a stepping stone to the Race Team or High School Sailing. This class will be taught in Optis (single-handed) and 420s (double-handed) sailboats.
Regatta Point uses a chunking model to test the knowledge of students. The students can work on small discrete topics, focusing on mastering each skillset before moving on to the next one. In this way, they pass small tests that work towards a larger certification or boat rating.
Regatta Point is a US Sailing Accredited facility. This allows our students to work on the US Sailing Curriculum which allows them work towards a national approved certification.
Please understand that the wind is not always cooperative for the sailing and man overboard tests. Feel free to call before coming down to ensure that there is enough wind for an on-the-water-test.
Participants must be 13 years of age by the start date of the program. You must sign off that your child is able to swim 75 yards and tread water for 3 minutes. If you are unsure, seek a local agency like the YMCA for a swim test or lessons.
If for some reason your child misses a class or classes during the session, don’t worry. Kids can go out sailing with other class members in order to practice what they missed. Also, our instructors review the class material all the time.
Life jackets and boats are provided. Proper clothing, drinking water, sun-block, etc. are the responsibility of individual participants. All children must be able to swim 75 yards and tread water for 3 minutes. While Personal Flotation Devices (PFD or commonly known as Life Jackets) must be worn at all times, it is important that youth be comfortable in the water not rely on them. Additional information will be made available to registered parents prior to the start of each session.
Weather and Wind Conditions
We will attempt to maximize time on the water whenever possible. However, weather (too much wind, too little wind, rain, etc.) may limit on the water activity, resulting in more land based lessons and games. Extreme weather conditions (lightning, hurricanes, etc.) may result in cancellation. Cancellation is determined by the staff.
Unfortunately, no refunds are provided for loss of lessons due to weather.
Deckhands and Guppy Deckhands is our tailor-made after school program for students ages 7-13. It runs in the spring and fall and teaches children boating fundamentals.
What Is Deckhands?
Deckhands is Regatta Point’s after school sailing program. It runs during the Spring and Fall from 4 to 5:30pm. The Deckhands Program runs for 6 sessions. Whether your child is an experienced sailor or just starting out, Deckhands provides an opportunity to learn or advance sailing skills while working with other kids in a cooperative environment.
“Safety, Fun, and Learning” is the motto that guides all of our children’s programs. In addition to following the best practices for physical waterfront safety (like wearing life jackets at all times), we also try to create an environment where kids feel welcomed. Since our program allows each participant to skipper their own boat, kids learn to challenge themselves, be creative, and gain self-confidence. Sailing also provides the opportunity for kids to experience the practical application of science and math.
Deckhands participants learn:
TBA. Please see our registration link for updated dates.
Participants in Deckhands Sailing must be 9 years of age by the start date of the program. You must sign off that your child is able to swim 75 yards and tread water for 3 minutes. If you are unsure, seek a local agency like the YMCA for a swim test or lessons.
Participants in the Guppy Deckhands Sailing must be 7 years of age by the start date of the program. You must sign off that your child is able to swim 25 yards and tread water for 1 minutes.
If you are unsure, seek a local agency like the YMCA for a swim test or lessons.
2021 Fall Competitive Crew – we are excited to announce the return of our fall Competitive rowing .
Lake Quinsigamond Community Rowing (LQCR), a division of Regatta Point Community Sailing, is running a fall racing program that is open to all experienced rowers and scullers as well as beginners (novices) in the Greater Worcester Area. Current LQCR athletes come from cities and towns such as Ashland, Auburn, Hopkinton, Sterling, and Worcester. Varsity Athletes will be rowing in singles, doubles and quads, practicing toward our fall races. Varsity Athletes will also row fours (4+). Novices will start rowing in quads, possibly progressing to doubles. This program is for any high school aged student.
Monday – Friday
Races & Dates:
Starts: Monday, August 30, 2021
Last Practice: Friday October 15, 2021
Bonus Days: There maybe some opportunity for bonus day/weeks depending on COVID-19, Weather and the Head of the Charles Regatta Lottery Entries.
Practices happen rain or shine.
Program cost: $975
LQCR Yearly Admin Fee: $60 (Includes USRowing Membership)
A team unisuit will be required, other optional gear will be offered.
Nothing is more important to us that the safety of your loved ones. To the end, RPCS and LQCR have adopted the following SafeSport Policy.
The rowing summer camp is perfect for high school teens who are interested in having fun, want to learn a new skill, keeping fit and being on the water. There is no rowing experience necessary to participate, just an interest in rowing. Teens will start by learning in 4 and 8 person shells then working their way into doubles. The goal of this program is to introduce the basic mechanics of rowing, provide foundational skills, and build familiarity with boathouse life. It’s perfect for people of all fitness levels, does not require any previous rowing experience, and is intended to be very hands-on.
The daily schedule will include warm-ups, rowing instruction and practice (on land or water) and land-based team/strength building activities. Note: kids learn rowing on land as well as on the water because our goal is effective and well-paced introduction which includes time in multiple learning modalities.
What To Wear
Spandex shorts or tight fitting shorts, t-shirt, athletic shoes, socks, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, reusable water bottle. On hot days, we do go swimming, so a towel and change of clothing is always recommended.
Times & Pricing
Session 1: 7-19-21 through 7-23-21
Session 2: 8-9-21 through 8.-13-21
Times: 8am – 12:30pm