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.