Namequoit Sailing Association and the Junior Program Staff are busy preparing for the 2019 season. We expect many of our instructors from last season to return for the full eight-week program.
We hope that you will consider entrusting your child to us again.
The Junior Sailing Program runs for eight weeks, five days a week. Sail for a week! Sail all eight! Click here to check out the fun.
WATCH FOR THE 2019 JUNIOR SAILING PROGRAM SCHEDULE * SPACE IS LIMITED AND CLASSES FILL EARLY * Please complete ONLINE INQUIRY FORM to check on session availability For more information contact Robin, Junior Sailing Director at NamequoitSailing@comcast.net
Course Schedule 2019 The 2019 schedule begins Monday, June 24 and runs for eight weeks. Week 1: June 24 - June 28 Week 5: July 22 - July 26 Week 2: July 1 - July 5 Week 6: July 29 - Aug 2 Week 3: July 8 - July 12 Week 7: Aug 5 - Aug 9 Week 4: July 15 - July 19 Week 8: Aug 12 - Aug 16
The season concludes on Friday, August 17, with the Awards Ceremony at the club house on Frost Fish Cove.
For More Information For more information regarding session availability or any other questions please contact Robin our Junior Sailing Director by email at NamequoitSailing@comcast.net. You can also reach Namequoit Sailing by phone at (508) 255-6858. Leave us a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. All participants will be registered on their first day of class. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to complete all the necessary forms and bring them with you on the day of registration. All forms are downloadable and are listed below.
Programs MORNING SESSIONS (8:45 a.m. to noon) For BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATES, divided by ages: 8-11 (Hunter 140s) and 12 and above (Club 420s).
AFTERNOON SESSIONS (12:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) We offer three options for afternoon:
1. Sessions for BEGINNER and INTERMEDIATE sailors similar to those offered in the morning. Sailors can sign up for both morning AND afternoon sessions, or just one of them. 2. The SKIPPER CLASS is focused on honing boat-handling skills; and 3. The RACING AND ADVANCED TACTICS CLASS works on transitioning good sailors into racers. The skill level of those in the class dictates the course content for each weekly session.
A Structured Curriculum NSA believes every child aged 8 and above – from rank beginner to experienced skipper – should get instruction that builds progressively on her or his individual skills and experience. That’s why we have adopted our newly designed Skills Ladder as the basic tool of instruction. Part of every Monday’s orientation is determining where a child fits along the skills/experience spectrum. Our groups are small and our US Sailing certified instructors are trained to make each youngster the very best sailor he or she can be by moving them forward, skill by skill.
NSA’s SKILLS LADDER
Beginner & Intermediate
Handling the helm and steering
Point of luffing using the sheets
Point of luffing using the helm
Point of luffing handling both tiller and sheets
Tacking and jibing
Handling tiller and mainsheet on all points of sailing
Reaching, running and beating techniques
With intro to racing
Advanced Sailing and Racing & Tactics • Racing starts - place on line & timing • The beat: covering, breaking the cover; wind shifts; lay line • Backwinding; blanketing • Mark rounding • Tides and currents • Tactics when behind • Finish line approach • THE RULES
Opti Pram Trainers offer solo skippering experience!
2019 RATES NSA MembersNon-Members First Weekly Session (AM or PM) $160 $250 All additional Weeks (AM or PM) $135 $150
Frequently Asked Questions Q - Where do we meet? A – Participants will meet with the instructors at the Association’s club house, 71 Keziah’s Lane, in Orleans.
Q - Where are the classes held? A – They begin in Frost Fish Cove, adjacent to Kent’s Point, and progress into the River and Little Pleasant Bay.
Q - How is instruction organized? A – We have four instructors teaching our classes. It is our practice to have students skipper and sail individual boats, with instructors coaching from nearby Whalers. We find students learn faster when instructors are not on-board the student sailboat. Whenever helpful instructors will board individual sailboats to reinforce a teaching point or help a struggling sailor but our emphasis is on creating independence.
Q – Are there non-sailing activities? A – There is a supervised cookout for Program members every Tuesday evening and students get a progress evaluation from the instructors each Friday. Awards for outstanding sailors throughout the season will be presented at the Closing Ceremony on August 18, 2017. Also, since the boats are on floats in the cove, participants get to learn the art of dinghy rowing.
Q – Are there any requirements other than age? A – As part of Monday’s orientation, participants are required to pass a rudimentary swim test. They must also have footwear which must be worn on land and in the boats, and a PFD (life preserver), which must be worn on the boats and in the water.
Q – Can observers watch the lessons? A – Scenic Kent’s Point provides a good vantage point for all the action.
Q - Does NSA offer sailing lessons for adults? A - Yes, private lessons can be arranged. Please call (508) 255-6858 for details.