Additional Information For more information regarding session availability or any other questions please contact Robin our Youth 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: Ages 8-11 and 12 and up will be sailing Optis, Capri 14's, Club 420s and Topaz ARGO
AFTERNOON SESSIONS (12:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
1. Sessions for BEGINNER and INTERMEDIATE sailors similar to those offered in the morning. 2. The RACING & ADVANCED SKILLS CLASS works on transitioning sailors into racers or just better sailors. The skill level of those in the class dictates the course content for each weekly session. Optis, Capri 14's, Club 420s and Topaz ARGO will be used in all classes. For the RACERS, we will be holding RACES on Friday afternoon which can be watched from Kent's Point. Our advanced sailors and racers are always welcome to join the Namequoit Fleet for our Sunday races, or crew with one of our members.
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!
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 (personal flotation devise/life jacket), 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.