Buzzards Sailing School, Inc.
PO Box 906
Pocasset, MA 02559

508-563-9757
Summer only, not active off-season.

sailinginfo@
buzzardssailing.org

The 2017 Summer Program

Our summer of fun-based instruction begins June 26, 2017 and lasts for eight weeks. All groups are taught in school-owned Widgeons and 420s, and a combination of school-owned and privately-owned International Optimist "Optis" dinghies. Class sizes are limited in order to guarantee safety and quality instruction necessary to teach and hone sailing skills. All staff have Red Cross certification in first aid and CPR. In order for all students to gain the most from the program, to better learn the basics of sailing and to benefit from advancing instruction, we recommend multiple weeks of enrollment. 

If this is your student's first time sailing, we recommend starting with Learn-to-Sail Widgeons and then progressing as skills evolve. The ability to be in a boat with other students (the Learn-to-Sail Optimist class involves sailing solo) is a helpful part of the learning process.

Not sure which class to select? See our class selection flowchart.

Learn-to-Sail Widgeons

Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
A beginning class for students with no or little previous experience. Please note that we strongly recommend two sequential weeks of enrollment. Instruction starts with the fundamentals and progresses through sailing upwind, tacking, sailing downwind, jibing and landing at a dock. Beginning sailors are paired with other students and are always in a Widgeon with an instructor to give the small crew focused attention. In addition to the physical skills of sailing, students learn the parts of the boat and sails, the maritime rules of the road and how to determine wind direction. Fun and laughter are second only to safety, as much of the learning is accomplished through games.
$175 per week.

Learn-to-Sail Optimists

Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
A beginning class for students with no or little previous experience. Please note that we strongly recommend two sequential weeks of enrollment. Unlike Lean-to-Sail Widgeons, Learn-to-Sail Optimists class has one student in a boat. Because sailors solo in this class, your student should have a strong confidence level. Instruction starts with the fundamentals and progresses through sailing upwind, tacking, sailing downwind, jibing and landing at a dock. Sailors are solo in the boat. 
$175 per week.

Learn-to-Sail 420s

Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 12:00pm
This is an introductory class, but is not a course for beginning sailors. To sign up for the course, sailors must have previously sailed in Intermediate Widgeons or Intermediate and Racing Optimists for a minimum of four weeks (can be cumulative over multiple seasons). Sailors who have not yet sailed at BSS should contact the program administrator with their experience before signing up.

420s are high-performance racing boats. This course is held in the mornings when the winds are typically lighter. Sailors should have an understanding of all basic terminology and be capable to sail the boat through all points of sail. The course builds on these basic sailing skills, and focuses on the specific demands of sailing a 420, not the more technical aspects of successfully racing one. Sailors will become capable enough to progress to afternoon sailing, when the winds are stronger. Four weeks of Learn-to-Sail 420s is a prerequisite to Intermediate and Racing 420s.


$175 per week.

Intermediate Widgeons

Monday - Thursday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Friday, 8:30 am - approx. 1:00pm
Intermediate Widgeons is open to all sailors who have mastered the skills in our morning Learn-to-Sail programs. It is ideal for older students who are not interested in racing or for students who want to transition from an Optimist into a boat with a crew. Sailors not only take their basic skills to a higher level, but also learn new sailing skills. The instruction is pitched at a more sophisticated level encouraging a greater understanding of how and why sailing works. Students will learn specific racing skills as well. This program requires participation in the Friday morning Junior Racing Series. (JRS).

The Friday JRS fee is included in tuition.


$185 per week.

Intermediate and Racing Optimists

Monday - Thursday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Friday, 8:30 am - approx. 1:00pm
This class is for sailors who have gained confidence in the skills they learned in the morning programs. Students will learn how to handle both tiller and main sheet effectively. Sailors gain confidence by learning how to control boat speed and how to respond to increasingly challenging circumstances. Instruction seeks to improve the ability to sail upwind and down, refine techniques of sail and boat trim, start a race, and learn basic racing rules and tactics. Emphasis is on expanding sailing knowledge and boat handling, with a focus on the basics of racing. No previous racing experience is needed, but sailors must have mastered basic sailing skills in either our Learn-to-Sail Widgeon or Learn-to-Sail Optimist programs.

Those sailors who exhibit the required degree of skill and enthusiasm will be chosen to represent the Buzzards Sailing School Race Team. At the discretion of the coach/instructor, and in accordance with specific guidelines, selected teams will participate in regattas. Race team members may vary, depending on student enrollment, skill and interest. We do not guarantee that every student will attend regattas, and some students may be selected to participate in multiple or all regattas. BSS coaches will accompany race members and racers will use BSS boats and equipment. All parents are required to travel to regattas with their student(s). Regatta fees are the responsibility of the racing student and / or their parent. Please refer to our calendar for the 2015 regatta schedule. For sailors who prefer to just sail and not race in outside regattas, class instruction will offer advanced skills with no regatta requirement. This program requires sailors to participate in the Friday morning Junior Racing Series (JRS).  

The Friday JRS fee is included in tuition.


$195 per week.

Intermediate and Racing 420s

Monday - Thursday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Friday, 8:30 am - approx. 1:00pm
This class is for the sailor who has successfully completed Learn-to-Sail 420s and is ready to progress to the afternoon breeze. To register for this course, sailors must have previously sailed in Learn-to-Sail 420s for a minimum of four weeks (can be cumulative over multiple seasons). The class is for intermediate and advanced 420 sailors looking to improve their sailing and racing skills. Under the instruction of our racing coach, students will continue to expand their knowledge about sailing 420s and hone their racing skills, with an increased focus on understanding the subtleties of boat handling. Learning also focuses on safe, competent movement of the boat, tacking, jibing, points of sail, hiking, and introduction to spinnakers. Team participation is emphasized, and instruction includes skills needed for both skipper and crew positions.

Those sailors who exhibit the required degree of skill and enthusiasm will be chosen to represent the Buzzards Sailing School Race Team. At the discretion of the racing coach, and in accordance with specific guidelines, selected teams will participate in weekly regattas. Race team members may vary weekly, depending on student enrollment, skill and interest. We do not guarantee that every student will attend regattas, and some students may be selected to participate in multiple or all regattas. BSS coaches will accompany race members and racers will use BSS boats.  All parents are required to travel to regattas with their student(s). Regatta fees are the responsibility of the racing student and / or their parent.  Please refer to our calendar for the 2015 regattas.  

For sailors who prefer to just sail and not race in outside regattas, class instruction will offer advanced skills with no regatta requirement. This program requires students to race in the Friday morning Junior Racing Series (JRS). 

The Friday JRS fee is included in tuition.


$195 per week.

Private Lessons

Monday - Thursday, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Whether your student is looking to learn the basics of sailing or you'd like focused instruction in specific skills, BSS offers private instruction. All lessons are held in our Widgeons, and instructors can take up to three students on the water for afternoon lessons. Class content will be determined based on a student's experience and desired level of instruction. All private lessons are per day and are 3 hours in length. You may be book Private Lessons for multiple days. Private lessons are not meant to replace regular classes. Availability for Private Lessons depends on staff and fleet availability and will vary weekly. For that reason, BSS cannot confirm availability until regular weekly sailing classes begin.  Fees are 0 for a single session with up to two students and 0 for a single session with three students. Please contact BSS directly to discuss needs and to book space at sailinginfo@buzzardssailing.org, or during the summer season at (508) 563-9757.


For those adults seeking private lessons, please contact the Buzzards Yacht Club, info@buzzardsyc.org.

$ per week.

Buzzards Yacht Club Junior Membership

Annual Membership
The BYC is committed to promoting junior sailing/racing and is excited to offer a new BYC Junior Membership for 12 to 21 year olds whose parents are not already members of the BYC. Junior membership includes:

You can enroll through the registration process. For current members who are interested in the benefits of a Junior Membership, please contact the BYC directly.
$0 per week.