CLASS SCHEDULES

Intermediate and Racing Classes

REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES OPENS IN SPRING 2020

Intermediate and Racing 420s

Monday – Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, 8:30 a.m. – approx. 1:00 p.m.

Intermediate and Racing 420s is our most advanced class.  This is for sailors eager to improve sailing and racing skills, who are ready for the stronger afternoon breeze and have successfully completed the required minimum of four weeks in Learn-to-Sail 420s (the four weeks can be cumulative over multiple seasons). Students will expand their knowledge of 420s, and hone their racing skills under the instruction of BSS racing coaches. Learning focuses on safe, expert boat handling, hiking, tacking, jibing, points-of-sail, and introduction to spinnakers. Instruction includes skills needed for both skipper and crew, with emphasis on teamwork.

Sailors attaining required levels of skill and enthusiasm will be chosen to represent the BSS Race Team. Selected teams participate in chosen regattas in accordance with specific guidelines. Race team members may vary weekly, depending on student enrollment, skill and interest, and at the discretion of the racing coach. We do not guarantee that every student will attend regattas. Some students may be selected for multiple or all regattas.

Sailors who prefer to sail but not race in regattas are welcome in this class and may receive advanced class instruction with no outside regatta requirement. Sailors’ participation in the Friday morning Junior Racing Series (JRS) is included in this program and is strongly encouraged. The JRS fee is included in tuition.

BSS coach/instructors will accompany race members, and racers may use BSS boats and equipment. Students are also encouraged to use their own boats and/or sails provided they meet the appropriate racing standards. Parents or guardians are required to travel to regattas with their student(s). Regatta fees are the responsibility of student racers and/or their parent or guardian. Please refer to our calendar for the dates of the 2019 regattas.

Intermediate and Racing Optimists

Monday – Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, 8:30 a.m. – approx. 1:00 p.m.

This is a class for Optimist sailors who have gained skill and confidence in the morning programs.

No previous racing experience is needed, but sailors must have mastered basic sailing skills in either the Learn-to-Sail Widgeon or Learn-to-Sail Optimist programs.

Students improve their skills at handling the tiller and mainsheet simultaneously. Sailors gain confidence in controlling boat speed and responding to the greater challenges of brisk, afternoon sailing conditions. Instruction seeks to improve students’ ability to sail upwind and down, to refine boat and sail handling, start a race, and learn basic racing rules and tactics.

Sailors’ participation in the Friday morning Junior Racing Series (JRS) is included in this program and is strongly encouraged. The JRS fee is included in tuition.

For sailors who prefer not to race in outside regattas, Class instruction will offer advanced skills with no regatta requirement. For those who prefer to be in regattas, we offer participation in the Unkie Cup series as well as the Beverly Junior Regatta (BJR).  Unkies take place four times over the summer at various sailing clubs around Buzzards Bay.  Sailors who excel in skill and enthusiasm will be chosen to represent the BSS Race Team. Selected teams will participate in regattas at the discretion of the coach/instructor, and in accordance with specific guidelines. Race Team members may vary with enrollment, skill, and interest. We do not guarantee that every student will attend regattas. Some students may be selected to participate in multiple or all regattas.

 

BSS coach/instructors will accompany race members, and racers may use BSS boats and equipment. Students are also encouraged to use their own boats and/or sails provided they meet the appropriate racing standards. Parents or guardians are required to travel to regattas with their student(s). Regatta fees are the responsibility of the racing student and parent or guardian.

Advanced Beginning, Intermediate and Racing Widgeons

Monday – Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. – approx. 1:00 p.m.

Advanced Beginning, Intermediate and Racing Widgeons is open to all sailors who have had previous experience with the skills in our morning Learn-to-Sail programs.

The class is ideal for older students who are not ready for the 420 class, or for students seeking a transition from the Optimist dinghy into a larger boat with crew. The class is also suitable for students aged 10 and older with little to no sailing experience.

Instructors take sailors’ basic skills to a higher level and teach new skills. Students reach a deeper understanding of how and why sailing works. Participation in the Friday morning Junior Racing Series (JRS) is included in this program and is strongly encouraged. The JRS fee is included in the tuition.