About Summer Sailing
Summer of 2013 is right around the corner & what better way to have your kids spend their summer than on the water, learning valuable life lessons and building self confidence. Our programs are open to EVERYONE and we welcome children from 5 – 18. We will continue to run our successful and popular Guppy Program & Fun Sailing Week and will also have a few new programs! New for this year is our one week Adventure Sail program, which is great for Beginners who want to learn more through longer sails. We will also run an Advanced Sailing/Race Team for Opti sailors to help prep them for summer events and get their skills fine-tuned. Not sure what program is the right fit for your child, give us a call and we can help you!
This summer Charleston Community Sailing will continue to manage the Charleston Yacht Club Jr. Sail Program to run the biggest Junior Sail Program in town. Our fleet consists of 8-Optimists, 2-Open Bics, 2-Lasers and 13-Vanguard 420s.
The Executive Director and the Board have been working hard to ensure that Charleston Community Sailing provides a safe, fun and rewarding experience for all young sailors whether they are first time students, a returning “veteran”, or an experienced racer looking to compete at the highest levels. We look forward to seeing you out on the water!
WHAT WE SAIL:
OPTIMIST: Optimists are designed for young kids., 8-15 years of age. They can handle them without danger, fear or back-strain and sail them singlehanded. The Optimist is not only one of the biggest dinghy classes in the world, it is the fastest growing
Open BIC: The fast, planing hull of the O’pen Bic gives a dynamic sailing experience of a true dinghy that heels. Being at the helm of this powerful machine gives you the same excitement normally experienced on a boat for adults. With its 60-foot Open design, including a totally open self draining stern, even capsizing is fun! Young sailors are fully independent on the water and will be proud to sail such a modern-looking and elegant boat, one that both sails and looks like the boat of today’s champions.
VANGUARD 420: Ideal for crews ranging in size from 220-310 lbs., the 420 is manageable for sailors coming out of the Optimist class and enables young sailors to learn teamwork skills that simply can’t be learned in single-handed boats. Charleston Community Sailing Inc. has a fleet of 13 competitive 420s for use in the summer program. The 420 is simple and safe for beginning sailors and yet quick enough to keep collegiate All-Americans interested.
The training team includes a Program Director, a Head Instructor, several Assistant Instructors and Junior Instructors. All instructors are U.S. Sailing Level 1 Certified, with current Red Cross CPR and First Aid certification. The program is closely supervised by the Program Director and Executive Director of Charleston Community Sailing.
WHAT TO BRING:
Wear a bathing suit and/or clothes & closed toed shoes that can get wet
Bring towel & a change of clothes
Hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
Bring snacks if needed.
*All students taking a sailing class must pass basic swim test including: 60 seconds of treading water, putting on and taking off a life jacket, paddling 10 yards.
Never too young to sail! This program is designed to help young children become more comfortable around the water and on boats, while using arts & crafts. Students will participate in the basic learning activities and games with a focus on building confidence, safety, and fun. They will also get the opportunity to sail with an instructor. The focus of the class is to make students comfortable on the water while they color, paste, and swim/sail their way into a week of fun! Students are encouraged to bring a snack. ($165/session)
Ages 5-7. Monday-Friday, 2-5pm.
Session I: June 17-21 (Sorry – class is FULL)
Session II: July 15-19 (Sorry – class is FULL)
Session III: July 29-August 2 (Sorry – class is FULL)
Session IV: August 5-9 (was FUN SAILING switched to Guppy Sailing 5/7/2013)
An introductory class to get young sailors comfortable around the water. Kids will learn how to put lifejacket on and off. General water safety rules, swimming (w/PFD), Knot Tying, Marine Education, Tour City Marina to check out Big Boats, Knowledge of wind direction, Knowledge of Boat Parts, Sailing in Basin @ Facility (will not go into River), Arts & Crafts & Games (ALL sailing related)
The objective of the beginner class is to familiarize students with the basics of sailing and to allow them to feel comfortable on the water. The students will learn safety skills such as righting a capsized boat, as well as basic nomenclature and rigging/derigging skills. The students will learn how to safely leave and return to the dock and will be able to sail independently. The basics of tacking, jibing, and docking will be covered. ($325/session)
Ages 8-17. Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm.
Session I: June 10-21 (1 spots available)
Session II: July 8-19
Session III: July 22-August 2
General water safety rules, Equipment maintenance, Capsize drill, Knowledge of wind direction, Sailing Position, Knot tying (eight, square, bowline), Knowledge of boat parts, Rigging, Derigging, Reaching, Safety position, Tacking, Jibing, Docklanding, Basic sail trim, Upwind/Downwind Sail Trim, Points of Sail, Hiking Tiller, Knowledge of currents, Getting out of Irons, Basic Understanding of Starting, Basic Rules (starboard-port, windward-leeward)
ADVENTURE – FUN SAIL ~NEW FOR 2013~
Students with Beginner Sailing under their belt are invited to participate in the “Adventure Sail” class. Instruction will be on self-rescue and water safety, and on building students’ confidence by way of creative non-traditional lesson plans. An emphasis will be placed on instilling basic sailing skills through longer sails and other “adventures” around the Ashley River and Charleston Harbor. The basic skills taught in our Beginner Sailing will be covered in this class, although students will be expected to be slightly more independent, and will learn additional navigation skills, and about the geography of the Harbor. The goal of this class is to teach students in a non-competitive environment, while exploring Charleston’s waters by sail.
Ages 8-16. Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm.
Session I: June 24-28
Session II: August 5-9
This class is for kids who have the basics covered and are ready to expand their skills. Sailors will work on sailing more efficiently including tacking, jibing, upwind and downwind sailing. Sailors must feel comfortable sailing in the afternoon when the breeze is on. If you are wanting to participate in our racing program this class is the perfect preparation. ($150/session)
Ages 11-17. Monday-Friday, 2-5pm.
Session I: June 10-14
Session II: June 24-28
Session III: July 8-12
ADVANCED SAILING – OPTI RACE TEAM ~NEW FOR 2013~
After completion of Beginner & Intermediate classes, students who are interested in participating in a racing-oriented team setting now have that opportunity. Sailors and team-members are encouraged to participate on the team for as many weeks as possible.
The racing team focuses on the more advanced aspects of racing, such as boat handling, acceleration, upwind strategies, mark-rounding, downwind and reaching tactics, advanced tacking and jibing techniques, tactical finishes, sailing rules, etc. Students are invited and expected to compete in a number of local regattas – events in Charleston include the HYC Open (June 8 & 9), JIYC Open (June 15 & 16), ChYC Open (July 20 & 21) and the CYC Open (July 27 & 28). The Optimist racing class provides team-members with a unique and enjoyable environment for continued learning and competition. Students who are interested in keeping with Optimist racing until they “age-out” (sailors must be under 16 years of age, per Optimist class rules), may continue to participate in the Optimist racing team. ($160/session)
Ages 8-15. Monday-Friday, 2-5pm.
Session I: June 10-14 (In preparation for JIYC Open, June 15 & 16) 2 slots available
Session II: July 8-12 (In preparation for ChYC Open, July 20 & 21) 1 slot available
Session III: July 22-26 (In preparation for CYC Open, July 27 & 28) 2 slots available
JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM
This volunteer program trains young sailors to become leaders by teaching other young sailors how to sail. Must be involved in High School Sailing, or up to that ability, and want to assist in teaching beginners how to sail. Applicants must be 15-18 years of age. If you are interested in this program, please complete the application below.
FUN SAILING HAS BEEN CHANGED TO GUPPY SAILING!