Two-Week Summer Programs
Our Pram, Opti and 420 summer sailing programs allow your child to really build confidence in their sailing skills and develop meaningful friendships over a two-week period. Below, scroll down to see the Beginner, Intermediate and Advances options.
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Ages 7-9 Learn the basics of boating safety, nomenclature, rigging, sail handling and steering. Starts with 2-3 students per boat. Once a student becomes confident and capable of sailing single-handed they’ll be recommended to advance to Pram II. Prams are small, learn to sail boats that prepare sailors for the more complicated Optimist.
Ages 9-12 This is an entry-level class for older students. Students will learn basic sailing techniques, rigging, use of hiking straps and tiller extensions. In addition to basic sailing techniques, students will expand their knowledge of wind and weather.
Ages 8-9 Prerequisite: Pram Power For those ready to sail solo and increase their on-the-water confidence. Proper docking techniques and the ability to sail a triangular course will be mastered before advancing.
Ages 9-12 Prerequisite: Opti Magic Students will be challenged to perfect their sailing techniques including sailing upwind and using the tiller extension at all times, especially in between tacks. Towards the end of the course, students will begin to learn the very basic first steps to racing. Students will also be encouraged to sail in the 2 local regattas in Duxbury Bay. The Duxbury Yacht Club Regatta and DBMS Jr. Regatta will provide great opportunities for kids to get their first taste of racing in the Novice Green Fleet division.
Ages 13-17 Prerequisite: 420 Beginner Focus on improving and refining boat-handling skills in a 420. Towards the end of the course, students will begin to learn the very basic first steps to racing.
Opti Learn to Race
Ages 10-13 Prerequisite: Opti 2 Students will begin working on racing topics and techniques while becoming more proficient sailors. Students will be highly encouraged to compete in the Duxbury Yacht Club Regatta and DBMS Jr. Regatta.
Ages 13-17 Prerequisite: 420 Intermediate The course will cover tactics and strategies as well as advanced boat handling skills in the 420. Students will learn how to use spinnakers and trapezes and incorporate them into racing. Students will be encouraged to compete in the DBMS, DYC regattas, and other local regattas.