Welcome back to another summer of sailing at the Southampton Yacht Club!
DATES: Our B-week Southampton Yacht Club (SHYC) sailing program runs from MONDAY June 26th - Friday, August 18th, 2017 . Junior Sailors can participate for the full eight (8) week program, cost of $1,194.88, or choose to sail for four (4) weeks. Please note that the full season is the best value. I f you sign up for a single session and during the summer your child wants to complete a second session. the cost will be $814.69 for EACH SESSI ON. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS since we have to staff the program accordingly. (The four-week programs will run from June 26th- July 21st, 2017 and again from July 24th- Aug 18th, 2017.)
Scheduled Days of NO class: No classes will be held on Tuesday, July 4th in addition to Thursday, July 13th, Loser/Sunfish/420 and Friday, July 14th Opti (This is due to our Peconic Gardiners Junior Sailing Association Invitational Regatta). Although no classes will be held, everyone can participate in the regatta. There may be other days when no classes are held if many sailors are participating in some regattas.
Who is a Beginner? 1st year sailors, age 8 and up, who have never sailed before or who have very little experience sailing. They will sail in the club boats OR in their own boat. The morning session is also for 2nd and 3rd year sailors who need to learn more skills, who wont to learn how to sail their own boat and become more confident in their sailing for pleasure, or who want to learn about racing. These classes are primarily held out in front of the yacht club on Fort Pond Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Who is an Intermediate & Advanced Sailor? These returning sailors have confidence in handling their boat on the water and want to learn more sailing skills albeit for pleasure or for racing. All Intermediate and Advanced sailors have their own 420, Laser or Optimist and want to sail out in Shinnecock Bay in more challenging winds and conditions. The more serious sailor will be taught sailing drills and will compete in regattas. Intermediate and Advanced sailing instruction is Monday - Friday 1:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m. If you have a question about where to place your child, we can assure you that safety comes first... we will arrange to have an instructor sail with your child to assess their skills so that they are not put in a situation they are not prepared for. We also take into consideration experience, age, weight requirements, and sailing skills in determining placement . Be aware that even if your child has any trepidation, the instructors know how to gently guide them along and get the kids out on the water every day in all conditions . The sailors make terrific progress over the course of the 8 weeks and you'll see their confidence build. For those returning sailors, you are expected to have your own boat. So Mom or Dad, if you have a boat for sale, to share or to rent, please let us know at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will forward it to our club parents.
PARENT OF THE DAY (POD) Having a parent ·on deck" and ready to field radio messages, phone calls, and serve as 'guardians of the porch' is a vital part of the SHYC Junior Sailing Program. For safety reasons, we need a Parent of the Day EVERYDAY! We are going to utilize the Volunteer Spot program for you to schedule your time commitment ; this program will also send out reminders to you. We really need to count on you to be t here. Please find another parent substitute if you cannot fulfill your volunteer Parent of the Day obligation.
If you are not volunteering as a Parent of the Day, we ask that you please drop your kids off. It is important to separate from the kids so that the instructors con begin the day of sailing instruct ion, and the sailors focus on rigging their boats as soon as they arrive. If your child is unsure of sailing, please alert an instructor. If your boat needs repairs, please let an instructor know.
VOLUNTEERING Southampton Yacht Club is a hands-on, working-membership yacht club, so we need parental involvement at our events to chaperone, make lunches , help with our own regatta, etc. Please sign up when asked. Volunteering at the Club is also a great way to get to know other parents. Please go to www.volunteerspot.com and enter Southampton Yacht Club Junior Sailing to sign up. We greatly appreciate your help. Any Doctors or Nurses on Board? We will need many volunteers at our Regatta on July 13th and 14th, 2017. We also need Safety Boots for our regatta .
TRAILERING YOUR BOAT TO A REGATTA We encourage all sailors to participate in as many regattas as they feel comfortable . Regattas are a great way to practice sailing and have fun with other sailors from other East End yacht clubs. As a reminder, it is the parent's responsibility to get their child and t heir boat to all regattas. All parents usually pitch in and help each other out. Let us know on the registration sheet if you have the ability to tow a trailer, if you own a trailer and how willing you ore to help transport any other sailors' boat to a regatta.
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY. JUNE 25TH 5 p.m. At our Junior Sailing Orientation Day we will be reviewing all registration paperwork, handing out program t-shirts, introducing our Instructors for the 2017 season, doing safety checks on all boats. and answering any questions you may have about the program. Junior Sailors should bring their boats down to the club this day if the boats are not already t here .
Geoffrey Loffredo will return as our Sailing Director t his seas on. At Geoff's direct ion will be full time sailing instructors.
Full time sailing instructors:
Part time sailing instructors:
As always, we look forward to the stewardship of Chris Wiecks.
IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION INFORMATION . . .
PECONIC GAR0INERS Junior Sailing Association (PGJSA ) is a local association that supports all junior sailors on the East End of Long Island by encouraging junior sailors to experience t he joy of sailing and promoting the Corinthian spirit among all who participate. Membership in this Association is required for a $25 fee/sailor. This fee is included in our program fee this year. www.pgjsa.org
EASTERN LONG ISLAND SAIUNG ASSOCIATION (ELISA) is another local organization that promotes sailing on eastern Long Island waters both recreationally and competitively believing it is healthy, constructive and a benefit to the community. Check out their website: www.elisailing.org . They have traditionally organized the Smythe, Bemis and Sears regattas as.
US SAILING is the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing. US Sailing's mission is to provide leadership for the sport of sailing in the United States and is a wonderful way to inspire your young sailor. US Sailing membership is encouraged for any PGJSA regatta and may be required for regattas hosted by other yacht clubs. www.ussailing.org
Boat Identification We do require that a SVC sticker, provided by us at Registration, be printed with a permanent marker with the member's name for identification purposes. This sticker will be placed on the transom of your boat. We also suggest that all additional equipment be identified as well. This would include spars, sails, rudders, tillers, blades and your "milk crate" . Sailors may bring a milk crate for the locker room so you can store your life jacket, spare towel, sailing shoes and sunscreen so that you do not bring things back and forth each day.
Be sure to have your sailboat numbers affixed to your sail. Optimists all come with sailing numbers; Sunfish, Laser, and Club 420 class association membership is required in order to get sailboat numbers. These sailboat numbers are required if your sailor competes at regattas. Membership in these Associations is also wonderful way to keep your sailor excited about sailing in regard to their particular class of boat.
Throughout the year, emails and mailings come to them with lots of great information about different regattas offered all over the United States including Long Island. The sailing associations offer great sailing/racing tips, where to buy sailing gear, etc.
Optimist Dinghy Association: www.usoda .org
420 Association: www.club420 .org
Laser Association: www.laser.org
REGISTRATION Please complete the application forms and the waiver forms available on the website www.southamptonyachtclub.org and return these forms with your payment as soon as possible . We require the waiver form to be completed before each sailor starts the program. The waiver form has critical information (e.g. a sailor's medical insurance , allergies, parent contact information, etc.).
No sailor will be allowed to begin the sailing program without a completed waiver form In addition, all sailors must bring closed toed shoes, sunscreen, water, and a towel to sailing instruction. Hats, polarized sunglasses, and shirts are also recommended for sun protection.
All required forms are due by May 1, 2017. Our program fills up fast . We look forward to meeting you and your sailor(s) on Sunday June 25th at 5 p.m! Refreshments will be served.
Your Junior Sailing Committee... Carole Read Bennett, Chair
Melanie Cirillo, Addie Hale, Angela Boyer Stump, and Deborah Van Zijl Susan Jennings, Colleen Markley, Christine Vickery and Allison Schuringa