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Summer Program Class Descriptions

Contact the Junior Program for registration availability at 410-263-0071 or email us .

 

Harbor Rookies

Harbor Rookies is a one-week course designed to give the youngest sailors in our program an introduction to the Chesapeake Bay and sailing. Optimists are provided and instruction will be done with two sailors per boat. The class is designed for sailors ages 6-8. Emphasis will be placed on fun, teamwork, and enjoying the Bay. Monday sailors will participate in a water safety and very introductory sailing games as they are eased into the week. Tuesday through Friday the focus will be on getting sailors out on the water and having fun. Very basic sailing skills will be introduced such as safety, sailing preparation, and wind awareness. The goal will be to get sailors comfortable with being in a new and exciting environment out on the water.

 

Optimist Beginner

Optimist Beginner classes are offered in both full-day and half-day formats. The curriculum is the same for both sessions. Boats are provided, but sailors have the option of bringing their own. This class is ideally suited for sailors age 8-11 and will focus on safety, fun, and learning the basic skills needed to sail. Sailors in the Optimist Beginner class will ideally be comfortable going out on the water and will have had some previous experience sailing the Optimist. Skills introduced in the Harbor Rookies program will be built upon, including but not limited to:

  • Wind awareness and weather
  • Basic parts of the boat
  • Points of sail
  • Sailing terminology
  • Knots
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • Upwind sailing

Optimist Intermediate

Optimist Intermediate classes are suitable for sailors age 8-11 who have completed at least two sessions of the Optimist Beginner course, or an equivalent. Courses are offered in either a one-week-long, full-day session, or a two-week-long, half-day session. Boats are provided, but sailors have the option of bringing their own. Older sailors interested in racing should consider owning a boat. In addition to becoming proficient in the skills from the Opti Beginner course, sailors will also be introduced to:

  • Rigging on own
  • Sail trim
  • Parts of the sail
  • More advanced sailing terminology
  • Introduction and basic rules of racing
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Comfortable tacking and gybing

Optimist Green

Optimist Green is our introductory racing team and compete primarily in local regattas around the Annapolis area. The Optimist Green class will be a stepping stone for sailors who want to become more involved in more competitive, higher level racing. Parents are expected to volunteer time to drive to various local events. Sailors will focus on refining boat handling and practicing other skills needed to become proficient racers, including:

  • Starting
  • Using telltales
  • Advanced sailing terminology
  • The Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Basic racing tactics
  • Launching on own

Optimist Green sailors are required to have the following for both practice and race days:

  • US Coast Guard approved life jacket with whistle attached
  • 27’-30’ Floating bow line (1/4” min diameter), secured to mast step
  • Two bailers that are secured to the boat
  • 3 Air bags, must be firmly inflated an able to hold air
  • Rudder retainer clip (secures rudder to transom)
  • Daggerboard lanyard (to prevent it from floating away if capsized)
  • Mast tie in system (line and/or locking collar)
  • Bridal/Mainsheet connection, must be a shackle type
  • Mainsheet Bridal, no loser then approx.. 4” from boom
  • Paddle or Praddle
  • Additional sail ties
  • Appropriate gear/clothing: gloves, hat, closed toe shoes, no cotton based clothing
  • Water/Food
  • Link to official 2015 Optimist Class Rules:http://www.optiworld.org/uploaded_files/2015%20Class%20Rules.pdf_2075_en.pdf
Register now for the Opti Green Team Session 1 Session 2

Optimist Red/White/Blue

Optimist Red/White/Blue (RWB) sailors are our advanced racing group, and compete primarily in local regattas around the Annapolis area, but also at select travel regattas. The Optimist RWB class practices together, but is separated into different age groups for scoring purposes at regattas and events: White (10 or younger), Blue (11-12), and Red (13-15).The Optimist RWB class is ideal for sailors who are very proficient in racing, but are not yet ready to make the commitment to the SSA Travel Team. Parents are expected to volunteer time to drive to various local events. Sailors will focus on refining boat handling and practicing other skills needed to further develop into advanced racers, including:

  • Starting
  • Using telltales
  • Advanced sailing terminology
  • The Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Advanced racing tactics
  • Launching, rigging, and docking on own
  • Becoming self-sufficient at regattas and events

Optimist R/W/B sailors are required to have the following for both practice and race days:

  • US Coast Guard approved life jacket with whistle attached
  • 27’-30’ Floating bow line (1/4” min diameter), secured to mast step
  • Two bailers that are secured to the boat
  • 3 Air bags, must be firmly inflated an able to hold air
  • Rudder retainer clip (secures rudder to transom)
  • Daggerboard lanyard (to prevent it from floating away if capsized)
  • Mast tie in system (line and/or locking collar)
  • Bridal/Mainsheet connection, must be a shackle type
  • Mainsheet Bridal, no loser then approx.. 4” from boom
  • Paddle or Praddle
  • Additional sail ties
  • Appropriate gear/clothing: gloves, hat, closed toe shoes, no cotton based clothing
  • Water/Food
  • Link to official 2015 Optimist Class Rules:http://www.optiworld.org/uploaded_files/2015%20Class%20Rules.pdf_2075_en.pd

Register now for the Opti RWB Team Session 1 Session 2

Optimist Travel Team

The Optimist Travel Team is our most advanced racing group here at SSA. Sailors are required not only compete in all major local events, but also to attend Optimist Nationals in Norfolk, Virginia as well as Optimist New England's. The Travel Team is ideal or mature sailors at any age who are ready to make the commitment of advanced Optimist sailing and heavy travel. Travel Team sailors should be familiar with regatta formats and very self-sufficient on and off the water. There will be a parent liaison, subject to the approval of the SSA Junior Program Director. Parents are expected to volunteer time to drive to various local events as well as chaperone for travel events. Sailors will further focus on mastering boat handling and advanced racing rules and tactics.

Optimist Travel Team sailors are required to have the following for both practice and race days:

  • US Coast Guard approved life jacket with whistle attached
  • 27’-30’ Floating bow line (1/4” min diameter), secured to mast step
  • Two bailers that are secured to the boat
  • 3 Air bags, must be firmly inflated an able to hold air
  • Rudder retainer clip (secures rudder to transom)
  • Daggerboard lanyard (to prevent it from floating away if capsized)
  • Mast tie in system (line and/or locking collar)
  • Bridal/Mainsheet connection, must be a shackle type
  • Mainsheet Bridal, no loser then approx.. 4” from boom
  • Paddle or Praddle
  • Additional sail ties
  • Appropriate gear/clothing: gloves, hat, closed toe shoes, no cotton based clothing
  • Water/Food
  • Link to official 2015 Optimist Class Rules:http://www.optiworld.org/uploaded_files/2015%20Class%20Rules.pdf_2075_en.pdf

Opti Travel Team is full

Full Day Adventure Sailing

Adventure Sailing classes are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This course is designed to provide fun, safe exposure to a range of sailboats including the 420 and some small keelboats, without the emphasis on racing. This class is ideal for a range of sailors ages 11-17 with limited to intermediate sailing experience who enjoy on-the-water fun without competitive racing. The focus of the class will be to prepare sailors for a lifetime of sailing and seamanship on the Bay, while enjoying sailing. The week will begin with basic safety information and sailing introduction. Tuesday through Friday sailors can expect to learn basic seamanship and trips to various spots around the Bay. Skills to be taught include:

- Weather and safety
- Wind awareness and direction
- Launching, retrieving, and docking
- Knot tying, rigging, sailing terminology
- How to operate a boat safely and confidently
- Basic parts of the boat and sail controls
- Environmental stewardship
- Seamanship



420 Chesapeake Racers

420 Chesapeake Racers are our introductory racing group. They compete in regattas hosted by local clubs throughout the summer, and in select few travel regattas. The 420 Chesapeake Racers class is ideal for sailors who are very comfortable and proficient sailing a C420 and ready to test put their racing skills to the test. Sailors should already be familiar with very basic racing skills, points of sail, sail controls and parts of the boat, rigging and derigging boats, and position and posture of the skipper and crew. Parents are expected to volunteer time to drive to various events. Please contact the SSA Junior Program Director for a provisional list of events. SSA club boats can be used, but sailors are encouraged to bring their own 420. Classes will focus on refining boat handling and practicing other skills needed to become proficient racers, including:

  • Starting
  • The Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Racing tactics
  • Advanced sailing terminology
  • Trapeze
  • Spinnaker
  • Self-sufficiency on and of the water while traveling 

Register now for 420 Chesapeake Racers - Session 1 Session 2


C420 and Laser Travel Teams

For older advanced sailors who have already mastered the basics and are ready to test their racing abilities against the other top junior sailors in the country, SSA offers an eight-week Travel Team option. This class is available in the both the Laser and C420 classes.

Sailors must provide their own boat or charter a boat from SSA. Parental involvement is expected to facilitate travel, trailering, and chaperoning. Each team will typically have a parent liaison, subject to the approval of the SSA Junior Program Director and Board. This person will work with the Junior Program Director, coaches, and other parents to help plan and communicate logistics. The teams will compete in local Chesapeake events as well as travel to high-level competitions around the country–focusing on the Northeast. The schedule will typically include Junior Olympics as well as National and North American championships.

Register now for 420 Travel Team HERE
Laser Team is full


SSA Racing

Most weekends--and many weeknights--around the year, there's some sort of one-design racing happening out of Severn Sailing Association. Check out the calendar to see what's going on these days!


SSA Junior Program

SSA runs a year-round program to develop skills and a lifelong love of sailing in our younger sailors. A summer program and fall and spring high school sailing programs are just the tip of the iceberg.