Junior Sailing

Welcome to Norwalk Yacht Club Junior Sailing! We hope that you will join us for our Summer 2017 season! The online application link is available below along with pricing and class descriptions. If you would like information beyond what is presented here, please contact us at JrSailing@norwalkyachtclub.com.

Will Beery & Garrett Friedrichsen, Co-Chairs

General Information
Norwalk Yacht Club's Junior Sailing program is for sailors age 8 to 18 based on their age on Dec. 31st. Children who turn 8 later in the year may be too young - those with good social skills should be fine. Beginners generally start in single-handed Optimists, advance through double-handed Pixels, then move on to single-handed Lasers or double-handed C420s.  Non-members are welcome, and Norwalk Yacht Club has a full fleet of charters available.

Sailors 14-18 years old are eligible to participate in our Big Boat Program for an additional nominal fee. Big Boat sailing is a stand-alone class - participants need not be a part of our other classes. The BB team generally practices after regular Jr Sailing hours and on weekends. The Program culminates in several local big boat PHRF and one-design regattas including an overnight race.
Morning class: 8:30 am - 12 noon. Beginner and Intermediate Optimists
Afternoon class: 1 pm - 5 pm. Advanced Optimists, Racing Optimists, Pixels, Lasers, & C420s.
Big Boat: After hours and weekends as schedules permit. Some slots as pick-up crew on Wednesday night big boat racing.

Class Descriptions and Course/Charter Fees

2017 Dates

06/03 - Jr Program Boat Demo 10am-1pm
06/13-06/14 - Pixel & C420s Racing Clinics 3:30-6:30 pm
06/15-06/16 - Optimist Racing Clinics 3:30-6:30 pm
06/24 - 10am-2pm Boat Check-In, 12pm MANDATORY Parents' Meeting (BBQ to Follow)
06/26 - Session 1 Starts
07/07 - Mid-Session BYO Dinner 6 pm (tentative)
07/21 - Session 1 Ends & BBQ
07/24 - Session 2 Starts
08/04 - Mid-Session BYO Dinner 6 pm (tentative)
08/17 - Awards Night Banquet
08/18 - Session 2 Ends & Boat Clean-Up

JSALIS Optimist Calendar
JSALIS Pixel Calendar
JSALIS L/420/Big Boat Calendar
JSALIS Calendar (website)
JSA Calendar (PDF)

Pre-Season Clinics
Norwalk Yacht Club offers pre-season clinics to help sailors work on areas specific to each sailor which could use improvement. These clinics tend to be geared to be high-level skill clinics for the advanced sailor. However, instruction is tailored to each sailor's needs.  Please complete the application form and send it and your check (made out to "Norwalk Yacht Club" with "Jr Sailing" in the memo) to Norwalk Yacht Club. If you have registered for summer junior sailing lessons already, you do not need to complete the JSA waiver portion on page 4. If you have your own boat or are chartering a Norwalk YC boat for the summer and have already paid and submitted your damage deposit and signed the charter waiver, you don't need to complete the charter sheet page 5. NYC reserves the right to cancel the clinic(s) if the clinic(s) are under-subscribed. If there is sufficient interest, additional clinics could be offered at earlier times.

Online Registration
Online registration is performed in two steps. The first step is payment of course fees. After payment, you will be sent a link to enter your participant's information and JSALIS waiver ID.

Step 1. Click here for online registration and payment.

Step 2. Next, visit the JSALIS waiver webpage to complete the JSALIS Waiver Agreement and obtain your waiver ID number for each sailor. You can not complete the registration process without a JSALIS waiver number. Use the JSA waiver ID when you receive the link to enter participant information.

Please note, charter agreements and checks to cover damage deposits for chartered boats will be obtained during the Boat Check-In & BBQ on June 24th. No sailor may use chartered equipment if these items have not been completed. Damage deposit checks will be returned or destroyed at the end of the season if no damage occurred during the charter period.

Program & JSALIS Documents
Class Descriptions and Course/Charter Fees
NYC/RYC Launch Service Waiver
Junior Instructor Pledge
Rules for JSA Events
NYC Parent Handbook
2017 JSA Yearbook

Class Descriptions
JSA ages are based on age at December 31st.
OPTIMIST – Beginner (AM, 8 - 15 yrs.)
The Beginning Optimist program is for younger sailors who are new to sailing. At the conclusion of a four-week session, the student should be able to rig an Optimist on their own, leave the dock, sail to a destination and return to the dock. The student should also be able to avoid collisions, recover their boat from capsize, know the parts of the boat, identify the wind direction and points of sail, and tie several knots including the cleat knot. The sailor will also learn how to maintain and tie down their boat. Eight weeks of instruction expands on these skills including proper sail trim and basic race course instruction.
OPTIMIST – Intermediate (AM, 8 - 15 yrs.)
At the conclusion of the Intermediate class, the Optimist sailor should build upon the 8-week Beginner Optimist class. The student will perform simple navigation, read the wind and water, and be comfortable on the water. Racing skills will be taught including the Racing Rules, the starting sequence, race course layout, and adjusting sail and boat controls for the different parts of the race course.
OPTIMIST – Advanced (PM, 10 - 15 yrs.)
The Advanced Opti Class will broaden the student's sailing knowledge with less emphasis on racing. Students will experience destination and distance sailing, develop their seamanship and safe boating skills, learn basic navigation, play on the water games, and learn basic racing and right of way Rules. They will have opportunity to join the Opti Racing Class once per week to provide them with exposure to competitive sailing. While students will primarily use their Optimist, they will have the opportunity to sail other vessels over the course of the summer including the Ideal 18, Pixel, 420 and larger keel boats.
OPTIMIST – Racing (PM, 10 - 15 yrs.)
The Racing Optimist class will focus on improving race knowledge and skills. The class will emphasize drills and higher-level race coaching. Additional instruction on the Racing Rules, boat and sail tuning, and tactics instruction will be provided. It should be emphasized that this course is for sailors who crave higher-level racing knowledge.
PIXEL – (PM, 11 yrs. Novice, 12 - 18 yrs. Open)
The Pixel class introduces a new boat and two new sails, the jib and the spinnaker. The student would ideally have prior racing and sailing experience, though new sailors could crew for experienced skippers. Classes will expand on racing skills learned in the Racing Optimist class.
LASER & LASER RADIAL – (PM, 14 - 18 yrs.)
Classes for older sailors spend more time on racing, boat handling, and sail trim. Classes delve deeper into tactics and race strategy, and there are plenty of opportunities to attend non-JSALIS events. Navigation and sailing skills in big boats are developed in our Big Boat program.
CLUB 420 – (PM, 14 - 18 yrs.)
Classes for older sailors spend more time on racing, boat handling, and sail trim. Classes delve deeper into tactics and race strategy, and there are plenty of opportunities to attend non-JSALIS events. Navigation and sailing skills in big boats are developed in our Big Boat program.
BIG BOAT – (after class hours, 14 - 18 yrs.)
The Big Boat Program is a separate, stand-alone class which teaches sailors navigation, seamanship, safety, and big boat racing and boat handling skills during evening and weekend practices. The class cumulates in junior big boat regattas including an overnight distance race.

Optimist Racing - Sailor age for JSALIS regattas is generally based on the sailor's age at December 31st. Ages for outside events are typically based on the sailor's age on the first day of racing.
8-15 Green Fleet - Start here! Novice racing designed to be a positive introduction - winning is less important than participating and having a good time. Uses basic Rules. Coaching generally permitted for the bottom half of the fleet. No eligibility if more than three top-3 place Green fleet regatta finishes or prior participation in a White, Blue, or Red fleet regatta. If your child isn't yet a strong sailor or racer, please consider letting them sail Green Fleet as long as possible to group them with sailors with similar skill levels. Your instructor can provide you with guidance on your child's abilities. Please note that children learn at different rates, and some may be ready for their first regatta before others.
8-10 White Fleet
11-12 Blue Fleet
13-15 Red Fleet

07/06/17 Eastern Districts Regatta
Norwalk YC will provide the shore- and dock-side base of operations for both Norwalk and Noroton Yacht Clubs. The Laser Radial and Pixel classes will sail on a Norwalk YC race course, and the Laser Standard & C420 will sail on a second course managed by Noroton YC.