Welcome to the Masons Island Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program!
We are excited for the 2017 summer to begin and spend time on the water with your children. Each summer we work to create the best sailing program possible for the youngest members of our Masons Island Community. This letter outlines the programs, fees and the sign up process. Please see the attachments that discuss swim check, boat policy, what to bring everyday to lessons, regattas(with a link to the ECSA Junior Calendar), and how to use the online sign up.
For the 2017 summer, we have recruited an outstanding group of instructors who are all excited to be teaching at MIYC: Caroline Entwhistle returns as our co-Head instructor. She will be sharing the duties with co-Head Instructor Charlie Buxton. New also to the program are sisters, Instructor Lily Vincens, and Instructor Grace Vincens. Their bios will be posted to the MIYC website soon.
This summer, the MIYC Junior Sailing Program will continue to offer 7 amazing weeks of sailing and a 3 day Opti Camp prior to the start of the summer programming. One of the many advantages of the MIYC junior sailing program is the highly competitive pricing.
The full summer program includes 7 weeks of sailing beginning Monday, July 3rd and running though Friday, August 18th. Our goal is to have as many children participate in the full summer program as possible. This allows us to assure the funds for the high quality program you have come to love and expect. If you sign up for the full summer, you will benefit from the lowest cost per week and can come and go throughout the 7-week program. Weekly rates remain competitive in comparison to local programming as well. However, the real benefit of the pricing structure is achieved by signing up for the full summer.
We will continue to offer 4 levels of sailing instruction this summer. Morning and afternoon classes will be arranged by skill level and age. The Head Instructors make the final determination regarding class placements. Classes are held rain, shine, wind or no wind but activities will be adjusted according to the conditions.
Pre-Sailing Class meets 1:00pm – 4:00pm three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Pre-sailing class will be a learn-to-sail program open to children age 5 and older. Students will be grouped by age and skill. Appropriate objectives will be made to provide meaningful, informative, and fun activities for the children. Children must pass a swim test to participate in this program. Activities will include dry land instruction and games as well as on water activities. Children do not have to own an Opti to participate in this level program. We hope to develop their sailing skills and knowledge of the water in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. The goal is to provide a positive experience for every child.
The Beginner Optimist class meets from 9:00am-12:00pm three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Students are required to bring their own Optimist. This class is appropriate for children who have completed the pre-sail program and are at least 7 years old. Children who participate in the beginner level Optimist class will be green fleet eligible for the summer racing season. Sailors must receive instructor approval to participate in Green Fleet regattas. Specific activities and objectives will be arranged appropriately based on skill and experience.
The Intermediate/Advanced Optimist class meets from 9:00 am – 12:00pm five days a week. (Monday thru Friday) Students are required to bring their own Optimist. This program is designed for children who have experience with the basic sailing skills and want to learn to be a better sailor. The intermediate/advanced sailors will compete in the Red/White/Blue fleets for the summer 2017 racing season. Specific activities and objectives will be arranged appropriately based on skill and experience.
The 420 class meets from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm 4 afternoons (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). Specific activities and objectives will be arranged appropriately based on skill and experience. **In order to participate in the 420 program, students are recommended to weigh at least 95 pounds, and have a minimum total crew weight of 220 pounds. Instructors will advise on the appropriate time for sailors to transition from the Optimist to 420 sailing program. If unsure, please contact the head instructors directly.
We are fortunate to have the ability to run these 4 levels of sailing programs for your children this summer. If you have any questions about appropriate class level, please reach out to us directly and we can help you choose the correct program for your child. Throughout the summer, instructors will be able to provide feedback on your children’s progress through the program as they develop sailing skills and advance!
OPTI CAMP – Kick off the summer in June with the 3 Day OPTI CAMP!
Opti Camp meets from 10:00am – 3:00pm June 28, 29, 30(Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.) The MIYC Opti Camp is a little like day camp with swimming, sailing, and lots of fun. All levels welcome. Ages 5-15.
The Fee Schedule for the 2017 MIYC Junior Sailing Program:
Class Full Summer (7 Weeks) Weekly Fee
Pre-Sailing $500 $125
Beginner Optimist $500 $125
Intermediate/Advanced Optimist $575 $175
420 $575 $175
Optimist Clinic $150 (3 Days -10am to 3pm) As you can see the full summer program offers an incredible savings over weekly registration. In fact, the full summer fee breaks down to roughly $72 and $82 per week. We strongly encourage members to register for the full summer program. Weekly rates remain competitive, but they are set at a higher rate to ensure we can cover the costs of running this program.
The policies and procedures of the 2017 MIYC Junior Sailing Program are attached to this letter. Please familiarize yourself and your junior sailors with them.
Instructors will be on hand Monday, June 26th at 9:30 to inspect boats. We have invited Zim to bring their parts and gear van so you can buy missing or spare parts that morning at the Club. Come and meet the instructors and have a donut.
In order to offer members a simple and secure registration process, we will offer a web based experience for the 2017 Junior Sailing Program. (An outline of the registration process is attached to this letter so you may pre-read what info you may need to have on hand to register.) You will be able to create a Sports Engine account, manage registration for all your children in one process, and pay online by credit card, or mail payment by check. (Please make sure that all elements of your child’s registration are completed in a timely manner so that the treasurer can keep the roster up to date for our Instructors.) The best part about the new registration process is that you will maintain your account for future summers! We recognize that the initial set up may require some additional time, but believe that the long term benefits will greatly outweigh any initial inconvenience.
Go to this site: https://masonsislandyachtclub.sportngin.com/register/form/807242997
If you have any questions about the Sports Engine registration process, feel free to email or call Day Halsey (email@example.com or 970-227-0354).
Sign up now!