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2021 COVID-Compliant Summer Sailing Program
We are excited to announce that during the summer of 2021 the Southport Yacht Club plans to run a COVID-compliant Sailing Program. This will include modifications to the typical summer sailing classes outlined below. We will modify the program to meet Maine state guidelines. Because government guidance changes according to the local impact of the pandemic, plans for the summer sailing program will not be finalized by the SJYCSF Board until April 1st.
There will be changes this summer. The beginner class will be smaller with fewer students per boat. We will run two-week sessions to create pods of sailors and limit contact across classes. Modifications to meet state guidelines may include wearing face coverings, fewer students per boat, staggered start times and no class on rainy days.
There will be a new registration process this year. Pre-registration will open in January 2021 to determine interest in summer sailing. This will allow us to ensure that our numbers follow Maine state guidelines. Final registration and payment will occur in April so that classes can be structured to meet the latest regulations for summer camp programs.
SUMMER SAILING PROGRAM
The Southport Yacht Club located in Cosy Harbor offers sailing instruction to young sailors on the mouth of the Sheepscot River. For over fifty years the Sailing Program has grown to provide its participants exceptional instruction and the opportunity to share with friends the pleasures of sailing the Maine Coast.
The Southport Junior Yacht Club Sailing Foundation sailing program is open to any young person turning 8 years old this calendar year to 18 years old, with or without prior experience on the water. Membership at Southport Yacht Club is not necessary, though warmly encouraged. We welcome any child who desires exposure to the joys of sailing!
Beginning sailors take part in an instructional program that teaches basic sailing skills, terminology and seamanship. They crew with more experienced sailors in Turnabouts for sailing drills, exploring the coast and fun racing. Beginners spend about two hours per class on the water except if class is held ashore in the event of poor weather. The Beginner class meets during the morning session.
Intermediate sailors build on and practice the skills learned as beginners. They also learn to set a spinnaker, participate in inter-club races, and use their skills in a wide variety of activities. One portion of the Intermediate class sails in Turnabouts, while the other portion sails in Optimist Dinghies. The Intermediate class meets during the afternoon session.
Advanced sailors develop their seamanship and racing skills; many compete with other yacht clubs, and represent the Southport Junior Yacht Club in regional sailing competitions. Team racing, advanced tactics, and tuning techniques are included. The Advanced Class sails during the afternoon session in 420's. In addition to seamanship, participants learn responsibility and teamwork.
The program also offers nautical field trips, which may include visits to the Maine Maritime Museum, Coast Guard bases, local sail lofts and boatyards. Day trips to area islands and beaches will be offered as “special events.” Junior sailors develop camaraderie with their fellow sailors based on shared experiences.
The sailing program plans to start June 28, 2021 and run over an eight week period, divided into four two- week sessions, ending August 20th. Sailors can enroll for one or more sessions, up to the full eight week season. Morning sessions begin promptly at 9:00 am and finish at 12:00 noon; afternoon sessions begin at 1:00 pm and finish at 4:00 pm. Beginners meet in the morning session and Intermediate and Advanced sailors meet in the afternoon sessions. Five days of instruction are planned, Monday through Friday, with Fridays doubling as “special events.” Each student’s skill level is evaluated upon entering the Program and progress and achievements are monitored. Because all skill levels are practiced daily, each student will have the opportunity to work at his/her skill level and progress at his/her own rate. Discounts are provided for families who allow the use of their family’s Turnabout or Opti in the program.
SOUTHPORT JUNIOR YACHT CLUB
All youth sailing class members are automatically enrolled as members of the Junior Yacht Club. JYC members elect their own officers and plan activities. Past activities have included invitational regattas, ice cream socials, dances, bingo, activity nights, barbecues and field trips. Instructors and senior club members serve as advisors to the JYC.
Program instruction is provided by an experienced staff headed by returning Sailing Program Director Will Jacobs. Will is an alumnus of the Southport sailing program. During the rest of the year he is a 5th grade teacher at Washington Irving School in Tarrytown, NY. Assistant Director Shannon Killian is also a veteran of Southport sailing, who teaches school in Gloucester, MA during the winter.
All participants, including adults, are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life vest at all times on docks, floats, and boats, regardless of swimming ability. Sailors must have their own life vests as well as appropriate clothing and footwear. A basic swim test is required of all new young sailors on their first day of the program.
The Southport Junior Sailing Foundation has a limited amount of scholarship money available for participants requiring financial aid. Interested parents of participants must fill out the scholarship application form available on Camp Doc's registration page.
For more information on the sailing program, or to inquire about space availability for classes, or scholarship information, please contact:
Southport Junior Yacht Club Sailing Foundation
PO Box 68
Southport, ME 04576.
36 Fairmont Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
Call 914-275-3066 and ask to speak with Will Jacobs.
Turnabouts: A safe, stable trainer with a single mainsail and a small spinnaker. Room for several beginners and an instructor make this an ideal entry level boat.
Optimist Dinghies (Optis): A single-handed advanced dinghy for younger racers. The Foundation owns two Optis; most opti sailors provide their own boat.
420's: The universal US sailing double-handed training boat used by teenage and collegiate sailors. The 420 is used in our Advanced Class. The Foundation owns fifteen 420's.
J/80: Advanced sailors may join the keelboat race team and campaign the sprit-rigged J/80 in races on the Boothbay peninsula.
Adult sailing classes -- Our own Jenny Marshall takes small groups of 2-3 aspiring sailors out to learn the fundamentals of sailing on the Sheepscot River. Jenny comes to us with a long and impressive history of sailing instruction in England, Greece, and the US, including a 10-year stint teaching the well-regarded Elements of Seamanship course at The WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine. While the focus of the course will be on the mechanics of sailing, the curriculum will also cover topics like anchoring and mooring, reefing, using charts and many other topics that will be of particular interest to developing adult sailors. All adults regardless of SYC affiliation are welcome to attend, but we are offering a special $100 discount for SYC members: $300 for SYC members or $400 for non-members per weekly session. The classes are offered at 1pm from Monday-Thursday. We hope many of you are looking forward to taking advantage of this wonderful offering!
Sign-Up for Adult Sailing Here (Offering is on hold / TBD for Summer 2021)
SJYCSF Named Awards and Trophies
Information regarding the SJYCSF named awards and trophies that are presented annually at the SJYCSF Banquet can be found here: