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Morning Beginner & Novice Sailing Programs


Our beginner & novice sailing programs are taught in Optimist 8' Pram Dinghy (Optimists) & O'Pen Skiffs.  The Optimist has become the world standard as both the introductory junior trainer and a premier one design racing class. It is the only sailboat designed specifically for children allowing them to learn the essentials of sailing without danger or fear.  The O'Pen Skiff sensation classes are for sailors who have started sailing and are comfortable in a boat and want to develop their skills further. The Open Skiff is a faster boat than the Optimist, but it is very wet, too! 

 

Depending on space available as well as an application process, we also have an eight (8) year olds’ program.  Please email teampequot@gmail.com if you have an aspiring 8-year-old sailor.


Session I (4 weeks) and Session II (4 weeks) Full Summer (8 weeks)
 

Mornings: 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

Ages: 9 to 15 (8 yr. old. upon application)

The ratio of students to coaches is approximately 6:1 for beginning & novice sailing classes.

OPTIONS:


1.   Optimist 1 (Beginner)


New to sport/less than 4 weeks total in Opti/Dinghy sailing program (Ages - 8-15, Weight - max. 120lbs)


2.   Optimist 2 & 3 (Novice / Intermediate)


Completed at least 8 weeks in Opti/Dinghy sailing program (Ages - 8-15, Weight - max. 120lbs)


3.   O'Pen Skiff (Novice / Intermediate)


Completed at least 8 weeks in Opti/Dinghy sailing program (Ages - 8-16, Weight - max. 130lbs)




**As sailing skills improve, a morning Optimist/O'Pen Skiff sailor has several potential paths to expand and enhance their sailing experience during the afternoon.

Afternoon Intermediate & Racing Sailing Programs


Our afternoon intermediate sailing programs learn and practice daily from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Throughout the 8-week season, they are introduced to racing concepts, and the discretion of the coach, may be eligible to travel to Junior Sailing Association (JSA) sponsored regattas at various clubs around Long Island Sound. All Pequot sailors are members of the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound. See www.jsalis.org for eligibility requirements and additional information regarding regattas and events. 

Session I (4 weeks) & Session II (4 weeks) & Full Summer (8 weeks)

Afternoons: 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Ages: 11 to 18

The ratio of students to coaches is approximately 8:1 for intermediate classes.


OPTIONS:


Optimist - Single-Handed Boat


1.   Intermediate - Intro to Racing Program 


Completed at least 12 weeks in Opti/Dinghy sailing program, interested in learning to race in regattas (Ages - 11-15, Weight - max. 120lbs)


2.  Advanced - Racing Program 

(COACH APPROVAL REQUIRED) - Sailor has experience racing Optimists in regattas, completed at least 14 weeks in Opti/Dinghy sailing program, interested in improving their sailing skills and will be participating in regattas.  (Ages - 12-15, Weight - max. 120lbs)

RS Feva - Double-Handed Boat

RS-Feva is a 12' sailing dinghy designed for two (2) sailors to teach kids how to sail as a team and how to interact to make the boat sail its best. Young sailors will learn how to sail with a mainsail, jib, and asymmetrical spinnaker. This boat is designed for intermediate sailors.

1.  Intermediate -   RS Feva  Program


Intermediate double-handed boat - Sailor has some sailing experience, new to double handed boats, interested in both recreational sailing and possibly participating in regattas.  Best to sign up with a partner.  (Ages - 12-16, Weight - Skipper & Crew total - max. 180lbs)


2. Advanced - Racing RS Feva  Program

Double-handed boat - Sailor has some racing experience, new to double handed boats, interested in improving their sailing skills and participating in regattas.  Best to sign up with a partner.  (Ages - 12-16, Weight - Skipper & Crew total - max. 180lbs)


C420 - Double-Handed Boat


Club 420 is a 13' 8" boat with a jib, spinnaker, and trapeze. The Club 420 enables young sailors to learn teamwork, trapeze and spinnaker techniques that simply can't be learned in single-handed boats. The Club 420 is safe and quick enough to keep competitive sailors challenged from high school to college. Sailors graduating from the Optimist and Feva classes will find the Club 420 to be manageable and a lot of fun.


1.  Intermediate - Intro to C420 Program 


Advanced double handed boat - Sailor has some experience sailing double handed boats, new to C420, interested in improving their sailing skills and possibly participating in regattas.  Best to sign up with a partner (Ages - 14-18, Weight - Skipper & Crew total min. 220lbs) **420 requires the crew to bring their own well fitted, quick release harness.  PYC has a limited number of harnesses available**


2.  Advanced - Racing 420 Program 

(COACH APPROVAL REQUIRED) Advanced double handed boat - Sailor has experience racing C420 in regattas, interested in improving sailing skills and will be participating in regattas.  Best to sign up with a partner (Ages - 14-18, Weight - Skipper & Crew total min. 220lbs) **420 requires the crew to bring their own well fitted, quick release harness.  PYC has a limited number of harnesses available**

ILCA (formerly Laser)


ILCA (formerly Laser) is the gold standard in single-handed, one-design sailing and an Olympic class. The ILCA was built on the philosophy that the sailor wins the race, not the boat. 


1.  Intermediate - Intro to ILCA:  4.7/ Radial / Standard 

Intermediate single-handed boat - Sailor has some experience sailing, new to Lasers, interested in improving sailing skills and possibly participating in regattas.  (Ages/Weight - 4.7 - 12-18/min. 95lbs; Radial - 14-18/min. 110lbs; Standard - 14-18/min. 130lbs)


2.   Advanced: Racing ILCA:   4.7/Radial/Standard 
 (COACH APPROVAL REQUIRED) Advanced single-handed boat - Sailor has experience racing ILCA's, interested in improving sailing skills and will be participating in regattas.  (Ages/Weight - 4.7 - 12-18/min. 95lbs; Radial - 14-18/min. 110lbs; Standard - 14-18/min. 130lbs)


*These choices are age, weight, skill dependent, and vary per child; the Program Chairs & Coaches can help in choosing which path is best for your sailor.


Big Boat Racing

*** FULL SESSION (8 WEEKS) PROGRAM ONLY ***

(Must be enrolled in 8-week afternoon sailing program to participate)

Advanced Junior Sailors are invited to participate in racing on privately-owned “Big Boats” with members of the Senior Yacht Club. The Junior Sailors must be willing to commit to on-the-water practices one night per week during the program. In addition, they must take Seamanship lessons and the JSA Seamanship test. A skipper, navigator, and two (2) watch captains are designated by the Head Instructor. These sailors must also take the navigation course and the JSA Navigation test.

 

The Seamanship and Navigation lessons are offered two (2) to three (3) times during the program either in the mornings or afternoons. A member of the Senior Yacht Club volunteers his/her time to teach the Junior Sailors.

 

All this preparation culminates in the JSA-sponsored Dorade, a one day regatta, hosted by Stamford Yacht Club and an overnight JSA-sponsored regatta hosted by Beach Point Yacht Club.

 

 

Sailors (and parents of sailors) in the Big Boat program are reminded, and agree as a condition of being invited to participate in the program, that boat assignments, crew assignments, and selection into the program are all decisions based on the safety of the vessel and its crew. The responsibility for these decisions is with the Head Instructor, the Big Boat Liaison, and the boat’s owner (or authorized representative).

 

Sailors must be turning 14 years of age or older within the calendar year.

Junior Mentor Program

* All ages refer to the participant's age as of December 31.

In other words, if a participant turns 13 on October 11, that participant is considered a 13-year-old for purposes of the program, even though that participant is 12 years old during the program.

The Head Instructor selects a few experienced afternoon junior sailors to volunteer as Junior Mentors. The Junior Mentors assist the instructors during the morning Opti classes teaching the less experienced sailors. They are expected to volunteer three (3) mornings per week. They inspire the younger sailors and learn about the job of a sailing instructor.  Junior mentors must be enrolled in the 8-week afternoon sailing program (sailors enrolled in 4-week afternoon sailing program may be added at the description of the Head Instructor).


 


Sailors must be turning 13 years of age or older within the calendar year.

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Team Pequot Jr. Sailing Program - 2023!

TeamPequot is excited to begin our 2023 season!


O'Pen Skiffs!

TeamPequot is excited to announce that we will have expanded our fleet of O'Pen Skiffs from four to six boats! These lightweight, responsive, self-bailing and quick skiffs will be available for classes. We will also have the boats available for a growing list of JSA regattas. Stay tuned for more details!


Motorboat Training!

On no-wind days in the latter half of the season, advanced afternoon sailors (14 and older) will get to try driving a coach motorboat. They will be under close supervision and will learn the basics of safe motorboat operation and handling. Participants must have completed CT DEEP Safe Boating Certificate Course.


Ideal 18 Sailing!

We will continue to incorporate the use of Pequot's club-owned Ideal 18 sailboats into the TeamPequot program. These 18', two- to four-person keelboats are equipped with roller-furling jibs and symmetrical spinnakers. Sailing these larger boats will both add variety and an additional boat-type experience.


More Team and Match Racing!

For afternoon sailors: you are just back from an away regatta and your boat is still packed up, and you're headed out in a few days. Instead of unpacking and rigging your boat, we will use these days to train in team and match racing, likely in the Ideal 18s or in club-owned 420s or Fevas. Stay tuned for these opportunities!

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