MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL SAILING & RACING
Our annual Middle & High School Fall Sailing Program at SBJSA is designed to provide recreational sailing and instruction to newcomers to the sport, as well as students who have varying amounts of sailing experience. No sailing experience necessary, but the goal of the program is to encourage and develop interscholastic sailors that may advance to represent their school in local and eventually regional competition with other districts. All boats are provided, bring your own lifejacket or borrow one from SBJSA and enjoy the fun.
Fall is a time when air temps are still relatively warm and so is the water in Sodus Bay. This enables students from within a roughly 20 mile radius of Sodus Bay, who perhaps were not able to attend one of our summer camp programs, or did and just want more time on the water, to learn to sail and build their skills, experience and friendships on the water in an informal and fun environment.
This program may also be especially of interest to those students who don’t play an organized sport at school, but who want to develop some skills in a different sport and have the fun of comraderie and skill-building without the JV or Varsity expectations and time commitment. The other good news is that you won’t have to provide a boat of your own! All you need is your own properly fitting lifejacket (if you don’t have one, we’ll provide it at no cost). We’ll provide the rest…the boats, sails and all the other equipment needed!
Over the 4 weekend format, students will receive classroom and on-the-water instruction by certified US Sailing instructors for 3 hours each Saturday. For those learning to sail, an instructor will be on a 420 sailboat with 2 students. As students develop their skills and become ready to sail on their own, they will be able to do so at their own pace. For students that already know how to sail, they can take a boat out on their own and will receive on-the-water coaching from an instructor operating one of our safety powerboats. For more experienced sailors, some informal intramural-style racing will also be included.
Regardless of a student’s sailing ability or experience, a school team can be formed by just 2 students, from the same school, who want to participate in our fall program and represent their school, whether they have zero experience in a sailboat or not! It’s a club team by definition, not a JV or Varsity team, but it’s a team nonetheless and it can be fun to represent your school! Once at least 3 teams are formed within our SBJSA fall program and the students involved learn how to sail and might like some friendly competition, we will conduct informal racing for fun. If at least 2 teams (4 students) from the same school have enough ability and desire, they can also go on and compete, if they wish, in racing competition against other teams from schools outside Wayne County and beyond, as part of the National Interscholastic Sailing Association (additional fees would apply). It’s all up to the students in our program!
Here are some additional facts and information that we hope are helpful:
Schedule: 4 consecutive Saturdays –> September 14, 21, 28 and October 5. Makeup date (in case of severe weather and a forced cancellation) is October 12. You can choose to participate each week, for all 4 weeks, in either the morning session from 9am – 12pm, or the afternoon session from 1pm - 4pm. Once you make your selection of morning or afternoon, you must stick with that schedule for all 4 weeks. Please arrive at SBJSA at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to get ready. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch and, between 12-1 pm, enjoy it with others in your group, either after or before your respective session. SBJSA has a refrigerator for your food and drink as needed.
Age: middle and high school students in grades 7-12.
Cost: $150 per student. Advance registration is required (see below).
Personal Equipment Needed: bring sunscreen, a change of clothes, towel, sunglasses, an outer jacket or sweatshirt, closed toed shoes (sneakers, water shoes, boat shoes, etc) and a lifejacket. As mentioned above, if you don’t own a lifejacket, SBJSA will loan you one at no cost.
So, spread the word amongst your school friends! Representing your school will be cool, loads of fun and no pressure! Register today for our Middle & High School Sailing program this fall and join in on the fun!
Contact SBJSA Program Director Alec Bertelli (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.