Youth Sailing – 2020

CSC offers four levels of sailing courses for ages 8-18. All classes are taught by our US Sailing Certified instructors at Clinton Town Beach. Please carefully read the course descriptions below. We want all sailors to be comfortable and learn at the right level. Your child will have a better experience in a class that is appropriate for their age and skills. All classes are designed to be repeated multiple times for continued skill development.

Order for one sailor at a time to complete contact & medical info specific to this sailor. Return here and repeat the process for additional sailors or sessions. Only Parents or Legal Guardians may register their children for lessons and complete the associated electronic forms.

The “Which Session?” drop down list will only display sessions when space is still available. If you don’t see the class you’re looking for, check back to see if space has become available, or email to join the wait list.

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Your sailor should remain in the level that is age appropriate for them until they are old enough to move up a level. The goal is to gain sailing experience, not to rush through our programs to get to the top level. Repeating the same level is a great way to have critical skills and knowledge reinforced.

Sailing 1: This is the place to start! Sailors learn safety, confidence, and good boating habits on the water. This class is one week of sailing in 9′ Laser Bugs or 12′ RS Zests. Topics covered: Water Safety – Boat handling basics – Points of sail – Upwind Sailing – Capsizing. Prerequisites: students must be a minimum of 8 years old or have completed 2nd grade, and be able to swim. 

Sailing 2: Step up to the next level! Students move from a single sailed boat to a sloop-rigged double-handed dinghy. This class uses 12′ RS Zests and 14′ RS Quests. Topics covered: Weather and Tides – Sail handling – Knot Tying – Upwind Sailing – Crew Work – Capsizing. Prerequisites: students must have taken Sailing 1 at least twice, and be a minimum of 10 years old or have completed 4th grade.

Sailing 3: Experience an exciting performance boost with 14′ RS Quests and sporty 13′ Flying Juniors (FJs)! In double-handed sailing drills, students learn all about their boats and how to work together as a team. Topics covered: Sail Trim – Right of Way/Rules of the road – Heel Control –  Beach Landing – Capsize and self-rescue techniques. Prerequisites: students must have taken Sailing 2 at least twice, and be a minimum of 12 years old or have completed 6th grade.

Racing: Concepts covered in the racing program include upwind, downwind and reaching tactical strategies, proficient roll tacking and jibing, advanced boat handling, acceleration techniques, race starts, and an introduction to team racing. Members of this class will be considered part of the CSC racing team and use 13′ Flying Juniors (FJs). The class is conducted in a way that emphasizes team participation and coherence. Prerequisites: ages 13-18, with previous CSC lessons through Sailing 3. Acceptance to this class will be reviewed by CSC’s Program Director with input from our Instructors. This course may be repeated multiple times for continued skill development… and then your child can move on to volunteering as a Junior Instructor! 

Sailing 1/2/3/Racing classes are week-long, Monday-Friday, 1/2 day 9am-noon or 1-4pm. Choose the right level for your sailor, then a week and time. Registrations close at 4PM the Friday before each session will be held.

5 Easy Steps to Register: (complete all five)

  1. Choose your Session, enter Sailor’s Full Name, Add to cart, Proceed to checkout
  2. Digitally sign online liability, helmet, and media waivers plus Sailor Code of Conduct
  3. Login to your account, or enter billing details, email address, and password
  4. Pay via credit card
  5. Complete sailor information, medical, parent/guardian contact, and emergency/pickup authorization form

Required items:

  • Water!! PLEASE send your sailor with WATER!!
  • Sunscreen applied prior to arrival (instructors WILL NOT apply)
  • Closed-toe water shoes (old sneakers will work)
    • Sailors wade in the water to board their boat and when they practice capsize drills
    • The bottom of our harbor has rocks, sharp shells, and mud (oh, the mud…)
    • Crocs and flip-flops are not acceptable. They slip right off, get swallowed up by the mud, and they are not safe.

Suggested items:

  • Easy to read beginner sailing textbook to review at home. Available at:
  • Sunglasses with keeper
  • Long shorts plus rash guard or similar shirt for sun protection
  • Properly sized PFD (life jacket) if you have a favorite, but we have plenty for everyone

Enrollments are non-refundable. If a sailor cancels at the last minute there’s little chance to fill their slot – and CSC still has to pay staff, insurance, boat maintenance & repair, etc. But we will make every effort to move you to another session if possible. Please also note we have no control over weather (including rain, thunderstorms, and high wind conditions); while we make every effort to get sailors on the water as much as possible, our first priority is the safety of students and staff.

Please email with any questions or comments. We look forward to hearing from you! We also look forward to SAILING with you!

Additional information

Which Session?

Sailing 1 / Jun 22-26 / 9-noon, Sailing 1 / Jun 22-26 / 1-4pm, Sailing 1 / Jun 29-Jul 3 / 9-noon, Sailing 2 / Jun 29-Jul 3 / 1-4pm, Sailing 1 / Jul 6-10 / 9-noon, Sailing 2 / Jul 6-10 / 1-4pm, Sailing 1 / Jul 13-17 / 9-noon, Sailing 2 / Jul 13-17 / 1-4pm, Sailing 1 / Jul 20-24 / 9-noon, Sailing 3 / Jul 20-24 / 1-4pm, Sailing 1 / Jul 27-31 / 9-noon, Sailing 2 / Jul 27-31 / 1-4pm, Sailing 2 / Aug 3-7 / 9-noon, Racing / Aug 3-7 / 1-4pm, Sailing 1 / Aug 10-14 / 9-noon, Sailing 3 / Aug 10-14 / 1-4pm


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