About the Class
Boats: 420's & Sunfish. Wianno Seniors (if available).
Introduction to more high-performance boats. Focus on speed and fun.
- Permission of Program Director.
- Opti Advanced (or Opti Intermediate, if size dictates).
This class is for kids who enjoy sailing, enjoy some thrills, and want to try out more high-performance boats. They’ll learn to sail and race 420's, Sunfish and Seniors. 420's students will learn to plane in their boats, to surf the waves out in the Sound, and to sail as fast as possible. When ready, they will use trapezes and learn to fly spinnakers. While the pure thrill of adrenaline sailing is one goal of this class – depending on COVID guidelines for the summer –students will race in local regattas and we will host / travel to local yacht clubs weekly.
Matt Wake - Program Director
We don’t send our kids to sailing class to win trophies. We do it because doing things that are hard are worth doing. We do it because our children should understand the overwhelming power of wind and water and how to harness them. We teach seamanship to impress on them the value of meticulous care, preparation, and technical skill, things that will lead to success in a world of constant and unexpected challenges. And most importantly, sailing is really fun!