|About||Welcome to the OYC's Junior Sailing Program fan page. Feel free to share your comments, photos & experiences here.|
|Mission||The Orleans Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Program seeks to instill a joy of sailing and an understanding of the Corinthian Spirit, which upholds the values of integrity, honesty and service to the boating community in its students. Those students who complete all levels of the program will understand the fundamentals of sailing theory and demonstrate a proficiency in handling a small sailboat in various conditions, including racing. They will also be cognizant of the safety issues surrounding the use of boats on the water.|
Beginner: This class is for students with little or no sailing experience. Students will be taught the basics of sailing (wind direction, points of sail, knot tying, rigging and boat handling) using Opti’s and Capri’s.
Intermediate: In this class, sailors build on what they have previously learned and continue to grow more comfortable on the water. An introduction to racing is taught.
Skipper: Sailors further hone their skills learning advanced concepts and drills. They are encouraged to participate in Opti Regattas on Thursdays and in other regattas outside of the club. An introduction to the Club 420s may be taught when appropriate.
Advanced: Sailing and racing skills learned in the Opti’s and Capri’s are applied to the Club 420s - a slightly larger, faster racing dinghy. Racing rules are covered in more depth, advanced boat handling skills are taught, and the use of a spinnaker and trapeze are introduced.
420 Racing Team: This is the highest level of junior sailing at OYC. These sailors demonstrate a keen knowledge of racing strategy and rules as well as superior boat handling skills. The team competes weekly against other clubs in the SMSA Team Racing bracket as well as participating in regattas all over the SMSA region.