Youth Sailing

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Youth Sailing at HMC

HMC’s youth sailing programs provide children and youth ages 7-18 the opportunity to learn about and participate in the sport of sailing on our beautiful harbor. Our programs cater to all skill levels. We emphasize seamanship, skills and teamwork in our safe, fun-filled and hands-on class formats. For specific questions about HMC’s sailing program, please email our Director of Sailing, Katie Manning at sailing@hinghammaritime.org.

Our Classes

Optimist

Beginner and Intermediate Optimist and Prams

This class is for children ages 7 to 11 and it is taught in the Optimist (Opti) and Pram fleet by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable senior and junior instructors. No prior experience of sailing or boating is required of participants. The children are taught the fundamentals of sailing, including the basics of sailing knot tying and proper use of the tiller and rudder. This class enables them to build confidence and comfort on the water. Beginner and Intermediate sailors will be taught to their skill-level, through carefully grouped instruction. Intermediate sailors will be introduced to the basics of racing.

Ages: 7 – 11
Prerequisites: Swim Test
Additional restrictions: None

Advanced Racing Optimist

The Optimist race class is for children who successfully meet a set of criteria and who also have a desire to learn to race. Children in this class must be under 14 and under 110 pounds. Children have the chance to participate in a series of local regattas, including the Scorpion Bowl, Hingham Bay Regatta, Hull Bay Regatta and so on.

Ages: 7 -11
Prerequisites: Beginner and Intermediate Optimist and Prams or Equivalent
Additional restrictions: Sailor must be under 110 lbs.

 

Venture

Beginner/Intermediate Venture Ages 12+

This class is taught using N10’s by enthusiastic and knowledgeable senior and junior instructors. The class is geared towards children over 12 or entering middle school, who are sailing for the first time, or who have sailed one or two seasons and want the chance to improve their sailing skills and grow their confidence on the water. Sailors will have the opportunity to benefit from progressively advanced instruction in a group of youth their own age and level. Minimal or no prior sailing experience is required but a desire to learn and get on the water is a must.

Ages: 12+
Prerequisites: Swim Test
Additional restrictions: None.

Advanced Venture

The Venture class (formerly known as the Advanced class) is for children and teens who are proficient in sailing solo and who also have a desire to fine tune skills for recreational sailing. Sailors tend to range from ages 10 to 15 and many of them wish to attain advanced sailing and navigation skills.

Ages: 10+
Prerequisites: Swim Test, Solo sailing ability
Additional restrictions: None.

 

420

Introduction to 420s

Our Introduction to 420s class is for sailors above an intermediate skill level, who are independent sailors, over age 13 and over 90 pounds.  420s are a very popular racing boat for both youth and adults and are the sister craft to the 470, an Olympic class boat. 420s are exciting to sail at both the beginner and experienced levels. HMC has had  very successful sailors learn and race in our program. This program is overseen by a senior sailing instructor.

Ages: 13+
Prerequisites: Swim Test, Intermediate sailing ability
Additional restrictions: Over 90 lbs.

420 Advanced Racing

Our 420 racing class is for youth and teens who are over age 13 and over 90 pounds. Prior to taking 420 Advanced Racing, it is recommended for sailors to take the “Introduction to 420s” course. The 420 race class is for sailors who successfully meet a set of skills required to race 420s.  420s are a very popular racing boat for both youth and adults and are the sister craft to the 470, an Olympic class boat. HMC has had very successful sailors learn and race in our program. This program is overseen by a specialist 420 race instructor.

Ages: 13+
Prerequisites: Swim Test, Introduction to 420s or equivalent
Additional restrictions: Over 90 lbs.

 

Youth Sailing Schedule

Youth Sailing is held in two sessions. Session One starts on Monday, June 17th and runs until Friday, July 12th. Session Two starts on Monday, July 15th and runs until Friday, August 8th. All classes are held 4 days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  
 

Session One - Starting June 17th, 2019 - 4 Weeks

Optimist Classes Start End
Beginner/Intermediate Optimist and Pram 8:00 A.M. 10:15 A.M. Open
Beginner/Intermediate Optimist and Pram 10:15 A.M. 12:30 P.M. Open
Beginner/Intermediate Optimist and Pram 1:30 P.M. 3:45 P.M. Open
Optimist Advanced Racing 1:15 P.M. 4:30 P.M. Open
Venture Classes Start End
Beginner/Intermediate Venture 10:00 A.M. 12:30 P.M. Open
Advanced Venture 1:30 P.M. 4:30 P.M. Open
420 Classes Start End
Introduction to 420s 10:00 A.M. 12:30 P.M. Open
420 Advanced Racing 1:15 P.M. 4:30 P.M. Open
 
 

Session Two - Starting July 12th, 2019 - 4 Weeks

Optimist Classes Start End
Beginner/Intermediate Optimist and Pram 8:00 A.M. 10:15 A.M. Open
Beginner/Intermediate Optimist and Pram 10:15 A.M. 12:30 P.M. Open
Beginner/Intermediate Optimist and Pram 1:30 P.M. 3:45 P.M. Open
Optimist Advanced Racing 1:15 P.M. 4:30 P.M. Open
Venture Classes Start End
Beginner/Intermediate Venture 10:00 A.M. 12:30 P.M. Open
Advanced Venture 1:30 P.M. 4:30 P.M. Open
420 Classes Start End
Introduction to 420s 10:00 A.M. 12:30 P.M. Open
420 Advanced Racing 1:15 P.M. 4:30 P.M. Open