Summer Camp

Summer 2017 was great!  But we think Summer 2018 will be even better!  Summer 2018 dates will be posted in January and Registration will open early March!

We will be continuing our full day US Sailing Reach-STEM class.  Utilizing the sport of sailing, the students will explore science, technology, engineering and math while sailing and exploring Sarasota Bay!

We have expanded our O’Pen Bic fleet to 8 boats and can’t wait to get more kids sailing these fun boats!  This class is for sailors who are 8 and older and who have completed Opti Level 2 or 420 Level 1.  The Bics are a fun singlehanded boat.  More info below.

Our summer camp is the longest running water sports camp in Sarasota!  Many of our parents/grandparents and instructors grew up in our program.

Our sessions (two week half day or one week full day) are $350 The July 3-14 session is $315 since we will not have class on July 4th.

We do offer a limited number of scholarships.  Please apply using this application.  Scholarship Application

We hold camp rain or shine. If there is inclement weather we have activities in a sheltered area.  Our summer camp is conducted during hurricane season.  If we are forced to close due to hurricane or tropical storm conditions, there will be no refund.

This summer we will have some clinics for those sailors interested in our Year Round Race Teams.  We will have an Intro to Opti Racing Clinic August 7-8 and an Intro to High School Sailing Clinic August 8-9.  The clinics will be $70.  The Clinics will cover boat speed, rigging and will have fleet specific drills.  The clinics are designed to get your sailors ready for the race teams.  Registration is online through the summer camp registration.

– Alana O’Reilly, Executive Director

What to bring to class:
Life jacket that fits properly, closed toed shoes, water bottle, hat and/or sunglasses, sunscreen and a towel.  Also wear a bathing suit or clothes that can get wet.

Here is a fun video from the O’Pen Bic North Americans that we hosted in March!

Time and Session  June   June   July   July   July 
 9am-12pm Tadpoles 1
Class Full
Tadpoles 1 Tadpoles 1 Tadpoles 1 Tadpoles 1
Opti Level 1
Opti Level 1
Class Full
Opti Level 1 Opti Level 1 Opti Level 1
Opti Level 2 Opti Level 2 Opti Level 2 Opti Level 2 Opti Level 2
420 Level 1 420 Level 1 420 Level 1 420 Level 1 420 Level 1
 O’Pen Bics  O’Pen Bics  O’Pen Bics  O’Pen Bics  O’Pen Bics
 1pm-4pm Tadpoles 2 Tadpoles 2
Class Full
Tadpoles 2 Tadpoles 2 Tadpoles 2
Opti Level 1 Opti Level 1 Opti Level 1 Opti Level 1 Opti Level 1
Opti Level 2 Opti Level 2 Opti Level 2 Opti Level 2 Opti Level 2
420 Level 1 420 Level 2 420 Level 2
420 Level 2 420 Level 2
O’Pen Bics O’Pen Bics
O’Pen Bics
O’Pen Bics O’Pen Bics
 

STEM and Sailing

 

 June 

 

 June 

 

 June 

 

 June 

1 Week Sessions New Sailors Experienced New Sailors Experienced
 9am-4pm Sailors  Class Full Sailors
 Class Full
 July   July   July   July 
New Sailors
Class Full
Experienced
Sailors
 
New Sailors

Experienced
Sailors
 

Class Descriptions

Tadpoles

Tadpoles Level 1- Pre-Beginner Program

Pre-requisite: 5 years old by the first day of the session (no students older than 7 years old allowed in the class)

Age Guidelines: 5-7 years old

Tadpoles is a “pre-beginner” program designed to introduce younger children to formal sailing instruction. Tadpoles meet five days a week, either from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and are designed to challenge the cognitive abilities of children five to seven years of age. Children who have reached the age of five before June 5 and who are capable of functioning within a group, will be admitted. Tadpoles introduce children to the activities of SYS rather than providing a broader “day camp” atmosphere. Children will be introduced to boats and water activities, including swimming, sailing and basically “messing about in boats.” Classes are taught in several different types of boats including our MaineCat and Precision 18.

Tadpole 2
Tadpoles Level 2- Pre-Beginner Program
Pre-requisite: Competition of Tadpoles-Level 1.
Age Guidelines: 5-7 years old

The Tadpoles- Level Two class is designed to give younger sailors an opportunity to gain independence prior to enrolling in the main SYS program. New for summer 2017, Tadpoles 2 sailors will sail in pairs in our Opti Cubes. This fun on the water course will teach the sailors the basics of sailing Opti Cubes.  This will give the sailors more hands on experience before heading onto Opti 1.

Any sailor who has completed Tadpoles Level-2 may enter Level 1 Optimist, provided they’ve reached their 7th birthday.

Level 1 Optimist
Level 1 Optimist- Beginner
Pre-requisite: 7 years old by the start of the session.
Student Age Recommendation: 7-12 years old or up to 110 lbs.

The goal of the Level 1 Optimist- Beginner class is for each child to have positive early experiences on the water and while sailing. Building confidence, ensuring safety, demonstrating respect, courtesy to others, and good teamwork are primary goals. Novice sailors learn basic nomenclature, seamanship, and sailing skills.
Optimist Prams are used for instruction. Fun sailing games and other skill-related activities are incorporated into the course. Upon completion students should feel comfortable sailing alone in an Optimist dinghy.

Focus:

  • Parts of the Boat
  • Steering
  • Points of Sail
  • Upwind/Downwind Sailing
  • Rigging/De-rigging
  • Capsize/Recovery
  • Knots/Lines
  • Safety
  • Casting-off/Landing
  • Having Fun
Level 2 Optimist
Level 2 Optimist – Skipper
Pre-requisite: Level 1 Optimist or Sailing Director’s Approval
Student Age Recommendation: 8-12 years old

The Level 2-Skipper class is an extension of the Level 1 Optimist class that helps students develop skills while also building knowledge and confidence. Skipper class sailors focus on refining boat control, boat handling skills, and learn more safety practices. Sailors will be introduced to sailing around a course. Optimist dinghies are used for single-handed sailing, and there may be opportunities to sail in 420s at the instructor’s discretion. As in the Novice class, fun sailing games and other skill-related activities will be incorporated into the teaching.

Focus:

  • Knots/Lines
  • Upwind/Downwind Sailing
  • Wind Direction
  • Rigging/De-rigging
  • Tacking/Jibing
  • Points of Sail
  • Casting-off/Landing
  • Getting out of Irons
  • Sail Trim
  • Starting/Stopping
  • Safety
  • Man Overboard Recovery
  • Having Fun
  • Basic Rules of the Road
Level 1 420
Level 1 420- Beginner
Pre-requisite: Level 2 Optimist or Sailing Directors Approval
Student Age Recommendation: 13-18 years old

The Level 1 420 team is designed for those junior sailors who are experiencing sailing a double-handed boat for the first time. Through demonstrations both on land and on the water students develop an understanding for how to work a part of a team. The class will focus on the introduction of a jib, proper sail trim, using a spinnaker as well as the proper terminology.
Focus:

  • Teamwork
  • Tacking/Gybing
  • Terminology
  • Using a spinnaker
  • Introduction of Jib
  • Safety
  • Proper sail trim
  • Having Fun
Level 2 420- Advanced
Level 2 420- Advanced
Pre-requisite: Level 1-420 or Sailing Directors Approval
Student Age Recommendation: 13-18 years old

The Level 2 420-Advanced class gives experienced sailors and Optimist racers to this an opportunity to further their education in a high performance boat. Sailors train in both the skipper and crew positions learning how to use a spinnaker, proper position on roll tacks and gybes, and weight placement. Sailors receive on-shore chalk talks in preparation for on-the-water drills, and they are instructed on sail trim, boat speed and rules. The class will also cover the basic concepts of racing.

Focus:

  • Teamwork
  • Spinnaker skills
  • Skipper/Crew assignments
  • Introduction to racing
  • Safety
  • Roll Tacking/Gybing
  • Having Fun
Full Day 1 Week US Sailing Reach-STEM and Sailing
Full Day 1 Week US Sailing Reach-STEM and Sailing

Pre-requisite: 4th – 8th Grade in school

Student Age Recommendation: 9-14 years old

This class uses the US Sailing STEM curriculum, called  Reach.  Utilizing the sport of sailing, the students will explore SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH and apply these academics to their sailing and exploring.

The Reach Program utilizes sailing as an educational platform, challenging youth to embrace education, establish a love of learning and explore productive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based careers. Combining educators, sailing instructors, engineers, scientists with today’s youth to provide them with a one of a kind authentic learning experience, giving students the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a cooperative work environment.
O'Pen Bics
O’Pen Bics

Pre-requisite: Opti Level 2 or 420 Level 1
Student Age Recommendation: 8-14

The O’Pen Bic class gives experienced sailors and Optimist racers an opportunity to further their education in a fun exciting boat.  Sailors will work on the basic points of sail while having fun and cruising around the bay!  Sailors receive on-shore chalk talks in preparation for on-the-water activities, and they are instructed on sail trim, boat speed and rules.

Focus:

  • Having Fun!
  • Knots
  • Upwind/Downwind Sailing
  • Wind Direction
  • Rigging/De-rigging
  • Tacking/Jibing
  • Points of Sail
  • Casting-off/Landing
  • Getting out of Irons
  • Sail Trim
  • Starting/Stopping
  • Safety
  • Man Overboard Recovery
  • Basic Rules of the Road