Youth Sailing Classes

Summer 2021 NEWS

While COVID will still be with us next summer, we have developed a plan to get more kids on the water while still keeping everyone safe.

Last season was tough on everybody, as we operated on a very limited basis with fewer kids and a limited course selection.  Thanks to parents, staff, kids, and the whole community for all of the support last summer. 

 

Our plans for 2021 will bring the sailing school experience a lot closer to normal!

Registration will open April 1

Please scroll down for this season's new procedures, schedule, and course descriptions.

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Send a Kid to Sailing School

LWSA will not turn anyone away because of inability to pay.

Your donation of $60 will send a child to sailing school for a day, 

$295 for a week and $445 for two weeks.

Your donation will go directly to our Scholarship Fund

What We Do:

For kids and teens ages 7 – 16, we offer a broad curriculum of hands-on classes for youth of all abilities. Plus: a Racing Club for kids and teens who want to try racing or more independent sailing. 

2021 Schedule

You can click these links to see this year's courses and schedule. Useful in planning your summer!

Please note that all dates, classes, and prices are subject to change. Registration opens April 1st.  Contact us with any questions!

Discounts

Early Bird Discount – Register before May 1st and save $15 per class.

Come Again Discount – Schedule additional sessions for the same attendee and save 15%

(if you schedule multiple sessions at the same time, the 15% discount will be applied automatically; if you schedule an additional session for the same student later, please enter the coupon code "MULTISESSION" to receive your 15% discount)

Financial Aid

LWSA financial aid is available to help any student who might otherwise be unable to participate because of an inability to pay. For further information please email us or phone: 603-589-1177. Your request will remain confidential.

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Youth Course Descriptions

M01: "Mighty Minis" (one week)

Age 7 only; Four-day course, half days (Mon-Thu); Fee: $135  

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This is an introduction to sailing for 7 year olds with little or no sailing experience. This is a

closely-supervised class designed to help these students feel comfortable in a sailboat, and to learn

to steer the boat and handle sails, and to develop an awareness of safety in and around boats.

Students must be able to swim, and will be expected to pass the swim test described below. 

101: Level One 8-10 (one week)

Ages 8-10; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $295

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This course, for students ages 8 - 10 with little or no sailing experience, is taught in Optimist sailing dinghies. 

Based on age, size and weight, students will either be paired or sail alone. Focus is on introduction to sailing

and safety in and around sailboats.  Students will learn to rig, sail and steer the boat.

102: Level One 11-16 (two weeks)

Ages 11-16; Two-week course, full days (Mon-Fri) Fee: $445

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This course is for older students, ages 11-16, with little or no sailing experience. 

While it is similar to the Level One class offered to the younger students (described above), the two-week duration and age of the students will allow them to master more skills by the end of the course. This course is taught in Optimist sailing dinghies, O'pen Bic sailboats and two-person Vanguard 420 sailing dinghies. Focus is on introduction to sailing and safety in and around sailboats. Students will learn to rig, sail and steer the boat.

102A: Level One 11-16 (one week)

Ages 11-16; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri) Fee: $295

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This is a one-week version of the 102 class described above.  It is for older students ages 11-16, with little or no sailing experience. Similar to the Level 1 class offered to the younger students (described above), but with the students' older ages, will allow them to get a feel for sailing, and master more skills by the end of the week - and may excite them to try another class that we offer. This course is taught in Optimist sailing dinghies, Vanguard 420s and O'pen Bic boats. Focus is on introduction to sailing and safety in and around sailboats. Students will learn to rig, sail and steer the boat.

201: Level Two 8-10 (one week)

Ages 8-10; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $295
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This course is for students ages 8-10 who have been recommended for the level two class or have equivalent experience. 

This course is taught in Optimist sailing dinghies and O'pen Bic sailboats and will build upon the skills learned in the Level One class. Students will learn to become more aware of wind and weather, and will focus on more advanced sailing, boat handling, and safety skills, including tacking, jibing and landing a sailboat. Students' skills will be constantly evaluated and at the appropriate time those who are interested will be introduced to advanced concepts and/or competitive racing.

202: Level Two 11-16 (two weeks)

Ages 11-16; Two-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $445
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This course is for older students, ages 11-16, who have been recommended for the level two class or have equivalent experience. While it is similar to the Level Two class offered to the younger students (described above), the two-week duration and age of the students will allow them to master more skills by the end of the course. 

This course is taught in Optimist sailing dinghies, O'pen Bic sailboats and two-person Vanguard 420 sailing dinghies and will build upon the skills learned in the Level One class. Students will learn to become more aware of wind and weather, and will focus on more advanced sailing, boat handling, and safety skills, including tacking, jibing and landing a sailboat. Students' skills will be constantly evaluated and at the appropriate time those who are interested will be introduced to advanced concepts and/or competitive racing.

202A: Level Two 11-16 (one week)

Ages 11-16 One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri) Fee: $295

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This is a one-week version of the 202 class described above.  It is for older students ages 11-16, who have been recommended for the level two class or have equivalent experience. Similar to the Level Two class offered to younger kids, the older audience of this class will allow students to master more skills and explore the fun of sailing at a higher level! The one-week length lets older students give sailing a try and hopefully excite them to explore our other programs! This course will be taught in Optimist sailing dinghies, Vanguard 420 sailing boats, and O'pen Bic boats.

302: Level Three 13-16 (two weeks)

Ages 13-16; Two-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $445
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This course, taught in Vanguard 420 dinghies and O'pen Bic sailboats, is for older students (ages 13-16) who have been recommended for the level three class or have equivalent experience. 

This two-week class and age of the students will allow them to master more skills by the end of the course. This course will build upon the skills learned in the Level Two class. Students will learn to become more aware of wind and weather, learn to read and follow a chart, how to toss an anchor, and will focus on more advanced sailing, boat handling, and safety skills, including tacking, jibing and landing a sailboat. Students' skills will be constantly evaluated and at the appropriate time those who are interested will be introduced to advanced concepts.

302A: Level Three 13-16 (one week)

Ages 13-16; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee: $295
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For those students who can't schedule the two week 302 class.

This course, taught in Vanguard 420 dinghies and O'pen Bic sailboats, is for older students (ages 13-16) who have been recommended for the level three class or have equivalent experience. 

This course will build upon the skills learned in the Level Two class. Students will learn to become more aware of wind and weather, learn to read and follow a chart, how to toss an anchor, and will focus on more advanced sailing, boat handling, and safety skills, including tacking, jibing and landing a sailboat. Students' skills will be constantly evaluated and at the appropriate time those who are interested will be introduced to advanced concepts.

R01:  Opti Racing

This course is for students ages 8-12. It is taught in Optimist sailing dinghies and is open to all who have taken at least one 101 course previously. Students will sail alone and improve skills such as upwind sailing, tacking, and jibing. The course will teach start sequences, course navigation, roll tacks, and basic tactics. Students will have the opportunity to practice their skills against one another in practice races and will receive feedback both on and off the water.

 

R02: 420 Racing

This course is for students ages 11-16 who are an appropriate size for 420 sailing (generally over 100 lbs). It is taught in Vangaurd 420s and is open to all who have been recommended for level two or higher or for this course specifically. Students will sail in pairs. The course will teach start sequences, course navigation, roll tacks, spinnaker use, trapeze, and tactics and strategy. Students will have the opportunity to practice their skills against one another in practice races and will receive feedback both on and off the water.

 

303: Advanced Seamanship

Ages 13-16; One-week course, full days (Mon-Fri); Fee $295
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This course is for those students who have completed the Level Three class, or have equivalent experience. Attendees must be approved by the head instructor before registering. Please contact Head Instructor Seth Wilkinson . This class for 13-16 year olds is taught in Vanguard 420's, Sonar or J80 keelboats, and assorted other boats for day trips. The aim of this class is for our most advanced sailors to develop advanced skills and to demonstrate their understanding and ability. The course may include; full day adventures in keel boats, field trip to marine patrol, teaching sailing concepts to younger sailors, learning land and water drills, planning and facilitation of fun Friday and experience rigging, sailing and racing a J80 sailboat.

601: After-School Sailing

Ages 8-16;  4 sessions over a 2-week period.  Afternoons from 4PM to 7PM;  Fee: $99
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This program was added to give our kids a chance to go sailing before school lets out!  All sailing abilities are welcome;   We will divide attendees up by age and experience.  The objectives and curriculum will be similar to our regular classes, described above.  New students will receive a discount when they later enroll in all-day classes during our regular season.

 

R03: LWSA Youth Racing Club

 

Ages 8-18;

 

This is a fun opportunity for all kids who are level two and higher!  These evenings will include lots of racing, plus drills and training on racing skills and tactics.  Less experienced students will be paired up with more experienced ones to make it fun and productive for all. A good fun way to become better racers, and to hone your skills for regattas.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2021 PROCEDURE  for YOUTH SAILING

During the COVID-19 Crisis

As you may know, the COVID19 pandemic resulted in significant changes to our summer sailing program last summer, including a drastically scaled back program to ensure the safety of our students, their families, and our staff.

 

Following the State of New Hampshire’s, Safer at Home – Day Camps Guide, we have brought back some features of past years that meet the guidelines and help to make sailing school feel a little more normal. 

This season will include:

  • Level 1, 2,  3, and mighty mini classes as well as some new, and improved, racing classes.

  • Larger class sizes.

  • Our classrooms will still be in the great outdoors.

  • Full day classes are back, 5 days a week!

  • We will continue staggered start times to reduce congestion in the yard.

  • Students will be paired in boats if approved by parents/guardian. You can

    • pick a partner

    • have a partner selected for you

    • or chose to sail solo (Optis and O’Pen Bics only).

           Please read the description below of our COHORT PROGRAM

  • Classes may be canceled in the event of inclement weather that would require the students to stay indoors.

  • We will have several large tents on site in case shelter is needed.

  • Masks will still be required while on shore. 

Most importantly, the LWSA has taken great care to set up procedures that are safe and consistent with good practice during this crisis. These procedures will require full cooperation from our students, their parents, and our staff.

    

Please CLICK HERE to see our full COVID 19 Rules, Procedures and Guidelines.   

 

COHORT Program

 

Last season, our COVID procedures did not allow students to be paired up in boats, for good reasons that we all understood.  For 2021, following a similar successful policy at the Gunstock Ski Club, we are implementing a practice which will allow our kids to sail in cohorts, or pairs.  This will enable us to teach beginners, have a proper race program, and to pair students up in the 420s.  (We learned last summer that it is not practical to single-hand a 420.) 

 

This will not only be a safe program for all concerned but will greatly enhance the sailing school experience.  It will work as follows:

 

  • Parents must approve in writing that their child can sail with another designated child.                 The options are:

    • Parent will designate the partner.

    • We will assign a partner.

    • Parent will state that the child must sail alone

  • These students will be paired for the entire week

  • When on the grounds and in classroom setting, they will adhere to all of the School’s COVID rules and policies.

  • When rigging and de-rigging they will wear their masks, but social distancing between the two cohorts will not be required.

  • When on the water - -

    • there will be no masks worn in the dinghies

    • Masks will be worn at all times in the keelboats

  • While our primary goal will always be prevention, this arrangement tightens the contact tracing process.

PLEASE NOTE:    Please consider this ahead of time, as during registration you will be asked to indicate your Cohort preference.

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Executive Director Amy Tripp

Youth Classes Schedule 2021

Registration will  open April 1

Please note that all dates, classes, and prices are subject to change.

Here are some easy links so you know basic requirementswhat you need to bring to Sailing School, rules of conduct, and our location .

Contact us with any questions!

$15 Discount Through April 30

 

Here is the SCHEDULE in PDF form

to download   or print

 

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