2017 Classes:

Start July 3rd - End August 18th (Ocean Adventure 8/21-8/25).

This year, we are planning to offer the following courses:                                                                                    
                                    
Learning to SailCLASS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9AM - 12PM

Designed for youths at least 8 years old by July 1 or entering the 3rd grade who have little or no boating experience, and for experienced NSP sailors who are in the process of transitioning to single handed sailing in the Optimists. Activities will include safety procedures around the dock and in the boats, how to rig, getting acquainted with the harbor waters, and games that are related to understanding wind direction, what makes the boat go, and on hot days - a practice capsize drill. Kids in their 2nd year of "Learning to Sail" will be given additional responsibility to help them gain a comfort level and skill set to enable the transition to Optis. This class will be taught in the Rhodes 19 fleet to provide the safest environment, allowing for a coach on each boat and groups of newcomers and kids with some NSP experience to learn together. 

Cost: see registration page  


Opti I: CLASS: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9AM - 12PM

Designed for youths who are ready to make the transition to independent single handed sailing. These sailors will have had prior boating experience and have program approval to transition from "Learning to Sail" to "Opti I". Sailors at this level should be willing and able to learn in a boat by themselves, and by the end of the course be very comfortable in the boats by themselves in the full range of low to moderate wind conditions, and be completely able to rig and de-rig the boats by themselves. Activities will include a review of introductory activities, skills necessary for skippering and rigging an Optimist, practice boat handling skills with games and drills. This class is designed to build on the foundational skills developed in the "Learning to Sail" class and will cater to a full range of students, often for multiple years. It is split into blue, red, yellow and green groups to allow for a low student to instructor ratio. In addition, one day will be sailed in Rhodes 19s to facilitate the transition from Rhodes 19 to optimist.

Cost: see registration page 


Opti II: CLASS:  Tuesday 9AM - 12PM, Wednesday & Thursday 1PM - 4PM

Designed for youths who have had prior boating experience and are completely comfortable in the Optimist by themselves.These sailors will have had prior boating experience and have program approval to transition from "Opti I" to "Opti II". Optimist Sailors at this level should be proficient in the full range of low to moderate wind conditions, and comfortable with the challenge of high winds. Sailors should be capable of sailing up-wind, and completely able to rig and de-rig the boats independently.  Sailors at this level should be comfortable with capsizing drills and be capable of righting and bailing the boat on their own. Activities are an extension of the Opti I class, with emphasis on independence in rigging, skippering and teaching the ability to confidently sail all points of sail in more complex exercises and in more wind. This class is designed to build on Opti I and will often be repeated for multiple years. 2 of the 3 practice days are scheduled for the afternoon when the likelihood of more wind increases.

Cost: see registration page 


Opti III: CLASS:  Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 1PM - 4PM

Designed for youths who have had significant prior boating experience are are ready for advanced sailing principles and techniques in the Optimist. These sailors will have had prior boating experience and have program approval to transition from "Opti II" to "Opti III". Sailors at this level should be comfortable by themselves in the boats at all times from low to high wind situations, have advancing their sailing through practicing racing skills as a primary goal, and be well on the path adjusting and tuning the rigging for optimal performance. Activities will include advanced sailing skills necessary for racing Optimists, practice boat handling skills with games and drills as well as a weekly series of races. This class is designed to build on the Opti II class, often for multiple years, with the goal of preparing the kids to be able to participate in regional regattas. For those that are interested, there will be scheduled racing in regional regattas. Parents must be available to assist with transportation when necessary. Also, the Opti III class is intended for for advanced junior sailors who are not yet of a size and age to safely sail 420s (generally those students who have not finished 7th grade).  

Cost: see registration page 


420 Boat Handling in Light Air: CLASS  420 LA: Monday, Thursday, Friday  9AM-12PM

Designed for juniors who are able to sail an Opti competently in moderate wind that have preferably participated in a couple of years of Opti training, and are able to meet the requirements of the Opti II course. Generally, students are of sufficient size to safely sail 420s after the 7th grade, and these sailors must have program approval to transition to sailing 420s. Sailors should be experienced and able to sail and rig a small boat both proficiently and safely by themselves. Students should be able to tack, jibe, sail upwind, downwind, and on a reach and appropriately trim the sail in those situations. As well, these students must be able to safely launch and return a smaller boat back to the ramp or mooring and know basic knots and basic rules of sailing. This course is designed for students and who want to learn how to sail a 420 in light air; and for second year 420 students who are ready to skipper in moderate wind.  

Cost: see registration page



420 Advanced:  CLASS  420 ADV:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1PM - 4PM

Designed for juniors who want to advance their sailing skills to the top level and for those juniors who may want to race. The days will be spent sailing these high performance boats with a focus on excellent teamwork, utilizing the trapeze in high winds, learning and refining the skills necessary for competitive sailing. Participants must have demonstrated the ability to sail a 420 in moderate to heavy air. There will be three practice sessions per week and scheduled racing in regional regattas. Parents must be available to assist with transportation when necessary. 

Cost: see registration page 



*** NEW FOR 2017 ***

Ocean Adventure

August 21st - August 25th - (9am - 4pm)

A separate and special class, with a separate weekly fee, for students wishing to extend the sailing season with a 5 day, full day, "Ocean Adventure". Open to all kids, both those in an NSP class for the summer, and also kids who did not sign up for a standard NSP class. This course is designed to expand our students’ knowledge and teach them about key subjects needed to sail beyond the race course and get a sense of longer day sails to interesting places. It will focus on skills needed to prepare, plan and navigate, for a safe and successful cruising voyage. Students will practice these skills through longer trips to destinations outside Nahant's waters in the Rhodes 19’s or possibly in larger sailboats. There will also will be some practice training in rowing a pram and some basic boat maintenance. Participation in NSP full season class, is not required.

Cost: see registration page



Adult Sailing:

Tuesday evenings 6 - 8PM  - First class meets Tuesday, July 11th
Depending on ability, participants may choose either instruction or supervised free sail. Adults may sail with other adult participants or with their children who are enrolled in the program. Please arrive promptly at 6pm to enable briefing and boat assignments. Participants will sail in the larger day sailors 
(Rhodes 19) and qualified students may be able to sail 420s. .

 Cost:  see registration page  



Rhodes 19 Racing:

Thursday evenings 6 - 8PM  - First class meets Thursday, July 6th
A newer class that will offer OneDesign regattas with our Rhodes 19 fleet. Experienced or novice racers welcomed. Register as an individual (we will assemble the crew), or four people for a single boat.

 Cost:  see registration page  


Private Lessons:

On request
Private lessons are offered for sailors that want to get more out of their summer sailing season. They can be catered to the individual needs of the sailor, from basic sailing skills to advanced regatta tactics and maneuvers. Please contact NSP for further details and to book individual sessions.

Cost:  see registration page 

 
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