Classes

We offer a variety of classes that use three different types of sailboats, Rhodes 19s, Optimists and 420s. Each class is designed for a specific level of sailing ability that allows students to improve upon their sailing knowledge and progress throughout the summers. Classes consist of a variety of activities, often including a land lesson and drill, along with a sailing component. Classes are fun and interactive, including games and sometimes swimming!

Possible progression paths are included at the bottom of this page for reference if needed.

Unfortunately we will not be able to offer the introductory "Learning To Sail" class in the Rhodes 19 sailboats due to social distancing limitations.

ALL CLASSES WILL HAVE REDUCED CAPACITY DUE TO COVID19 RESTRICTIONS

The only class offerings will be single handed boats, or sailing in 420's by qualified sibling pairs.

Also, Adult Sailing will be limited to experienced sailors capable of sailing by themselves in single handed Laser sailboats, or two qualified family members sailing together in 420 sailboats.

Anticipated Start: July 6th - End: August 14th.

This year, we are planning on offering the following classes:

class offerings for summer 2020

Learn to Sail

Class 1: July 20, 22, 28, 30 (10am-11am)

Class 2: July 3, 5, 11, 13 (10am-11am)

Capacity: 7 students per class

Our standard class will not be offered this year due to Social Distancing Limitations.

The NSP Learning to Sailing Class this year will consist of 4 hour long in-person lessons over the course of two weeks. This class will be land based due to COVID restrictions. We will be offering two identical classes with a maximum of 7 students per class. This class will be offered with no charge.

Students must be entering 3rd grade or 8 years old to sign up.

For the first week the class will be on Monday and Wednesday and for the second week on Tuesday and Thursday. All classes will take place from 10am-11am.

Sign-up here: Learning to Sail Registration

Please Contact NSP Director, Olivia Fulghum olivia.fulghum@gmail.com with any questions.

Opti I

Weeks 1,3,5: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Weeks 2,4,6: Tuesday, Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm

CAPACITY: 5 Participants

In the context of operating under the social distancing guidelines mandated by the state, sailors must be able to sail by themselves in this class. The one exception is where siblings from the same household may be paired together in a single boat. 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 must be willing and able to learn in a boat by themselves. At the end of the course sailors should 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.

Cost: see registration page

Opti II

Weeks 1,3,5: Tuesday, Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Weeks 2,4,6: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30am - 12:30am

CAPACITY: 5 Participants

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.

Cost: see registration page

Opti III

Weeks 1,3,5: Tuesday, Thursday 1:00pm-4:00pm

Weeks 2,4,6: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00pm-4:00pm

CAPACITY: 5 Participants

Designed for youths who have had significant prior boating experience 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

420s

Weeks 1,3,5: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm

Weeks 2,4,6: Tuesday, Thursday 9:00am - 12:00pm

CAPACITY: 6 Participants

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, only siblings are allowed in the same boat. 420s will only be offered to pairs of siblings, so if you have 2 420 aged children in the program, please sign them up for this course. Designed for sailors who are able to sail an Opti competently or have 420 experience. Classes will focus on improving sailing skills as well as teamwork. Students will learn how to launch and land properly, and gain experience sailing in moderate winds. Based on class interest, racing skills will also be covered.

Cost: see registration page

Lasers

Using Laser 4.7 Rig and Sail

Class 1:

Weeks 1,3,5: Tuesday, Thursday 9:00am - 12:00pm

Weeks 2,4,6: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm

CAPACITY: 5 Participants

Class 2:

Weeks 1,3,5: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Weeks 2,4,6: Tuesday, Thursday 1:00pm - 4:00pm

CAPACITY: 5 Participants

This class is being offered this summer so that there are single handed opportunities for 420 sailors. If your child would normally be in a 420 class and DOES NOT have a sibling to sail with, please sign up for this class. Lasers are a single person boat, and when rigged with a 4.7 sail, work well for 420 sailors.The smaller sail means that the 4.7 can be easily sailed by sailors weighing only 50–65 kg (110–145 lb), though this boat can still be sailed competitively under and over the ideal weights. Class 1 will be geared towards 420 Light Air sailors, while class 2 will be more suited for 420 advanced sailors. Classes will focus on improving sailing abilities and refining skills. Laser sailing is a great opportunity for students to focus on managing a boat by themselves and will give them lots of hands-on experience.

Cost: see registration page

Adult Sailing

For experienced sailors willing to sail by themselves

Class 1:

Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm

CAPACITY: 7 Participants

Class 2:

Thursdays 6:00pm-8:00pm

CAPACITY: 7 Participants

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our normal adult sailing and racing classes cannot be offered. In their place, we will be hosting two adult sailing nights for participants to choose from. Laser will be used for solo-sailors and family members living in the same household may sail together in a 420. It is important to note that sailors MUST FEEL COMFORTABLE SAILING ALONE in a boat. Participants can sign up for either a class that meets on either Tuesday (Class 1) or a Thursday (Class 2) night class. Lessons will be organized before the class through zoom or email, and instructors will be available to answer any questions. Depending on interest, we may choose one night per week for lessons.

Cost: see registration page

Private Lessons

On request if state guidelines make this option possible later in the season

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

NSP Progression

Students will be expected to enroll in courses that enable them to safely and enjoyably learn to sail independently within the framework of the NSP course offerings. There is no "standard" or "right" way to progress. This coming season the staff of NSP will work with students and parents to explicitly communicate the progress of students and to give clear assessment of students strengths and weaknesses to assist in making constructive class choices.

Hypothetical Progression Paths

Option 1

year 1: learning to sail

year 2: learning to sail

year 3: opti I

year 4: opti II

year 5: opti advanced

year 6: 420 light air

year 7: cruising

Option 2

year 1: learning to sail

year 2: opti I

year 3: opti II

year 4: opti advanced

year 5: 420 light air

year 6: 420 advanced

Option 3

year 1: learning to sail

year 2: opti I

year 3: opti advanced

year 4: cruising

Option 4

year 1: learning to sail

year 2: opti 1

year 3: opti advanced

year 4: 420 light air