Sail Camp is scheduled for June 9 to 14, 2019 with camp set up on June 8th
The basic plan is to sail all day, play all evening and then get up and do it all over again!
The sail instruction groups are:
- Opti Learn to Sail
- Opti Racing
- Laser Radial Learn to Sail
- Laser Radial Racing
- 420 Racing
Sailors groups are assigned by best fit including sailing goals, skill level and age. There are a limited number of boats available for new sailors.
Family participation is a core program value and parents/grandparents are required to volunteer at least one day and to supervise their sailors overnight. As camp is all inclusive, kitchen help is especially needed.
Along with sailing there will be trips to the swim beach, the world’s biggest slip-n-slide and the Amazing Race round out the fun. Be ready!
Not to worry if parental units are not sailors! We schedule education nights on various topics to ensure our group is prepared to drive power boats, run races, and handle emergencies. Plan for 1-2 evenings during camp.
- All sailors must have a coast guard approved life jacket that fits the weight range of the child, and fits well. It must a whistle attached to it. We will do an in-water life jacket test. There are a lot of places to save money on sailing, but this is not one of them.
- Polarized sunglasses really help see the wind and the inexpensive kind are fine in case they go for a swim or get stepped on. Croakies with floatation are also a good idea.
- Watch that counts down for racing sailors. Ironman works fine and Target carries them for less than some other places.
- Optional sailing gloves—inexpensive rubber garden gloves work well.
- All boats must be seaworthy and in good working condition.
- McLaughlin has a nice Opti tuning guide which includes informative rig drawings, http://www.optistuff.com/info/faq/manuals/OptimistOwnersManual.pdf.
- All boats must have hiking straps and a tiller extension.
- Wind indicator on the boat and telltales on sails.
Required Optis Equipment
General Youth Camp Schedule
- 8:00 breakfast and sailor chores
- 9:00 groups chalk talks followed by sailing
- Debrief from morning and set afternoon plan
- Wrap up around 4:00—depending on the breeze
- Swim in harbor—supervisory help for this from adults who have not been on the water
- Afternoon snack
- Evenings include guest speakers, The Amazing Race, evening sails, surprises etc.
- Movies at dark
Tentative Daily Schedule
- Each sailor sets their camp and should rig their boat at the designated water front location. Help is available.
- Dinner on your own.
- Introductions at 7:00 p.m.
- Swim test –everyone.
- Capsizes for sailors in new boats who have not capsized that boat before.
- Sailors rig their own boats, but the group leaders will check to ensure it is rigged correctly. Please keep this process moving so we do not lose valuable on the water time
- Adult Training for the junior race course after dinner
- The Annual Amazing Race. Participants need good shoes and plan to get wet! The course is new this year. Parents please help man the stations.
- Dinner, thank yous and the much-cherished counselor designed paper plate awards.
Please leave electronics at home