PMYC June Sailing School
PMYC's June sailing school is a great way for kids age 8-17 to learn how to sail, or to continue to develop their abilities, in the lovely and protected Port Madison Harbor and beyond as skills allow. This is a 9 day course that runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day. Most participants provide their own boats, but PMYC does rent a few Optis and Lasers through a lottery held on May 1st. This program starts new sailors at age 8-13, up to about 125 lbs. in Optimist dinghies (Optis). As sailors progress to advanced levels of skill and weight they may enroll in our classes for Lasers and double-handed V-15's. We do not currently offer beginner classes for older kids beyond the Opti size and age range during our June sailing school. Opti dinghy classes are divided by skill into 3 groups, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Cost for the 2021 June sailing school program is $240.00 for members, and $320.00 for non-members. Boat rental if available adds $100.00 per sailor for the entire 9 day program.
A class for those with no previous experience, very limited experience, or those who need more time to develop confidence. At the end of Beginner Opti students are generally able to control a boat on their own on all points of sail, and have experience tacking, jibing, rigging their own boats, and sailing to and from the dock. Controlled capsize drills on a calm day are also a part of the curriculum and are considered a very fun part of the class by most students.
This is generally the second year class for new sailors who have successfully completed beginner Opti or who have an equivalent level of experience. This class will continue to develop and refine skills gained in Beginner Opti and include an introduction to racing concepts and tactics, plus adventures further into Puget Sound as weather permits. Knot tying skills and seamanship will also be introduced and developed.
Most students in their third or year of sailing are at this level. Racing skills and tactics will be included, but we will also focus on other elements of advanced sailing such as navigation, cruising, and some more creative endeavors to challenge sailors who may not be focused solely on racing as their ultimate sailing objective.
Lasers and V-15's
These classes are reserved for sailors who are at the advanced level of ability and are too large for the Opti. We may have separate classes for each boat, or we may combine them depending on enrollment demand. If we combine boats into a larger class we will expect participants to share their boat with others some of the time so that sailors have a chance to experience single and double handed sailing for at least part of the class. Along the lines of the Advanced Opti offering, this class will focus on refining skills, racing, optimizing boat speed and control, seamanship, cruising, navigation, and other areas appropriate to the age group.
Many students provide their own boats. We do have some boats for rent through PMYC,. Rentals for the entire course cost $100.00 per sailor. A lottery will be held on May 1st for rental boats. We generally have more demand than boats, so if you have a friend who may be able to lend you a needed boat, or are considering purchasing one, this should be pursued early and often! PMYC currently has 8 Optis of its own to rent, and a few lasers and V-15's. We also arrange for rental of privately owned boats when available.
A swim license from the Bainbridge Aquatic Center or an equivalent credential from another facility is mandatory. If your student does not already have a swim license on file with the aquatic center, they can take the test and obtain one for free. Contact the pool to make arrangements. If you are not local and have a similar certification from another facility, let our coordinator know your situation and what you have. Our waiver form includes a release to allow us to verify swim licenses with the Bainbridge Aquatic center directly, so you don't need to provide documentation unless you need alternate arrangements.
Parent volunteer requirement
Parents are expected to volunteer for at least one day to support the instructors or coordinators. Sailing and boating skill is not a requirement, but it would be very helpful to know what level of skill you have on the water. This is a fun way to see what the program is all about first hand, and to enjoy some time on the water or at the clubhouse. Seeing children out on the water and learning something new that they can appreciate throughout life is a simple pleasure worth experiencing. We hope you are able to join us this season.
If you have questions, please email our program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following forms will need to be completed and on file prior to participation (except the boat rental form which is only required for those renting PMYC provided boats)
PMYC Sailing School Waiver.pdf
PMYC Sailing School medical release and code of conduct agreement.pdf
For boat rentalers only:
PMYC sailboat usage agreement.pdf