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420 Development/420 Race Team
For ages: 13 - 18
In 2021, 420 Development and 420 Race will be taught as a joint afternoon Race Program at the Jetties Sailing Center. Sailors, who are placed in either level by the Program Directors are invited to participate. Our afternoon 420 race program/team is designed to cover more technical concepts in the double-handed dinghy including upwind, downwind and reaching tactical strategies; proficient roll tacking...
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In 2021, 420 Development and 420 Race will be taught as a joint afternoon Race Program at the Jetties Sailing Center. Sailors, who are placed in either level by the Program Directors are invited to participate. Our afternoon 420 race program/team is designed to cover more technical concepts in the double-handed dinghy including upwind, downwind and reaching tactical strategies; proficient roll tacking and gybing; proficient spinnaker and trapeze work; advanced boat handling; acceleration techniques; and an introduction to team racing. Previous sailing instruction at NCS is a prerequisite unless by permission of the Program Director. The afternoon race program is considered a team and class is conducted in a way that emphasizes team participation and coherence, and all team-members are encouraged to participate on the team for as many weeks as possible, with a minimum required commitment of two weeks. The afternoon 420 Race Program will meet Monday - Friday afternoons from 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM. On Wednesday afternoons, students will compete in the All-island Race Day alongside 420 Racers from the Nantucket Yacht Club and Great Harbor Yacht Club. Other on-island events include team races and Nantucket Race Week in August, which the 420 Race program team members are encouraged to participate in. While our afternoon 420 Race Team is generally a travel team, competing in a number of off-island regattas around southern Massachusetts, in 2021, we are not anticipating the opportunity for off-island travel.

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All-Island Opti Race Team
For ages: 9 - 15
The All-Island Opti Race Team is the most advanced program for young Optimist sailors on-island. In 2014, Nantucket Yacht Club, Nantucket Community Sailing and Great Harbor Yacht Club joined their Opti Race teams to offer the All-Island Opti Race Team. The mission is to enhance the experience and skill level of Nantucket Opti racers by improving opportunity for high-level instruction, training and...
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The All-Island Opti Race Team is the most advanced program for young Optimist sailors on-island. In 2014, Nantucket Yacht Club, Nantucket Community Sailing and Great Harbor Yacht Club joined their Opti Race teams to offer the All-Island Opti Race Team. The mission is to enhance the experience and skill level of Nantucket Opti racers by improving opportunity for high-level instruction, training and competition. Admittance to the program will be based upon skill level, commitment, maturity and desire to improve and will be by invitation only (by the student's home program director). Team members must commit to a minimum of 2 weeks of participation. The Racing Program focuses on the more advanced aspects of racing, such as performance boat handling, acceleration, upwind strategies, mark-rounding, downwind and reaching tactics, advanced tacking and gybing techniques, tactical finishes, sailing rules, etc. Students in the class are considered members of a team. Once on the team, sailors are strongly encouraged to continue in the Opti until they "age out' or "weigh out,' meaning they either turn 16 or weigh over 125 pounds. Practices will run from 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Monday-Friday, and will be held at the Jetties Sailing Center. Full day practices may be scheduled. On Thursday (TBD) afternoons, students will compete in the All-island Race Day. Other on-island events include team races and Nantucket Race Week in August, which the Opti Race program team members are encouraged to participate in. While our afternoon Opti Race Team is generally a travel team, competing in a number of off-island regattas around southern Massachusetts, in 2021, we are not anticipating the opportunity for off-island travel.

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Guppies
For ages: 4 - 5
The Guppies Program is intended for young sailors interested in gaining confidence and comfort on and around the water; and a basic introduction to the sport of sailing. The Guppies program includes a mix of basic learning activities and games with a focus on building confidence, safety and fun. Activities include rigging, steering and sailing a pram, harbor tours, sailing in a larger boat, water-based...
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The Guppies Program is intended for young sailors interested in gaining confidence and comfort on and around the water; and a basic introduction to the sport of sailing. The Guppies program includes a mix of basic learning activities and games with a focus on building confidence, safety and fun. Activities include rigging, steering and sailing a pram, harbor tours, sailing in a larger boat, water-based scavenger hunts, basic craft projects, and other sailing and marine related games and activities.

The program will run Monday through Friday mornings from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the Polpis Harbor location.

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Opti Blue
For ages: 9 - 12
When the lead Opti Green instructor feels a student has sufficiently achieved the goals of the Opti Green class, the student is invited to participate in our more advanced Optimist Blue class. Opti Blue allows students the opportunity for truly single-handed sailing, and will focus on more advanced sailing and racing techniques (such as starting and stopping, landings, capsizing, upwind strategies,...
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When the lead Opti Green instructor feels a student has sufficiently achieved the goals of the Opti Green class, the student is invited to participate in our more advanced Optimist Blue class. Opti Blue allows students the opportunity for truly single-handed sailing, and will focus on more advanced sailing and racing techniques (such as starting and stopping, landings, capsizing, upwind strategies, tacking and gybing, etc.) Self-sufficiency will be promoted in the Opti Blue class although instruction will remain a key component. The next step for an Opti Blue sailor is our All-Island Opti Race program, or alternatively, if the student is 12 years old our Teen Green program. Opti Blue students, who have significant experience, are invited to participate in the Nantucket Race Week Opti event in August.
The Opti Blue class is held at the Jetties Sailing Center Monday - Friday mornings from 9 AM - 11:30 AM.

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Opti Green
For ages: 8 - 12
Students who have progressed through our Whalers class, are invited into our Opti Green class. This class, taught in SailCubes (plastic Optimist sailboats), gives students the opportunity to try sailing either alone or with the company of one other student, but without an instructor. Opti Green is also open to students who are brand new to sailing. These students may start in a Rhodes 19 or RS Quest...
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Students who have progressed through our Whalers class, are invited into our Opti Green class. This class, taught in SailCubes (plastic Optimist sailboats), gives students the opportunity to try sailing either alone or with the company of one other student, but without an instructor.

Opti Green is also open to students who are brand new to sailing. These students may start in a Rhodes 19 or RS Quest with an instructor and other sailors to learn the basics of sailing and build confidence before being placed in the Optimist. The class will often be split into two or more groups that cater to individual students' skill level and progression. The ultimate goal of the Opti Green is for sailors to sail an "Opti" or SailCube single-handedly. Focus is on expanding the concepts of the Whalers Class, introducing the basic concepts of racing and building confidence through both games and basic drills.

The Opti Green Class will be held at Polpis Harbor, Monday - Friday mornings from 9:30 AM - 12PM and Monday - Friday afternoons from 1:30PM - 4PM.

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Teen Green/420 Blue
For ages: 12 - 18
In 2021, Teen Green and 420 Blue will be taught as a joint class at the Jetties Sailing Center. Sailors, who are placed in either level by the Program Directors are invited to participate. At just under 14' in length, 420s are often sailed in collegiate programs and allow the student the opportunity to sail with one other student in a more sensitive and technical racing dinghy. Students will be evaluated...
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In 2021, Teen Green and 420 Blue will be taught as a joint class at the Jetties Sailing Center. Sailors, who are placed in either level by the Program Directors are invited to participate. At just under 14' in length, 420s are often sailed in collegiate programs and allow the student the opportunity to sail with one other student in a more sensitive and technical racing dinghy. Students will be evaluated upon entering each session and, while the class will be taught as a single group at times, it will also often be divided according to skill level. Our newer 'Teen Green' level sailors will be introduced to the 420 and work on securing the basic skills involved in double-handed sailing. Our intermediate '420 Blue' level sailors will be introduced to the basics of flying a spinnaker, using a trapeze and roll tacking, among other skills. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating. The 420 Blue class is held at the Jetties Sailing Center Monday - Friday mornings from 9:30 AM - 12 PM.

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Volunteer Instructor-In-Training Program
For ages: 14 - 17
Intended for our 14 - 17 year old sailors who have participated in a minimum of 420 Blue, 420 Development Team or 420 Race Team, the Instructor-in-Training Program provides sailors with the opportunity to try out instructing at our Polpis Harbor sailing site, under direct supervision and mentorship from our full-time instructors, as well as receive training in how to succeed at sailing instruction. Sailors...
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Intended for our 14 - 17 year old sailors who have participated in a minimum of 420 Blue, 420 Development Team or 420 Race Team, the Instructor-in-Training Program provides sailors with the opportunity to try out instructing at our Polpis Harbor sailing site, under direct supervision and mentorship from our full-time instructors, as well as receive training in how to succeed at sailing instruction.

Sailors must apply into the program, and must be accepted by the Program Director. Upon being accepted, volunteers will work with the Program Director to set up a volunteer schedule. In exchange for volunteer hours, volunteers will receive volunteer t-shirts; receive a formal letter from NCS at the end of the summer detailing their time commitment to be used for high school requirements; and be invited to 2-3 training sessions throughout the summer. Training sessions are intended to help prepare volunteers to take the US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instructor course. This course is required for all NCS Instructors, and students must be 16 years old to take the course. Summer training sessions will mimic anticipated course work and include sessions on: safe power-boating, chalk-talk delivery/presentation skills; and basic sailing theory.

Volunteers are required to:

  • Commit to a regular weekly schedule, which includes 2 days at the site each week.
  • Commit to a minimum of 40 volunteer hours.
  • Be 14 years old at the start of their volunteer work.
  • Be First Aid and CPR certified by the Red Cross or American Heart Association, by the start of volunteering

Volunteers completing the Instructor in Training course and becoming Level 1 certified (once they turn 16), are encouraged to apply to NCS for full employment. However, neither of these guarantees an individual a position at NCS.

To apply to the Instructor-in-Training program, students should complete the NCS Employment Application and select "Volunteer Instructor-in-Training" program at the top. Questions can be directed to emily@nantucketsailing.org. Space limited to 6 volunteers.

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Whalers
For ages: 6 - 8
Students who are brand new to sailing or have little prior sailing experience, are placed in our Whalers class. This class, taught in primarily RS Quests, allows students to learn the basics of sailing. Students will first learn to sail alongside 2-3 peers and an instructor. This "bigger" boat experience will provide a comfortable environment for basic skill acquisition. After mastering the basic sailing...
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Students who are brand new to sailing or have little prior sailing experience, are placed in our Whalers class. This class, taught in primarily RS Quests, allows students to learn the basics of sailing. Students will first learn to sail alongside 2-3 peers and an instructor. This "bigger" boat experience will provide a comfortable environment for basic skill acquisition. After mastering the basic sailing skills, boat parts, points of sail, water safety, seamanship and sportsmanship, students will progress into sailing more independently with their peers and being coached by an instructor in a motorboat alongside. An emphasis will be placed on learning, safety and fun! When the student's individual instructor, as well as the lead instructor of the Whalers class, feels that the student understands the rudiments of sailing and can handle a tiller and main sail on their own, the student is invited to move into the Opti Green class.

The Whalers Class will be held at Polpis Harbor, Monday - Friday mornings from 9:15 AM -11:45 PM and Monday - Friday afternoons from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

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Women's Sailing Clinic
For ages: 18+
The Women's Sailing Clinic is designed to specifically give adult women, of all ages and skill levels, the opportunity to learn to sail, or to refine previous sailing skills, at the Jetties Sailing Center. Focus is placed on teaching and reviewing the fundamentals, as well as introducing students to the basics of racing. Key goals of the class include building confidence and ensuring that students...
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The Women's Sailing Clinic is designed to specifically give adult women, of all ages and skill levels, the opportunity to learn to sail, or to refine previous sailing skills, at the Jetties Sailing Center. Focus is placed on teaching and reviewing the fundamentals, as well as introducing students to the basics of racing. Key goals of the class include building confidence and ensuring that students are comfortable on the water. Classes are taught primarily in Rhodes 19s or Marshall 15s with an instructor and 2-3 students on board. In the case of inclement weather there will be a "chalk-talk" and on-land instruction will still take place.

Women's clinic is offered on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm (Please note that this day of the week, and time, is subject to change in 2021). This clinic will offer both beginner and intermediate/beginner racing instruction. At times, the group will be split into two groups both off the water and on. Lesson plans and water drills will be oriented towards introductory sailing and racing concepts - although will always be tailored to the abilities of the students.

Members of the Jetties Sailing Center (and the Westmoor Club) are eligible to receive a 25% discount off the cost of the clinic. If you are not yet a member, you may join as an NCS Jetties Sailing Center member within the registration, otherwise the fee for women's clinic is $65 per clinic. Should you need to cancel your enrollment for a clinic, you must do so at least 24hrs before the clinic is scheduled to take place. If you do not cancel and do not attend the clinic, you will still be responsible for payment. There are no refunds issued due to inclement weather. We ask that you be sure to include your cell phone information during registration, so that we may contact you in case of inclement weather. Please note: Registration will open on our Jetties Sailing Center booking software, not through our youth program registration software.

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