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Guppies
For ages: 5 - 6
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 program will run for nine one week sessions (beginning June 26th), Monday through Friday mornings from 9:15 am to 11:45 am at the Polpis Harbor location; with the exception of the week of the Coffin Cup which will be a four day...
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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 program will run for nine one week sessions (beginning June 26th), Monday through Friday mornings from 9:15 am to 11:45 am at the Polpis Harbor location; with the exception of the week of the Coffin Cup which will be a four day week.

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. Every Monday of each session there will be a parent and student meeting for the first half hour.  Students are encouraged to bring a snack and a water bottle.  We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating in the Guppies program. Students will be given a very basic swim check, while wearing a life jacket, to assess their comfort level in and around the water. This will not be a swim test and beginner swimmers are invited to participate in the program; life jackets will be provided and worn at all times.

Ages: Guppies students should be 5 and 6 years old. Students must turn 5 before June 1st. If your sailor turns 7 over the summer AND has already taken Guppies, then they should sign up for Whalers. Students under 5 years old will not be permitted to participate.

Please note: The Guppies program is intended as a one week introductory course and we ask that parents limit enrollment of their sailor to no more than 1 session. By designing the curriculum in this manner, we are aiming to accommodate as many young sailors as possible

 

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Whalers
For ages: 7 - 12
Students who are brand new to sailing or have little prior sailing experience, are placed in our Whalers class. This class, taught in a variety of boats including the brand new RS Quests, SailCubes, and occasionally a Rhodes 19, allows students to learn the basics of sailing. Restructured for the 2016 sailing season, this class now affords students the opportunity to learn to sail in several types...
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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 a variety of boats including the brand new RS Quests, SailCubes, and occasionally a Rhodes 19, allows students to learn the basics of sailing. Restructured for the 2016 sailing season, this class now affords students the opportunity to learn to sail in several types of boats - and move between fleets - with the goal being to better prepare students for our Opti Green program and future sailing.

Starting off in the RS Quest, students will first learn to sail alongside ~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 SailCubes. In SailCubes, students will sail one or two to a boat, and will be coached by an instructor in a coach boat alongside. An emphasis will be placed on learning, safety and fun - in both fleets.

Students in the Whalers class have the benefit of close peer and instructor interaction in safe, stable boats. On the first day of each new session, students will have a basic swim check. While life jackets are provided and required when on the water, each NCS student should be comfortable in and around the water and have basic swimming skills. 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 is held at Polpis Harbor Monday - Friday mornings from 9:15 am -11:45 am and Monday - Friday afternoons from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. There will be no programs on the day of the Coffin Cup. You must register for the Coffin Cup separately. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating in the Whalers program.

Please note: NCS recommends four weeks of Whalers programming for students to excel through the curricula.

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Mariners
For ages: 9 - 12
Intended for our slightly older students who are brand new to sailing, or have minimal experience. Mariners will differ from our traditional beginner Whalers sailing class, in that each student will sail alone (or in a pair) in a Pram or SailCube. Instruction will be on self-rescue and water safety, and on building students' confidence by way of traditional lesson plans. The same basic skills taught...
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Intended for our slightly older students who are brand new to sailing, or have minimal experience. Mariners will differ from our traditional beginner Whalers sailing class, in that each student will sail alone (or in a pair) in a Pram or SailCube. Instruction will be on self-rescue and water safety, and on building students' confidence by way of traditional lesson plans. The same basic skills taught in our beginner Whalers Class will be taught in this class, although students will be expected to be slightly more independent, self-reliant, and have a stronger ability to follow direction and instruction. On the first day of each new session, students will participate in a basic swim check. While life jackets are provided and required when on the water, each NCS student should be comfortable in and around the water and have basic swimming skills. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating.

The Mariners class is held at Polpis Harbor Monday-Friday afternoons from 1-3:30pm; with the exception of the week of the Coffin Cup, which will be a four day week. You will need to register for the Coffin Cup separately.


FAQ: When is a sailor "too big" for an Opti or Pram?

NCS Opti coaches recommend that a sailor who is over 115 lbs. and/or 5'2" sail in either Whalers class, if under 12 years of age, or Teen Green, if 12 years of age of older. Private lessons may also be taken. If a sailor is over this size, but under 12 years of age, please email the Program Director, Emily Taylor emily@nantucketsailing.org - we're happy to find the right fit for your student.

Please note: The Mariners program is intended as a one or two week introductory class and we ask that parents limit enrollment of their sailor to no more than 2 sessions. The course curriculum is designed across two weeks, and not intended for sailors participating for nine weeks. Additionally, by designing the curriculum in this manner, we're able to accommodate as many sailors as possible.

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Opti Green
For ages: 8 - 12
Students who have progressed through our Whalers class, or who have a skill and interest level sufficient for single-handed sailing, are placed in our Opti Green class. This class, taught in Optimists ("Optis") and SailCubes, gives students the opportunity to try sailing either alone or with the company of one other student, but without an instructor. The small sail plan of these boats, coupled with...
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Students who have progressed through our Whalers class, or who have a skill and interest level sufficient for single-handed sailing, are placed in our Opti Green class. This class, taught in Optimists ("Optis") and SailCubes, gives students the opportunity to try sailing either alone or with the company of one other student, but without an instructor.

The small sail plan of these boats, coupled with their durability, allow students a basic environment in which to learn how to sail alone. 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. On the first day of each new session, students will have a basic swim check. While life jackets are provided and required when on the water, each NCS student should be comfortable in and around the water and have basic swimming skills. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating.

Opti Green sessions are held at Polpis Harbor Monday - Friday mornings from 9:15 am - 11:45 am. During some weeks of the summer, we also offer a smaller, afternoon Opti Green session from 1pm - 3:30pm.

FAQ: When is a sailor "too big" for an Opti or Pram?

NCS Opti coaches recommend that a sailor who is over 115 lbs. and/or 5'2" sail in either Whalers class, if under 12 years of age, or Teen Green, if 12 years of age of older. Private lessons may also be taken. If a sailor is over this size, but under 12 years of age, please email the Program Director, Emily Taylor emily@nantucketsailing.org - we're happy to find the right fit for your student.

Please note: NCS recommends four weeks of Opti Green programming for students to excel through the curricula.

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Opti Blue
For ages: 8 - 12
When the lead Opti Green instructor feels that 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. The Opti Blue class 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...
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When the lead Opti Green instructor feels that 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. The Opti Blue class 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 gibing, etc.) Self-sufficiency will be promoted in the Opti Blue class, although instruction will remain a key component.

If the lead Opti instructor feels that the student has successfully achieved the goals of the Green and Blue classes, he/she will be invited to participate in our Opti Race Program. If the student is not interested in participating in the racing program, they are invited to remain in the Optimist Blue class until the age of 12 years. Upon turning 13 years old, students are invited to participate in the Teen Green class, located at Jetties Beach.

The Opti Blue classes are held in Polpis Harbor Mon, Tues, Wed, & Friday afternoons from 1 pm - 3:30 pm.  On Thursdays, Opti Blue students will participate in the All-Island Race Day in Nantucket's Main Harbor.

Please note that on Thursdays class will be at Children's Beach Public Boat Ramp on Harbor View Way, 1pm - Drop-off and 4pm - Pick-up).

There will be no classes on the day of the Coffin Cup. You must register for the Coffin Cup separately. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating. On the first day of each new session, students will have a basic swim check. While life jackets are provided and required when on the water, each NCS student should be comfortable in and around the water and have basic swimming skills.

Important - Jobson Cup: July 25th, 2018 the Great Harbor Yacht Club will host the annual Jobson Cup Beginner Opti and 420 Regatta. All sailors from the NCS 420 and Opti Blue classes (from the whole summer) will be invited to participate.

FAQ: When is a sailor "too big" for an Opti or Pram?

NCS Opti coaches recommend that a sailor who is over 115 lbs. and/or 5'2" sail in either Whalers class, if under 12 years of age, or Teen Green, if 12 years of age of older. Private lessons may also be taken. If a sailor is over this size, but under 12 years of age, please email the Program Director, Emily Taylor emily@nantucketsailing.org - we're happy to find the right fit for your student.


Please note: NCS recommends four weeks of Opti Blue programming for students to excel through the curricula.

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All-Island Opti Race Team
For ages: 7 - 15
The Opti Race Program 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....
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The Opti Race Program 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, with 6-9 weeks encouraged and preferred. Practices will run from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Monday-Friday.

Price Change - The increased price reflects a $35 pinnie that each team member will be given. This will be worn while competing off-island.

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 gibing 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.

When sailors attend off-island regattas, All-Island coaches will pay for all meals, housing and transportation up front. Sailors' individual accounts will then be billed for all regatta fees for the individual student and a share for the travel coach - once all expenses have been reconciled. The team makes every effort to stay with host families at the local yacht clubs we visit; and sailors are guided to stay within certain cost limits for dinners. Lunches and breakfasts are almost always provided by the host club. Other expenses billed for include: costs for moving off-island opti trailers, fuel for vehicles and coach boats, and ferry tickets. Ferry tickets are purchased at a team travel rate. Occasional expenses beyond this may include hotel rooms when home-stays are not available and rental cars when a large number of sailors are traveling.

FAQ: When is a sailor "too big" for an Opti?

NCS Opti coaches recommend that a sailor who is over 115 lbs. and/or 5'2" sail in either Whalers Class, if under 12 years of age, or Teen Green, if 12 years of age or older. Private lessons may also be taken.

Decommissioning - Participants are expected to help decommission the Opti Docks after Race Week. Mark your calendars!

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Youth & Parent Private Lessons
For ages: 7 - 12
Youth and Parent private lessons are offered in a Rhodes 19 or an equivalent boat at Polpis Harbor. Private lesson slots can be booked by either adults (up to 2 adults/caregivers) or youth (up to 3 students, ages 7-12). Only a single lesson will be offered in any single time slot. In other words, we have one boat and one instructor. Parents/caregivers can book the slot for themselves or book it for...
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Youth and Parent private lessons are offered in a Rhodes 19 or an equivalent boat at Polpis Harbor. Private lesson slots can be booked by either adults (up to 2 adults/caregivers) or youth (up to 3 students, ages 7-12). Only a single lesson will be offered in any single time slot. In other words, we have one boat and one instructor. Parents/caregivers can book the slot for themselves or book it for their kids.

Private Lesson Time Slots:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

 

Tuesday & Thursday

  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 

We prefer that any adults, who are interested in lessons, have a student participating with us at Polpis Harbor, as these lessons are limited by the size of Polpis Harbor and the length of time. Adults looking for a more thorough lesson should book our 2-hour adult sailing lessons at the Jetties Sailing Center. These lessons are not intended for a child with a parent. Our Jetties Sailing Center also offers lessons for students ages 13+.

We mandate that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating in a private lesson. While life jackets are provided and required when on the water, each NCS student should be comfortable in and around the water and have basic swimming skills.

Private lessons will also be available during Nantucket Race Week, August 14th - 18th. Lessons will take place Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30pm - 3:00 pm. Private lessons will be offered at the Jetties Sailing Center after August 18th. Contact the Jetties Sailing Center to schedule your session.

Please note: NCS does not teach guests or anyone without a medical form. If you have a special circumstance, please call the NCS Office to discuss it in advance of your lesson.

Additional: Private lessons are taught in Optis at our Children's Beach location. Students must have experience in an Opti to book an Opti Private Lesson, or the permission of the NCS Program Director.

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Coffin Cup Regatta
For ages: 7 - 15
The Coffin Cup Regatta will take place on July 20, 2017. Open to any participant of Polpis Harbor youth program sessions, the "Coffin Cup" is a mini regatta held annually in memory of Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin who founded the very first teaching/training vessel, Clio, for nautical studies in the United States.  The regatta consists of a full-morning of short races with an emphasis on sportsmanship...
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The Coffin Cup Regatta will take place on July 20, 2017.

Open to any participant of Polpis Harbor youth program sessions, the "Coffin Cup" is a mini regatta held annually in memory of Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin who founded the very first teaching/training vessel, Clio, for nautical studies in the United States.  The regatta consists of a full-morning of short races with an emphasis on sportsmanship and having fun.  Participation is open to any student within the Whalers or Opti programs during the 2017 season, and students will compete in the boat they are currently learning in.

Parents, guardians, siblings, friends and Guppies are encouraged to attend the regatta to watch.  Spectator boats are almost always available on a first come, first serve basis to enable parents and friends to get out on the water where the action is!  As with all our programs, we ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed toe) when participating in the Coffin Cup Regatta.

Registration: To register please click here - there is a fee is $20 per sailor. Coffin Cup registration will open about two weeks before. Let us know if/how many spectators you will have joining and if you will be able to provide a healthy snack for the sailors award ceremony.

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Junior Big Boat Sailing
For ages: 8 - 12
For students, ages 8 to 12 years, interested in experiencing sailing on a larger boat, the Youth Introduction to Keelboat Sailing class offers sailors the opportunity to cruise with a group of other students on our J/105, a 34.5' keelboat. Students will participate in steering and trimming sails, and be introduced to the most basic concepts of sailing on a larger boat. While this cruising class is...
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For students, ages 8 to 12 years, interested in experiencing sailing on a larger boat, the Youth Introduction to Keelboat Sailing class offers sailors the opportunity to cruise with a group of other students on our J/105, a 34.5' keelboat. Students will participate in steering and trimming sails, and be introduced to the most basic concepts of sailing on a larger boat. While this cruising class is technically operated out of our Jetties Sailing Center, the sailors will meet at the Children's Beach Ramp on Harbor View Way. Once dropped off, students will meet an NCS instructor and gather together at the Children's Beach location and will then be taken by skiff to one of the NCS Keelboats. 

In order to ensure the safety of our students and to limit injuries on our J/105s, all students are required to wear closed-toe shoes when on the boat. J/105s have several cleats, lines, and uneven surfaces that can be sharp and dangerous for a barefoot student, or a student wearing shoes with open toes. A student who arrives at class, or for a lesson, and who is not wearing proper footwear, will not be allowed to participate in class that day. Examples of closed-toe shoes: old sneakers, water shoes (aqua socks), Crocs, Keens. While life jackets are provided and required when on the water, each NCS student should be comfortable in and around the water and have the basic swimming skills.

While sunblock is highly recommended, we ask that no "spray sunblock" is used as the chemicals react to the finish on the boats. This program operates Monday-Friday mornings from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm for nine one-week sessions.

Important: Students who are tardy for the start of class may miss the skiffs departure and therefore will miss that day of class.

Please note: The Junior Big Boat program is intended as a 1-2 week curriculum. By designing the curriculum in this manner, we are aiming to accommodate as many sailors as possible.

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Water Sports
For ages: 9 - 12
Water sports offers an alternative to sailing lessons at the Jetties Sailing Center and is intended for students, ages 9 to 12 years, who are interested in challenging themselves with a variety of water-based activities. These include sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, beach games and adventures, and working with marine educators to learn about local marine life. Paddleboarding and kayaking...
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Water sports offers an alternative to sailing lessons at the Jetties Sailing Center and is intended for students, ages 9 to 12 years, who are interested in challenging themselves with a variety of water-based activities. These include sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, beach games and adventures, and working with marine educators to learn about local marine life.

Paddleboarding and kayaking activities specifically include distance paddles to Brant Point, slalom courses, capture the flag (and other creative games!) on paddleboards/kayaks and paddleboard yoga. Sailing activities include "taste-testing" the NCS fleet, including the kid-friendly Hobie Getaway - the only catamaran at NCS. Once a week the class will also work with a marine educator from the Maria Mitchell Association to perform a "beach comb" using seine nets and touch tanks to learn more about Nantucket's coastline and shore life.

Students are encouraged to bring a snack and water bottle in addition to normal beach, swimming and sailing gear. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes when participating in Water Sports. While life jackets are provided and required when on the water, each NCS student should be comfortable in and around the water and have the basic swimming skills.

Water Sports meets Monday - Thursday from 9:30am - 12:00pm and Fridays 12:30pm - 3pm for nine one-week sessions.

On Fridays, we ask that sailors pack a lunch for our picnic sail in Rhodes 19s to Coatue or out on our J105!

Water Sports class is also offered in single-day enrollments. For $77/day, this is the only NCS class that offers students the opportunity to join us for a single, or multiple, days without committing to the whole week.

 

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Family Cruise to Coatue
For ages: 5 - 100
Family Cruise to Coatue This year's Family Cruise to Coatue will take place on Friday, July 27th and Friday, August 3rd from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Participants will meet NCS instructors at our Jetties Sailing Center.  We will then sail as a group in Rhodes 19s, Marshall Cat 15s, etc., with the help of an instructor in each boat, over to Second Point (distance will depend on tide and weather). Once anchored...
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Family Cruise to Coatue

This year's Family Cruise to Coatue will take place on Friday, July 27th and Friday, August 3rd from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Participants will meet NCS instructors at our Jetties Sailing Center.  We will then sail as a group in Rhodes 19s, Marshall Cat 15s, etc., with the help of an instructor in each boat, over to Second Point (distance will depend on tide and weather). Once anchored off Coatue, families and instructors can enjoy a picnic dinner, play games and relax before sailing back to the Jetties Sailing Center. This event is intended to gather NCS students and their parents (or NCS students and their children!) in one setting, to enjoy an evening sail together. 

Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Families must register each participant individually and each participant must be over the age of 15 years, or otherwise must have a parent or guardian attend the event with them. Each participant is responsible for their own food and beverage.   Important: The maximum number of people per boat is 4 students 1 instructor, so larger families will have to split up.

Please note: This event will also be open to any friends of NCS, who have their own craft. They may sail to meet us at Coatue, and enjoy their picnics with us. Each participant is responsible for their own food and beverage.

Reminder - no glass or alcohol is permitted in NCS boats!

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Teen Green
For ages: 13 - 18
For sailors who have completed youth classes at the Polpis Harbor site and who may need more experience prior to jumping into the 420 class, or for sailors who are new to sailing and are between the ages of 13 and 18 years old, our Teen Green class, held at the Jetties Sailing Center, provides an additional setting for sailing education for teens. The Teen Green Class at the Jetties Sailing Center...
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For sailors who have completed youth classes at the Polpis Harbor site and who may need more experience prior to jumping into the 420 class, or for sailors who are new to sailing and are between the ages of 13 and 18 years old, our Teen Green class, held at the Jetties Sailing Center, provides an additional setting for sailing education for teens. The Teen Green Class at the Jetties Sailing Center is designed to introduce our teenage students to more technical boats, such as Rhodes 19s and 420s and from time to time, classes will use laser, sunfish, Hobie, and Marshall Cat 15 sailboats.

Students will learn two ways: At the start of a session, they will sail in Rhodes 19s with the help of an instructor and 2-3 peers on board; as the session progresses they will sail in Rhodes 19s or 420s independently with another peer, while coached from a skiff. Focus will be on teamwork, basic sailing techniques, and boat handling in a variety of conditions. The Teen Green class is also a sufficient precursor to the Teen Big Boat Sailing program (formerly Keelboat Blue) program, although it is not a prerequisite. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes when participating in the Teen Green Program.

Please note: Nantucket Community Sailing's instructors and coaches recommend that Teen Green and 420 Blue sailors sign up for as many continuous sessions as possible (4+ weeks) throughout the summer. For sailors in a beginner or intermediate class, more "tiller time" throughout the summer, will help sailors to become proficient more quickly-- providing them with the opportunity to join the 420 Racing team.

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420 Blue
For ages: 13 - 18
Upon completion of the Teen Green class, or according to skill level, students' ages 13-18 years are invited to participate in our more advanced 420 Blue class. 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. 420 Blue is designed to introduce sailors to the...
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Upon completion of the Teen Green class, or according to skill level, students' ages 13-18 years are invited to participate in our more advanced 420 Blue class. 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. 420 Blue is designed to introduce sailors to the basics of flying a spinnaker, using a trapeze and roll tacking, among other skills. Focus is placed on continuing to build upon those skills acquired in the Teen Green program, with greater weight placed on racing techniques and boat speed. 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 - 12:00 pm.

Important - Jobson Cup: This year, date July 25th, Great Harbor Yacht Club will host the annual Jobson Cup Beginner Opti and 420 Regatta. All sailors from the NCS 420 and Opti Blue classes (from the whole summer) will be invited to participate.

Additionally, all sailors from the NCS 420 and Opti Blue classes (from any session during the summer) are invited to participate in the Nantucket Race Week Youth 420 and Opti Regattas. Sailors must reserve boats with the NCS Program Director ahead of registering on the Nantucket Race Week website.


Please Note: Nantucket Community Sailing's instructors and coaches recommend that Teen Green and 420 Blue sailors sign up for as many continuous sessions as possible (4+ weeks) throughout the summer. For sailors in a beginner or intermediate class, more "tiller time" throughout the summer, will help sailors to become proficient more quickly-- providing them with the opportunity to join the 420 Development Team or 420 Race Team.

Additional: For those Teen Green and 420 Blue sailors looking to sail with us all day, or to try sailing in a new boat, NCS instructors and coaches recommend that they sail Teen Green or 420 Blue in the mornings (per their placement) and Teen Big Boat Sailing in the afternoons. The Teen Big Boat Sailing program will give teens an opportunity unlike any other in the area: to race as a crew (with their peers) on a 35' keel boat throughout Nantucket Sound. The introductory skills acquired in the morning classes will provide a strong base for skills needed in the afternoon class. Please see the Teen Big Boat Sailing class description.

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420 Development Team
For ages: 13 - 18
The 420 Development Team was created to offer a bridge between our 420 Blue Program and the 420 Race Team. Upon completion of the 420 Blue program or according to skill level, students will be invited to participate on our 420 Development Team. This is not a travel team. The goal of this team is to offer a place for students to continue to fine-tune skills learned in 420 Blue, while practicing either...
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The 420 Development Team was created to offer a bridge between our 420 Blue Program and the 420 Race Team.

Upon completion of the 420 Blue program or according to skill level, students will be invited to participate on our 420 Development Team. This is not a travel team. The goal of this team is to offer a place for students to continue to fine-tune skills learned in 420 Blue, while practicing either as an unique group, or alongside the 420 Race Team, but with tailored coaching. Students will be evaluated on a regular basis and will be invited to join the 420 Race Team, which does travel to off-island regattas, as soon as they are of a proficient skill and maturity level.We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating in the 420 Development Program.

On Wednesday afternoons, students will compete in the All-island Race Day alongside 420 development and race team members from the Nantucket Yacht Club and Great Harbor Yacht Club at a mutual on-island sailing location. Other on-island events include team races and Nantucket Race Week in August, which the 420 Development and Race Teams are expected to participate in. Finally, the 420 Development Race Team will be encouraged to attend a culminating off-island event. This is a great opportunity for our sailors to dip their toes in off-island sailing at the end of the summer. In 2017, the team attended the "green" 420 Regatta at Duxbury Bay Maritime School August 12-13, 2017. This event is not mandatory, but is encouraged! Sailors must be registered in the session containing or just prior to these dates. Please see the 420 Race Team program details about off-island expenses and billing.

The 420 Development Team will meet Monday - Friday afternoons from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. On occasion, the Head Coach may cancel practice due to weather or move the class inside for extended chalk-talks.

Mark your calendars: Sailors will also be asked to help with 420 Race Boat Decommissioning (boat breakdown) the week following Nantucket Race Week.

Please note: A minimum of a 4-week commitment to this team is recommended and encouraged.

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420 Race Team
For ages: 13 - 18
After spending time in working with our 420 Development Team, sailors will be invited by 420 Race Team coaches to join the 420 Race Team. Concepts covered in the 420 Racing program include upwind, downwind and reaching tactical strategies; proficient roll tacking and gibing; proficient spinnaker and trapeze work; advanced boat handling; acceleration techniques; and an introduction to team racing. Previous...
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After spending time in working with our 420 Development Team, sailors will be invited by 420 Race Team coaches to join the 420 Race Team. Concepts covered in the 420 Racing program include upwind, downwind and reaching tactical strategies; proficient roll tacking and gibing; proficient spinnaker and trapeze work; advanced boat handling; acceleration techniques; and an introduction to team racing. Previous sailing instruction at NCS is a prerequisite and members of the 420 Development Team are considered members of the 420 Racing Team. The 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 420 Race Class will meet Monday - Friday afternoons from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. On occasion, the Head 420 Race Coach may cancel practice due to weather or move the class inside for extended chalk-talks. 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 Team is expected to participate in.

Students are both invited and expected to travel with the team to compete in a number of on and off-island regattas, which will be scheduled by the 420 Racing coach. We ask that students attend 3 off-island regattas each season (as their registration schedule permits; if you are registered for a session where an off-island regatta is offered, we ask that your student attend.) We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating in the 420 Race Program. Finally, we recommend 6 consecutive weeks of participation on this team during the summer months.

Travel expenses for off-island events will be the participants' responsibility, although group rates for ferries, etc. are available. All travel arrangements will be made by the coach, who will travel with the team.

When sailors attend off-island regattas, All-Island coaches will pay for all meals, housing and transportation up front. Sailors' individual accounts will then be billed for all regatta fees for the individual student and a share for the travel coach - once all expenses have been reconciled. The team makes every effort to stay with host families at the local yacht clubs we visit; and sailors are guided to stay within certain cost limits for dinners. Lunches and breakfasts are almost always provided by the host club. Other expenses billed for include: costs for moving off-island opti trailers, fuel for vehicles and coach boats, and ferry tickets. Ferry tickets are purchased at a team travel rate. Occasional expenses beyond this may include hotel rooms when home-stays are not available and rental cars when a large number of sailors are traveling.

PRICE CHANGE - Please note that the increased price for this program reflects a $35 pinnie that each team member will be given. This will be worn while competing off-island.

Mark your calendars: Sailors will also be asked to help with 420 Race Boat Decommissioning (boat breakdown) the week following Nantucket Race Week.

 

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Teen Big Boat Sailing
For ages: 13 - 18
In the Teen Big Boat Sailing class students ages 13 -18 years will have the opportunity to learn the techniques needed to be part of a crew on a larger sailboat. It is preferred sailors have some sailing experience prior to class but not required. Sailors must be active participants in the class. The same basic skills that are taught on a small sailboat will be tailored toward a larger, faster hull....
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In the Teen Big Boat Sailing class students ages 13 -18 years will have the opportunity to learn the techniques needed to be part of a crew on a larger sailboat. It is preferred sailors have some sailing experience prior to class but not required. Sailors must be active participants in the class. The same basic skills that are taught on a small sailboat will be tailored toward a larger, faster hull. These include learning how to work a winch, tacking and gibing as a team, learning to drive at a wheel, etc. The goal of this class is to build confidence and experience.

This class operates on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 10:00am - 1:00 pm and on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm-8pm, for eight one-week sessions throughout the summer.

Students, as part of the Teen class, will participate in a weekly PHRF series on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm - 8:00 pm. They will also be invited to participate, per the discretion of the Head Instructor in off-island events.

All Teen Big Boat students will be invited to sail with NCS in the NRW Sail Nantucket Regatta, via an email from the Program Director in early August. Spaces will be limited and students may not be accommodated (please see new Keelboat Race class.) Participating students will be charged a fee per day, which will be billed to the sailor's account following Nantucket Race Week.

The Teen Big Boat Sailing class is operated out of the Children's Beach Ramp on Harbor View Way. Once dropped off, students will meet an NCS instructor and gather together at the Children's Beach location and will then be taken by skiff to one of the NCS Keelboats. Sailors must wear closed toed shoes or they will not be allowed on board. While sunblock is highly recommended, we ask that no "Spray Sunblock" be used as chemicals react with the finish of the boat.

Please note: the Teen Big Boat class is intended as a one or two week course.

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Windsurfing Clinic
For ages: 10 - 15
Windsurfing Clinic at Jetties Sailing Center is for students ages 10-15. Combining aspects of sailing and surfing on a one-person craft called a sailboard; windsurfing is an excellent way to learn or improve sailing skills; and to learn board control, balance, water starts, and planned jibes. Class size is limited to four students per session and students should be at least 75lbs and 4'5". We make...
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Windsurfing Clinic at Jetties Sailing Center is for students ages 10-15. Combining aspects of sailing and surfing on a one-person craft called a sailboard; windsurfing is an excellent way to learn or improve sailing skills; and to learn board control, balance, water starts, and planned jibes. Class size is limited to four students per session and students should be at least 75lbs and 4'5". We make every attempt with wind conditions to get students on the water safely, but if it is too windy to be on the water, students will work on balancing techniques, rigging demonstrations and chalk-talk sessions on-shore. Students may also head out in a reefed sailboat (Reefing improves the performance of sail boats in strong winds, and is the primary safety precaution in rough weather.) to talk about points of sail in a more controlled and stable setting, with the instructor on-board.

We encourage students to bring a snack and water for an 11am break. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes when participating in the Windsurfing Clinic.

The Windsurfing Clinic runs Monday - Friday from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at the Jetties Sailing Center. We recommend two weeks of sign-ups in order for students to gain the most improvement from their class.

Please note: Group windsurfing lessons are available upon request. Please call the JSC directly to book a group lesson for up to 4 students. ($75/hr for the first sailor, $50/hr for additional sailors.

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Adult Big Boat Sailing
For ages: 18+
Three-hour private lessons are offered on one of our J/105 keelboats for adults interested in learning the basics involved with sailing on a larger vessel.  Lesson topics will vary according to the skill level of the sailor(s). Space is limited to 6 sailors per lesson (ages 8 yrs+, provided there is an adult participating in the lesson). Lessons are available Monday- Saturday from 1:30pm - 4:30pm....
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Three-hour private lessons are offered on one of our J/105 keelboats for adults interested in learning the basics involved with sailing on a larger vessel.  Lesson topics will vary according to the skill level of the sailor(s). Space is limited to 6 sailors per lesson (ages 8 yrs+, provided there is an adult participating in the lesson).

Lessons are available Monday- Saturday from 1:30pm - 4:30pm. It is required per NCS policies that each sailor wears closed toes shoes and PFD's, which are provided at the time of the lesson.

Please note: Lessons may be available on Sundays, providing instructor availability. Please call the NCS Main Office at 508-228-6600 to inquire about Sunday lessons.

 

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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 will be offered this year on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, beginning June 26, 2018 and running until August 21, 2018. 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. For our Women's Clinic students who are interested in learning to race (after having mastered the introductory concepts), we encourage them to "take the next step" and advance to "Thursday Rhodes Racing" as they feel comfortable and as they are interested.

The Women's Clinic has limited spaces available. As always, Women's Clinic is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. If a clinic is showing "filled," please put yourself on the wait-list as we often have cancellations throughout the summer.

Members of the Jetties Sailing Center (and the Westmoor Club) are eligible to receive a 25% discount of 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. If you have questions, please contact the NCS Main Office at 508-228-6600.

Important: There will also be a All-Island Women's Sailing evening on one Tuesday evening in July (date TBD), where following clinic, a dinner will be hosted for all female sailors on island at one of the local yacht clubs. Additional information will be sent out to all Women's Clinic registrants in June.

Please note: There is no Women's Clinic during Nantucket Race Week. However there will be the NRW Women's Regatta, in Rhodes 19s the week of Nantucket Race Week. All women who have participated in Women's Clinic are encouraged to take part in the annual race. This event is not included in the NCS Women's Clinic Registration or Membership. More on how to register for this event will be available on the Nantucket Race Week website.  More on how to register for this event will be available on the Nantucket Race Week website.

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Volunteer Instructor-In-Training Program
For ages: 14 - 15
Intended for our 14 and 15 year old sailors who have participated in a minimum of 420 Blue, 420 Development Team, 420 Race Team, or Opti Red, the Instructor-in-Training Program provides sailors with the opportunity to try out instructing at our Polpis or Jetties sailing sites, under direct supervision and mentorship from our full-time instructors, as well as receive training in how to succeed at sailing...
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Intended for our 14 and 15 year old sailors who have participated in a minimum of 420 Blue, 420 Development Team, 420 Race Team, or Opti Red, the Instructor-in-Training Program provides sailors with the opportunity to try out instructing at our Polpis or Jetties sailing sites, 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 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 or 15 years old at the start of their volunteer work.

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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Opti Private Lessons
For ages: 8 - 15
NCS is offering private Opti lessons with our Head Opti Race Coach. This is a great way for an Opti Green, Opti Blue, or Race sailor to improve skills in a one-on-one learning environment! The student must have experience in an Opti. All lessons will meet at Children's Beach Boat Ramp on Harbor View Way, and the student and coach will sail out of our Monomoy Opti dock. Lessons will be offered Monday...
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NCS is offering private Opti lessons with our Head Opti Race Coach. This is a great way for an Opti Green, Opti Blue, or Race sailor to improve skills in a one-on-one learning environment!

The student must have experience in an Opti. All lessons will meet at Children's Beach Boat Ramp on Harbor View Way, and the student and coach will sail out of our Monomoy Opti dock. Lessons will be offered Monday - Friday morning from 9:00am - 12:00pm and cost $300.

 

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Keelboat Race
For ages: 13 - 18
New in 2016, a special one-week program for our more serious J/105 teen racers. Interested students must have completed at least one session of Teen Big Boat Sailing (formerly Keelboat Blue) in the summer of 2017 to be eligible for the class (or Keelboat Red in 2016). Keelboat Red will be held the week of Nantucket Race Week and will include the Sail Nantucket Regatta (on Friday and Saturday, August...
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New in 2016, a special one-week program for our more serious J/105 teen racers. Interested students must have completed at least one session of Teen Big Boat Sailing (formerly Keelboat Blue) in the summer of 2017 to be eligible for the class (or Keelboat Red in 2016).

Keelboat Red will be held the week of Nantucket Race Week and will include the Sail Nantucket Regatta (on Friday and Saturday, August 18th and 19th) and a long-sail day to Martha's Vineyard (for ice cream, we hope! on either Wednesday, August 16th or Thursday, August 17th - conditions dependent). Sailors will build on skills learned in Teen Big Boat Sailing (formerly Keelboat Blue) to prepare for racing in the second half of the week.

At the beginning of the week, an emphasis will be placed on teamwork and on ironing out positions, sail changes and maneuvers. Class times will be: Monday, August 14 from 1-4pm Tuesday, August 15 from 1-4pm, EITHER Wednesday or Thursday, August 16/17 from 7:30am - 7:30pm (Approx.), Friday, August 18 from 8:30am - 4:30pm (Approx. - NRW Sail Nantucket Regatta) and Saturday, August 19 from 8:30am - 4:30pm (Approx. - NRW Sail Nantucket Regatta).

Please note: No Class on EITHER Wednesday or Thursday. One of these days will be the long sail to Martha's Vineyard and one day will be an "off" day. The coaches will make a determination based on the weather forecast at the beginning of the week.

Class will meet at Children's Beach boat ramp and closed toe shoes are mandatory for participation.

Please note that this class has a higher tuition than our other programs. This is to cover staffing costs for the 3 long days of sailing (the trip to Martha's Vineyard and the two race days as part of Nantucket Race Week). Please note that lunch is also provided for our students on the Friday and Saturday race days. Sailors should pack lunch for the sail to Martha's Vineyard and money for ice cream. More specific information will be sent out prior to this trip.

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