Seamen: Beginners (Sprites with Instructors); target ages 8-10

Eligibility: Sailors must turn 8 before September 1, and be entering at least 3rd grade in the fall. (Please note that if your child is new to the Club, not an experienced sailor and older than 10, you should contact the Program Director before registering.)

  • Meet three times weekly, on Monday and Friday mornings for on-water sailing instruction and on Wednesday morning for Shore School.
  • Learn to sail in Sprites, the Club’s traditional small fleet of sloops. Two or three students are assigned to each of the Club’s 12 Sprites.
  • An instructor will be in each boat.
  • Students learn how to control the boat when sailing upwind and downwind.  Basic right of way rules and boat safety are also learned in Seamen.
  • On Wednesday Shore School, Seamen focus on learning key aspects of sailing in a “class setting” and also on a STEM program developed by US Sailing.
  • Seamen advance to Mates after passing shore school tests, including an on the water performance test to ensure that students can safely move to the next level. Please visit Advancement Qualifications for more information.
  • Seamen are encouraged to sign up for the Opti for Seamen class.

Seaman Class Schedule:  Monday, Wednesday (Shore School) & Friday 0900-1200 

Once our season is underway, please check back for class Rosters, updates from our coaches, news and announcements.  

Seamen may register for Optis for Seamen (Tuesdays 900-1200) and may participate in Lunch @ SHYC on Mondays (1200-1330)