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SSA Junior Program Summer Sailing

Welcome! We're glad you’re interested in learning more about the Severn Sailing Association Junior Program.  We are looking forward to 2018 and all of the great sailing to be done in Annapolis and around the country! SSA was founded as a one-design racing club with a “do-it-yourself”, cooperative mentality and a passion for the Corinthian and competitive aspects of the sport. We have a staff of dedicated and experienced sailors who share the club’s core values.

SSA has been a leader in junior sailing nationally and internationally for more than 50 years. Thousands of sailors have had the opportunity to experience sailing through this program. Sailors from SSA’s Junior Program have gone on to compete in collegiate, national, world, America’s Cup, and Olympic competition.  The SSA Junior Program’s objectives are to provide a safe and fun learning environment to teach young people safe boat handling, seamanship, and sportsmanship; help young people learn techniques of one-design racing and to help them fully develop their racing skills; and to promote youth sailing competition.

In the summer, we offer a diverse array of instructional classes and competitive race teams. Take a few minutes to browse the website and figure out which program is the right one to meet your needs. If you have any questions or concerns please call 410-263-0071, email the Junior Program Director at sailing@severnsailing.org, or stop by our office. 

Choose the following links for more information about the Junior Program at SSA:

For regatta information and scheduling for the Chesapeake Racers and Travel Teams:

 

 

Summer Program Class Descriptions

Contact the Junior Program for registration availability at 410-263-0071 or email us .

Harbor Rookies

Harbor Rookies is a one-week course designed to give the youngest sailors in our program an introduction to the Chesapeake Bay and sailing. Optimists are provided and instruction takes place with two sailors per boat. Harbor rookies is open to children as young as 5 who have completed at least one year of kindergarten. The class is geared toward sailors ages 5-8. Emphasis is placed on fun, teamwork and enjoying the Chesapeake Bay. On the first Monday of every session, sailors must pass a swim test (wearing their life jacket). This is followed by introductory sailing games as the sailors are eased into the week. Tuesday through Friday the focus is on getting sailors out on the water, having fun in an exciting new environment. Very basic sailing skills are introduced such as safety, sailing preparation and wind awareness.  The goal will be to get sailors comfortable with being in a new and exciting environment out on the water. There will be no class held the week of July 4th.

9 AM – 12 PM

 

Harbor Rookies

1 Week Sessions: $290.00

HR 1

June 18 – June 22

9:00-Noon

FULL

HR 2

June 25 – June 29

9:00-Noon

Register HERE

HR 3

July 9 – July 13

9:00-Noon

Register HERE

HR 4

July 16 – July 20

9:00-Noon

Register HERE

HR 5

July 23 – July 27

9:00-Noon

Register HERE

HR 6

July 30 – Aug 3

9:00-Noon

Register HERE

HR 7

Aug 6 – Aug 10

9:00-Noon

Register HERE

HR 8

Aug 13 – Aug 17

9:00-Noon

Register HERE



Emerging Optis
Emerging Opti classes are offered in both one week and two week formats.  The sailors should know how to swim.  The curriculum is the same for both sessions. Boats are provided, but sailors have the option of bringing their own. This class is ideally suited for sailors aged 7-11 who have completed Harbor Rookies. The class focuses on safety, fun, and learning the basic skills needed to sail independently. Ideally, sailors in the Emerging Opti class will be comfortable being in a boat on their own and will have some previous experience sailing the Optimist.  Our goal is to have everyone sailing by themselves by the end of the course.  There will be no class held the week of July 4th.

  • Skills introduced in Harbor Rookies will be reinforced and developed further, including:
  • Wind and weather awareness
  • Basic parts of the boat
  • Points of sail
  • Sailing terminology
  • Knots
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • How to rig the boat by themselves 
  • How to tie up onto a towline
  • Properly sailing upwind and downwind

 

9 AM – 4 PM

Emerging Opti

Full Day, 1 Week Session: $485.00,
2 week session: $800.00

EO 1

1 wk

June 18 – June 22

9:00-4:00

Register HERE

EO 2

1 wk

June 25 – June 29

9:00-4:00

 FULL

EO 3

2 wk

July 9– July 20

9:00-4:00

 FULL

EO 4

1 wk

July 23– July 27

9:00-4:00

Register HERE

EO 5

2 wk

July 30 – Aug 10

9:00-4:00

Register HERE

EO 6

1 wk

Aug 13 – Aug 17

9:00-4:00

Register HERE


 


Optimist Green Fleet

Optimist Green Fleet is our introductory racing team program. Sailors in the Green Fleet compete in regattas around the Annapolis area. The Optimist Green Fleet class is a stepping stone for sailors who want to become involved in more competitive, higher level racing. Sailors are required to already know and understand proper sailing upwind and downwind by themselves, wind directions, parts of the boat, knots, how to rig and derig by themselves, and tie up to and be on a towline.  Parents are expected to volunteer time to drive to various local events. During this program, sailors are expected to attend a minimum of four regatta days.  Parents will be expected to self-organize for many of the team’s logistics such as the towing of trailers. Coaches are present for all regattas to help sailors both on and off the water. Sailors will focus on refining their boat handling and practicing other skills needed to become proficient racers, including:

 

  • Starting
  • Using telltales
  • Boat handling
  • Advanced sailing terminology
  • The Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Basic racing tactics
  • How to roll tack
  • Typical race courses
  • Able to tell the difference between a puff and lull
  • Launching on own

 

Optimist Green Fleet sailors are required to have the following equipment for both practice and race days:

  • Their own boat
  • US Coast Guard approved life jacket with whistle attached
  • 27’-30’ floating bow line (1/4” min diameter), secured to mast step
  • Two bailers that are secured to the boat
  • Three airbags which must be firmly inflated and able to hold air
  • Rudder retainer clip (secures rudder to transom)
  • Daggerboard lanyard (to prevent it from floating away if capsized)
  • Mast tie in system (line and/or locking collar)
  • Quick connect bridal to mainsheet connection (snap-shackle or similar)
  • Mainsheet bridal, no looser than 4” from boom
  • Paddle or Praddle
  • Additional sail ties
  • Appropriate gear and clothing: gloves, hat, closed toe shoes, no cotton based clothing
  • Water bottle, lunch and snacks
  • Link to official Optimist Class Rules: http://www.optiworld.org/uploaded_files/2015%20Class%20Rules.pdf_2075_en.pdf

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Opti Green

9am - 4pm, 9 week session: $2,300.00
5 week: $1,450.00 (session 1)
4 week: $1,250.00 (session 2)

OGR 1

June 18 – July 20

9:00-4:00

Register HERE

OGR 2

 

July 23 – August 17

9:00–4:00

Register HERE

OGR 3

 

June 18 – August 17

9:00-4:00

Register HERE


 

 

Optimist Red/White/Blue (RWB)

Optimist Red/White/Blue (RWB) sailors are a more advanced racing group, who compete primarily in regattas around the Annapolis area, but also at select travel regattas. The Optimist RWB class practices together, but is separated into different age groups for scoring purposes at regattas and events: White (10 or younger), Blue (11-12), and Red (13-15). The Optimist RWB class is ideal for sailors who are very proficient in racing, but are not yet ready to make the commitment to the SSA Travel Team. Parents are expected to volunteer time to drive to various local events. Parents will be expected to self-organize for many of the team’s logistics such as the towing of trailers. Coaches are present for all regattas to help sailors both on and off the water. Sailors will focus on refining their boat handling and practicing other skills needed to further develop into advanced racers, including:

  • Starting
  • Using telltales
  • Boat handling
  • Advanced sailing terminology
  • The Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Advanced racing tactics
  • Headers vs Lifts
  • Knowledge of flags
  • Pinching and footing
  • Self-preparation 
  • Launching, rigging and docking on one's own
  • Becoming self-sufficient at regattas and events

 

Optimist RWB sailors are required to have the following equipment for both practice and race days:

  • Their own boat
  • US Coast Guard approved life jacket with whistle attached
  • 27’-30’ floating bow line (1/4” min diameter), secured to mast step
  • Two bailers that are secured to the boat
  • Three airbags which must be firmly inflated and able to hold air
  • Rudder retainer clip (secures rudder to transom)
  • Daggerboard lanyard (to prevent it from floating away if capsized)
  • Mast tie in system (line and/or locking collar)
  • Quick connect bridal to mainsheet connection (snap-shackle or similar)
  • Mainsheet bridal, no looser than 4” from boom
  • Paddle or Praddle
  • Additional sail ties
  • Appropriate gear and clothing: gloves, hat, closed toe shoes, no cotton based clothing
  • Water bottle, lunch and snacks
  • Link to official Optimist Class Rules: http://www.optiworld.org/uploaded_files/2015%20Class%20Rules.pdf_2075_en.pdf

 

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Opti RWB

9am - 4pm, 9 week session: $2,300.00
5 week: $1,450.00 (session 1)
4 week: $1,250.00 (session 2)

ORWB 1

June 18 – July 20

9:00 -4:00

Register HERE

ORWB 2

 

July 23 – August 17

9:00-4:00

Register HERE

ORWB 3

 

June 18 – August 17

9:00 -4:00

Register HERE

   
       

Adventure Sailing

Adventure sessions are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This program offers week long sessions with each week having a special focus on non-racing experiences. Each week is geared towards preparing sailors for a lifetime of sailing and seamanship on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, while still enjoying the sport. Every session will begin with basic safety information and sailing introduction. Tuesday through Friday sailors can expect to learn basic seamanship in whichever boat they are sailing. 

  • Session 1: Basic Double Handed Sailing
    • For ages 12-17
    • Sailors will learn about working together as skipper and crew to move the boat upwind and downwind as well as the roles each sailor does.
  • Session 2: Basic Keelboat Sailing
    • For ages 12-17
    • Sailors will work in a group to become comfortable enough to sail the boat around the bay without a coach aboard.
  • Session 3: Opti Bay Adventure
    • For ages 8-11
    • This session is for sailors who have already done a session of Harbor Rookies or Beginner Opti and who enjoy being in a noncompetitive class.
    • Sailors will go on adventures in an Opti around the bay and learn basic boating seamanship. They will also learn about the bay and what they can do to help save the bay.
  • Session 4: Basic Double Handed Sailing
    • For ages 12-17
    • Sailors will learn about working together as skipper and crew to move the boat upwind and downwind as well as the roles each sailor does.
  • Session 5: Basic Spinnaker Sailing
    • For ages 12-17
    • Sailing must have already completed a session on Basic Double Handed Sailing, Basic Keelboat Sailing, or a season of High School Sailing.
    • In this week, sailors will learn about the spinnaker, what is does, and why it’s shaped that way. They will get to go out sailing with one and learn how they are made.
  • Session 6: Basic Keelboat Sailing
    • For ages 12-17
    • Sailors will work in a group to become comfortable enough to sail the boat around the bay without a coach aboard.
  • Session 7: Opti Bay Adventure
    • For ages 8-11
    • This session is for sailors who have already done a session of Harbor Rookies or Beginner Opti and who enjoy being in a noncompetitive class.
    • Sailors will go on adventures in an Opti around the bay and learn basic boating seamanship. They will also learn about the bay and what they can do to help save the bay.
  • Session 8: Basic Double Handed Sailing
    • For ages 12-17
    • Sailors will learn about working together as skipper and crew to move the boat upwind and downwind as well as the roles each sailor does.

9 AM – 4 PM

Full Day Adventure
Full Day, 1 Week Sessions: $485.00

ADV DH

June 18 – June 22

9:00 – 4:00

Register HERE

ADV KB

June 25 – June 29

9:00 – 4:00

Register HERE

ADV Opti

July9 – July 13

9:00 – 4:00

Register HERE

ADV DH

July16 – July 20

9:00 – 4:00

 FULL

ADV Spin

July 23- July 27

9:00 – 4:00

Register HERE

ADV KB

July 30 – August 3

9:00 – 4:00

Register HERE

ADV Opti

August 6 – August 10

9:00 – 4:00

Register HERE

ADV DH

August 13- August 17

9:00 – 4:00

Register HERE

 

420 Chesapeake Racers

420 Chesapeake Racers is our introductory two person racing group. This group competes in regattas hosted by clubs on the Chesapeake Bay, and in a select few travel regattas. The 420 Chesapeake Racers class is ideal for sailors who have some experience sailing a Club 420 and are ready to put their racing skills to the test. Sailors should be familiar with basic racing skills, points of sail, sail controls and parts of the boat, rigging and derigging, body position and posture of the skipper and crew. Parents are expected to volunteer time to drive to various events. Parents will be expected to self-organize for many of the team’s logistics such as the towing of trailers. Coaches are present for all regattas to help sailors both on and off the water. Please contact the SSA Junior Program Director for a provisional list of events. SSA’s club owned 420’s will be used, but sailors are encouraged to bring their own Club 420. Classes will focus on refining boat handling and practicing other skills needed to become proficient racers, including:

  • Starting
  • The Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Racing tactics
  • Advanced sailing terminology
  • Trapeze
  • Spinnaker
  • Course flags used
  • Self-sufficiency on and off the water while traveling 

  

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

420 Chesapeake Race Team

9am - 4pm, 9 week: $2,300.00
5 week: $1,450.00
4 week: $1,250.00

420 CR 1

 

June 18 – July 20

9:00-4:00

Register HERE

420 CR 2

 

July 23 – August 17

9:00-4:00

Register HERE

420 CR 3

June 18 – August 17

9:00 -4:00

Register HERE

 

 

Beginning Laser Team

The new beginning Laser team is aimed at kids who have sized, or aged, out of Optis but do not want to sail two-handed dinghies; or, kids who have always looked forward to this exciting, one-design Olympic class dinghy. They will learn the basics of laser sailing such as, upwind sailing, downwind sailing, trim, controls, body placement, starts and boat handling.  Participants will train with the Laser Travel team when both are at SSA.  Sailors can charter a boat from SSA (first come first serve basis) or bring their own boat.  They will travel around the Annapolis area to compete in local regattas like the junior Olympic event in Baltimore.  Students will learn how to handle this challenging boat with boat handling drills and physical training.  Students should have completed one summer of Opti sailing or similar experience.  The central focus of this class is to learn how to sail the boat.


9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Laser Beginner

Full Day, 9 week session $2,200.00

LB 1

June 18 – August 17

9:00-4:00

Register HERE

 

 

C420 and Laser Travel Teams

For older advanced sailors who have already mastered the basics and are ready to test their racing abilities against the other top junior sailors in the country, SSA offers a nine-week Travel Team option. This class is available in both the Laser and C420 classes.

Sailors must provide their own boat.  One C420 will be available to be chartered from SSA. Parental involvement is expected to facilitate travel, trailering, and chaperoning. Each team will typically have a parent liaison, subject to the approval of the SSA Junior Program Director. This person will work with the Junior Program Director, coaches, and other parents to help plan and communicate logistics. The teams will compete in local Chesapeake events as well as travel to high-level competitions around the country–focusing on the Northeast. The schedule will typically include Junior Olympics as well as National and North American championships.

You must apply for these teams by contacting the junior program director.  Call (410) 263-0071 or email sailing@severnsailing.org


12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Travel Teams

9 week session: $2,200.00

420

June 18 – Aug 17

12:00-5:00

Register HERE

Laser

June 18 – Aug 17

12:00-5:00

Register HERE

 

For more information on Summer Sailing contact:

Travis Carlisle, Interim Junior Program Director:  410-263-0071  sailing@severnsailing.org


SSA Racing

Most weekends--and many weeknights--around the year, there's some sort of one-design racing happening out of Severn Sailing Association. Check out the calendar to see what's going on these days!


SSA Junior Program

SSA runs a year-round program to develop skills and a lifelong love of sailing in our younger sailors. A summer program and fall and spring high school sailing programs are just the tip of the iceberg.