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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 2019 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

 


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. Optimist Prams 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.


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM/1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Harbor Rookies

1 Week Sessions: $300.00

HR 1

June 17 – June 21

9:00-12:00
1:00-4:00

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HR 2

June 24 – June 28

9:00-12:00
1:00-4:00

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HR 3

July 8 – July 12

9:00-12:00
1:00-4:00

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HR 4

July 15 – July 19

9:00-12:00
1:00-4:00

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HR 5

July 22– July 26

9:00-12:00
1:00-4:00

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HR 6

July 29 – Aug 2

9:00-12:00
1:00-4:00

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HR 7

Aug 5 – Aug 9

9:00-12:00
1:00-4:00

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HR 8

Aug 12 – Aug 16

9:00-12:00
1:00-4:00

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Optimist Beginner

Optimist Beginner classes are full-day classes. Boats are provided, but sailors have the option of bringing their own. This class is ideally suited for sailors age 8-11 and will focus on safety, fun, and learning the basic skills needed to sail. Sailors in the Optimist Beginner class will ideally be comfortable going out on the water and will have had some previous experience sailing the Optimist. Skills introduced in the Harbor Rookies program will be built upon, including but not limited to: 

  • Wind awareness and weather
  • Basic parts of the boat
  • Points of sail
  • Sailing terminology
  • Knots
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • Upwind sailing


Sailor’s daily checklist:
- PFD (Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket) with tied on whistle
- Sunblock
- Re-usable water bottle & snack / lunch
- Closed-toed shoes
- Swimming Suit (i.e. board shorts and tech t-shirt)
- Bailer (i.e. an empty 1-gallon juice container with the bottom cut-off)
- Hat & sunglasses
- Towel
- Change of clothes
- Back up water bottle

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Beginner Opti

1 Week Sessions: $500.00

BO 1

June 17 – June 21

9:00-4:00

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BO 2

June 24 – June 28

9:00-4:00

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BO 3

July 8 – July 12

9:00-4:00

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BO 4

July 15 – July 19

9:00-4:00

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BO 5

July 22– July 26

9:00-4:00

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BO 6

July 29 – Aug 2

9:00-4:00

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BO 7

Aug 5 – Aug 9

9:00-4:00

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BO 8

Aug 12 – Aug 16

9:00-4:00

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Intermediate Optis
Intermediate Opti classes are two weeks.  The sailors should know how to swim. Boats are provided, but sailors have the option of bringing their own. This class is ideally suited for sailors aged 8-11 who have completed Beginner Opti and can sail the boat by themselves. The class focuses on safety, fun, and learning the skills needed to sail independently and proficiently. Ideally, sailors in the Intermediate Opti class will be comfortable being in a boat by themselves and will have some previous experience sailing the Optimist.  Our goal is to have everyone sailing proficiently by themselves by the end of the course.  There will be no class held the week of July 4th.

·  Skills introduced in Beginner Opti class will be reinforced and developed further, including:

·  Wind and weather awareness

·  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

·  Efficiently sailing upwind and downwind

·  Rules of Sailing

 

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Intermediate Opti

2 Week Sessions: $825.00

IO 1

June 17 – June 28

9:00-4:00

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IO 2

July 8 – July 19

9:00-4:00

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IO 3

July 22 – August 2

9:00-4:00

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IO 4

August 5 – August 16

9:00-4:00

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Adventure Sailing

Adventure sessions are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This program is 8 one-week sessions. Each week is geared towards preparing sailors for a lifetime of sailing and seamanship on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and the fundamentals to enjoy the sport (ages 11-17).  The sailors in this program will have the opportunity to sail either a dinghy (FJ) or a keelboat (J22) during their week here. 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. 

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Adventure Sailing

1 Week Sessions: $500.00

ADV 1

June 17 – June 21

9:00-4:00

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ADV 2

June 24 – June 28

9:00-4:00

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ADV 3

July 8 – July 12

9:00-4:00

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ADV 4

July 15 – July 19

9:00-4:00

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ADV 5

July 22– July 26

9:00-4:00

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ADV 6

July 29 – Aug 2

9:00-4:00

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ADV 7

Aug 5 – Aug 9

9:00-4:00

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ADV 8

Aug 12 – Aug 16

9:00-4:00

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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)
  • Dagger board 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:  HERE

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Opti Green

10am-4:30pm, 8 week session: $2,300.00

4 Week Sessions: $1250.00

OGR 1

June 17 – July 12

10:00-4:30

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OGR 2

July 15 – August 9

10:00-4:30

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OGR Full

June 17– August 9

10:00-4:30

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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. 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: HERE

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Opti RWB

10am-4:30pm, 8 week session: $2,300.00

4 Week Sessions: $1250.00

ORWB 1

June 17 – July 12

10:00-4:30

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ORWB 2

July 15 – August 9

10:00-4:30

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ORWB Full

June 17– August 9

10:00-4:30

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420 Green

420 Green is our stepping stone to the Chesapeake Racers class.  In this class the sailor learns how to rig and sail a 420.  We encourage you to bring your own crew or skipper.  This class is ideal for those sailors that have either out-grown or aged out of an Opti or are looking to sail in High School.  Sailors should be familiar with how to sail upwind and downwind, points of sail, and parts of the boat.  Boats will be provided but if you have your own boat we encourage that you bring it as you will get a discount if you do.  We will attend at least 1 green fleet regatta during the summer.  This class will teach the following:

  • Starting
  • Using telltales
  • Boat handling
  • Rigging
  • 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
  • How to Trapeze
  • How to fly the Spinnaker

12:00 PM – 4:30 PM

420 Green

2 Week Sessions: $900.00

420G 1

June 17 – June 28

12:00-4:30

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420G 2

July 8 – July 19

12:00-4:30

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420G 3

July 22 – August 2

12:00-4:30

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420G 4

August 5 – August 16

12:00-4:30

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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.  We encourage you to bring your own crew or skipper. 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 with help from the coach and director. 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. Sailors are to bring their own Club 420.  SSA’s has 1 club owned 420 available for full summer only.  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 

12:00 PM – 4:30 PM


420 Chesapeake Race Team

12pm-4:30pm, 8-week session: $2,300.00

4 Week Sessions: $1200.00

420 CR 1

June 17 – July 12

12:00-4:30

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420 CR 2

July 15 – August 9

12:00-4:30

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420 CR Full

June 17– August 9

12:00-4:30

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Laser Travel Team

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 an eight-week Travel Team option. 

Sailors must provide their own boat.  Parental involvement is expected to facilitate travel, trailering, and chaperoning. The 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 this team by contacting the Junior Program Director.  Call (410) 263-0071 or email sailing@severnsailing.org


12:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Laser Travel Team

12pm-4:30pm, 8-week session: $2,400.00

Laser

June 17 – Aug 9

12:00-4:30

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For more information on Summer Sailing contact:

Travis Carlisle, 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.