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2021 Sailing Classes



Welcome to all our new sailors and we're so happy to have our old sailors back again!!


June 1, 2021 Update: With the updates to the Maryland and Federal Youth Camp regulations, we are now accepting out of state campers.
Registration is now open for the 2021 summer season, with classes from June 21 through August 13. Sailing is truly a unique sport: skills learned now can be used and enjoyed for a lifetime. Sailing challenges both the mind and the body allowing individuals with different strengths and skills to find their niche. The primary goal of this camp is to develop solid sailing skills, and to provide inspiration to young sailors, from the beginner to the advanced sailor, with an emphasis on fun and safety.

With the current COVID-19 restrictions there are a few updates to the summer program. In order to maintain social distancing, the minimum age for campers has been raised to 8 years old due to the limited amount of seating available during this year’s sailing program. A small weekly sanitation fee has also been added to help with additional COVID-19 cleaning costs.

Classes are now split based on the boat sailed during camp and will be taught with a progressive teaching style that will graduate students through the fundamentals of sailing into more advanced techniques. Every student will be challenged in a fun and captivating way while learning more about sailing. Our Blue Crab class is for Opti sailors who are looking to learn the basics in a smaller, single handed boat. The Osprey class is centered around 420 sailors who will learn teamwork while sailing in a two-person boat. Families or other close contacts are encouraged to sign up together. Students will be permanently assigned a partner for the week to limit exposure.

For more information about how SMSA will be functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic please look on the COVID FAQs page.

The Boats We Sail

Opti

Optimist (Opti)

This sailboat is designed for the beginner sailor to learn the fundamentals of sailing. It is a single-handed dinghy which allows the sailor to experience steering the boat as well as trimming the sail. Students over 15 are not recommended.

420

420

The 420 sailboat is a two-person boat that can be sailed by a novice sailor or advanced racer. Sailors will be allowed to try both the crew and Skipper position in the boat. Students 12 or older, over 80lbs, or are at least 4’6” tall are encouraged to try this boat.

Holder20

Holder 20

Although the Holder 20 boat is not usually used during the SMSA summer camp, it is an excellent boat to teach basic sailing skills and introduce students to larger boat racing. The Holder can hold up to 4 students and may be used periodically throughout the summer or with the adult sail classes.

 

Which class is right for you?

Sail training class eligibility is based off student age and sailing experience. 

See the below chart to determine which classes you and your child are eligible to attend.

Adult Lean to Sail class open to SMSA members only.

Ages

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Adult

 

 

Blue Crab (Opti)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey (420)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Learn to Sail

 

 


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Blue Crab (Opti)

Monday through Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm

Tuition: $250*^~

*Non-members pay an additional one-time $75 fee per student for 2021 Junior Membership

^Camp the week of July 26 - 29 is four days only and is $200.

~ For 2021: An separate $10/wk fee will be charged for the increased costs for COVID safety measures.

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Age: 8-12 years old

Our Optimist (Opti) classes offer instruction for beginner or intermediate students by introducing basic seamanship including rigging, steering, and the fundamentals of sailing. Emphasis is placed on safety, learning, and fun. Students are introduced to water safety through classroom and on the water activities in the format of levels. This allows the sailor to learn at their own pace and find confidence in their sailing skills.

Activities include:
-Rigging and derigging
-Sailing upwind and downwind
-Knot tying
-Capsize recovery drill
-Proper seating and tiller handling
-Points of sail and wind direction
-Basic boat rules of the road
-Man overboard drill



Osprey (420)

Monday through Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm

Tuition: $250*^~


*Non-members pay an additional one-time $75 fee per student for 2021 Junior Membership

^Camp the week of July 26 - 29 is four days only and is $200.

~ For 2021: An separate $10/wk fee will be charged for the increased costs for COVID safety measures.

Register!



Age: 12 - 16 years old

Our 420 class is for the beginner or intermediate sailor who wants to improve their sailing skills. The class emphasizes improving the students' basic skills of seamanship while fostering a love for the sport through fun activities. This course encourages sailors to improve their skills and gain confidence by graduating through various levels at their own pace.

Activities includes:
-Rigging and derigging
-Getting out of irons
-Sailing upwind and downwind
-Knot tying
-Capsize recovery drill
-Proper seating and tiller handling
-Points of sail and wind direction
-Basic bot rules of the road
-Man overboard drill



Adult Learn to Sail



Course Dates:
TBD



Open to SMSA Members*. 
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*Regular, Young Adult, & Emeritus Memberships


Age: 16 and up

 Our Adult Sailing program is taught on Sunfish, 420s, and small keel boats.  This course focuses on the fundamentals of small boat sailing.  The course is open to any sailor interested in learning or improving their small boat sailing skills.