Spray Beach Yacht Club began as a sailing club and is committed to continuing that tradition. The Junior Sailing Program is designed to teach our youths the skills needed to sail casually and competitively in a fun and safe environment.
All sailing classes are available for junior members of SBYC. Our full-time weekday sailing program is also available to youths whose families are not members of SBYC. Non-club member sailors are called “Summer Juniors”. To find out more about this opportunity please contact SBYC at (609)492-6845.
All sailing activities are conducted under the supervision of our Sailing Director and Junior Sailing Instructors. Our Sailing Director, Parry Barclay, is a world class sailor, a past Optimist National Team coach, coach trainer and a middle school teacher. Our Junior Sailing Instructors are local sailors who have mastered sailing skills and developed a passion for the sport. Our full time instructors are trained and certified by U.S. Sailing and is also certified in first aid and CPR.
The sailing program consists of two four-week sessions. Sailors may sign up for a four-week session only, or for both sessions at a reduced fee. Lessons may include classroom instruction, outdoor land-based instruction, physical conditioning for older sailors and time on the water. Lessons will focus on safety and learning the basics correctly from the start. Instruction may include drills or fun games designed to demonstrate nautical skills. Classes meet rain or shine.
(Classes held rain or shine)
DUCKS: 9 am- 11 am, Saturdays
Structured play in the bay! The Ducks program is for 4-6-year-old family members only. Our curriculum is designed to build comfort with the beach, bay, and the Opti. Activities include team building games, swimming, floating, steering, paddling, flipping and trying to sink the Opti! The kids will also learn basic boat parts and the basic mechanics of how to move around the boat. Sailing related “arts and crafts” will be incorporated into each class. Children may sign up for one session (3 classes) or both sessions (6 classes). Ducks are NOT required to have their own Opti.
WARRIORS: 9am-11am, Saturdays
The Warrior program is designed for sailors who are not able to participate in our weekday program. This class is open to 7 -17-year-old SBYC family members. The purpose of this class is to give the students a strong foundation for sailing. Sailors will also learn about boat parts, basic mechanics of moving around the boat through drills off and on the water. Sailors will learn to sail independently. Two 4-weeks sessions are offered for those Juniors interested in learning to sail on the weekends.
Warriors are NOT required to provide their own boat.
OPTI 1: 9am-12pm
Opti 1 is for sailors in their first year of sailing! Sailors must be 7 prior to June 1st. The purpose of this class is to build a strong foundation for sailing and to get the kids hooked! Lesson are designed to build comfort and confidence in the bay. Sailors will learn basic safety skills, terminology, rigging techniques and basic mechanics of moving around the boat. All skills are mastered on land first before moving to the water. The sailors will start sailing independently and may even do a few fun races if they feel comfortable. Fridays are fun days! (see “fun day schedule” for start times).
OPTI 2: 9am-12pm
Opti 2 is for sailors in their second year of sailing. All skills learned in Opti 1 are reviewed however curriculum moves more quickly. Lessons focus on building confidence and comfort with sailing through drills on and off the water. All skills are mastered on land first before moving to the bay. The sailors will be introduced to racing and encouraged race in club races if they feel ready. They may even attend their first green fleet regatta! Fridays are fun days! (see “fun day schedule” for start times).
OPTI 3: 9am-12pm
Opti 3 is intended for sailors who have completed Opti 1 and Opti 2. All skills learned in Opti 2 are reviewed but curriculum moves more quickly. Basic racing skills are taught. Sailors are encouraged to participate in SBYC point races as well additional interclub and regattas as recommended by their coach. A specific regatta schedule will be discussed with parents prior to season. Fridays are fun days! (see “fun day schedule” for start times).
OPTI 4: 1:00pm-4pm
Opti 4 is intended for sailors who have completed Opti 1- 3 but are not interested in doing the full calendar of regattas or participating in Opti racing. Opti 4 sailors are welcome to race in our club races as well as any other regatta. All skills learned in Opti 1-3 are reviewed but curriculum moves more quickly.
OPTI RACING: 1:00pm-4pm
The Opti Racing focuses on more advanced aspects of racing. Class time also includes conditioning and physical fitness. Sailors are expected to participate in SBYC point races, LBI interclub and other local regattas as recommended by their coach. A regatta schedule will be discussed with parents prior to season. There will be no instruction at SBYC on interclub days or days when the group is scheduled to attend a regatta. Fridays are fun days! (see “fun day schedule” for start times).
Sailors in this group have typically been sailing for several years. Class time includes conditioning and physical fitness. Sailors are expected to participate in SBYC point races, LBI interclub and other local regattas as recommended by their coach. A regatta schedule will be discussed with parents prior to season. It is strongly recommended that Laser sailors have a “radial" rig as well as a 4.7 rig. Fridays are fun days! (see “fun day schedule” for start times).
Classes meet rain or shine.
Lunch at the Wharf every Monday at noon.
Friday class schedules may be interrupted for Junior “fundays”! (See Events for schedule).
All sailors must be able to pass a swim test which includes swimming 50 yards, treading water and securing a PFD (life jacket) while in the water. Sailors are required to wear water shoes at all times, have a US Coast Guard approved PFD and follow program and club rules.