Westerly Yacht Club - Junior Sailing Program
GENERAL INFORMATION
INTRODUCTION
The goasl of the Westerly Yacht Club (WYC) Junior Sailing Program (JSP) is to introduce youngsters to sailing and water safety.

Our volunteers share a passion to teach sailing, by emphasizing fundamentals such as small boat handling skills, and proper technique.

Our goal is to help each student develop: The program is open to young sailors between the ages of 8 and 16 (both members and non-members of the WYC).

Students of non-members must be sponsored by a WYC member.
GENERAL TOPICS
Included below is an overview of the material covered during the program:
LEVEL OF INSTRUCTION
The WYC JSP has 4 fleets or levels of instruction. There are different boats for each fleet: O'Day Daysailers, Optimist Dinghies, Laser Picos, and Club 420s.

Students that are new to the program are assigned to a given fleet by age and weight.
Students that are returning to the program, are encouraged to advance to the next fleet, upon completion of the items on the qualification card for their assigned fleet.

A brief outline of each fleet is provided below.
YELLOW FLEET
GREEN FLEET
BLUE FLEET
BLACK FLEET
SCHEDULE
Dates to include on your calendar.
CLASS SCHEDULE
There are eight classes, Saturday mornings from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, during May and June.
Students should arrive 10 to 15 minutes early so that we can start on time.
Parents or guardians are not required to stay during the class.
Students will be ready for pickup at 12:30 pm.
DAILY SCHEDULE
REGISTRATION
Registration for the WYC JSP begins on 1 March of each year. All forms and required paperwork will be available from this site only at that time. Registration forms will be available on the Home Page.

The cost of the program is $75 for members and $100 for non-members.

The program is open to young sailors between the ages of 8 and 16 (both members and non-members of the WYC). Students of non-members must be sponsored by a WYC member.
CONTACT INFORMATION
Peter Esposito
WYC JSP Chairman
401-212-1696
wycjsp@gmail.com
SAFETY
All JSP participants (students, volunteers, instructors, parents, etc.) must wear a type III (3) PFD. This rule is strictly enforced.

Sneakers are required (no bare feet, open toe shoes or flop-flops).

Each fleet has dedicated chase boat while students are on the water. All instructors carry hand-held VHFs for communication.

During each session, safety and the applicable rules are reviewed with the students.
WHAT TO WEAR AND NOT WEAR
Students must come to class with a Type III (3) Personal Flotation Device (PFD). All students must wear their PFD at all time while on the water. The instructors strictly enforce this policy.

New clothing is not required. Old sneakers are fine. Hats are OK, but often get in the way while new sailors are learning their way around the boat.

CLOTHES TO WEAR DO NOT WEAR Be sure to label your sailor's gear (i.e. Gear bag, clothes, hat, water bottle, etc.)
WHAT TO BRING AND NOT BRING
Included below is a list of items students will need for the class. Be sure all of your personal gear is labeled with the student's name.

GEAR TO BRING DO NOT BRING
HOW PARENTS CAN HELP
During the May and June classes, please ensure students are ready for class and ready to sail.

Parents are welcome to stay during the class (i.e. listen to the lectures, chalk talks, etc.) however they may not help the students rig and de-rig the boats, or fold or stow the sails or equipment. The students are expected to complete these activities.

Parent can help the students practice knots and line handling, and surf the web for sailing related information.

This site has a series of links parent are encouraged to view with the students.

Please note; many of the links are You Tube postings. Parents are encouraged to monitor student activity while viewing the links.
CANCELING CLASS
The program sails in cloudy weather and / or light rain.

We do not sail in heavy rain, high winds, and / or lightning.

When class is cancelled, parents will be notified via text at 08:00 am Saturday mornings.