Westerly Yacht Club - Junior Sailing Program
GENERAL INFORMATION
PROGRAM INFORMATION
The Westerly Yacht Club's (WYC) Junior Sailing program (JSP) is a led by a group of instructors and volunteers with a common passion to teach sailing. Our mission is to help each student develop their sailing skills to the highest level possible, while emphasizing the importance of safety. Our goal is to ensure all have fun and remain safe.

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.

The program focuses on: Our goal is to inspire a sense of:
GENERAL TOPICS
Included below is a general outline of the material covered.
LEVEL OF INSTRUCTION
The WYC JSP has 4 fleets or levels of instruction. Each fleet has a different boat: 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
COST
The cost of the program is $75 for members and $100 for non-members.
CONTACT INFORMATION
Peter Esposito
WYC JSP Chairman
401-212-1696
wycjsp@gmail.com
SAFETY
Safety is a high priority for the WYC JSP. The safety rules are reviewed with the students during each session.

All JSP participants (students, volunteers, instructors, parents, etc.) must wear a type III (3) PFD. This rule is strictly enforced.

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

Included below are some of the general JSP safety rules reviewed with the students.

ON SHORE ON THE WATER
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 Note; please do not bring a wallet, money, or your cell phone on the water.
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.