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Welcome to MYC Junior Sailing 2020!
We are excited to welcome our new sailors as well as those returning to the program. We have designed a summer to appeal to both those interested in recreational sailing as well as race training. The goal is for everyone to have fun and improve their boat-handling skills.
This booklet should provide you with the basics of what you need to know about MYC Jr Sailing. We’ll cover everything from COVID-19 modifications to required equipment and boat safety checklists.
Please feel free to reach out to the contacts provided if you have any questions.
Junior Sailing Chair 2020
Milford Yacht Club
131 Trumbull Ave
Milford, CT 06460
Junior Sailing Chair
Junior Sailing Director
Junior Buccaneers Instructor
Nico Clayton (Head JI)
Important Dates for 2020
Monday, June 15-Friday, June 19
Boat drop off and inspection by appointment with Junior Sailing Staff. Contact Tuck Northrop at email@example.com to make your appointment.
Monday, June 22
Start of the 1st session of Junior Buccaneers
Start of the Summer sailing program
Friday, July 10
Last day of 1st session of Junior Buccaneers
Monday, July 13
Start of the 2nd session of Junior Buccaneers
Friday, July 31
Last day of the 2nd session of Junior Buccaneers
Wednesday, August 5
MYC Junior Sailing Banquet
Friday, August 7
Last day of Jr Sailing
Routine communication will be done in the form of email to parents. Parents will receive weekly email updates regarding general activities and events within the program. Additionally, the calendar on the MYC Jr Sailing website has an updated list of all events. In the event of an emergency or a time-sensitive matter we may reach out to you by phone or text message.
It is routine practice for the instructors to communicate with older children(12+) via text message. Matters discussed would be program-related such as communicating about regattas or asking a child if they’d like to volunteer to help with something. If you do not wish to have instructors contact your child in this way please let the Junior Sailing Chair know.
Voicing Concerns: Any serious concerns should be discussed over the phone or in-person with the Junior Sailing Director. If unresolved, the Junior Sailing Chair should then be contacted. Ideally a meeting time with all parties should be arranged.
The instructors report to the Junior Sailing Director. Parents should not interrupt classes or address serious concerns with them. Instructors are available immediately after each class for brief questions only. Please be respectful of the break between the morning and afternoon classes. That is the instructors’ only opportunity for a break and planning.
The junior sailing program maintains both a Facebook and Instagram page. We invite you to “Like” them! Pictures taken throughout the season are posted on these pages as well as congratulations and birthday wishes. Additionally pictures of the sailing program in action are taken throughout the season for the annual yearbook. If you do not wish to have your child’s picture taken please let the Junior Sailing Chair know.
MYC Jr Sailing COVID-19 Policies for Summer 2020
The goal of our MYC Junior Sailing is to continue to conduct the program in a safe and fun manner. We recognize that we are presented with a unique set of circumstances and challenges this summer. In order to keep the program running we will need everyone’s cooperation with the new guidelines. As the summer continues we may need or be able to make adjustments to the policies. Your participation in the program is an acceptance of these policies and any changes that may be made.
All of our policies are made in accordance with guidelines from the CDC, the JSA, US Sailing, and state and local governments. They may be changed at any time without notice.
Participation in the Program
1. By participating in the Program, parents and guardians acknowledge their acceptance that their child’s participation in the Program may expose the child to COVID-19.
2. Participation in the Program is voluntary “opt-in.” The Program cannot guarantee that the child will not be exposed to risk.
3. The JSA waiver remains in full force and effect, and COVID-19 is considered a “Loss” as per the definition of the term within the waiver.
4. The Program reserves the right to request a secondary waiver from parents or guardians prior to the commencement of the Program.
5. The Program will not be responsible for monitoring the health of participants, but requests that all be forthright and vigilant to known/unusual symptoms.
6. Each parent/guardian is required to complete and sign a health questionnaire for each child daily. This will include a temperature check at home. The child must turn that questionnaire into the instructor staff each day before they will be allowed to participate in the Program that day.
7. The Program reserves the right to conduct non-contact temperature checks on any child or instructor at any time. The Program will have a thermometer on-site. A child or instructor with a temperature in excess of 100.4°F will be dismissed for the day. Parents are requested to pick up a dismissed child immediately. The parent or guardian is requested to confirm temperature at home. Temperature must be below 100.4°F for 72 hours (without any medicinal effects, e.g. fever reducers) in order to return to the program.
8. A child who carries a temperature of 100.4°F or more for 72 hours will qualify for a pro-rated refund of program fees; such calculations will be made on a case-by-case basis.
9. A parent/guardian must notify the Program immediately if any sailor has had direct contact with an individual who has tested positive or has themselves tested positive for COVID-19. That child will be sent home from the Program and asked to self-isolate for 2 weeks.
10. A child who tests positive for COVID-19, or who has a known exposure will qualify for a pro-rated refund of program fees; such calculations will be made on a case-by-case basis.
11. If a child, instructor, or family member becomes infected with COVID-19, decisions on how to continue, pause, or cancel the Program will be made at that time. Parents and guardians acknowledge that there are too many scenarios possible to predict a single response to this possibility.
12. Cancellation: Should the Program be cancelled while in session by events or directives outside the control of the Program, or due to a COVID-19 infection within the Program, a prorated refund for Program Fees (less a $175 fee, which will defray the operational expenses of commencing the program which include t-shirts, buffs, instructor training, and similar expenses) and Boat Charter Fees (if a boat is chartered from Milford Yacht Club; exclusive of any privately-made charter agreements) will be made to all participants.
Social Distancing and Physical Contact
1. Sailors and instructors will be expected to wear face coverings at all times on land.
2. Sailors and instructors will keep a social distance of 6 feet from one another when practical and possible.
3. All Opti and Laser sailors, including first and second year sailors, will sail alone in their boat.
4. Sailors are not permitted to touch each other. Instructors will remind sailors of that when necessary. It is an expectation that parents will educate their children on the importance of this as well.
1. Sailors will use their own personal equipment exclusively for the duration of the program. There will be no sharing of equipment: boats, life jackets, clothing, etc.
2. Sailors will arrive at the program each day with all their essential items. Any sailor arriving without all essential items will not be able to participate that day and will be sent home. There will be no backups available through the program. Essential items include:
A. Life jacket
C. Water bottles filled at home
D. Signed daily health questionnaire form
3. Sailors will arrive at the Program dressed in their sailing gear and will leave the Program dressed in their sailing gear. There will be no changing of clothes at the Program.
4. All classes will be conducted outside. The JYC will be closed to sailors, with the exception of briefly depositing or retrieving items from their assigned cubby. In this instance groups of sailors occupying the building will be limited and staggered.
5. All cubbies will be emptied by sailors daily. There will be no lost and found during this time. Any items, including but not limited to life jackets, personal items, gear, or equipment, left behind outside of the sailor’s cubby will be disposed of at the end of each day.
6. Doublehanded boats will be allowed with the consent of the parent/guardian of both sailors. There will be no substitution or switching of partners allowed. If one partner arrives without their pair, she/he will be sent home.
7. Groups will be limited to no more than 8 sailors.
8. Groups will not change or be combined for the duration of the program.
9. Each group will have a singular designated area for drop-off/check-in and pickup/checkout. Parents/Guardians are asked to remain in their cars to avoid clustering of people.
10. Launch and retrieval will be a scheduled and staggered operation to avoid clustering of boats and sailors, and is strictly enforced. Individual groups will launch separately.
11. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be canceled. This is to avoid large groups inside. A cancellation email will be sent by 7am in the morning should the program be cancelled that day.
These regulations and procedures are for the health and safety of all sailors and instructors, as well as all MYC members and staff. Strict adherence to all regulations and procedures is expected at all times. Any sailor whose behavior compromises the health and safety of others will be addressed in the following way:
- Infraction #1: warning by an instructor
- Infraction #2: escalation to the Director of Junior Sailing; call home to parent
- Infraction #3: escalation to Fleet Captain and Junior Program Chair; call home to parent and “final warning”
Infraction #4: dismissal from the Program. No refunds will be given
1. Please support the Sailing Staff’s decisions. The coaches and instructors have the best interests of your sailor and their team at heart.
2. Encourage sailors to be organized and responsible for their own equipment.
3. Assist all sailors to develop to their fullest potential.
4. Insist sailors respect the property of others.
5. Place winning in the context of fun, good sportsmanship and fair play. Emphasize developmental goals rather than outcome goals.
6. Promote the total sport of sailing, not just racing.
7. As spectators, remain in designated areas and manage motorboats with the highest level of safety.
8. Remember that any coaching during a race(from first warning signal to finish)is prohibited under the Racing Rules of Sailing.
9. Show respect for race officials and regatta rules.
10. Understand that race officials must uphold event regulations on and off the water.
11. Be thoroughly acquainted with the Racing Rules of Sailing; encourage adherence to those rules and teach not only the rules, but also the procedures to be followed in the present process.
We offer private instruction for all sailors. Private lessons can be advantageous for a number of reasons, including for a younger child who needs extra time to gain confidence, a child moving up to a different boat, and a child who wants to work on their racing skills before an event.
Lessons will be $70/h for singlehanded boats and $120/h for double handed boats.
Private instruction will be offered in the evenings after the regular program has ended and on weekends. All lessons will be conducted in the sailor’s own boat with the instructor in a safety boat.
To arrange for lessons please contact the Sailing Director.
Schedule and Notes:
8:30-11:30 Junior Buccaneers, Opti 1s, Opti 2s
1:00-5:00 Opti Advanced, Feva, 420, Laser
• There is no supervision for children before or after class. All Junior Buccaneers, Opti 1s, and Opti 2s under the age of 12 must be supervised by a parent or guardian before and after class. Please be punctual when picking your child up as the instructors need time to eat lunch and prepare for the afternoon.
• All sailors participating in an afternoon class should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of class in order to be rigged and ready to go on the water by 1:00pm.
• If sailors arrive after their class has gone out on the water, they will not be able to join the program that day unless prior arrangements have been made with the Junior Sailing Director.
• If sailors must leave the program early, prior arrangements with the Junior Sailing Director must be made.
• With few exceptions class is held rain or shine. Should weather conditions (e.g. thunder and/or excessive wind) not permit going on the water on-shore activities will be provided. Should there be multiple inclement days in a given week, class may be cancelled at the discretion of the Junior Sailing Director and Junior Sailing Chair.
Required Daily Equipment for Sailing:
• USCG approved Type III Personal Flotation Device(PFD) with whistle attached and child’s name in large letters on the back
• Hat or visor
• Buff or other cloth face covering
• Sunscreen (Child must be able to apply sunscreen. Instructors cannot apply sunscreen to children)
• Reuseable water bottle
• Closed-toe water or boat shoes
• Small bottle of hand sanitizer to be kept in lifejacket pocket
• Nut-free snack for Junior Buccaneers participants only
All children exclusive of the Junior Buccaneers must complete a swim test prior to the beginning of the program. Sailors must swim 50 yards unassisted without stopping, standing, or grabbing the wall, tread water for 60 seconds, put their life jacket on in the water unassisted.
Optimist Safety Checklist
• Bow Line
o 8 meters (26’ 3” long)
o 3/16” in diameter
o Securely fastened around the mast step and led through a loop of line at the bow, not through the bow drain hole
o Tied with a 4-6” bowline at the towing end
o Free of chafe and all other knots, with no hardware attached.
• Mast tie-down – There must be a line or other device that is secure enough so you can lift the boat by the mast without disengaging the mast from the mast step
• Air bags – Three buoyancy bags made of strong fiber-reinforced material with non-return valves. Each must be properly inflated and secured to boat.
• Daggerboard – Securely attached to the boat with a lanyard.
• Rudder catch – The rudder shall have a retaining device so that it will not become detached from the boat during a capsize.
• Bailer – At least one bailer, with a minimum capacity of one half gallon, securely attached to the boat with a lanyard.
• Mainsheet bridle – No looser than 100 mm (4 inches) from the boom at any point.
• Mainsheet hook – Covered and/or securely closed. The hook must have no chance of trapping a line that drags across it.
• Paddle/Praddle – attached to the boat with enough line or shockcord to allow use.
• Hiking Strap - Secure and in good condition.
Feva Safety Checklist
• Hiking Straps
• Rudder /Tiller
• Spinnaker pole
• Towline-floatable at least 28 feet long
• Front shackle
• Cunningham Line
• Porthole cover
• 2 side stays/shrouds Mast
• Topping lift
• Main, mainsheet, and halyard
• Jib, jib sheets, and halyard
• Spinnaker, spinnaker sheets, and halyard
Laser Safety Checklist
• Mast, 2 sections and boom
• Mainsheet (approx 45 feet)
• Boom Vang
• Rudder and Tiller and Hiking Stick
• Daggerboard and Shock Cord
• Clew Strap
• Hiking Strap
• Stern Plug or bailer
• Mast and Boom
• Mainsheet and Jib Sheets
• Boom Vang and Outhaul
• Mainsail and halyard
• Jib and halyard
• Spinnaker and halyard
• Spinnaker Pole
• Forestay - Short enough to hold the front edge of the mast forward of the aft face of the mast partner when the jib halyard is released
• Rudder - boat has device to keep rudder connected in the event of capsize or turtle
• Stern and Air Tank Plugs
• Trapeze Harness
Resources for Boats, Supplies, and Repairs
The Boat Locker The Dinghy Locker
706 Howard Avenue 151 Harvard Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605 Stamford, CT 06902
Roxburgh Marine - fiberglass repairs
1 Bostwick Avenue (Captain's Cove)
Used boats and equipment can be found through the MYC website or the classifieds section of the JSA website at www.jsalis.org. In addition, The Boat Locker and The Dinghy Locker both sell used boats and hold annual boat swaps.
Regatta Information for 2020
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and for the health and safety of all JSA members and clubs there will be no traditional JSA-sanctioned regattas, qualifiers, or championship events in Summer 2020. Instead the JSA is encouraging a less formal style of pick-up racing amongst neighboring clubs. These events will take place entirely on the water with no meetings or ceremonies before or after the event. Instructors will serve as race officials.
Our closest clubs are Black Rock YC, Pequot YC, and Cedar Point YC. We will be coordinating with those clubs to try to set up some informal, short-course, college-style races for our interested sailors.
In addition we will be continuing our weekly champs series for the afternoon class at MYC and hoping to introduce some other fun racing events at the club such as relay races and team racing.
There will be no Junior Big Boat program this summer.