Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-326-0776 (phone monitored weekends beginning in mid-June and daily in July/August)
General Guidelines and Registration
The BHYC Junior Sailing Program is offered to members, their relatives and guests, and non-member, year-round Town of Brooksville residents only. The program includes daily lessons at five skill levels for sailors ages 8 and up, a C420 racing team for more experienced racers, an Optimist racing team for younger racers, once-weekly lessons for young sailors ages 6-7, and private lessons for adults and children of all ages.
To register for weekly classes, please follow the guidelines and use the forms linked below. To setup a private lesson, please get in touch with us over the phone or via email at email@example.com. Private lessons must be scheduled at least a week in advance.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FIRST TIME A PARTICIPANT IS REGISTERED FOR THE SEASON, A MEDICAL FORM MUST BE COMPLETED DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. Sailors will not be allowed on the water without a completed medical form.
Please read the following before starting the registration process:
- early bird discount will apply to all registrations received PRIOR TO JUNE 16th (extended from June 1st) (see pricing table below)
- registration is conducted online and credit card payment will be required at time of registration
- there are separate registration forms for members of BHYC and for non-member Brooksville Town Residents
- each child participating in the program must have filled out and submitted the appropriate registration form and medical form prior to participating in the program
- students will be required to sign a code of conduct at the start of their first class
- students must be at least 8 years old or have completed 2nd grade to sign up for Ballast class. For students age 6-7, we offer Harbor Rookies on Friday mornings.
- to take full advantage of lesson time, we ask that you respect the schedule below, and let us know if you’ll be running late, or will not be attending class.
JSP Weekly Schedule
What’s new in 2019
All classes have been extended to maximize our sailors’ time on the water each week.
Please note the following important time changes made to allow for longer class times:
- Ballast and Apprentice Helmsman will start 15 minutes earlier (8:15am)
- Harbor Rookies will start 30 minutes later (sessions at 9:30 and 11:00)
- Helmsman will last 45 minutes longer (1:30-4:00)
The Helmsman class is 2.5 hours long. Our sailors typically spend the most time in Helmsman, so the increased lesson time will provide time for more hands-on practice.
The (new!) Opti Race Team is held Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting July 8th.
Come prepared: We come to lessons prepared, and our sailors will have a lot more fun if they are prepared as well. Sailors should come prepared for whatever the weather may be with:
- whistle (provided free at a sailor’s first week of lessons, replacements available for $5)
- water bottle
- close-toed shoes (no flip-flops!)
- bathing suit
- warm layers and/or a raincoat, as needed
Every Friday (weather permitting), we hold a BBQ cookout lunch and races for any and all junior sailors who would like to compete. The BBQ begins at 12:30 and is open to all, with a $5 suggested donation. The Skippers’ Meeting will commence at 1:30, and we will head out on the water soon thereafter.
New Sailors: Welcome to Buck’s Harbor! All new sailors must start the program through Ballast so the instructors can evaluate their sailing ability and place them in the program at a suitable level if applicable. Evaluation can also be done through private lessons scheduled in advance, see below.
New sailors are required to take a brief swim test in the harbor. Along with returning sailors, they will discuss and sign a code of conduct during the first week of lessons.
Private lessons: Private lessons will be available based on boat and instructor availability, but typically last two hours and happen weekdays from 10:30-12:30 or Friday mornings between 9:30-12:30. Other arrangements are also possible. Lessons can be arranged by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org and must be arranged a week prior to the lesson date. An online payment form will be sent once a time is arranged.
We look forward to seeing you and growing the future generation of BHYC sailors. Happy sailing!
2019 JSP Staff
- Program Director: Alex Emerson (email@example.com; 207-326-0776)
- Program Manager and Race Coach: Douglas Hamilton
- Instructors: Pickle Emerson, James Eysenbach, James Knowlton, Jack Rayden
BHYC Junior Sailing Class Descriptions
Harbor Rookies: For ages 6-7, an introduction to sailing in Buck’s Harbor. During each session, our instructors join our youngest sailors in the boat for a long journey to the Buck’s Harbor Marina to pick up a few snacks, then sail back to the mooring. A great way to become familiar with our Widgeon fleet and the harbor. In the event of thunderstorms, Harbor Rookies will be cancelled.
Ballast: Ages 8 and up. The first level of our program encourages a love of sailing, learning the basics with an instructor in each boat. This class is taught primarily on O’Day Widgeons. Ballast will take place regardless of weather and meets Monday-Thursday 8:15-10:15.
Apprentice Helmsman: Upon completing Ballast, sailors work on improving their skills in groups in Widgeons and solo in Optimist Prams with instructors providing guidance from a coach boat. Advanced sailors are eligible for the Opti Race team with coach permission. Apprentice Helmsman meets Monday-Thursday 8:15-10:15.
Helmsman: As an introduction to both cruising and racing, Helmsman students sail in the afternoon, often with higher winds, to focus on the finer points of boat control. Taught in Widgeons, Optis, and Ensigns. Helmsman racers are eligible for the Opti Race team. Helmsman meets Monday-Thursday 1:30-4:00.
Skipper: Upon graduating into Skipper, sailors learn to sail on the C420, the international standard racing dinghy for sailors in high school, college, and beyond. Not for racers only, Skipper sailors will also practice navigation and other big boat skills. Skipper meets Monday-Thursday 10:30-12:30.
Senior Skipper: The final level in the program, Senior Skipper students focus on valuable skills for both cruisers and racers, learning the physics behind sailing, advanced navigation, singlehanding, and more. Taught in C420s and larger keel boats. Senior Skipper meets Monday-Thursday 10:30-12:30.
Opti Race Team: Sailors in Helmsman may participate in the Opti Race Team. The program also welcomes advanced Apprentice Helmsman sailors with coach permission. As an introduction to racing, Opti Race Team focuses on skills applicable to racing in any fleet. Opti Race Team meets Tuesday and Thursday 10:30-12:30.
420 Race Team: Sailors in Skipper or above may participate in the 420 Race Team. BHYC sends a fleet of 3 boats (6 sailors) to a few regattas each summer. Boat pairings and regatta teams are determined by the race coach. Race Team meets Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 1:30-4:30.