Welcome to our new Sail Orcas Registration process hosted by UltraCamp.
Due to Covid-19, we are trying out a different sailing season this summer. With the help of OICF, instead of our normal sequence and size of classes, we are specializing our classes to keep sizes smaller than normal, and classes will be differentiated by skill level.
We are initiating the summer with a couple of weeks of limited classes to allow our program to test new protocols and get things running. After that will be 7 weeks of open enrollment where we will also be limiting class sizes initially to 6 kids. Classes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions and run 4 days a week. As the season progresses, we may be able to expand class sizes beyond 6 students.We will maintain a waiting list for our classes.
Here is a description of youth classes:Summer 2021 Youth class skill levels:
Youth Beginner (recommended ages 8 to 13)
The fundamentals of how to sail. Kids learn how to identify where the wind is coming from, make their boat move accordingly, recover a capsize, dock, and get in and out of safety position. The class uses Opti Prams and Open Bics. For kids that know the basics but are still working to master them, this class is also a refresher on how to sail and an opportunity to continue gaining confidence before moving into the intermediate class. The class is taught in Vanguard Prams, Open Bics, and the possibility for larger boats based on sailor skill and COVID restrictions.
Youth Intermediate (recommended ages 9 to 14)
For sailors who are comfortable with the basic boat mechanics and are ready to move into sailing a higher performance boat. For single handed sailing this class will feature Open Bics and Laser 4.7's based on skill level, size, and sailor goals. We will be focusing on how to use more controls on the boat and move into understanding the basics of racing.
Youth Advanced (recommended ages 10 to 14)
A continuation of learning how to adjust the boat in different wind conditions, how sail shape affects speed, and learning more about the fundamentals of racing. All kids are encouraged to begin taking part in Laser, Opti, or Open Bic racing. Drills will be based on teaching greater mastery of boat handling and a deeper understanding of the rules.
This summer we’re excited to be piloting a STEM Marine Science and sailing program. The aim of the class is to connect kids to the Salish Sea and build their understanding of how the marine ecosystem functions. The class offers opportunities at home for family interaction with the materials and will be taught during the afternoon session the week of the August 2nd. The course was built using SeaDoc educational materials and is geared for kids from 4th through 6th grade. (We will be weaving Marine Sciences into our regular weekly classes to give all kids a taste of this class for future years.)
We are also running six Women’s Learn to Sail classes on Monday evenings. This is a class taught by women for women. The goal is to get more women out on the water and help them achieve whatever their sailing goals may be. Whether it’s learning the basics of how to sail or getting involved with the yacht club race scene, we’re here to teach. Our classes start in two person dinghies and this year we’ll have options for learning in larger keelboats. Class size will be initially limited to 6.
Tuesday nights will be Informal Laser racing for all ages, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. (This is not a class but an opportunity for sailors to race. Sailors are expected to have some experience in Lasers.) Please register for this class so we can know how many to expect. Lasers provided by Sail Orcas will be initially limited to 6.
Watch our Facebook page for additional special events, races, or clinics this summer.
Depending on how Covid-19 affects our classes, we may need to cancel or reduce class sizes, (or modify the skill of a class). Please bear with us if this happens. If we need to reduce class sizes, class enrollment will be based upon the order in which students registered. Refunds will be provided. Our UltraCamp software should allow us to organize and email notifications more nimbly, and modify classes if required as the summer progresses.
We are also trying out a new fundraiser Merch site.Check out Sail Orcas merchandise here.