Youth Summer Sailing Program

**All participants are required to show proof of up to date COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes boosters if eligible, OR show proof of a negative COVID 19 test within 24 hours, from a pharmacy, lab or healthcare provider. Over the counter COVID-19 tests are not permitted.**

The Outdoor Adventure Center and the Passamaquoddy Yacht Club have partnered over the last 10 years to provide the Youth Summer Sailing Program, where we share volunteers/instructors, boat maintenance, and scholarships for campers in need.  The program instructors follow a safe progression and curriculum modeled from the US Sailing Small Boat program. Two beginner sessions learn basic nomenclature, seamanship, rigging the boat, nautical knots and basic points of sail. The intermediate session reviews the beginner curriculum and improvement on sailing maneuvers and skills. The advanced course reviews intermediate techniques such as maneuvers, sail theory, navigation rules and racing techniques in the last week of the camp.  The advanced program ends with a regatta where the instructors and yacht club members race against the campers in a series of buoy courses.  This Youth Summer Sailing Program has been a staple offering in the local summer camps.

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Mini Scholarships are available to cover the majority of the camp fee.

BEGINNER SAILING CAMP         

FOR YOUTH AGES 8-12

SESSION 1: Indian Lake, Whiting, ME      REGISTER

July 25th – 29th, 2022   10a-3p   $145

SESSION 2: Keene’s Lake, Calais, ME      REGISTER

August 1st – 5th, 2022   10a-3p   $145

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This is a beginner class for children to have positive early learning experiences on the water and while sailing. Building confidence, ensuring safety, demonstrating respect, courtesy to others, and good teamwork are primary goals. Participants learn basic nomenclature, seamanship, maneuvers, sail theory, navigation rules and sailing skills. Small sloop-rigged dinghies called “Mirrors” are used for instruction on fresh water lakes. Fun sailing games and other skill-related activities are incorporated into the course. Upon completion students should feel comfortable sailing with another participant. There are two locations and dates for this program. Maximum class size 12 students per session.

INTERMEDIATE SAILING CAMP

FOR YOUTH AGES 8-12

SESSION 3: Keene’s Lake, Calais, ME      REGISTER

August 8th – 12th, 2021   9a-3p   $155

This intermediate class will reinforce the basic sailing content introduced in the beginning classes. The participants will develop a further understand of sailing skills, such as, tacking, jibing, getting out-of-irons, points of sail, sailing upwind, downwind, weather, and wind awareness and advanced safety such as right-of-way. Rigging and tying knots on the sloop rigged dinghies called “Mirrors”. Fun sailing games and other skill-related activities are incorporated into the course. Upon completion students should feel comfortable sailing with another participant. There are two locations and dates for this program. Maximum class size 12 students per session.

ADVANCED SAILING CAMP

FOR YOUTH AGES 10-17

SESSION 4: Boyden’s Lake, Perry, Maine      REGISTER

August 15th – 19th, 2021   9a-4p   $165

This course is intended for youth who have completed 2 years of sailing school or possess skills beyond beginner level.  This program will focus on skill development for teens using mirror sailboats, daysailers, and/or WCCC’s fleet of six Flying Junior sailboats and will provide the participant with instruction in more advanced topics such as boat rigging, furling, safety, and racing. The class further focuses on sailing skills, such as roll-tacking, roll-jibing, getting out-of-irons, heaving-to, points of sail, sailing upwind, downwind, weather and wind awareness and advanced safety such as right-of-way. A review of important knots and variety of uses will also be included.  The curriculum is based on US Sailing’s standard small boat sailing certification program. Maximum class size 12 students.