Spring Junior Sailing at CSC is Back!

 

Columbia Sailing Club is excited to welcome back our returning junior sailors, and thrilled to share the Joy of Sailing with our first-time junior sailors around the Midlands of South Carolina!

 

Spring is an excellent time to start or continue sailing as Lake Murray enjoys some of its best breezes this time of year.

 

Below are this season’s options and prices. Register early as spaces are limited. We can’t wait to sail with you!

 

 

Sailing 101 – Learn to Sail (Ages 7-17)

Season: March 20 – May 22 | Click here to Register Now!

 

This option is a basic introduction to the sport/activity of sailing and no experience is required. We will teach the basics of rigging a boat, basic boat handling, sailing fundamentals, points of sail, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), sportsmanship, and water safety.

 

Instruction is done either in club-owned, single-sailor Optimists, or in Club 420 sailboats which are operated by two sailors working together. Sailors learn the basics of steering, trimming the sail, and balancing the boat in an exciting, hands-on way.

 

  • The season will consist of 8 practices
  • Practice Times: Sunday 1pm-4pm
  • Practice Dates: March 20, April 3, April 10, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22
  • The fee includes the use of boats and equipment, coaches and coach boats. No boat ownership required.
  • Member – $350, Public – $450

 

 

Sailing 102 – Racing and Cruising (Ages 7-17)

Season: March 20 – May 22 | Click here to Register Now!

 

This option is for sailors who have completed a 101 or other beginner option and want to continue sailing. Sailors will operate either an Optimist or Club 420 sailboat, and the course will teach additional sailing concepts while honing the fundamentals learned in the beginning course.

 

The course includes introductory racing concepts like basic racing rules, starting sequences, and simple race courses, as well as introductory cruising concepts like destination sailing and basic navigation. Each of these tracks can be further explored in their respective Advanced Sailing summer camps.

 

Upon completion, sailors interested in competition may consider joining our Junior Race Team to compete in regional regattas around the Southeast.

 

  • The season will consist of 8 practices
  • Practice Times: Sunday 1pm-4pm
  • Practice Dates: March 20, April 3, April 10, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22
  • The fee includes the use of boats and equipment, coaches and coach boats. No boat ownership required.
  • Member – $350, Public – $450

 

 

Junior Race Team

Season: March 20 – May 22 | Click here to Register Now!

 

The Columbia Sailing Club Junior Race Team competes in the Junior Grand Prix of the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association (SAYRA), as well as other events hosted by sailing and yachting clubs in our region.

 

An opportunity to join the Junior Race Team is offered to our sailors who have already participated in our 101 and 102-level programs, or sailors who have demonstrated the necessary proficiency to safely compete. Junior Race Team practices in Optimist, Open Skiff, Club 420, Laser 4.7, and Laser Radial saillboats.

 

Boat ownership is not required for Optimist, Club 420, or Open Skiff sailboats. However, if a host club for an out-of-town regatta is not offering a chartering option for your sailor’s boat and a CSC vessel needs to be transported to the event, a fee of $75/event will apply.

 

Regatta registration fees are a separate fee charged by the hosting club/venue and are not included in the fees paid to CSC. The Junior Race Team Coach or CSC Sailing Director will provide the registration details for parents to register their sailors for each regatta.

 

Sailors practicing/competing in a Laser will need to own their own boat.

 

After considering parent and athlete feedback, Junior Race Team will now practice for 4 hours (1pm-5pm) instead of 3 hours.

 

For the Spring 2022 season, the Junior Race Team regattas will include:

 

Spring 2022 Junior Race Team Schedule and Details:

 

  • The season will consist of 6 practices and 2 regattas.
  • Practice Times: Sunday 1pm-5pm (Rigged & Ready to sail by 1pm)
  • Practice Dates: March 20, April 3, April 10, May 1, May 8, May 22
  • Regatta Dates: April 23-24, May 14-15
  • Member – $420, Public – $540
  • Additional Coaching Fee of $50 per day will apply for out-of-town regattas. (It is preferred that coaching fees be paid at the time of registration. However, if you are unsure about attending a certain regatta and decide later to attend, you may pay the coaching fee at that time. This does not include the individual regatta registration fee charged by the host club.)
  • Additional Unstructured Practice Time will be available on Monday evenings from 4:30pm-6:30pm, $150 for the season (9 sessions) or $30/session. The intent of the additional practice is to provide a safe practice environment at minimal cost for sailors who want the extra tiller time–like a lifeguard at a swimming pool, not giving lessons, just keeping the swimmers safe.
    • For more details, click “see more” under Junior Race Team on the registration page.

 

For more information, please contact:

Brandon Gerrald at brandon@columbiasailingclub.org