YOUTH BIG BOAT PROGRAM

 






 

 




Sail Newport is teaming up with Ida Lewis Yacht Club and members of the vibrant local marine industry to provide a new program which will expand young sailors' access to the various pathways that the sport of sailing has to offer.  Taught by a mix of professional coaches, selected mentors and pro sailors with a wealth of varied sailing experience, students will learn both competitive and non-competitive sailing skills and lessons that are often only touched on or missed altogether in traditional youth programs.  

Using high-performance keelboats, coastal and offshore cruising boats, the newly developed Youth Big Boat Program will grow the sailing knowledge base of skills of our students.  The variety of experiences will be available to every student.  One evening a sailor may learn how to plan for and navigate a weekend cruise while the next they could be two-boat speed testing on a high performance one design such as a C&C 30. Mentors from some of the most high-performance racing programs in the World and some of the regions most experienced offshore cruisers will share their knowledge with our students!

OUR INSPIRATION ~  Edward Oliver “Tad” Sanchez, III 
The Big Boat Sailing Program at Sail Newport was established in 2018 in memory of our dear friend and incredibly skilled sailor Tad Sanchez. Pro sailor Jim Gibson and Donna Kelly brought the idea to Sail Newport and rallied many of his friends in the sailing community to create a program in keeping with Tad's spirit for recreational and competitive sailing. The goal is to provide local youth with opportunities to experience the sport of sailing that Tad loved. Besides being an incredible person, Tad was the consummate sailor, gentleman and crewmate. Sailors in the program will be inspired to develop and strive to achieve"Tad-worthy" qualities such; punctuality, selflessness, a dedicated work ethic, decorum, respect for people and traditions, commitment,  perfect preparation of a race-ready boat,  strong communication skills and respect for the sea .

More on Tad and the origin of this program

 

SKILLS TO BE TAUGHT

  • Boat handling
  • Advanced sail trim
  • Rig tuning
  • Advanced seamanship
  • Navigation
  • Working with multiple crew

 

AGES

For sailors ages 13-20

 

PREREQUISITE 

Sailors must have a solid base of sailing experience. This is not a learn-to-sail or beginner program

 

BOATS WE SAIL

  • J/22 - for the majority of training 
  • C & C 30 
  • Cruising boats  

 

 

2019 SESSION DATES ~ THREE 4-WEEK SESSIONS 

Session I ~ June: 3, 5,10, 12, 24, 26, July 1, 3

Session II ~ July: 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

Session III ~ August: 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

 

 

FORMAT:

MONDAYS

  • 4:30 p.m. ~ 7:30 p.m.
  • Skills-building days with multiple learning stations on and off the water 

 

WEDNESDAYS

  • 4:30 p.m. ~ 7:30 p.m.
  • Students will be assigned to specific boats based on their interests and skill levels in smaller groups

 

EXTRA DAYS
  • Students will take field trips to such places as sail lofts, marinas, boat builders, rigging companies for first-hand demonstrations and hands-on learning
  • Sailors will have the opportunity to earn documented volunteer hours and learn how to properly maintain our fleet of boats

 

FEES:
$200 per sailor per 4-week session

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN THIS PROGRAM

BECOME A MENTOR IN THIS PROGRAM


For more information:
Nick Ewenson, Race Programs Manager
O 401.846.1983