The Junior Division is planning an action-packed sailing season! From five-year olds taking their first tentative steps in sailing to red-hot racers, we have options from March through November.
Our philosophy is that if kids have fun sailing with their friends, they will come back for more!
Opti Kids: Half-days on June 8, 9, 15, and 16 (two consecutive weekends). Perfect for our youngest beginning sailors, this program is taught in waist-deep water off our beach, and is designed to start our children sailing in a fun, carefree, and secure environment with hands-on learning. No yelling and nothing but fun! A parent or guardian is required to assist in the class and get in the water. Ages 5 to 8.
Junior Week: Monday, June 17 through midday Friday, June 21. Junior Week is our longest running event, and is still the centerpiece of our summer program. Sailors may choose from Beginner Opti, Advanced Beginner Opti, Intermediate Opti, Opti Racing, Advanced Opti Racing, Advanced Laser Racing, Beginner Laser Racing, 420s, Group Sailing in keel boats, or assist as a Counselor-in-Training. Classes will be subdivided based on experience and age, and will maintain a small teacher-to-student ratio. Instructors will be made up of a combination of professional national and international coaches, US Sailing instructors, and experienced volunteers. Entertainment will follow after sailing, and will likely include a Kona ice truck, ice cream, pool parties, and a family cookout. Ages 6 to 18.
Please visit pictures of Junior Week 2018 at https://flic.kr/s/aHskD8wyDS.
Above: Junior Week class of 2016
Opti, Laser & 420 Race Teams: June 15 through August 11. Fishing Bay Yacht Club's Junior Race Teams have grown into regional and nationally renowned organizations, attracting the best international coaches. Every year since 2007 a Fishing Bay Yacht Club team member has won either the Opti or Laser Radial division of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association High Points. In addition to racing across the Chesapeake Bay, the teams will travel to national regattas. The sailors are very dedicated and serious racers. The teams will practice, travel, or race for extended periods, normally taking one day off per week. The coaches concentrate on individualized instruction centered on advanced racing techniques and preparation for top level competition. Ages 10 to 18.
Enjoy these photos of the 2016 Race Teams: https://flic.kr/s/aHskR2F8Ex
and 2015 Race Teams: https://flic.kr/s/aHskfDbovz
Development Team: June 22 through August 11. Originally conceived as a stepping stone to the Opti Race Team, the Development Team has grown into a force of its own! The sailors meet for practices or regattas Thursdays through Sundays, and in consideration of working parents and tired sailors, no session or regatta is mandatory. For most of the summer, the team attends regattas close to home in the southern bay, where overnight stays are not required. The team is coached by college-level sailors who are often graduates of our Junior Division and work closely with the sailors to develop their individual skills and confidence on the water, including introducing racing techniques. We have the option to subdivide the team based on age and experience so that all can learn in a safe and friendly environment. Ages 7 to 15.
Summer Sailing School: June through August. We will again offer private lessons for indivduals or groups of up to 5 sailors. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of the individual or group, from a five-year-old taking their first tentative steps in sailing off our beach, to a preteen looking to build the confidence to sail alone on Fishing Bay, to an 18-year-old honing her racing skills and even adult beginners, and everyone in-between!
Key Summer Regattas at FBYC
- FBYC Annual Junior Regatta: June 22 and 23, which is the weekend immediately following Junior Week. We encourage all Junior Week sailors to attend, and will offer a Green Fleet seminar and on-the-water coaching for novice racers (and their parents!) making that first scary step into regatta racing. Additional racing will include Red, White, and Blue Opti Divisions, Laser Radials, and 420's. Open to all juniors. Club boats will be available for those without their own (on a first-come, first-served basis).
- 77th Annual One Design: August 10 and 11. We will support Opti Green, Red, White, and Blue Divisions, Laser Radials, and 420s.
Spring and Fall Opti Race Team: Professional training and racing in the spring and fall, designed specifically for busy students and their families!
In addition to the above, Fishing Bay Yacht Club will host a number of spring, fall and frostbite regattas this year in which juniors are invited to participate in Optis, Lasers, and 420s.
Members and non-members of Fishing Bay Yacht Club are welcome at all Junior Division events! Parents and guardians are encouraged to join in the fun and attend and assist in all Junior Division events.
The Chesapeake Bay junior regatta schedule can be found at the following site: http://www.cbyrajuniorsailing.org/calendar-1
The Junior Program registrar is Joanna Wensell.