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Junior Sailing Program 2020

River Rats offers summer training sessions for young people interested in sailing.  Training is available for boys and girls with sailing skills ranging from beginner through intermediate, and advanced/racing.  

Students must be at least 8 years old by the beginning of class, no older than 16, and able to swim. A swim check will be conducted the first day of class. 

Boats are provided at no extra cost, but students may also use his/her own approved boat.

Sailors will be divided into groups based upon skill level, so they receive the optimal experience. Sailors are expected to attend each day of their session/s.

Beginner Category:  For those who have little or no sailing experience. 

This course encourages students to enjoy sailing and gives them the ability to handle small sailboats safely.  Students sail National 10 (Turnabout) and Optimists.  Water safety, basic boat handling and maintenance are emphasized. The course includes a capsize drill.

Intermediate Category:  For those with some sailing experience. 

The Intermediate class builds on the fundamental skills taught in the Beginner class.  It introduces spinnaker handling, racing, and handling of boats under a variety of conditions. Students sail National 10 (Turnabout) and Optimists.  Students are expected to take the Intermediate class for at least two sessions before moving on to Advanced.  Students may participate in the Junior Sweeps Race Week in August.


Advanced/Racing:  For experienced sailors who can handle a Laser or 420. 

The Advanced/Racing class teaches students to handle a sloop-rigged boat, emphasizes precision boat handling, includes racing skills and tactics, and orients students to a variety of racing courses.


Enrollment in the Advanced/Racing category is subject to approval by the Head Instructor.  Students are encouraged to participate in the Junior Sweeps Race Week in August.

For the 2020 season, there will be 8 weeks of sailing available:

  • June 22 – June 26
  • June 29 – July 3
  • July 6 - July 10
  • July 13 – July 17
  • July 20 – July 24
  • July 27 – July 31
  • August 10 – August 14
  • August 17 - August 21

There will be no lessons the week of August 3rd due to Junior Sweeps.


In order to provide families with the most flexibility, beginning in 2020, students are able to sign up for the weeks and days of the week they would like to attend, with a minimum requirement of attending for at least 2 consecutive weeks and for at least 2 days per week registered. Students can choose the day combination for each week they sign up for - it does not need to be the same number of days or day combinations every week.

Pricing will be calculated using $69 per day for non-member families.

Member families will receive 35% off the non-member price – so ~$45 per day. Note: the 35% discount will be calculated within the sign-up tool and rounded off at that time, so exact billing amounts can be viewed when processing your sign-up.




2 day = $ 138

3 days = $ 207

4 day = $ 276

5 day = $ 345




2 day = $ 90

3 days = $ 135

4 day = $ 179

5 day = $ 224


Security Deposit: To help instill a sense of responsibility along with an understanding of the care and maintenance involved in keeping the River Rats fleet seaworthy, River Rats will require a $50 security deposit from each student or one per family.  This check will be used only if neglect or foolishness results in necessary repairs.  Parents will be notified immediately of any occurrence. This check will be destroyed at the end of the season or can be directed to be deposited as a tax-deductible donation to River Rats.

Parental Involvement: A MANDATORY PARENT MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF CAMP. Parent involvement is critical in assuring a fun and safe summer on the water.  Parents add to the experience by getting sailors to class in advance of their start time, making sure they have appropriate clothing, food, snacks and safety gear.  Parents also need to make certain that their sailors understand that taking care of equipment and facilities is everyone’s responsibility including taking care of their gear, club equipment, and cleaning up after themselves keeping the facilities tidy for fellow students and members of the club.

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