Spring 2021 Youth Sailing Programs

High School Sailing: Grades 7th – 12th

  • Pre-requisite: Drysuits are required. Previous experience sailing dinghies required.

  • Practice Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 4 pm – 7 pm 

  • Boats: 420s/FJs

  • Practices Begin: March 29th, 2021

  • Regatta Dates: See Sailing Calendar (Sailors must be registered with MISSA and dues paid in order to compete)


Registration is required and will include COVID-specific waivers and rules that must be accepted and adhered to.

Cohort/QuaranTEAM forms will be required. Parents will need to sign off on whom their sailor can sail with.

The curriculum will be development-based and intense. 

The cost for Spring 2021 is $750.00 per sailor


What to Expect - Notes from Coaches Nick Turney & Scott Hansen



In order to develop a curriculum, the first week will be focused on assessing each sailor’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s important to correct bad habits, teach new concepts, but also polish and sharpen a sailor’s tools (what they are really good at).



It’s important to have goals and strive to achieve them. The goal for this Fall is to give young sailors as much knowledge and skills as possible. It’s important to focus not only on the style of sailing that is high school and college but also give young sailors knowledge and skills that they can utilize on any boat they sail on in their future sailing ventures. Every sailor will be asked to write down goals for the 10-week program. We will constantly monitor progress and modify each goal along the way. Goal setting is not only important for reaching a destination but also for tracking progress.  



Each practice will be intense. We will want to maximize our time together and time on the water. Briefings will be short and the de-briefs will be informative but short as well. After each practice, I will type up notes and send them out the next day for review and record keeping. Each week will have a focus. In sailing, there are many areas that are important for success. Boat handling, speed, tactics, strategy, starts, weather, etc. I have many drills that focus on each of these areas, and each week we will focus on one of these specific areas. By the end of the 10-week program, young sailors will have learned how to put it all together and win regattas.



Briefings will discuss the drills for the evening’s practice. Each drill focuses on certain skills which I want the kids to understand the focus points of. It’s important to understand that we are not running drills to keep the sailors busy while on the water, each drill has a focus point and it’s critical that the sailors understand the point of the drill and really work hard to perfect and learn from the drills.



Each day every sailor will have homework assignments. Weather is a major factor in sailboat racing.I will teach these sailors how to put together their own forecast, what high pressure and low pressure do to wind velocity and direction, what warm fronts, cold fronts, occluded fronts are, and how they affect our area. Predicting the weather is the first step to predicting wind shifts. I will also have sailors write their own de-briefs after each practice and ask them to e-mail them to me for review and corrections. This is how I will track progress and provide the best coaching possible for each sailor.



After practice, we will have a very short debrief to discuss the drills and review the focus points.


I am a very interactive and approachable coach. The practices will be intense, they will be difficult, but these young sailors will learn a lot and have fun doing it.  


In order to develop a curriculum, I need to see each sailor in action. I foresee the first week being an assessment week so I can see each sailors’ strengths and weaknesses.  After the first week, I will develop a program that suits each sailor. It’s important to correct bad habits, teach new concepts, but also polish and sharpen their tools (what they are really good at).