2020 Classes

COVID-19 Update:

There have been updates to our schedule from the East Grand Rapids Rec. Department’s 2020 Summer Program Guide as a result of COVID-19 safety guidelines. Unfortunately, there will be no options for students under the age of 9.

Updated Structure:

  • All classes will be held outside, with students spaced out to the 6-foot guidelines.
  • Boats will be sanitized between classes with a biodegradable disinfectant.
  • Opti 1 and Butterfly classes, where students sail in partners, students are required to register with a partner.
  • Class sizes are reduced to a maximum of 8 students, to ensure that no meetings exceed 10 persons (including instructors).

Updated Schedule:

Sailing Explorer

There will be no Sailing Explorer course this summer, as we believe the course could not be conducted safely in our current situation.

Opti 1

Two kids per boat. Must be a rising third-grader. Learn boat parts, points of sail, wind direction, water safety, and how to rig a boat. Sail with a partner taking turns steering to build confidence. No instructor on board.

ALL STUDENTS MUST REGISTER WITH A PARTNER IN WHICH THEY ARE COMFORTABLE BEING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY WITH FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME.

Mo-Th  6/15-6/18  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  6/22-6/25  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  6/29-7/02  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  7/06-7/09  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  7/13-7/16  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  7/20-7/23  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  7/27-7/30  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  8/10-8/13  10:00AM-12:30PM

Tu, Th  6/16-6/18  1:00PM-3:30PM

Tu, Th  6/30-7/02  1:00PM-3:30PM

Tu, Th  7/07-7/09  1:00PM-3:30PM

Tu, Th  7/14-7/16  1:00PM-3:30PM

Tu, Th  7/21-7/23  1:00PM-3:30PM

Opti 2

One child per boat. Ages 9+ and instructor approval following the successful completion of Opti 1. Build on Knowledge of boat parts, points of sail, wind direction, and water safety. Learn to rig and sail an Opti independently with confidence. Instructors continue to build on prior knowledge. No instructor on board, no partner.

Mo-Th  6/15-6/18  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  6/22-6/25  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  6/29-7/02  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  7/06-7/09  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  7/13-7/16  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  7/20-7/23  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  7/27-7/30  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  8/10-8/13  9:30AM-12:00PM

Learn to Race

An extension of Opti 1 and Opti 2 to build knowledge of boat parts, points of sail, wind direction, water safety how to rig a boat, and the skills and knowledge to race a sailboat. Sail with a partner or independently based on experience. Instructors build on knowledge with each session; No instructors on board.

Tu, Th  6/23-6/25  1:00PM-3:30PM

Tu, Th  7/07-7/09  1:00PM-3:30PM

Tu, Th  7/21-7/23  1:00PM-3:30PM

Butterfly

Ages 9 thru teenager – minimum weight 70lbs. Students learn the basic theory and terminology of sailing and begin to build a foundation of skills. Learn to rig and sail a butterfly with a partner.

IF THE STUDENT IS NOT COMFORTABLE SAILING ALONE, STUDENT MUST REGISTER WITH A PARTNER IN WHICH THEY ARE COMFORTABLE BEING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY WITH FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME.

Mo-Th  6/15-6/18  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  6/22-6/25  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  6/29-7/02  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  7/06-7/09  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  7/13-7/16  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  7/20-7/23  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  7/27-7/30  10:00AM-12:30PM

Mo-Th  8/10-8/13  10:00AM-12:30PM

Advanced Sailing

Builds on skills from Butterfly. Learn to sail alone in a butterfly, build knowledge of boat parts, points of sail, wind direction, water safety how to rig a boat, and the skills and knowledge to race a sailboat. No instructor on board.

Mo-Th  6/15-6/18  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  6/22-6/25  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  6/29-7/02  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  7/06-7/09  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  7/13-7/16  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  7/20-7/23  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  7/27-7/30  9:30AM-12:00PM

Mo-Th  8/10-8/13  9:30AM-12:00PM

Adult Learn to Sail

For adults 18 + in age. No experience necessary. Instruction begins on a Butterfly sailboat. Beginner sailors will learn rigging, basic boat handling, and points of sail. More experienced sailors will build a sailing confidence, receive an introduction to racing including rules, starts and become familiar with a racecourse. This course includes a US Sailing “Learn o Sail” textbook.

Classes will not meet on: 8/03, 8/04

Mo  6/15-8/10  6:00-9:00PM

Tu  6/16-8/11  6:00-9:00PM

Partner Sail

Learn to sail with a partner. No experience necessary. You must register with a partner. Instruction will start on a club 420 sailboat. Beginner sailors will learn rigging, basic boat handling, and points of sail. More experienced sailors will build sailing confidence.

Classes will not meet on: 8/03, 8/04

Mo  6/15-8/10  6:00-9:00PM

Tu  6/16-8/11  6:00-9:00PM

Please contact us at GRJUNIORSAIL@GMAIL.COM with any questions or inqueries.

2 thoughts on “2020 Classes

  1. Hello,
    My husband and I are interested to make the partner sail class.
    What us the procedure and how can we join the class?

    • Hi Simona,
      You can call the East Grand Rapids Park Department to register for classes. Unfortunately due to the current stay-at-home order, you are able to be placed on a waiting list but not register until the order is lifted.

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