BPYC Sailing Program

The BPYC Sailing Program's mission is to teach kids and adults in Biddeford Pool and greater Southern Maine community the basics of boat handling, seamanship, and sportsmanship. 

The program strives to develop competence and confidence in a safe and fun environment. The program’s success is measured not in races won but in the legacy of a love of sailing.

Sailing Program Registration Fees

Full Family Member Rate:

$180 per week (two week minimum)

 

Non-Member Rates

$270 per week (two week minimum)

 

Fees includes two 3 hour classes per week (except Sea Fleas 2 ½ hours) and special events on Fridays. Pram, Opti and 420 Racers may have the opportunity to participate in interclub regattas.

 

Class Descriptions

SEA FLEAS

This class introduces children to boats and the ocean. The goal of this class is to expose and acclimate the children to the sea in a fun and safe environment while beginning to develop a love of boating and an appreciation for the sea. The class will be outdoors as much as weather permits, both on the water (in various boats) and exploring the local seaside environment. This class is not focused on teaching sailing.  Sea Fleas are generally between the ages of 5-7 years old. Children must be 5 years old and entering kindergarten in the fall to enroll in this class.

SEA SANDERS

This class teaches children basic sailing and seamanship skills. The primary goal is to get the children competent in sailing a boat on a short course in a fun and safe environment. The class will achieve these goals through classroom and on the water instruction.  Sea Sanders are generally between the ages of 7-10 years old. 7 year olds must have had a minimum of 2 months in the Sea Fleas class.

PRAM MASTERS

This class introduces junior sailors to racing while developing their seamanship and boat handling skills. The primary goal is to develop competent Pram sailors. The class will achieve these goals through classroom and on the water instruction. This class will include an introduction to informal racing.  Pram Masters are generally between the ages of 9-11 years old.

PRAM/OPTI RACING

This class teaches junior sailors the basics of racing while further advancing their seamanship and boat handling skills. The primary goal is to develop all-around competent Pram and Opti racers. This class will achieve these goals through classroom and on the water instruction. This class will include formal racing. All Opti Racing students will participate in Friday series races.  Pram/Opti Racing students are generally between the ages of 10-14 years old.

RACING

This class teaches the more advanced sailor additional racing, seamanship, and boat handling skills. The primary goal of this class is to develop competitive sailors with solid racing skills and a strong base in seamanship. The class will achieve these goals through classroom and on the water instruction. This class will include formal racing in a variety of boats. All 420 Racing students will participate in Friday afternoon series races.  420 Racing students must have spent at least two full months in Pram/Opti Racing. Students are generally between the ages of 13-17 years old.

RECREATIONAL

This class teaches junior sailors additional seamanship and boat handling skills with only cursory attention to formal racing skills. Students will sail a variety of boats in order to become capable sailors. The primary goal is to develop the skill and comfort level necessary to foster a life-long love of sailing. The class will achieve these goals through classroom and on the water instruction. This class will include occasional exposure to racing but is not designed to teach competitive racing.  Recreational sailors are generally between the ages of 11-17 years old.

Private Sailing Lessons

Private instruction for all levels is available during week and weekend. Small and big boat instruction. To sign up, please email the Program Director at[email protected] or call (207) 282-0485.

Member Price:
Private: $75/hr, min 2hrs
Group: $50/hr per person, min 2hr
 

Non-Member Price:

Private: $100/hr, min 2hrs

Group: $75/hr per person, min 2hrs

 

Sailing Program Scholarship

The Mary Ann Beaudry Scholarship Fund provides a full or partial scholarship to the Sailing Program for one child each year. This fund was created in memory of Mary Ann Beaudry, a Biddeford Pool native who attended our Sailing Program with help from a Club member. Mary Ann loved sailing and took full advantage of her opportunity. This scholarship is intended to give other children Mary Ann’s opportunity. Candidates should write the Junior Sailing Committee, c/o BPYC or email Norann Oleson.

Additional contributions are always welcome.