Sailing Program Registration Fees

Full Family Member Rates:

$290 per week

Combo class (Recreational/Cruising and Racing): $365

Non-Member Rates:

$365 per week

Combo class (Recreational/Cruising and Racing): $477.50

 

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 inter-club regattas.

Sailors must be registered for a minimum of 2 consecutive weeks, with the exception of Sea Fleas.

 

Class Descriptions

SEA FLEAS

Sea Fleas 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 as of the date of their first session to enroll in this class.

SEA SANDERS

Sea Sanders teaches children beginner sailing and seamanship skills. The primary goal of this class is to get the children competent in sailing a boat on a short course in a fun and safe environment. Children generally sail two to a boat in Prams. 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. Sailors must have had a minimum of 2 months in the Sea Fleas class before advancing to Sea Sanders.

PRAM MASTERS

Pram Masters strengthens junior sailors’ boat handling abilities, introduces them to basic racing practices, and continues to expand their overall seamanship skills. The primary goal of this course is to develop competent single-handed Pram sailors. These goals will be achieved through classroom and on the water instruction. Pram Masters are generally between the ages of 9-11 years old.

PRAM/OPTI RACING

Pram/Opti Racing teaches junior sailors the basics of racing while further advancing their seamanship and boat handling skills. The objective of this course is to develop all-around competent Pram and Opti racers through classroom and on the water instruction. Formal racing instruction will be practiced. All Pram/Opti Racing students will participate in Friday series races. Students are generally between the ages of 10-14 years old.

RACING

Racing 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. Racing includes formal racing in a variety of boats, though primarily 420s. 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 14-17 years old.

RECREATIONAL

The Recreational class teaches junior sailors additional seamanship and boat handling skills with only cursory attention to formal racing skills. Students will utilize a variety of boats in order to become capable sailors and boaters. The primary goal is to develop the skill and comfort level necessary to foster a life-long love of sailing for beginner sailors. The class will achieve these goals through classroom and on the water instruction. Recreational sailors are generally between the ages of 11-14 years old, kids who are newer to sailing and who have spent limited time on the water.

CRUISING

The Cruising class teaches more advanced sailors additional seamanship and boat handling skills with some exposure to racing. This class familiarizes sailors to a variety of boats with the intention of achieving higher-level cruising capabilities. Students will participate in an in-depth exploration of the topics needed for curating a life-long love of sailing beyond racing. Additionally, students will be introduced to formal motor-boat handling skills. These goals will be accomplished in the classroom and on the water. Sailors in this course must have completed a minimum of 2 months of Recreational and or a Racing class. Students are generally between the ages of 13-17 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 Junior Sailing Committee Chair, Olivia Hennedy 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 MaryAnn 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 MaryAnn Beaudry, a Biddeford Pool native who attended our Sailing Program with help from a Club member. MaryAnn loved sailing and took full advantage of her opportunity. This scholarship is intended to give other children MaryAnn’s opportunity. Candidates should write the Junior Sailing Chairman, c/o BPYC or email Olivia Hennedy.

Additional contributions are always welcome.

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.