Wilmette Harbor
Sailing School
Youth Sailing Programs

Online Registration for Junior Sailing and Sea Squirts

The junior programs offer a range of classes from ages 8 to 18. Sailors’ progress through a series of four levels: Beginning, intermediate, Advanced and Race Team. This progressive approach is designed to help each sailor make exciting improvements while having as much fun as possible. Sailors are continuously evaluated on the water to ensure that they are learning the necessary skills to progress to the next level. Students are not pushed to finish a level nor are they held back if capable of advancing faster. The priorities of the Junior Sailing Programs are to provide a safe, fun program that develop the participant’s skills and enthusiasm for the sport. Our courses incorporate standards from both U.S. Sailing and Canadian Yachting Associations. The Junior Programs primarily use Prams, Optimists or 420’s for instruction; The boat used depends on the students’ abilities and physical size.

Beginning Sailing is for students who have never sailed or have little sailing experience. The class teaches boating safety, knots and boat parts. Students also learn beginning steering, points of sail, maneuvers, and how to get a boat to and from a dock or mooring.

Intermediate Sailing is for students who have the skills listed in basic sailing, but still lack experience to sail on their own. In this level students will learn more knots, boat parts, as well as develop confidence to steer a boat on their own. Additionally, basic rules of the road and basic seamanship are taught.
Intermediate Sailing focuses on mastering independent, confident boat handling. By the end of Intermediate Sailing a student should be able to rig and sail a boat without instructor assistance.

Advanced Sailing students begin learning sailing theory and basic racing Students are also introduced to spinnaker and trapeze use on 420’s. Advanced boat handling techniques and sail trim are taught and beginning racing rules and tactics are covered. By the end of Advanced Sailing a student should be ready for racing.



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