From its first junior program in 1953, WRSC has a long and successful history with young sailors, turning out some of best sailors in the country. Our instructors instill not only a respect for the water, but also teach the techniques and skills required to sustain a life-long passion for the sport, always keeping at the forefront the most important element of teaching young children – fun! Our program runs from mid-June through mid-August, Monday through Friday, for Junior Sailors ages 8 and up. Each week culminates with a special activity, be it a treasure hunt sail to High Island in the Rhode River or a quiet picnic to Round Bay to observe the horseshoe crabs hatching their young. Sailors are given the opportunity to participate in summer regattas around the Bay.
Parents of sailors participating in summer regattas are required to assist in some regatta transportation. The Sea Urchins program is for junior sailors who are 6 and 7 years old and is an introduction program to sailing on the water.
Sea Urchins - 6 – 7 years
Session I - July 10 - July 14, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Session II – July 24 - July 28, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Session III – July 31 - August 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Scope: Introduction to boats and sailing
Cost: • Members: $170 per session• Non Members: $280 per session• Member discount only applies to children whose parents/grandparents are members of WRSC• 10% discount for one additional child registered. Please click on this link, Sailing School Application for additional information, specific dates and costs.
Juniors - Ages 8 and up
When: Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Session I – June 19 – June 30, NO CLASS 6/27
Session II – July 3 – July 14, NO CLASS 7/4
Session III - July 17 – July 28
Session IV – July 31 – August 11
Scope: For beginners thru advanced sailors who have completed second grade. Students will learn and improve upon general sailing, boat handling and racing skills in Optis, 420s and Lasers The sailing school Director and Head Instructor will break sailors into groups and boat types based on their experience, ability and knowledge, weight and age. Skill levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Juniors will also have the opportunity to join the WRSC Racing Team.
Cost: • Please click on Ashore, Forms, Sailing School Application for additional information regarding the dates and cost for each session. Different rates apply to members and non-members. Cost: Members $470.00 for Session I, II, and $520 for Session III & IV; Non-members $675.00 for Session I, & II, $745 for Sessions III & IV.
What to Bring: (see last page on Registration Form)
To Register: Please complete the Junior Sailing Program registration form (see FORMS page) and send with your check to WRSC, PO Box 268, Galesville, MD 20785. Make checks payable to West River Sailing Club.