Rowing classes are usually for children under seven, although older individuals are always welcome. Boating basics such as balance in a small boat, parts of the boat, how tide, wind, currents and wake affect a rowboat and the skill of rowing are covered. This is a great way for participants to become comfortable on boats – a nice segue into sailing boats.
Beginner classes are for sailors with little or no experience. Young sailors are taught in Optimists, single-person, single-sail prams, which offer the sailor sole responsibility for steering and sail trim. On windy days we are often able to use Bulleyes belonging to long time club members. These 14 foot keel boats have three sails: jib, mainsail and spinnaker and can fit a few children with the instructor in the boat. Skills with the three sails acquired in a stable Bullseye can then be utilized in our Turbo 420’s.
Intermediate classes are for juniors who have acquired many of the basic sailing skills, but do not feel comfortable sailing without an instructor. Sailing techniques and seamanship are emphasized. Wednesdays offer a combined class with Advanced class, with intent of racing and the last half hour of class spent reviewing the race/ rules.
Advanced classes are for juniors who have successfully completed the Intermediate level (this may take more than one or two seasons) or who have acquired basic sailing skills and are competent enough to sail without an instructor in the boat. This class covers basic racing techniques and rules, as well as weather related seamanship skills. Advanced students meet twice a week to sail with 420 youth sailors from local Mount Desert yacht clubs, getting to know other local teen sailors as they work on skills in one group. For further information please see the The Great Harbor Fleet page.