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Sailing Instruction at the Chapoquoit Yacht Club



Important Notes regarding Classes and Program Requirements - Updated May 30, 2020 - Includes Information Related to Covid-19 - Please Read Carefully

    • Sailing instruction is available to Members, their families and special guests. To inquire about membership and/or sailing instruction, please click here. Non-Members may also participate in sailing instruction on a space-available basis; non-members must Contact Us and request a Provisional Membership. Please note that Provisional Memberships provide access to the junior sailing program only, and to no other Yacht Club services.
    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer beginner Beetle classes this summer (we do offer a Family Beetles option - see below). Beginner Opti sailor may participate provided they are capable solo sailing. Rigging experience is not required.
    • All classes this year will be singlehanded, with one exception: members of the same household may sail together. As a result, all students MUST have at least basic prior experience in boat handling.
    • All participants this year must be at least 8 years old as of July6, 2020. Exceptions may be made for participation in Family Beetles.
    • Sailing lessons will begin on July 6th. Sessions One, Two, and Three are TWO WEEK SESSIONS. Session Four is a ONE-WEEK SESSION. Every Friday of each session is dedicated to racing for fun (morning, regardless of class; regular Friday afternoon races will still be held). Note that racing this year may be modified to allow for social distancing on the water.
    • All schedules and offerings are subject to change based on guidelines from the Town of Falmouth, the Massachusetts Department of Health, the national Centers for Disease Control and the Chapoquoit Associates.
    • All Opti classes will run in the morning (8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m).; all 420 and Single-handed classes will run in the afternoons (1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Family Beetle classes will be offered from 9:00 a.m.- 11:15 a.m..
    • Note that classes may have a staggered start due to the need for social distancing and other COVID-19 related program adjustments. Schedules with drop-off times will be posted on Friday for the following week’s classes.
    • Staff members, including Junior Program Staff, are not responsible for children on the waterfront during non-class times. Please do not arrive more than 5-10 minutes ahead of your class drop-off time, and please remain in the parking area until your child is under instruction.
    • ALL PARTICIPANTS in the CYC Sailing Programs MUST PASS a swim check, to be administered by staff on the first day of the student's term. Swim requirements include: swimming from the beach out approximately 25 yards to the coach boat; treading water, and removing and putting back on the PFD.
    • ALL PARTICIPANTS in the CYC Sailing Programs MUST HAVE, and must wear (at all times when on the docks and boats) a properly-fitting, Coast Guard approved PFD (life jacket) with a working whistle (to be used in emergency only!) attached.
    • Participants must also have closed-toe, non-skid footwear; a brimmed hat, and adequate sun protection (either long-sleeve clothing or sun block). Students should bring a water bottle (filled, of course) and a small container of hand sanitizer with 70% or greater alcohol content. Unfortunately, no food or drink beyond personal water bottles can be allowed this summer.
    • Staff members are not responsible for providing sun block. A towel and appropriate clothes, depending on weather, are strongly recommended. It is critical this summer that all sailors have their own clothing and equipment.
    •  Sailors should show up for class rain or shine, however, CYC will be unable to do shore-based classes this summer. If sailing is canceled due to weather, all children must be picked up promptly. The Sailing Staff will notify parents if this is necessary.
    • Adults, whether accompanying young sailors or engaging in sailing activities themselves, are strongly encouraged to bring and use the same clothing and safety gear. Among other things, it sets a great example.
    • ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE TO OCCUR ONLINE THIS YEAR. Sailing Staff will NOT accept students who are not pre-registered. Parents and/or Legal Guardians will be required to complete a Release from Liability, including a COVID-19 Release, during the registration process in order for their children to participate in sailing instruction. You must accept the releases provided during the online registration process.
    • We also require a medical history form for each student; this will be sent to you once you've registered your child. Adults participating in instruction must also sign the Releases and provide medical history prior to setting out on the water.
    • The speed limits on Chapoquoit Island are STRICTLY ENFORCED. First violation will result in the loss of Island access for two weeks. Second violation will result in the loss of access for the remainder of the season.
    • CYC Junior Sailors will be launching from the East side of Little Beach this summer and we will not have access to Little Pier. or the main part of Little Beach. Optis will be launched and rigged by staff members to help students get on the water faster.
    • Social distancing and hygiene rules must also be strictly enforced this summer for everyone’s health and safety. We expect this to be difficult for all, but we greatly appreciate your help in following and enforcing new rules as they are developed.
    • If you are registering more than one child, you must go through the registration queue for each fleet class individually. If registering for two or more fleets, you can complete your purchase of the programs with one transaction once registrations are complete (the system will hold registrations for 1/2 hour).

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    One-Week Learn to Sail Classes


    This program will not be offered in 2020 due to Covid-19 situation. The following information is provided should you be interested in this program in 2021.

    This program is designed for families who only visit the West Falmouth area for one week in the summer, or who only wish to participate in one week of sailing classes during their visit. We’ll generally use Beetle Cats for these classes, though other boats in the CYC fleet may be used at the discretion of the Staff. It's not limited to kids - parents, grandparents and others are welcome! These are one-week sessions and offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays (except July 4) and Fridays from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    To register for One-Week Learn-to-Sail classes, CLICK HERE.