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SPECIAL NOTES ON 2020 COVID-19 OPERATIONS:

Beetle Cats have been a central part of the Chapoquoit Yacht Club experience for generations, and for good reason: these wonderful, classic wooden boats are fun to sail, fun to race, and a wonderful way to introduce children to the joys of sailing.

Due to the close quarters, Instructors will be unable sail with students in Beetles this summer. Beetle Cats are still an excellent way to learn to sail, and can be sailed provided they are crewed by members of the same family or household. This means that If you sign a child up for this class you must also provide a family or household member who is comfortable rigging and solo sailing a Beetle. This person does not need to be an expert, but should be comfortable sailing a Beetle Cat inside West Falmouth Harbor.

 

Sailors may bring their own Beetle, or sign up for one of the club Beetles. If a club Beetle is used, the boat will be brought into Little Beach, but not rigged.

 

We hope that this summer allow families to rediscover the joys of Beetle sailing!


Beetle classes are offered 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with Fridays oriented towards fun racing.


Please note: you must also register the household member who will sail with your child. There is no charge for this, but the registration process must be completed.


NORMAL OPERATIONS (this information is provided as a reference to how we operate during normal operating conditions):
Beetle Cats have been a central part of the Chapoquoit Yacht Club experience for generations, and for good reason: these wonderful, classic wooden boats are fun to sail, fun to race, and a wonderful way to introduce children to the joys of sailing.

Starting out, each boat (we use Club boats for this) has an instructor and a "crew" of anywhere between two and four students. The youngest sailors are usually 7 to 9 years of age, but we can discuss younger students (and we'll accept older students in Beetles if they're just starting out).

The curriculum includes basic rigging, learning parts of the boat, basic seamanship (safety, knots, rules of the road), points of sail, tacking and jibing and - of course - confidence building and fun.

Students may be ability-grouped by boat, and later in the program the instructors move to chase boats so students can develop the skills of independent sailing.

Beetle classes are offered 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with Fridays oriented towards fun racing.




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