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.
To register for Beetles classes, please CLICK HERE.
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