06/18 Sail Camps

Sail Camps
The Greater Richmond Sailing Association on Swift Creek Reservoir offers the chance to enter the exciting sport of sailing. Future sailors age 8-17 can come out for the first time or come back to further enhance their skills. These one-week camps are taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors. This adventure-based program promotes leadership, self-confidence, sportsmanship, safety awareness, and respect for others. Students must be able to pass a swim test of swimming 50 feet unaided, provide their own lifejacket, and lunch for day, and have an adventuresome spirit! High school students can earn PE credits in Chesterfield County for this course (please ask your school’s PE department for details if interested).

Drop off and pick-up at Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian.
Each session is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.        $365

Details: GRSA Sail Camp Director, Kate Gomes: saiicamp@grsa.org or check out our website at www.grsa.org

Level I:

No experience required! Make new friends, spend the week on the lake, and learn how to sail. Sailors will learn how to rig sailboats, parts of a sailboat, sail trim, safety, how to read the wind, and steering. 8-12 year olds will have the opportunity to be the captain of their own boat while sailing Optimist dinghies, while 13-16 year olds will be paired up to jointly operate our Collegiate 420 sailboats.

8-12 year olds:
June 18-22          Course 33128
June 25-29          Course 33129
July 16-20           Course 33130
July 23-27           Course 33131

13-17 year olds:
June 18-22           Course 33132
July 16-20            Course 33133
July 30- Aug. 3     Course 33140

Level II:

Build on your experiences from Level I Camp! Learn intermediate/advanced sailing techniques, and experiment with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math components of sailing. In the 8-12 year old class, students will continue to expand their knowledge on sailing Opti’s and learn more advanced sailing techniques. They will also experience a long distance sail across Swift Creek Reservoir. In the 13-17 year old class students will be introduced to flying a spinnakers and the basic of racing. This class will still utilize our Collegiate 420’s.

8-12 year olds:
July 9-13              Course 33134
July 30-Aug. 3      Course 33135
13-17 year olds:
June 25-29           Course 33136

Level III:

Only offered for 13-16 year olds – must have completed at least two GRSA Sail Camps within the last three years. This class will take all the fundamentals learned over Level l and Level II and put them to work learning the ropes of sailing a Flying Scot. Students will be moved from our Collegiate 420’s which are 13’9″ into the larger Flying Scot, 19′! This class will challenge the adventurer in all of our students by exploring a larger boat and learning more race tactics!

13-16 year old:
July 9-13           Course 33116
July 23-27         Course 33117

04/21 Adult Sail on Swift Creek Reservoir

Adult Sail on Swift Creek Reservoir    

The Greater Richmond Sail Association will host Adult Learn to Sail weekends throughout 2018! No experience needed! This two-day course will teach the foundation of sailing skills: parts of the boat, points of sail, tacking/jibing, sail trim, knots, helmsmanship, and rules of the road. The weekend is hands-on with more time spent on the water learning and practicing the skills, then in the classroom. Classes are filled based on a first served basis and each course is limited to 12 students. Boats (19′ Flying Scots) will be provided. Requirements include the ability to swim, a well-fitting Type III PFD (life jacket) and closed-toed shoes. Instruction will be provided by US Sailing certified instructors.

Please bring an adventurous spirit, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, towel, a water bottle, and sailing attire for 2 full days of fun on and in the water. The course will be conducted at GRSA marina with classroom instruction in the main pavilion and on the water.

Fee includes a personal copy of US Sailing’s Learn Sailing Right, a completed Certification Record Book through US Sailing, course t-shirt, use of GRSA-owned boats, and two full days of instruction! Minimum age is 18.

Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian.
Each session is Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.                        $175
April 21-22.      Course 33148
May 5-6            Course 33149                                                                                                      June 2-3           Course 33150
Details: sailcamp@grsa.org or visit our website at www.grsa.org


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