Archive for February, 2014

Lesson Enrollment is Now Open / Sailing Lesson Q & A

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Enrollment is now open for EYC 2014 sailing lessons!

To learn more, and to enroll in lessons, go to eyc.org/lessons

RESTRUCTURED JUNIOR LESSON PROGRAM

The EYC has restructured its junior lesson program to reduce the number of lesson levels and simplify the curriculum.  The number of junior lesson levels has been reduced from eight to four.  The four remaining lesson levels have been renamed in a more descriptive manner, and each level corresponds more tightly to a specific type of boat.  The new lesson levels are:

Beginner, for students age 7-17.  Students formerly eligible to enroll in the EYC’s Sailing Camp, Level 1, Level 2, Level 1 Teens, or Level 2 Teens should enroll in this level.  Beginner students will be divided into separate sections based on age and experience.  This level will be taught in Optimists (for younger, smaller students) and Flying Scots (for older, heavier students).  The goal of this level is to learn basic sailing skills.  Promotion from this level is required in order to enroll in the Intermediate level.

Intermediate, for students age 11-17.  Promotion from the Beginner level is a prerequisite for this level.  Students formerly eligible to enroll in the EYC’s Level 3 should enroll in this level.  This level will be taught in 420s.  The goal of this level is proficiency in skippering and crewing a doublehanded dinghy in all conditions.  Promotion from this level is required in order to enroll in the Advanced or Racing levels.  Students promoted from the Intermediate level have a choice to enroll in either Advanced or Racing.

Advanced, for students age 12-17.  Promotion from the Intermediate level is a prerequisite for this level.  Students formerly eligible to enroll in the EYC’s Level 4 should enroll in this level or in Racing.  This level will be taught in Flying Scots.  The goal of this level is to achieve proficiency in Flying Scots (including spinnaker work) sufficient to enable the student to skipper a Flying Scot unsupervised.  Passing this level earns the student his EYC “Skipper’s License.”  This level is NOT a prerequisite for the Racing level.

Racing, for students age 12-17.  Promotion from the Intermediate level is a prerequisite for this level.  There is no longer any requirement that a student have his “Skipper’s License” in order to enroll in Racing.  Students formerly eligible to enroll in the EYC’s level 4 should enroll in this level or in Advanced.  Students formerly eligible to enroll in the EYC’s Advanced Racing level should enroll in this level.  This level will be taught in Laser Radials and in 420s.  The goal of this level is to learn racing-level boathandling and tactical skills.  There is no promotion from this level, as there is an infinite amount to learn at this level.

To summarize, if your:

…2013 report card says you are eligible for Sailing Camp, Level 1 or Level 2, or you are under age 11, enroll in Beginner.

…2013 report card says you are eligible for Level 3 and you are at least 11, enroll in Intermediate.

…2013 report card says you are eligible for Level 4 and you are at least 12, enroll in Advanced or in Racing.

…2013 report card says you are eligible for Advanced Racing and you are at least 12, enroll in Racing.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW IN 2014

No group lessons are offered in Session A.  Group lessons will begin in Session B (June 16-27).

The Racing class is now 3 ½ hours long.  It will start at the same times as our other classes, but will last an additional 30 minutes each day.

In Sessions C, D and E, the Racing class will be taught only in the afternoon.

A Laser clinic is offered on Thursday and Friday, July 10-11, totaling approximately 12 hours of instruction.  The Laser clinic is open to juniors and adults ages 12 and older.

To enable Advanced and Racing students to enroll in the Laser Clinic, Advanced and Racing classes in Session C will be shortened to 8 days, ending on July 9.

An Adult Women’s Racing class is offered in the afternoons the week of July 14-18.

SAILING LESSON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q:           What if my student has been promoted from Level 2 (now “Beginner”) but is not yet 11 years old?

A:            You can still enroll your student in the Beginner level and your student will be assigned to a separate section of relatively advanced Beginner students.  Even though your student may have learned the minimum needed to be promoted from the Beginner level, there is always more to learn about sailing an Optimist in Beginner level classes, before the student is introduced to 420s at the Intermediate level.

Q:           Does my student have to be promoted from Advanced in order to enroll in Racing?

A:            No.  Your student has to be promoted from Intermediate in order to enroll in Racing, but there is no longer any requirement to pass Advanced (formerly called Level 4), nor is there a requirement to pass the Skipper’s Test, in order to enroll in Racing.

Q:           Does the Advanced level prepare students for the Racing level?

A:            No.  Students who are promoted from Intermediate can choose either Advanced or Racing in each subsequent session.

Q:           Upon promotion from Intermediate, is my student’s choice of the Advanced or Racing level a permanent choice?

A:            Students must stay in the enrolled level (either Advanced or Racing) for the length of each session.  However, in each subsequent session, a student can choose either Advanced or Racing.  Students can switch back and forth between Advanced and Racing as many times as they like, from one session to the next.

Q:           Why might my student want to enroll in the Advanced level if she could just go straight from Intermediate to Racing?

A:            The Advanced level focuses on teaching the skills relevant to sailing a Flying Scot, which is larger, heavier, and more complex than the boats used in the Racing level.  The Advanced curriculum is designed to train the student to pass the EYC’s Skipper’s test.  The Advanced curriculum includes certain skills not taught in any other level, like anchoring and using a spinnaker.  Passing the Skipper’s test (earning a Skipper’s License) is required in order for the student to be able to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot outside of lessons, including in EYC races and regattas.  If your student never wants to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot, and does not desire to learn how to raise, fly, jibe and douse a spinnaker, then certainly the student might choose to go straight from Intermediate to Racing, which focuses on Laser Radials and 420s.

Q:           My student is just not that interested in racing, but still wants to sail.  What do EYC lessons offer to him?

A:            The EYC’s Beginner and Intermediate levels are focused on overall sailing skills, and not necessarily racing, although racing skills are sometimes taught, and some Beginner and Intermediate drills have racing aspects.  Upon promotion from the Intermediate level, students who are not interested in racing should enroll in the Advanced level, which focuses on seamanship and general sailing skills, and not much on racing.

Q:           Are the textbooks the same as last year?

A:            We have upgraded our textbooks to better match the lesson levels.  The 2014 Beginner textbook “Learn Sailing Right – Beginning Sailing” ($10) is the same as the textbook used for Levels 1 through 4 in 2013.  The 2014 Intermediate textbook “Learn Sailing Right – Intermediate Sailing” is new for 2014 and therefore all Intermediate students will be required to purchase this textbook ($10).  There is no required textbook for the Advanced class.  The Racing class has a new textbook called “Getting Started in Sailboat Racing” and therefore all Racing students will be required to purchase this textbook ($20).

Q:           How do I purchase a textbook?

A:            You pay for your textbook during the lesson registration process, and pick it up on the first day of lessons.

Q:           Why is my daughter being charged $385 for her afternoon junior Racing class, while my son is being charged $300 for his afternoon Intermediate class?

A:            The per-hour rate which the EYC charges for group lessons has not changed from 2013.  EYC lessons are priced at $11 per hour for morning classes, and for afternoon classes which are not also offered in the morning.  Thus a 30-hour morning Intermediate class is $330, and a 35-hour afternoon Racing class is $385.  To encourage afternoon enrollment, afternoon classes which are also offered in the morning cost $10 per hour.  Thus a 30-hour afternoon Intermediate class costs $300.

Q:           My student wishes to enroll in Session C Advanced, which is only 8 days long instead of the usual 10 days.  Will I be charged only 80% of the normal tuition?

A:            Yes.

Q:           Can I enroll in the Laser clinic even if I am an adult?

A:            Yes.  The Laser clinic is open to junior and adult students ages 12 and up.

Q:           Can I enroll in the Adult Women’s Racing class if I am a novice sailor?

A:            No.  The Adult Women’s Racing class is intended for students who already possess basic sailing skills, who wish to learn racing-level boathandling techniques, racing tactics, and racing rules.

Q:           My student is only in Ephraim the week of Session A (June 9-15).  How can my student take lessons if no group lessons will be taught during that week?

A:            Private lessons are available beginning June 9.  For more information about EYC private lessons, see eyc.org/private-sailing-lessons.  To schedule a private lesson, contact education@eyc.org

Questions?  Contact education@eyc.org

EYC Bridge in 2017

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Once again in 2017 the EYC will offer three types of bridge to members: open play, lessons, and couples.  The EYC’s 2017 bridge information flyer and bridge lesson registration form has now been published. Registration for bridge lessons is limited and is prioritized by postmark date, so if you wish to register for bridge lessons, print and mail your bridge lesson registration form as soon as possible.  No paper registration form will be mailed to you.  The only way to register for bridge lessons is by printing and mailing this online form.

You can view and print the bridge information flyer and bridge lesson registration form by clicking here.     

 

 

Name an EYC Optimist Dinghy

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The EYC is acquiring six new Optimist dinghies in 2014, for use in lessons and racing.  We are conducting an online auction of the right to name the first of these boats.  Auction proceeds will support the EYC in its mission of promoting sailing education and amateur sailing competition.

This is a great opportunity to help the EYC while at the same time putting your personal imprint on one of the EYC’s boats, memorializing a loved one, or just indulging yourself with a whimsical name.

To bid, go to www.32auctions.com/EYCOptimist2014

Please bid generously to help the EYC!  Your can deduct your winning bid amount as a donation to the EYC.

EYC Optimist "Laura"

Save the Date – April 26 – Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund Gala Dinner

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Dear Friends and Fellow EYC Members,

Please save Saturday, April 26, 2014 for the Ephraim Yacht Club’s second annual Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship fundraising dinner at the Lake Forest Club. This year a Caribbean theme will inspire the food, bar and music. This event is a great opportunity to catch up with your EYC friends as the summer approaches.

Sailing is a lifelong learning sport that teaches the best attributes of citizenship and sportsmanship as well as valuable life skills. In 2013, the Fund provided 32 scholarships to Door County juniors who would not otherwise have been able to afford sailing lessons. Also, the Fund paid half the cost of the EYC’s new safety boat, and kick started an endowment which will grow and continue to fund sailing scholarships for many years. We hope that in 2014 the Fund will surpass last year’s success.

The EYC needs your participation! You can add to the success of the evening by donating items for the silent auction, attending the dinner, purchasing items from the auction, or donating to the fund.  Simply put, we need your assistance!  (All hands on deck!)  Please save the date and do your best to attend this worthy and fun event.  Keep an eye out for your e-mail invitation.

Whether or not you can attend the April 26 gala, the Fund welcomes your donation of silent auction items or cash.  To donate items, contact event co-chair Sherry Moore at skmoore524@gmail.com or (847) 702-6974.  To donate by check or credit card, go to eyc.org/donate; or contact EYC Treasurer Rob Treleven treasurer@eyc.org

The EYC hopes you can take part in this evening of fun and sailing fellowship!

Yours in Wind and Water,

Sherry, Rob, Barb and Adam Moore

The Ephraim Yacht Club is a family oriented non-profit organization focused on forwarding sailing education and racing to students of all ages located in the town of Ephraim, in Door County, Wisconsin on beautiful Eagle Harbor.