Thursday, June 30, 2011

Week 1 Pictures

Breezy Sports Day!

The Beginner Opti class refreshed their memory on parts of the boat and the instructors introduced parts of the sail. They celebrated Sport's Day with basketball and soccer ball sponge races and enjoyed wearing their favorite sport's jersey and hat!

Intermediate Opti began their lesson by tacking upwind through the mooringfield. They then worked on rounding two marks focusing on sail trim. The ended the lesson, practicing their dock landings.

Beginner 420 continued to work on rigging. They practiced tiller switches on land and then went out to practice tacking.

Intermediate 420 practiced upwind sailing out into the ocean. They were excited to finally escape the river!

The Intro to Race Opti was not afraid of the wind today! They did 3 races and practiced beating upwind. They also reviewed points of sails. When the returned from practice, they practiced tiller switches on land focusing on holding the mainsheet the correct way. They ended with sailing jeopardy reviewing what they had learned from the day.

Intro to Race 420 practiced tacking/gybing on whistle.  They also worked on positioning and where the crew/skipper should be sitting. It wasn't easy with the breeze but they looked great out there!

Cruising took out three prams and one 420 down the river. They attempted to do a race around Grass Island but the wind held them back from the race. 

Opti Race A: Practiced tacking on the whistle to the mile marker then they refreshed their wave surfing/broad reach skills toward rock island. When returning to the club, they reviewed favored end of the lines.

Friday Race Series!

The Intro to Race Opti class is invited to join the Opti Race A/B teams for the Friday Race Series. It is not mandatory, just a fun way to practice what you learned in class on the race course!

Boats should be rigged and ready by 1:00 p.m. and it will begin tomorrow! (July 1st)

Please email or call Meghan with any questions!
508-760-9933 (

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wednesday: Seal Spotted in Bass River!

The Beginner/Intermediate Opti and 420 classes had quite the thrill as they left the club and sailed out of the river. They spotted a seal! He stayed with them throughout the morning and swam off toward the end of class. We think he successfully found his way out of the river (phew!)

Drew Dillon (Intermediate Opti) sails up close to the seal to get a better look.
(Seal in the upper righthand corner of the picture)

Sport's Day

Thursday (June 30) and Friday (July 1)
SPORTS DAY! Please come dressed in your favorite jersey, t-shirt or hat!

Monday, July 4th- RESCHEDULED

Attention Parents!
(Beginner Opti-Intermediate Opti- Beginner 420- Intermediate 420)

Sailing classes that were schedule on Monday, July 4th MORNING will now take place on Saturday, July 9th. We apologize for the last minute notice and cancelling the 4th. The harbormaster expressed his concern for the amount of traffic on Bass River on the holiday. Safety is our number one priority here at WDYC sailing. Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday July 9th
Beginner Opti- 8:30-11:30
Intermediate Opti- 8:30-11:30
Beginner 420: 8:30-11:30
Intermediate 420: 8:30-11:30

The race teams for 420 A/B will make up the time with an extra hour of practice Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (1:00-5:00 pm)

Tuesday July 10
Opti Race-A: 1:00-5:00
420-Race A: 1:00-5:00

Opti Race A/B: 1:00-5:00
420 Race A/B: 1:00-5:00

ThursdayOpti Race A: 1:00-5:00
420 Race A: 1:00-5:00

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Meet the Head Instructors :)

Brooke Baker
Brooke is returning to us as at the Opti-A race coach for the third summer. She will be a junior at Wesleyan University in the fall where she is studying Chemisty. She is a member of the field hockey team, sailing team and crew team at WU and enjoys tutoring local elementary students in math in her spare time. She grew up sailing at WDYC on the 420/opti race teams and is excited to be back for another great summer.

Ryan Daly
Ryan will be coaching the 420-A team at WDYC this summer. He will be a sophomore at Connecticut College in the fall where he is a member of the co-ed sailing team. In addition to coaching, he will be instructing the Intermediate 420 class this summer.

Chris Warner
Chris will be coaching the 420-B team at WDYC this summer. He has sailed at St. Sebastian's  the past two years of high school. Chris finished 15th overall as a skipper in SMSA Grand Prix last summer out of 174 boats. He will be attending Boston College in the fall where he plans to try-out for the BC sailing team.

Lauren Galanis
Lauren will be instructing the Sea-Squirts and Beginner Opti class this summer. She will be sophomore at Florida State University in the fall where she is studying Pre-Med. Lauren has sailed for WDYC for the past 11 years and enjoys every minute spent on Bass River. In addition to sailing, Lauren enjoys golf, skiing, attending FSU football games and giving back her time to the community.

Michael Sweeney
Michael will be leading our new Cruising class this summer. He will be a freshman at Connecticut College in the fall where he will major in International Studies and Spanish. He was the captain of the Fairfield Prep 420 race team this past year and looks forward to racing for Connecticut College in the fall.

Marissa Sullivan 
Marissa will be coaching the Opti B- team this summer and instructing the intermediate 420 class. She will be a sophomore at Loyola University Maryland in the fall. She plays club lacrosse at Loyola and enjoys spending her summer sailing at WDYC. She participated in both the opti/420 race programs here at WDYC.

Kelsey Goggin
Kelsey will be coaching the Intro to Race Opti class this summer and instructing the opti intermediates. She will be a freshman at Hobart and William Smith College this fall. She has raced on the Harwich High Varsity sailing team the past four years and looks forward to sharing her racing knowledge with the WDYC sailors.

Laura Adams 
Laura will be instructing the Beginner Opti's and coaching the Intro to Race class this summer. She will be a freshman at UMASS Amherst in the fall. This past Spring you may have seen Laura's face in the Cape Cod Times featured as a Rising Star for her commitment to Student Council.

Smoothe Sailing- Morning Recap

Welcome back! As the sailors reported for the first two days of sailing, their smiles showed that they were filled with excitement to get back on the water! We were lucky to have sunny weather and a light breeze. It was a great way to start our first two days of sailing.

Beginner Opt (Monday/Tuesday)i: Instructors Lauren and Laura worked on parts of the boat and rigging and de-rigging. They challenged the students to rigging races where they competed in teams against each other. The students went out sailing in the prams with the instructors right off the dock. It was amazing to see how many sailors were so confident with the tiller!

Intermediate Opti ( Monday/Tuesday): Instructors Brooke and Kelsey lead the intermediates through rigging demonstrations. They were excited to get in their boats on the first day and practice sailing upwind off the dock. Way to go intermediates!

Beginner 420 (Monday/Tuesday):  Instructors Chris, Mike and Marissa reviewed how to rig the 420's. The winners of the rigging race completed their boat in 6 minutes and 20 seconds. It was very impressive! They also went out sailing with instructors in the boat to get comfortable with the 420. 

Intermediate 420 (Monday) : Instructors Ryan and Marissa reviewed rigging and had rigging races.  They sailed down the river to regain the feel of the boat. They also made goals for the sailing season after playing ice breaker games to get to know each other.

Cruising (Tuesday): The NEW cruising class took off on Tuesday morning in two prams and one 420. They battled the fog as they worked on tacking/gybing.  

Stay tuned for pictures of the first two days!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Missed Sailing Orientation? Catch up here!

Safety is our number one goal here at WDYC.
Please follow the rules listed below.

1. Children are never allowed to run on the docks
2. Lifejackets must be worn on the dock at all times
3. There is no swimming off of the dock (unless approved by instructors)
4. All students must have whistles attached to their lifejacket

Request from instructors
1. Please DO NOT rig your child's opti! It is their responsibility to get their boat rigged each morning/afternoon for class. The junior instructors will be out on the ramp 15 minutes before class starts to assist with any heavy lifting that is needed.
2. There is no parent coaching allowed during lessons or at regattas
3.  Please contact Meghan with any questions/concerns regarding your child/instr4uctpr
4.  Please DO NOT interrupt the instructors during class time
5. Please pick up/drop off on time (we will issue TARDY slips!)

How you can help
1. Read the blog to stay updated on class
2. Send your child in the proper attire (rain gear when it is raining!)
3. Stay updated on theme days (send snacks/goodies)

Race Parents

1. This year we are beginning a mentor program. Each B-team parent will be assigned to an A-team parent to go to for any questions they may have.
2. There is no dropping-off at regattas
3. Each parent will have an assigned regattas for snacks/water for the coach boat

What should my child bring to sailing
1. Closed-toed shoes (crocs, sneakers)
2. Hat,sunscreen, sunglasses
3. Swimsuit, shorts, t-shirt
4. Change of clothes and towel
5. Water bottle
6.Medications (please let Meghan know of any allergies)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sailing Orientation

Sailing Orientation will be held on Sunday, June 26th from 10-11 a.m.

Sturgis Boat Works will arrive at 11:00 for an opti rigging clinic for all intermediate-race team sailors. 

If you cannot attend, the agenda will be posted outside the office. Please see Meghan with any questions you may have.

Mark Your Calendar!


June 30-July 1
 Sports Day
(wear your favorite Sport’s teams jersey)
July 4-5
Patriotic Day
(wear red, white and blue)
July 14-15
Farmer Day
(wear plaid, overalls, jeans, straw hats,etc.)
July 21-22
Hawaiian Day
(wear flowers and leis)
July 28-29
Crazy Hat Day
August 4-5
Disney Day
(dress up like your favorite Disney character)
August 11-12
Pirate Day
(eye patches and bandanas)
August 15-19
Harry Potter
(dress like your favorite Harry Potter character!)