2020 Season

SAILING WITH WPSA

OUR SAILING SCHOOL

Anyone enrolling students in lessons or families who plan to use Dry Sail boat storage first must register for a Family Membership.   Our Adult & Youth lessons utilize club boats or students can use their own!  We are a not for profit organization – offering affordable instruction, sailing opportunities & social events.  See class descriptions below.   

Due to Covid-19 we have a modified Sailing Program this year, to be able to adhere to guidelines for safety, social distancing and sanitation.  Students will socially distance and wear masks or gaiters when in proximity to others on land.  Hand sanitizing stations will be available.  Students will complete daily attestations of health.  A signed waiver is required before classes begin.  Students will do their best to maintain safe distances and will stay home if ill.

Our building and bathrooms reopened on Monday, July 6th, per the Town of Islip.  

MEMBERSHIP FOR ENROLLING IN CLASSES:  A Family Membership covers spouse/partner and children 18 and under.  $200 includes tax and surcharge.   Just one Family Membership is required to enroll multiple students – it covers the entire family.   You must be paid to enroll and current for your household’s dry sail.  (Senior Membership levels cannot enroll students.)

NEW MEMBER  Need a parking pass decal for your vehicle?  Inquire.  When arriving, tell the guard you’re going to Wet Pants to come into the Port O’ Call lot and point out your decal.  Decals are for WPSA members only – no passes for guests, friends or family members.

DRY SAIL STORAGE  As a Family Member you can opt to pay for yard space for Summer and/or Winter storage of your small sailing craft on a trailer or dolly.  We have a self-service hoist for larger boats and a beach for dolly launching smaller.  Often children in the school will use and maintain their own boat in Dry Sail for Opti or Race Classes (420’s/Opti/Sunfish).  We encourage students use their own boats in paid lessons.  We are pleased to offer a Summer 2020 Dry Sail student discount of $50 per session, per boat irregardless of how many family members use it.  There is a limit of $100 per boat, the boat must be the same boat used in lessons.  Boats in dry sail used in Family Sail are not eligible and are excluded, as Family Sail is free.  Once registration for membership and class is submitted, you’ll be emailed a discount code for your dry sail registration.  You will have until the day before your session begins to pay dry sail in full.  Dry Sail in short is yard storage for member boats.    Read more.


SAILING LESSONS 2020

Session A:  July 6 – July 24  (3wks)

Session B:  July 27 – August 14 (3 wks)  FAQ

This year instead of free t-shirts, each student will be given a free reusable/washable face/neck gaiter.  It must be worn when on land at WPSA around others.

CLASS SIZES:  We waitlist to not overbook our limited number of club boats used to lend.  If you have your own boat, we’ll add you!   

ELIGIBILITY:  An up to date family membership is needed to enroll and all past and current season dry sail fees must be up to date and paid in full.

Bad weather happens – while we will offer a makeup day in the event of weather cancellations (not for missed classes) but we do not guarantee 1 for 1.  

JR INTERMEDIATE/SKIPPER – OPTI II:  Ages 9-13. Intermediate.  Student has sailed Opti before and is comfortable sailing alone, is able to rig, launch and sail to take this class.  Students will learn Opti sailing in a fun, safe controlled environment.  This class is an introduction to dinghy racing.  Learn how to tie advanced knots, tell wind direction, learn capsize recovery and sail trim, steer with tiller and sails.  Learn techniques to complete tacks faster and controlled s-shaped gybes.  Learn to sail efficiently, independently, confidently.  We have a limited number of Club Opti’s or can sail own.

#S01  | Session A:  3 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 8:00am-10:00am…12 classes $420

#S02  | Session B:  3 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 8:00am-10:00am…2 classes $420

INTERMEDIATE SKIPPER FOR 420, SUNFISH, LASER:  Ages 9 & UP.   Intermediate.  Student has sailed before and is comfortable sailing single or double handed (420 needs partner – family members only).  Students must be able to rig, launch and sail to take this class.  Students will learn intermediate dinghy sailing in a fun, safe controlled environment.  This class is an introduction to dinghy racing.  Learn how to tie advanced knots, tell wind direction, learn capsize recovery and sail trim, steer with tiller and sails.  Learn techniques to complete tacks faster and controlled s-shaped gybes.  Sailors learn to sail efficiently, independently & confidently.  We have 5 club 420’s, you would need your own Sunfish or Laser.

#S03  |  Session A:  3 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 10:30am-12:30pm…12 classes $420

#S04  |  Session B: 3 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 10:30am-12:30pm…12 classes $420

JR OPTI RACING:  Ages 10-17.  Advanced sailing skills needed – dinghy racing.  Review basic race rules and racing tactics.  Students will sail common race courses such as windward-leeward course and triangular course.  Practice and improve upon effective starts, including favored end of starting line, basic starting techniques, and understanding of starting sequence.  Learn center of lateral resistance, center of effort, optimal sail shape, and fine tune sail trim using tell tails.  Improve rounding of all marks properly.  Learn protocol to lodging a protest.  **RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN BOAT TRANSPORTATION TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY FRIDAY RACES – may or may not be races this season.**  We have a limited number of club Opti’s, or can sail own boat.

#S05  |  Session A: 3 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 1:30pm – 4:30pm.. 12 classes $480

#S06  |  Session B:  3 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 1:30pm – 4:30pm.. 12 classes $480

JR ADVANCED RACING FOR 420, SUNFISH, LASER  Ages 10-17.  Advanced sailing skills needed – dinghy racing.  Review basic race rules and racing tactics.  Students will sail common race courses such as windward-leeward course and triangular course.  Practice and improve upon effective starts, including favored end of starting line, basic starting techniques, and understanding of starting sequence.  Learn center of lateral resistance, center of effort, optimal sail shape, and fine tune sail trim using tell tails.  Improve rounding of all marks properly.  Learn protocol to lodging a protest.   420’s need a partner –  must be from the same household.  **RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN BOAT TRANSPORTATION TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY FRIDAY RACES – may or may not be races this season.**  We have a limited number of club 420’s, or you would need your own Sunfish or Laser.

#S07  |  Session A:  3 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 2:00pm – 5:00pm… 12 classes $480

#S08 |   Session B:  3 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 2:00pm – 5:00pm… 12 classes $480

JR & ADULT PRIVATE LESSONS:  Recommended for newer sailors and less experienced student who needs 1-on-1 instruction.  Students will learn sailing in a fun, safe controlled environment. Learn how to tie knots, tell wind direction, learn capsize recovery and sail trim, steer with tiller and sails.  Learn techniques to tack and gybe.  Sailors learn to sail efficiently & independently to build self-confidence.  Class size limited to 1 ($360) or 2 ($540) family members.  Can sign up for multiple sessions, choose your day – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.  No mixing dates.  Note that some sessions club boats are unavailable.  2 family members cannot share a singled handed boat, but can split the time if no club or own boat available.  For single handed you would need your own boat such as a Sunfish if adult.  We have Opti’s for children (weight/size limits).  For 2 handed sessions we have club 420’s and Flying Scot.  You may sail your own boat as well.

Select 1 recurring day – Mon, Tues, Wed OR Thurs for your 3 lessons.  No mixing days.

#S09 (A-D) | Session A– (no club Opti)  3 wks @ 1x/wk @ 8:00am-10:00am…..3 classes $360 1 student/ $540 2 students

#S10 (A-D) |  Session A– (no club 420)  3 wks @ 1x/wk @ 10:30am-12:30pm…3 classes $360 1 student/ $540 2 students

#S12 (A-D) | Session B– (no club 420)  3 wks @ 1x/wk @ 10:30am-12:30pm…..3 classes $360 1 student/ $540 2 students

NEWLY ADDED!

*JR BEGINNING SAILING/CRUISING – FLYING SCOT I:  (Limited to 4-6 students).  Ages 8-16.  Because of Covid-19 we will have limited class sizes – just 2 students per boat and an instructor.  Student assigned pairs will stay together through the session.  Instruction will have the instructor demonstrating.  Each child will alternate days observing instructor skipper or being the crew as assigned by the instructor because of our sanitizing and safety protocol.  Learn skills, leave & return to dock, trim sails for power, sail around marks, anchor, reef sail, sail on just a mainsail or a jib, knots and dock lines. Sail downwind.  MASKS MUST BE WORN ON THE BOAT AT ALL TIMES DURING SCOT LESSONS – THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL.

#S19* |Session A:  2 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 10:30am-12:30pm…..8* classes $280  (class limit is 4, 2 boats)

#S20  | Session B:  3 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 10:30am-12:30pm..…12 classes $420 (class limit is 6, 3 boats)

*JR INTERMEDIATE SAILING/CRUISING – FLYING SCOT II:  (Limited to  4-6 students).  Ages 10-17.  Intermediate sailing.  Because of Covid-19 we will have limited class sizes – just 2 students per boat and an instructor.  Each child will alternate days as skipper and crew as assigned by the instructor because of our sanitizing protocol.  Prior experience required.  Review skills, leave & return to dock, trim sails for power, heave to, sail backwards, sail around marks, anchor, reef sail, sail on just a mainsail or a jib, knots and dock lines. Sail downwind, controlled s-shaped gybes, wing on wing, spinnaker & more.  MASKS MUST BE WORN ON THE BOAT AT ALL TIMES DURING SCOT LESSONS – THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL.

#S21* | Session A:  2 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 8:00am-10:00am…8* classes $280 (class limit is 4, 2 boats)

#S22  | Session B:  3 wks @ 4 days Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 8:00am-10:00am…12 classes $420 (class limit is 6, 3 boats) NOT 11AM – CLASS IS 2HRS THIS SEASON

ADULT SAILING – FLYING SCOT:  (Limited to 6 students).  Ages 16 & up or family groups of 2-3, any age.  Because of Covid-19 we will have limited class sizes – just 2 students per boat and an instructor – however family groups from the same household may have up to 3 family members.  Email psc@wetpantssailing.org to enroll the 3rd family member, and we’ll adjust.  Student pairs will stay together through the session.  Each student will alternate days as skipper and crew as assigned by the instructor because of our sanitizing protocol.  Learn skills, leave & return to dock, trim sails for power, sail around marks, anchor, reef sail, sail on just a mainsail or a jib, knots, dock lines, and more.  Learn to sail, learn with family, gain confidence, have fun!  MASKS MUST BE WORN ON THE BOAT AT ALL TIMES DURING ADULT LESSONS – THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL. 

#S24  | Session B:  3 wks @ 2 days – Mon/Wed 6:00pm-8:00pm…..6 classes $240 / per student 

You must register/renew for a WPSA Family Membership to be able to register yourself or family members for classes.

You must have a WPSA Family Membership before registering for classes.  Registration is through the Event Calendar – scroll to our July 6th listing.

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