2015 PROGRAM INFORMATION
The IYC Youth Sailing Program offers summer instruction in sailing and racing for young people.
Classes meet Monday through Friday at the Inverness Yacht Club on Tomales Bay. Instructors are US Sailing Association certified or equivalent. The Club's fleet includes Optimists, Lasers, O'pen Bics and Flying Juniors (FJ's). In addition to teaching sailing sportsmanship, principles and experience, session includes social events and picnics.
The IYC Youth Sailing Program is open to children ages 10-18 who demonstrate adequate swimming skills and meet the requirements listed in detail on the information for parents page. A child must be age 10 on or before June 1st of the year of application to be eligible for enrollment. Proof of age (such as a birth certificate) may be required. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited scholarships are available. For those interested in Scholarship information, please contact the Registrar.
NOTE TO INVERNESS YACHT CLUB MEMBERS — CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN OF MEMBERS WILL HAVE PRIORITY IN ENROLLMENT ONLY UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2015.
Classes run from 9:30am to 4pm., Monday through Friday, with pick up promptly at 4pm. (Some variation may become necessary due to low tides. Please check with the instructors.)
Session 1: Monday June 22 through Friday July 10
Session II: Monday July 13 through Friday July 31
Youth Sailing Regatta: TBD
Session Fee $900
To enroll, each applicant must submit:
1. A completed application form through our online registration system
2. A signed parental waiver and student contract form mailed to the registrar
3. Payment in full for the session requested
4. 50% payment if applying for scholarship assistance
Confirmation of enrollment will be emailed after the close of priority registration or after receipt of your completed application material if received outside the priority registration period.
QUESTIONS - Contact:
Maggie Harmon, Registrar,
6788 Armour Dr.
Oakland, CA 94611-2238
Phone (510) 339-3239
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
MANDATORY Orientation meetings: A brief orientation for parents and students of each session will be conducted at 9 am. on the first morning of class. This meeting is mandatory for a parent or guardian of each student. If either the child or the parent or guardian miss the orientation the child may be dropped from the program.
Session I: Monday June 22 at 0900
Session II: Monday July 13 at 0900
SAILING PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND LIST OF EQUIPMENT
Swimming Requirement: All participants enrolled in the program must pass the following swim test. The test is performed wearing sailing clothing. - Jump from a float into deep water without a life jacket; swim 20 feet; don life jacket while treading water; float with confidence for 10 minutes; climb out.
Life Jacket Requirement: Each student must provide and wear a Coast Guard approved Type III PFD (Personal Floatation Device). A style that zips up is recommended. Jacket must be marked with child's name in a visible location. Please have students bring a complete change of clothing and a towel each day.
Wet Suit requirement: Due to the water temperature and wind chill factor present on Tomales Bay, each student must provide and wear a wet suit. Exemptions can only be given by the Head Instructor. Wet suits can be found at dive shops and sporting goods stores including REI and Cost-Co.
Shoes: Closed toed shoes are recommended.
Lunch: Students bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks to class each day. We remind students and parents that all unused food and beverages should be returned home with the sailor. Please do not leave trash at the Club.
Student Boats: Optimist, Laser, O'Pen Bics, or FJ.
Standard of Conduct: At all times while on the Yacht Club Premises and while on the water, each student shall be expected to maintain the premises, boats and equipment in a seaman like manner, i.e., clean, orderly and shipshape.
Helmet Requirement: Appropriate helmets will be required of all sailors. Appropriate helmets are available from a variety of sport shops, sailing equipment stores, and online. Sailing and skateboard helmets are essentially the same thing. Good quality helmets can be purchased for $30-$60. Question regarding this new policy and access to helmets should be directed to Ken Emanuels or Jennifer Livingston Co-Chairs, Youth Sailing.
Parents are expected to help organize and supervise group activities.