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Ipswich Junior Sailing 2019 Brochure

Ipswich Junior Sailing Inc. is a non-profit organization open to all young sailors.


The Ipswich Junior Sailing Program is operated at the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club

Quay Road, P.O. Box 364, Ipswich, Ma. 01938


2014_1.pngThe Ipswich Junior Sailing  Program (IJS) welcomes you to this season with a roster of  instructors, assistant instructors, and Program Director, all experienced in teaching youngsters the skills and joy of small boat sailing. All instructors have been certified by the U.S. Sailing  Association.

Since its inception in 1995, the IJS Program has been teaching safe boat handling, motivating young people toward gaining confidence and competence in all phases of sailing and at the same time promoting good fellowship.


The Program is open to all applicants who will be between the ages of 8 to 16 years old on July 1st. A swim check is part of the program. Sailors who have previously competed in OPTI or 420 Class Racing may continue on the Race Team as long as they meet the age qualification set for this year's local Junior Sailing events (usually determined by July 1st).


The Boats

The Optimist Dinghy (OPTI)

2014_2.pngThe Optimist Dinghy is a small 7’ 9” sailing craft for kids up to the age of 15 years. First year beginners age 8-11 and weighing less than 115 lbs. will start out in an OPTI.

First year sailors in the OPTI will learn small boat handling, water safety, seamanship, terminology, rigging, and confidence building skills. Students start out sailing in pairs with the goal to gain confidence and comfort in the boat. As students continue through the program there is increasing emphasis on independence by sailing alone, and in rigging and maintaining their boats with less assistance.

As sailors continue to develop they will learn performance techniques to get the most from their boat and themselves. Sailors with interest level can continue into Racing Classes to learn basic rules and tactics and join the Racing Team to participate in local regattas.



2014_3_420.pngThe International 420 Class Dinghy

The 420 Class Dinghy (420) is larger (13’9”) with a centerboard, mainsail, jib, spinnaker, and trapeze designed for a crew of two. First year beginners age 12-16 or weighing more than 115 lbs. should start out on the 420.  (Age 11 sailors meeting above criteria can start on 420’s with permission).Sailing in pairs continually, students will learn small boat handling, water safety, terminology, rigging, and confidence building skills. In subsequent classes sailors will refine their boat handling skills and learn rudimentary navigation. Students will be introduced to strong wind techniques, performance sailing skills (roll tacking, trapeze, spinnaker use, etc.)  all in a format for practicing these skills. Again, interested students can continue into Racing Classes mentioned above, but with more advanced instruction in racing rules, competitive starts, mark rounding, and fine tuning of their boat.

All students completing a first course should take away a basic understanding of sailing and rigging. As they complete a second course they should have a journeyman level of skills and be able to go where they want in light to moderate conditions. Students completing three or more courses should have achieved a good understanding of sailing in local conditions and be able to manage their boat well, and be able to evaluate changing conditions affecting their boat’s performance and well being.


The Program

There are four two -week sessions running Monday through Thursday starting the last week of June. Each class runs for three hours, either in the morning or afternoon for a total of twenty-four hours of instruction. Young sailors often benefit from experiencing two two-week sessions. This can be accomplished in two different weeks, or those aged 11 and above have the option to sign up for both morning and afternoon classes in the same session, with the result of being at the yacht club from 9:15 until 4:15.

The second class for the same sailor has a reduced rate. Students should sign up for the morning or afternoon session when they want to sail and we will organize them into classes of similar ability. The only exception to this is that advanced classes, both OPTI and 420, may only be held in the afternoons of sessions 1 and 4 (first and last two-week classes). Beginner level classes may not be offered in the afternoons of sessions 1 and 4. Those who have completed three classes and are interested can apply to the IJS Greenhead Race Team, which operates all summer.  Simply indicate the session(s) you wish to attend, OPTIs or 420s and whether you are interested in racing. Classes will be formed on preference, skill and availability of boats.

Returning sailors will be grouped according to experience for beginner, intermediate, advanced or racing instruction.


Full Day Adventure Sail Week  Program

July & August (3 Weeks ONLY)

IJS has a full day, one week of sailing. For only three (3) weeks, starting the following Mondays 7/1, 7/15, and 8/5. This is for beginners who have never sailed before as well as experienced sailors; it will be fun for all!

Sailing on Monday through Thursday at 9:15 – 4:15.  Adventure sails may include destinations of Annisquam and Essex; Sailing in boats such as Optimists, 420s and Mariner 19. For new (beginners who have never sailed) & experienced sailors ages 12 – 16.

The program fee is $475 for the week.  There will be limited space available, sign up now!  On-line Application


Ipswich Junior Sailing Race Team   

Sailors who have previously participated on the Race Team for either the Opti or 420 class, or who have completed a racing class are invited to apply for the IJS RACE TEAM. New applicants will be evaluated based on class performance and instructor recommendations. Participation on the team is limited by the number of spots available; returning racers have priority if they signed-up by April 15.

There is a participation fee for the Race Team and parent participation is required-see website for details.


IJS Race Team members will:

            • Practice Monday through Thursday afternoons and Friday all day when no regattas are scheduled

            • Race in local regattas (approx. five Fridays)


Essex Bay Yacht Club Mudflat Regatta (420s only) TBD

Marblehead Junior Race Week - TBD

Sandy Bay Yacht Club Linda Wieditz Memorial Opti Regatta - TBD

IJS Greenhead - TBD

Annisquam YC Squam Day - TBD


Friday Activities

2014_4_friday.pngOn several Fridays we will compete in local regattas with other youth sailing area programs. On the remaining Friday mornings there will be supervised Free Sail activities open to all sailors from 9:15 to 12:15.

Program Hours

Each class runs for two weeks and is held either from 9:15 to 12:15 or from 1:15 PM to 4:15 Monday through Thursday (Friday is reserved for free sail or racing as discussed above).

Open House

Interested in checking out Ipswich Junior Sailing? Come join us between 2 - 4 pm on Friday, June 22. If you’re not already registered there is a $20 deposit (which can then be applied to your sailors class). All kids welcome but kids ages 8 - 16 welcome to get out for a sail, wear a swimsuit, close toe shoes, and a life jacket.

. All parents and young sailors are encouraged to attend for an in-person forum to meet the instructors, see the boats and answer any concerns.


Competition/ Awards Day

2014_5_competition.pngCompetition Day will be held on the Friday following the last class in August. At this event, sailors are welcome back to compete in various activities. Awards are given for:


Robert W. McKinley  -  Outstanding Young Sailor

Set-up & Rig  -  Quickest Bowline Knot

Most Fearless Sailor  -  Capsize & Recover

Most Improved Sailor  -  Various Racing Awards

Lawn Games



2019 Schedule

All classes include Free Sail Friday Mornings 9:15-12:15 pm (no charge with registration)

Class #






Opti – Beginner & Experianced

9:15 am - 12:15 pm



420 – Beginner & Experianced

9:15 am - 12:15 pm



Opti – Beginner & Experianced

1:15 pm - 4:15 pm



420 – Beginner & Experianced

1:15 pm - 4:15 pm



7/1,7/2, 7/3, 7/5

420 Adventure Week (age 12-16)

9:15 am - 4:15 pm



420 Adventure Week (age 12-16)

9:15 am - 4:15 pm



420 Adventure Week (age 12-16)

9:15 am - 4:15 pm

  7/21 - 7/24 Marblehead Junior Race Week All Day


7/29 - 8/8

Opti – Beginner & Experianced

9:15 am - 12:15 pm


7/29 - 8/8

420 – Beginner & Experianced

9:15 am - 12:15 pm


7/29 - 8/8

Opti – Beginner & Experianced

1:15 pm - 4:15 pm


7/29 - 8/8

420 – Beginner & Experianced

1:15 pm - 4:15 pm


8/12 - 8/22

Opti – Beginner & Experianced

9:15 am - 12:15 pm


8/12 - 8/22

420 – Beginner & Experianced

9:15 am - 4:15 pm


8/12 - 8/22

Opti – Beginner & Experianced

1:15 pm - 4:15 pm


8/12 - 8/22

420 – Beginner & Experianced

1:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Cost of the Program

Starting in July the Program basic fee for morning classes is $495 (a discounted price of $425 is available before April 1), all afternoon classes are $450, and Adventure Sail is $475.  Full payment and signed medical waiver is required with each application (if class is full and alternatives are not available fees are refundable).

Requirements for Class Sessions

• All sailors must bring a U.S. Coastguard approved life vest. The PFD jacket type vest is recommended. The vest must be worn at all times. NO VEST-NO SAILING

•Each participant must be able to swim. A swim check will be given on the first day of class. Students will wear a life vest.

• Closed toe shoes: water shoes or crocs are preferred.

• Sun block (SPF 15 or greater) should be applied before class.

• Sunglasses, hat and a swim suit are recommended.

• Water bottles frozen the night before will help ward off thirst.

• Change of clothing, towel, insect repellent. (back pack optional)

• Students are expected  to attend ALL classes, be on time and have necessary items with them.

• We are the guests of the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club and all sailors are to treat the IBYC property, members and staff with respect and consideration.



IJS On The Water Safety

All on the water activities are patrolled by four “chase” boats. These boats consist of a 17’ Bristol Runabout, a 15’ Ribbed Inflatable and a two 15’ Carolina Skiffs. Each boat is manned by experienced instructor.

In addition, the Ipswich Bay Harbormaster’s Boat patrols the area.



Important Notice

The IJS program is run by volunteers. We make every effort to honor your preferences while maintaining a quality program. Class assignments will be made according to skill level, age, and stated preference.  If there are more applicants than spaces for a particular class, preference will be given to the applicant whose application is received first. We will attempt to schedule siblings in the same time slot upon request. We reserve the right to change the schedule based on the number of applicants at each of the skill levels.

Refunds are not honored and all payments are final.


Check for schedule updates!

Visit our website at

Contact us by email: [email protected]

or by telephone at 978-412-4412


 Donations of both time and financial support are very much needed. If you would like to make a financial donation, you may mail a check payable to IJS, P.O. Box 364, Ipswich, MA 01938.

Donations of time may be at the fundraiser webpage  or by contacting Darlene Doucot at:  [email protected]


A special thank you to our sponsors



Ipswich Bay Yacht Club

Quay Road

Ipswich MA 01938






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