Winter Sailing Season

Winter Youth Sailing Registration

New! Club Membership

Club Membership

Be a Founding Member of Hatteras Community Sailing!   The new Board of Directors met on Thursday 10/08/2020 and is on task working to raise funds so Hatteras Community Sailing can be a sustainable year round program.  The first emphasis was on membership. The Board set the initial membership fee for local island families at $100 per year.  Supporting members will benefit by getting reduced registration fees, unlimited boat use, reduced private instruction fees, plus much more.

Winter Youth Sailing

By popular demand we are going to run an off-season, winter semester of sailing! For elementary through middle school age youth we will now be organizing the 8 person teams by achievement level.  Oct 17, 11am we will hold an assessment day where the registered youth will run through some written and on the water assessment exercises to determine the level class they should be a part of . 

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Winter Program Details

Winter Session has to be an intentional blend of on the water sailing experience with a specific bad weather events plan that can be used in place of sailing when the weather is not cooperating.  The following is the proposed Winter Schedule.  

Winter Apparel Necessary for In the Water Programming

All Sailors are required to have wet/dry suit bottoms and dry spray top jackets and a lifevest that fits them correctly.  Boots and gloves are also highly recommended.  They will get wet when in the water sailing and must have weather appropriate clothing.

Teams & Skill Checks

Winter Sailing is not going to be divided up by age.  In order to better serve the kids, we are going to divide classes into skill levels.  There will be a multiple choice knowledge questionnaire and an objective on the water evaluation of skills such as setting up the boat, launching the boat, sailing upwind, sailing down wind, tacking, jibing, and landing the boat.  How the children get through this checklist will determine which skill level class they sit in on.  There is limit of 8 boats per level and this is on a first come first serve basis.  Members can use the boats any time to polish up on skills… this is highly recommended.

Bad Weather Activity Plan (Classroom options)

  • Racing Seminars for Kids – Topics include Multimedia presentations of various elementary racing knowledge topics like – upwind sailing, starting, tack/gibing, rules and sportsmanship, downwind sailing.
  • Boat Building – Building a wood and epoxy Opti in the shop.  Materials fee is additional $400 per boat
  • How Sails are Designed and Made – Use of Open Source Sail Design Software, Measuring and Cutting Techniques, Seam Tape, Edge Treatments, Bench Work, Graaphics Application
  • Marlin Spike Seamanship – Nautical Cordage, special applications, unique knots with purpose, dock line and fender management
  • Basic Navigation – Channels, Water Depth, Rules of the Road…
  • Sailing and Safety – PFD’s, Emergency Plans and Procedures, CPR / First Aid Training Course.

Tentative Schedule

  1. Oct 17 – Skill and Knowledge Evaluation/assessment Day
  2. Oct 24 – Sailing Classes Tentatively 9 am, 1130 am, 2 pm
  3. Oct 31 – Halloween Break
  4. Nov 7 – Sailing Classes Tentatively 9 am, 1130 am, 2 pm
  5. Nov 14 – Sailing Classes Tentatively 9 am, 1130 am, 2 pm
  6. Nov 21 – Sailing Classes Tentatively 9 am, 1130 am, 2 pm
  7. Nov 28 – Sailing Classes Tentatively 9 am, 1130 am, 2 pm
  8. Dec 5 – Sailing Classes Tentatively 9 am, 1130 am, 2 pm
  9. Dec 12  – Sailing Classes Tentatively 9 am, 1130 am, 2 pm
  10. Dec 19 – Sailing Classes Tentatively 9 am, 1130 am, 2 pm
  11. Dec 26 – Christmas Break
  12. Jan 2 – Christmas Break
  13. Jan 9 – Sailing Classes Tentatively 9 am, 1130 am, 2 pm
  14. Jan 16 – Awards Ceremony

Seminars as Fundraisers

We will announce the dates of these Seminars and open them to the Public with a space limit.  There will be registration fees to attend, which will go to the sailing organization.

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