TYC Sailing Program registration will go live on March 19th for members & returning sailors. An email will be sent out with the registration link. There is no mid-night going live time frame. We will be sending out the link sometime during the day.
The program will run similar to 2020. We will have different program options that will be weekly. Unlike last year, kids can attend multiple classes to extend their sailing for the summer assuming it is an appropriate class for their abilities.
Aloha, Sailors of all sorts:
Cruising class will take place on Monday Nights and some Wednesday Nights
Meet on the TYC docks at 6pm
No experience required.
Bring something to share.
Sunset has been scheduled exactly
at sunset time, whenever that is...
Mooring buoys, lobster buoys, decaying bridges,
decaying docks, seaweed, possible seagull sightings.
Daily Screening Tool for all sail training families and members:
TYC Sail Training is approved by the RI Department og Health Services - Summer Camps. See the new rules and regulations:
Department of Health Requirements:
CDc Symptoms list:
This handbook contains all the information you need to know about the Sail Training season. It includes required apparel, expectations about behavior and use of the boats and equipment. Safety is our top priority. Safety practices must be implemented to ensure an educational and fun experience for the children. We encourage students to participate in races hosted by Narragansett Bay Yachting Association (NBYA). Our instructors will strive to assure that all students, regardless of age and class level, will have ample support and encouragement for
competitive sailing opportunities.
■ Teach student sailors the life skills required in boat handling, sailing, and seamanship.
■ Develop sportsmanship, respect for the sea, and ownership of boats and equipment.
■ Develop self-confidence and teamwork skills in a cooperative learning environment.
■ Foster respect for instructors and fellow students.
■ Provide a FUN experience for racers and recreational sailors.
■ We will use the sail-training guidelines from the U.S. Sailing Association.
■ Parents are responsible for the following items:
■ Parents must report allergies/medications on the Medical Consent form.
■ Morning drop off time is between 8:45-9:00 am each class day.
■ Afternoon pick up time is 4:00 pm promptly & 12:30 pm for Tiller Tamers.
■ Life jackets and other gear should have name labels.
■ Review this handbook with your child.
■ Volunteer! Volunteerism keeps our program going. There will be opportunities to volunteer throughout the year at TYC. (Opening
breakfast, carpooling, holiday party, regattas, boat work, awards night, beach clean up, fundraising, dock work)
★ Life jacket (PFD- personal floatation device) US Coast Guard Type III (vest style).
★ Whistle attached to PFD.
★ Closed Toe Footwear must be worn all times- no bare feet or flip flops at any time.
★ Sun block SPF 30, or stronger.
★ Reusable Water bottle– no glass, no single use water bottles.
★ Lunch plenty of snacks in a cooler or lunch box
★ Hat- adequate to protect from sun.
★ Rain gear
★ Long sleeve SPF or swim rash guard top. Dress or send adequate clothing with your child for the daily weather. Remember sailors are
outside almost all day.
SAILOR DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURE:
■ Earliest drop off time is 8:45am. Parents can drop off children between 8:45 and 9am
■ Parking is permitted in designated areas on Riverside Drive only.
■ No Parking in front of the clubhouse or at the bottom of the clubhouse steps. No Parking in front of the fenced in area near the TYC beach.
No Parking or drop off is permitted in the TYC shared driveway or behind the clubhouse.
■ All children must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian every day. There is a sign in booklet at the clubhouse door every day.
■ Children may not be dropped off at the bottom of the TYC steps by their parents; they must be escorted into the clubhouse and signed in
upon arrival to class.
■ If you have any relatives or grandparents or caretakers that will be picking up your child, you must notify the TYC Sailing Program
director, in writing. Any adult we are unfamiliar with may be asked for i.d.
SWIM TEST AND RELATED SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:
■ All students must pass a swim test given at the pool on the first week of class.
■ Students must complete the Red Cross standard 50 yard swim and be able to tread water for one minute. (Except Tiller Tamers)
■ Life jackets must be worn and fastened at ALL times on the water and on the docks.
DESIGNATED SAILING AREAS & RELATED SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
■ Most exercises will be done in Blue Bell Cove “the cove on this chart” or off of Island Park Beach. Boats should sail in close formation
and with nearby safety boat supervision when crossing the Basin.
■ Boats should use the main channel at all time when passing under the Hummocks Bridge.
■ At Program Director and Instructor’s discretion, sailors may also sail the Sakonnet River and Mt. Hope Bay just North of Sakonnet
Bridge. Usually once per season Optimist Racers will sail to Nanaquaket Cove/Pond.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR BOATS:
■ Each student is responsible for the boat he/she has been assigned each day. Students must report any damage or equipment failure
immediately to their instructor. A checklist of boat parts and equipment will be used daily to properly maintain the boats. Students will
be held accountable for damage caused due to negligence. Parents will be billed for the cost of repairing the damage.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR BEHAVIOR:
■ Students are required to follow ALL behavioral/conduct policies.
■ Students are required to treat instructors and other students with respect and consideration at all times, and to obey all instructions
promptly, especially when on the water.
■ Observe the boundaries, both on and off the water on the shore, as determined by the instructors.
■ No running across the road. Cross the road ONLY at the crosswalk.
■ Running and excessive noise are not permitted on the docks or in the pool area.
■ Strong and disrespectful language is forbidden.
■ Students are responsible for cleaning-up lunch/snack litter.
■ Salt-water swimming is allowed only with an instructor’s permission.
■ The club pool can only be used if a parent is present to take responsibility of the child or children.
■ Boats and equipment are to be treated with care and respect.
■ No skateboards allowed during Sail Training hours.
■ Consequences for failure to observe the above rules and guidelines vary according to the nature of the infraction, but can include loss of
■ Any verbal or physical abuse, or if your child’s behavior jeopardizes his/her own or another’s safety, will result in early dismissal from
the class and a warning to both the parent and student.
■ If a second serious infraction occurs, the parent will be required to meet with an instructor and a designated member of the Sail Training
Committee to discuss the misbehavior and develop a plan to avoid further incidents.
■ If a third serious infraction occurs, the parent will be asked immediately to remove the child from the club premises. No refund will be
made and the child will be ineligible to participate in the future.
PARENTS OF STUDENTS WHO travel to Regattas (Optimists, O’Pen Bics, Lasers & 420’s):
■ Parents of the racing students are responsible for helping transport boats and sailors to and from regatta events. If the trailer is used,
parents should participate in loading and unloading of the boats.
■ Parents must accept full responsibility if their child is using a club boat in a regatta.
■ Parents will be responsible to cover the cost of any damage/breakage to club boats caused by negligence or misuse.
INSTRUCTOR RESPONSIBILITY FOR BOATS:
■ Instructors are responsible for all boats used during each daily class session, including sailboats and safety boats. Damage/equipment
failure must be brought to the attention of the attention of the instructor and program director.
■ Safety precautions must be maintained at all times. Passengers and operators are to remain seated in a moving boat. Tomfoolery is
CHASE BOAT SAFETY EQUIPMENT:
■ First Aid Kits will be on all safety boats. Instructors will maintain first aid kits during the course of the summer. A first aid kit will be also
at the club in an accessible area.
■ Hand-held Marine VHF two way radios. Channel 16 is the coast guard. Channel 67 is used to reach other boats.
■ A throwable device.
■ Towline, tool kit and pump or bailer.
■ The head instructor will monitor the day’s weather forecast and make the decision to keep classes on shore if the weather
conditions/forecast is unfavorable. Alternative onshore activities will be planned in advanced. If inclement weather arrives while on the
water instructors are trained for such situations and shall communicate with each other and sailing program director and all boats should
proceed immediately back to the club. If a thunderstorm/squall comes up rapidly, classes are notified to stay together and should
proceed to the nearest shore and wait for the storm to pass.
PROCEDURES IN CASE OF ACCIDENTS OR EMERGENCIES ON THE WATER:
■ All US Sailing Instructors are trained and hold current First Aid and CPR certifications.
■ If an accident/emergency occurs while on the water, Sailing instructors will immediately render assistance and use their hand-held VHF
radios to contact the Program Director on channel 67. In a life threatening emergency instructors should call 911 immediately, then notify
the program director via VHF radio or cell phone if necessary.
■ In the event of a life threatening emergency an instructor will call 911 and request an on the water rescue. State your position to the 911
operator and go to the nearest public ramp if available, relay this information to 911 personnel.
■ If the Instructor cannot get through to emergency personnel, he/she will call the Coast Guard on Channel 16.
■ If an accident occurs in Tiverton Basin, the Sakonnet River or Mount Hope Bay, an ambulance will be sent to the Riverside Drive boat
ramp (under the Sakonnet Bridge). or to the closest ramp available boathouse or riverside bait shop.
■ If an accident occurs in Blue Bill Cove, the ambulance will be sent to Portsmouth Town Ramp on the west shore of the Cove.
■ Before classes begin, instructors will test their VHF radios boat to boat and boats to Director to assure that the units and frequencies work.
■ All significant safety-related incidents will be recorded by a member of the Sail Training Committee and reported to the Board of
ELECTRONICS & SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES: (everyone at TYC is required to follow these guidelines)
■ I will not post anything online that may intentionally cause harm, distress or embarrassment to others.
■ I will not “like” or “share” anything that may be disrespectful to others or cause them hurt or embarrassment. I will remember that by
doing so I am endorsing the same sentiments as the post.
■ I will only use my device at times and locations where I have been given permission by an instructor or adult. I will stop using my device
immediately if an instructor asks me to do so.
■ I understand that I am responsible for taking care of my device throughout the day.
■ I will not post photos or videos of my friends without their permission, especially if I think they wouldn’t approve.
■ I will speak to a trusted adult if I see anything online that makes me feel nervous, uncomfortable or threatened in any way.
■ I will understand that the world is full of people with vastly different values and beliefs. I will keep that in mind before making judgments
of other online.
■ I will take the time to walk away and think before posting anything online when I am angry or mad.
■ I will remember that nothing is ever really private online, so I will only post things I am happy for the rest of the world to see.
*I agree to abide by these guidelines throughout my time at the TYC.
Registration is at the bottom of page. Here are some KEY NOTES!!!
1- if you are a member, be sure to login as a member. This will allow the program fees to go onto your club balance. IF you have a credit from the 2020 season, it will be important to login as the credit will automatically come off your TYC monthly bill. Credits were applied to account the week of March 17th.
NON-MEMBERS will have an additional fee, not listed in the registration, of $200 per child. This fee will be applied in an invoice prior to the program's start.
2- if you don't know your account details, it could be an old email. Teresa can assist to update this information. A text message with your name and desired new email or cell phone is the best and fastest means of getting it corrected for you. Her phone is 401-864-4266 for texting only. I do not answer it. Please respect her time as she only volunteers for TYC.
3-if you're not sure what class your child should be in, then please email Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org before registering or review the below link to see where other's put themselves.
4 - Register ONE child at a time.
5- all fields must have an entry before you can continue.
6- PAYMENTS MADE WITH A CREDIT CARD WILL GET A PROCESSING FEE OF 3%!!!! ACH is set up to have no fees applied or you can mail a check payment to the club's PO Box. Mailed checks must have clear details for application to sailing fees and the sailors name.
7- We have four Open Skiff boat rentals. These are for the sailors in the Open Skiff racing class. Details will be provided by Meredith after it is reserved.
8- Waitlisted? We will update you as soon as we possibly can on any spots available that make sense.
9 - Frustrated? Sorry, this new clubspot process is slow but steady...hang in there because you will learn to love it. Chairperson Teresa and Sailing Director Meredith are your two best options to contact for assistance.
10- Deposits are non-refundable.
Want to see who is already signed up? Click below.....
REGISTER HERE: https://tivertonyachtclub.org/register/camp/SBu3YPPqEq/class
2021 TYC Jr Sailing Program Dates
March 17 - Summer Sailing sign up open
April 18 - non-member sign up open
April TBD weekend and May 22-23 - date TBD - US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course & Start Power Boat right course at TYC
June 7 - Virtual Parent Orientation
June 21- 25 - Instructors begin - work week. Evenings - Second Start Power Boat right course.
TYC Program begins on June 28
June 28 - July 9 - Discover Sail, Opti Race, O’Pen Skiff/Laser - 2 weeks (no classes on July 5th)
July 12 - 30 - 420 Racing - 3 weeks
July 12 - 23 - Opti kids, Captains Class - 2 weeks
July 26 - 30 - Tiller Tamers - 1 week
July 26 - 30 - Opti kids - 1 week
August 2 - 6 - Opti Skippers, O’Pen Skiff/Laser , Discover Sail - 1 week
August 9 - 13 - NBYA Race week - 420, O’Pen Skiff/Laser, Opti race- 1 week
August 13 - TYC Program awards family cookout
TBD - August 16-20 - Discover or Tiller Tamer - ½ day - Family Sail.
TYC Race programs - 420, OPen Bic, Laser, Opti Race $70/Day
Meredith Collins email@example.com
Teresa O'Connor firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Page III
Jennifer A Viveiros
Margo Ney Lindblom
Been thinking about getting a power boat license?
New Course hosted by TYC
➔ TYC is hosting a Start Power Boating Right Course on
➔ This 16-hour, 2-day combined classroom and practical on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills. No previous experience is required! The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course and an increasing number of states have recognized it as meeting their requirements for a State Boating Education Certificate. You can earn a US Sailing NASBLA Safe Boating certificate and RI powerboat license.
➔ Cost $ per person $250 for TYC members and $275 for non-members. Includes 2 days of instruction both on the water driving boats and in the classroom, plus materials. The course will be given at TYC.
➔ Payment can be made at TYC or online through our website. Payment must be made to TYC secure your space in the class.
DATES AND REGISTRATION LINKS TO COME
TYC Class Descriptions
This class is for sailors who are beginner optimist sailors. Students sail in TYC Optimist dinghies with club sails. Students in this class must be able to swim. The emphasis of this two-day per week class is the introduction to sailing and to help the participant become comfortable in a small boat. Skills that will be emphasized include: - safety on the water - the proper use of a life jacket -what to do if your boat capsizes or if someone falls overboard - how to recognize a dangerous situation. Skills that will be introduced are
boating terminology - boat handling and maneuvering skills - rigging and derigging a boat - basic boat care and maintenance. These skills are taught both on and off the water using a variety of fun activities. At the end of the program, each sailor should be able to steer a boat on his or her own. The groundwork in this program is important to building a high level of confidence in the beginning sailor.
This class is for sailors who have completed 1 or two summers of the Opti Kids program and are eager for more sailing. Students sail in TYC optimist dinghies. Students in this class may participate in the TYC Optimist club series. Students signing up for this class should be able to rig an optimist independently and tack and gybe and sail upwind. This class will remain focused on safety and confidence in the boat. Students will also be introduced to more intermediate tacking and gybing techniques, racing rules, racing courses and seamanship. The focus will be on boat handling, proper terminology. At the end of this class students will be able to sail at all points ofsail and tack and gybe with confidence. They will also be familiar with racing terminology and seamanship skills.
This class is for beginner and intermediate sailors. Students in this class must be able to swim. The emphasis of this class is the introduction to sailing for sailors of similar ages. This is our adventure sailing class where we emphasize seamanship, fun, and racing basics. This class will take place in a variety of boats based on the comfort and skill level. Sailors will sail Hunter 140’s and sometimes our Flying Scot.
This is an all day class for experienced Optimist sailors ages 11 and up. You must provide your own boat to join this class. Regatta participation is a vital part of this class. Students in this class will sail Optimist Dinghies, Open Skiffs or Lasers that they own or charter. Sailors are eligible for this class per instructor recommendation and typically after completing 1 or 2 seasons in the Opti Skipper class or other equivalent. Optimist sailors will participate in the TYC Optimist club series. O’Pen Skiff & Laser racers will have a separate schedule for away regattas and have a separate class most of the time. Safety skills will still be covered. Racing rules will be introduced and studied along with race course tactics and boat speed and proper rigging
and sportsmanship. The focus of this class is fun, beginning racing and the camaraderie and fun that happens on the race course. Students will be encouraged to participate in NBYA sponsored regattas and other local regattas as schedules allow. Parental volunteers are vital to this program. Parents are needed to coordinate carpools, drive sailors to and from regatta sites and trailer boats. Opti Racing class is limited to 12 students and
O’Pen Skiff racing is limited to 13 students.
This is an all day class for sailors who have completed Opti Racing/OPen Skiff or Captains class and would like to learn more about racing and sail 420's. Sailors are eligible for this class per instructor recommendation after completing Opti Racing Open Skiff, Laser or Captains class. Individual sailors must weigh 110 lbs to meet the minimum crew weight requirements for the boat. This class will take place in 420 club boats owned by TYC. Students in this class will participate in the TYC 420 club series also known at TYC as the Fonseca trophy. Safety skills and proper capsizing drill for double handed sailing will be taught. In addition all students will learn the basics of skipper crew communication, racing rules, sportsmanship, spinnaker trim, tacking and gybing and proper rigging and boat maintenance. Students in this class will be able to participate in NBYA regattas and are encouraged to do when their skills are regatta ready. There will be a charter fee to use a TYC boat at away regattas. Parent volunteers are vital to this program. Parents are needed to coordinate carpools, drive sailors to and from regatta sites and trailer boats. This class is limited to 12 students.
This an all day class for sailors who have completed Opti Skippers or Discover Sailing and are not interested in competitive sailing but would like to expand their sailing skills and knowledge. This class will focus on seamanship skills, safety, navigation, chart reading, anchoring, rowing, weather and the adventure side of sailing. This class will take place in our Hunter 140's, and sometimes our Harpoon 4.6’s.