Hello TYC Families, Thank you for all, for a wonderful 2021 season. Look forward to seeing you next summer. Check back on our website this winter for sign up information.
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 and non-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.
Parents are responsible for the following items:
■ Parents must report allergies/medications on the Medical Consent form.
■ Morning drop off times are 8:45am, 9:00am and 9:15am Mon-Fri.
■ Afternoon pick up times are 3:45pm, 4:00pm and 4:15pm Mon - Fri. Pick up and drop off times are emailed to all classes at the beginning of the season.
■ 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. (Regatta parents, carpooling, regattas, boat work, awards night, beach clean up, events - 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 all day.
- Bring a face covering as directed by the CDC and state of RI.
SAILOR DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURE:
■ All children must be dropped off and picked up in the designated zone and met by a TYC Instrcutor to be checked in or out each day. All drop offs and pick ups take place in the beach parking area. Bicycle riders must also meet with an instructor upon arrival and be checked in.
■ 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 or drop off is permitted in the TYC shared driveway or behind the clubhouse.
■ 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 parents attest that their child can swim when signing up for the sailing program.
■ All students must participate in a swim check given at the pool on the first week of class, consisting of lap swim and treading water. Tiller Tamers will have an age appropriate swim check.
■ Life jackets must be worn and fastened at ALL times on the water, in boats 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 at designated times for the Sailign Program, instructors and lifeguards are present.
■ 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 privileges.
■ 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 Youth Sailing program
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 Skiffs, 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
POWER 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 and any equipment that is required by state or federal rules.
■ The TYC instructors and Program Director 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 the sailing program director and all boats and will provide an appropriate plan for the situation.
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 Directors.
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.
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TYC Class Descriptions
Students must have completed Kindergarten. All children must be able to swim before taking this class. Activities are run on the water and on shore. Children in this class sail with instructors in our Hunter 140's or our Flying Scot. Children participate in sailing class, basic safety on the dock and in boats and intro to basic knots, beach side lessons, and introduction to rigging the Optimist.
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, beginning sailing. These skills are taught both on and off the water using a variety of fun activities. The focus - rigging, de-rigging, sterring, capsize and recovery. 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 sessions of the Opti Kids program and are eager for more sailing. Students in this class must be able to swim. Students sail in TYC optimist dinghies. Students signing up for this class should be able to rig an optimist independently. This class will remain focused on safety and confidence in the boat. The focus will be on boat handling, proper terminology, learning the points of sail and tacking and gybing with confidence.
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.
This is an all day class for experienced Optimist sailors ages 11 and up. You must provide your own boat to join this class. Students in this class must be able to swim. Regatta participation is part of this class. Students in this class will sail Optimist Dinghies, Open Skiffs or Lasers that they own or charter. Optimist sailors will participate in the TYC Optimist club series. O’Pen Skiff & Laser racers may have a separate schedule for away regattas. 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
Laser/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. Students in this class must be able to swim. Sailors are eligible for this class after completing Opti Racing Open Skiff, Laser or Captains class. For safety reasons and to best handle and recover the boat from a capsize it is recommended sailors 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 regatta 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 if they choose. 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. Students in this class must be able to swim. 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.
Aloha, Sailors of all sorts:
Cruising class will take place on Monday 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.
Been thinking about getting a power boat license? Take the US Powerboat Course hosted by TYC. This course is hands on, in TYC powerboats with a certified instructor.
➔ TYC offers the US Powerboat, Safe Powerboat Handling Course.
➔ 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.
For more information about the course offered:
Stay tuned for Dates and Registration links for future courses