2021 Junior Big Boats


Junior sailors JSA age 14-18 by December 31st may participate in our Big Boat Program, which is run separately from the regular afternoon sailing program.  Sailors can sign up for Big Boat separately from afternoon classes, and do not have to be enrolled in the regular Program sessions but pre-approval by the Sailing Director is required. 

Big Boat sailors sail and race as a team on keel boats in the 30–40-foot range under careful guidance of our Big Boat coaches and Owner’s Representatives.  This experience is different from the usual double or single-handed junior racing experience.  Participants receive navigation instruction, take the JSA Navigation Test and attend the JSA Safety at Sea Seminar.  The Sailing Director may add a seminar new for 2021 on weather forecasting.

The Big Boat Program establishes a practice schedule, which may include other big boat racing.  The team also takes part in several JSA sponsored big boat events against teams from other Long Island Sound clubs, culminating in several regattas including the Dorade Regatta and Beach Point YC Overnight Race during the final week of the Program.  The Dorade Regatta is a one-day series of short buoy races.  The Beach Point Overnight Race is an approximately 65-mile distance event.  The program is popular both as a social activity and as an advanced test of sailing skills, since juniors are required to handle all aspects of steering, sail handling and navigation. 

If your child is interested in participating, please contact the Sailing Director at sailingdirector@stamfordyc.com for additional information.