SAILING

Sailing
We sail on the Rappahannock River using the Christchurch School fleet of boats: Collegiate 420s (no trapeze or spinnaker), Lasers, and Zodiac safety boats.  Campers must be 8 – 15 years old no later than June 1, 2017.  These progressive sessions are limited to 12 or 16 campers for safety and to maximize staff/camper interaction and one on one learning time.   We do skills based placement.  We are happy to accommodate any level of sailing ability each week. Our trained instructors will assess camper skills and place them with the best group to help them progress to where they want to be.  Please contact us to discuss your camper’s needs and interest and together we will work out the best plan for their success.   

NEW in 2018!  Fish & Sail (ages 8 - 15)
Campers spend five half days sailing with Open Sailing (see description below) and three half days fishing both freshwater ponds for bass, bluegill, and crappie as well as saltwater for spot, croaker, redfish, speckled trout.  
 
Open Sailing (ages 8 - 15) - half and full day
This session is for those campers who are not sure what their skill level may be, intermediate to race ready sailors who are not sure of what session they should be in. After assessing camper skills, instructors will tailor a curriculum specifically for each one.  For the remainder of the week, learn more and improve on what you know.  By the end of the week all sailors will have a full assessment and recommendation for future sessions.   Based on ability, some sailors will be on the water for both program sessions daily, some will do half days on the water and half days off.
 
Beginner Sailing (ages 8-11) - half day
Beginner sailing is designed to teach information and skills in a way that is both fun, engaging, and safe on the water. Sailors will learn the boat parts, rigging, parts of sail, correct body position, and boat handling. An emphasis will be on tacking, gybing, upwind and downwind sailing, capsizing, and docking. Basic seamanship will also be addressed. Campers spend one program session daily on the water and one program session doing off water activities both on and off campus.  No previous experience required.
 
Beginner Sailing (ages 12-15) - half day
Beginner sailing is designed to teach information and skills in a way that is both fun, engaging, and safe on the water.
 Sailors will learn the boat parts, rigging, parts of sail, correct body position, and boat handling. An emphasis will be on tacking, gybing, upwind and downwind sailing, capsizing, and docking. Basic seamanship will also be addressed. Campers spend one program session daily on the water and one program session doing off water activities both on and off campus.  No previous experience required.
 
Intermediate Sailing (ages 8-11)  - half day
Independent skippering and boat control is encouraged as the counselors readily hand the tiller over to the campers, and by the end of the week most campers are encouraged to sail without a counselor altogether.
The intermediate class builds on the beginner’s mastery of the basic skills of sailing. Admittance in the Intermediate class is based on their ability and performance in beginner sailing. Participants will work on developing more advanced sailing skills, an intermediate sailor will be able to rig and de-rig a 420 with the help of their crew, master basic knots, and a strong understanding of the parts of the boat and sail and their effects on powering and depowering the boat. Sailors in the intermediate class will have a constant awareness of the wind, be able to trim for different points of sail and conditions, have an awareness of body position relative to wind and wave conditions, and consistently use tiller extension. Sailors will make controlled gybes in medium to high wind, tack without falling-off the breeze, sail in and out of the river independently, land on docks or instructor’s motor boat safely, and have a basic understanding of the Rules of the Road. Participants are encouraged to continue their sailing passion by progressing to Advanced sailing or begin to learn the basics of racing. Some sailing experience required.  
 
Intermediate Sailing (ages 12 - 15)  - half day
Independent skippering and boat control is encouraged as the counselors readily hand the tiller over to the campers, and by the end of the week most campers are encouraged to sail without a counselor altogether.
The intermediate class builds on the beginner’s mastery of the basic skills of sailing. Admittance in the Intermediate class is based on their ability and performance in beginner sailing. Participants will work on developing more advanced sailing skills, an intermediate sailor will be able to rig and de-rig a 420 with the help of their crew, master basic knots, and a strong understanding of the parts of the boat and sail and their effects on powering and depowering the boat. Sailors in the intermediate class will have a constant awareness of the wind, be able to trim for different points of sail and conditions, have an awareness of body position relative to wind and wave conditions, and consistently use tiller extension. Sailors will work towards controlled roll tacks and gybes in up to medium wind, and have a basic understanding of the Rules of the Road. Participants are encouraged to continue their sailing passion by progressing to Advanced sailing or begin to learn the basics of racing. Some sailing experience required.  
 
 
Scallywag (ages 8-12) - half day
Whether captain or crew, your camper will become a swaggering swashbuckler armed with bailers and sponges always seeking the next battle with anyone in their way. Campers spend one program session daily on the water either sailing to different parts of the river, conducting splash warfare, Sailing up and down the river, or playing games like capture-the-buoy, and one program session doing off water activities both on and off campus. While fun id the focus of this program, sailors will continue to develop their skills; including tacking, gybing, awareness of the wind, trimming for different points of sail and conditions, and consistently using a tiller extension.
 
Advanced Sailing (ages 8-15) - full day
Expanding on the previously knowledge gained in intermediate sailing and tailoring to the skill levels within the group, counselors will fine-tune the campers’ skills while introducing new concepts. Advanced sailing will focus on teaching deep knowledge about sailing maneuvers, wind, and current, and applying this knowledge to the sport of sailboat racing.
A 420-advanced sailor will be able to rig and de-rig a 420 independently, master basic knots, be held to a high standard of boat care and storage while making minor repairs, and a strong understanding of the parts of the boat and sail and their effects on powering and depowering the boat. Sailors will have a constant awareness of the wind, be able to trim for different points of sail and conditions, have an awareness of body position relative to wind and wave conditions, and be able to work well with a crewmate.  Sailors will learn how to roll-tack, effectively trim mainsail and jib, and make controlled gybes in medium to high wind, tack without falling-off the breeze, sail in and out of the river independently, land on docks or instructor’s motor boat safely. Admittance in the 420-Advanced class is based on their ability and performance in Beginner sailing or Intermediate
 
Intro to Sailboat Racing (ages 8-15) - full day
This class is intended for sailors who want to pursue racing and have prior sailing experience. Sailors will continue to develop all skills in the 420, while learning the basic rules and tactics, and strategy.  Emphasis will be on terrific boat handling and proper roll tacks and gybes, while maintaining a fun and safe environment. Tactics and strategies demonstrated include starting, finishing, upwind and down-wind sailing techniques, sailing in a lane/clean air, mark rounding, current, and shifts. Campers spend both daily program sessions sailing. While campers will not have the off water portion of the day, they will have a chance for all the fun of camp in the evening and on weekends.  
 
Adventure Sailing (ages 13-15) - full day
This course will send your camper on day trips up down and across the river. Sailors will also spend a day on a 100’ schooner. Sailors will continue to develop all requisite skills through a combination of games and longer trips. all sailors will master basic knots, have a strong understanding of the parts of the boat and sail and their effects on powering and depowering the boat. Sailors will have a constant awareness of the wind, be able to trim for different points of sail and conditions, have an awareness of body position relative to wind and wave conditions, gather a understanding of current and meteorology, and be able to work well with a crewmate.
 
 
Off Water
Basic Sailing, Intermediate Sailing, and Scallywag campers sail for one program session each day.  The other program session is spent in 'Off Water', though the name is a little misleading, because water is still involved from time to time.   Off Water activities include 90 minutes sessions in the following areas: Songs and Games, Performing Arts, Cooking, Sports, Crafts, Science Fun, Swimming, and Beach Party.  

Sailing times for these programs are determined each morning, based on weather.  Off water activities are selected based on weather and camper interest.

Sample Weekly Program Schedule (for half day sailing sessions)
Monday
9 - 12:15 noon Sailing
2:00 - 3:30 Performing Arts
3:45 - 5:15 Crafts

Tuesday
9 - 10:30 Sports
10:45 - 12:15 Marine Exploration
2:00 - 5:15 Sailing

Wednesday
9 - 9:45 Camper's Choice - any off water session
10 - 12 Swimming Pool (off campus)
2:00 - 5:15 Sailing

Thursday
9 - 12:15 Sailing
2:00 - 3:30 Songs and Games
3:45 - 5:15 Cooking

Friday
9 - 12:15 Sailing
2:00 - 5:15 Beach Party - river swimming, kayaking or canoeing, fishing (if you bring your own pole), beach volleyball, sand castle buiding and beach time relaxing with friends.

Christchurch School

49 Seahorse Lane,
Christchurch, Virginia 23031
804.758.2306