GORGE Junior Sailing: 420 INTRO
Prerequisite: Ability to swim, pass swim check and capsize drill. No sailing experience necessary.
Limit: 8 students per session.
Schedule: M-F, 1:00-4:30PM (1 week is Girls Only)
No. of class days: 5
Classes are taught in the Club 420, an entry-level, two‐person dinghy that is rigged with a mainsail, jib, spinnaker, and trapeze. The Club 420 can be handled by both youth and adults and is commonly used in learn-to-sailing programs and for high school and collegiate racing. Open to beginning and intermediate sailors, teens new to sailing, sailors who have outgrown Optis or Bics, and sailors with previous 420 experience. Just like our local HS sailing team (and HS/college teams nationwide) this class will be filled with students of varied abilities. Instructors may pair sailors of varied experience levels and learning styles. Instruction includes basic sailing skills, rigging, knot tying, safety, and boat handling. With an emphasis on teamwork and fun, the class will work towards short course racing as an introduction to competitive high school sailing. Classes are generally held within the confines of the Hood River Marina, but classes may sail outside the marina when conditions permit. If favorable conditions exist, and all boat-handling competencies are reached, trapezes and possibly spinnakers may be introduced. Students will practice capsizing and swimming while wearing life jackets.
*New this summer* We’re offering a Girls Only Intro 420 class!
Led by female instructors, this will be a week of fun sailing in a positive, empowering environment, encouraging teen girls’ confidence both on and off the water.