WELCOME TO KSEA

The Kollegewidgwok Sailing Education Association (KSEA) is a non-profit sailing school serving Blue Hill and the surrounding region. Each summer, we offer classes for beginners to advanced sailors, for children and adults. All of our sailing instructors are U.S. Sailing Level 1 Instructor certified, and several have their Level 2 certification.

The KSEA Sailing School season begins with Community Sailing Week - a week of introductory sailing classes open to beginners of all ages. Our regular program of rowing, Optimist and 420 sailing classes begins in early July and runs into mid-August.  See below for this year's calendar.

2019 KSEA CLASS SCHEDULE AND FEES

 

Please note that payment in full by credit card is required for sailing school registration.  Scholarships are available for all sailing classes. Please contact Registrar Wim Steenbakkers at (207) 374-5581 for more information.

Private lessons are $85/hour, plus $25/hour for every additional student, four students maximum. The length of the lessons is usually 1.5 to 2 hours. Depending on the availability of instructors, we are able to offer private lessons after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and anytime on weekends. To schedule lessons, email kseasail@gmail.com, or call the sailing office (207-374-5581). 

 

ROWING

The rowing class teaches 6 and 7-year-olds rowing, basic nautical terms, seamanship and water safety. Rowers should bring their own (nut-free) snack and drink in a labeled, reusable container. Rowers must be 6 years old on the first day of the session. 

Prerequisites:  None. No more than 2 sessions are recommended.

Monday through Friday:  0900 – 1130

  • Session 1: July 1 to July 5 ~ $160

  • Session 2: July 8 to July12 ~ $160

  • Session 3: July 15 to July 19 ~ $160

  • Session 4: July 22 to July 26 ~ $160

  • Session 5: July 29 to August 2 ~ $160

  • Session 6: August 5 to August 9 ~ $160

  • Session 7: August 12 to August 16 ~ $160

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OPTIMIST A

This is an introductory class for sailors 8 years old and up with little or no experience in a single-handed boat. Sailors are taught basic knots, parts of the boat, rigging and de-rigging, boat handling in calm conditions, and basic seamanship. Racing vocabulary is introduced. Sailors must be 8 years old on the first day of the session. Classes are held in the inner harbor.

Prerequisites: None.

Monday through Friday:  0900 - 1130

  • Session 1: July 1 to July 5 ~ $175

  • Session 2: July 8 to July 19 ~ $345

  • Session 3: July 22 to August 2 ~ $345

  • Session 4: August 5 to August 16 ~ $345

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OPTIMIST B

After successful completion of this class a sailor will be able to rig a boat, to sail on all points of sail in different weather conditions, and to single-hand an Opti independently and with confidence. Racing tactics and techniques are introduced.

Prerequisites: At least one session of Opti A and instructor approval.

Monday through Friday:  0900 - 1130

  • Session 1: July 1 to July 5 ~ $175

  • Session 2: July 8 to July 19 ~ $345

  • Session 3: July 22 to August 2 ~ $345

  • Session 4: August 5 to August 16 ~ $345

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OPTIMIST C

An afternoon class for sailors who are comfortable with more wind and ready to venture out of the harbor, Opti C builds on the skills learned in Opti B. There is an emphasis on independence in boat rigging and skippering, basic navigation rules, and boat maintenance and safety. Students will race each week, learning racing rules and tactics. Children must be able to rig, tack, jibe, and go on all points of sail independently.

Prerequisites: At least one session of Opti B and instructor approval.

Monday through Friday:  1230 - 1530

  • Session 1: July 1 to July 5 ~ $185

  • Session 2: July 8 to July 19 ~ $370

  • Session 3: July 22 to August 2 ~ $370

  • Session 4: August 5 to August 16 ~ $370

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OPTIMIST RACE TEAM

The Opti Race Team is open to experienced racers, with instructor's permission. Team members will train at KYC and travel as a team to compete in a number of local regattas throughout the summer. Participation for all 8 weeks may be difficult for some sailors, but enrollment for short or discontinuous periods is discouraged, must be with coach’s permission and must work with the travel and training schedule. Parents are expected to drive and/or chaperone at least 2 regattas. 

Prerequisite: Racing experience and instructor approval.

Monday through Friday:  1230 - 1530

  • July 1 to August 16 ~ $235 per week

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BEGINNER 420s

This is a class for teenage beginning sailors. The light wind in the morning makes this class an excellent setting in which to learn the basics of boat handling, safety and seamanship in a club 420, a double-handed racing dinghy that is widely used in high school and college sailing. Sailors will learn both to skipper and crew and sail independently to destinations in and out of the harbor.

Prerequisites: none

Monday through Friday:  0900 - 1130

  • Session 1: July 1 to July 5 ~ $175

  • Session 2: July 8 to July 19 ~ $345

  • Session 3: July 22 to August 2 ~ $345

  • Session 4: August 5 to August 16 ~ $345

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INTERMEDIATE 420s

This class is for older, experienced Opti sailors ready to move on to the faster, double-handed Club 420, and for older beginners. For beginners the emphasis will be on basic boat handling, seamanship, and safety. The advanced sailor will learn the specifics of 420 sailing, to the spinnaker and the trapeze. All skill levels will participate in racing and rotate between skipper and crew. Advancing Opti sailors must have completed at least one session of Opti C and have the recommendation of the instructor to move into 420s.

Prerequisites: For Opti sailors, at least one session of Opti C. For older beginners: None.

Monday through Friday:  1230 - 1530

  • Session 1: July 1 to July 5 ~ $185

  • Session 2: July 8 to July 19 ~ $370

  • Session 3: July 22 to August 2 ~ $370

  • Session 4: August 5 to August 16 ~ $370

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420 RACE TEAM 

420 Race Team emphasizes having fun in a competitive atmosphere while building racing skills and preparing for local regattas. Participation for the whole 8 weeks may be difficult for some sailors, but enrollment for short or discontinuous periods is discouraged, must be with coach’s permission and must work with the team travel and training schedule. Team members will train at KYC and travel as a team to compete in a number of local regattas. Local team racing events are planned. Parents are expected to drive and/or chaperone at least 2 regattas. Boats are provided.

Prerequisites: At least one session of 420s and coach's approval.

Monday through Friday:  1230 - 1530

  • July 1 to August 16 ~ $235 per week

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ADULT SAILING

Join us for a week long adult sailing class. No experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome. Beginning sailing skills and basic seamanship will be covered in a safe, fun and relaxed environment. The class is subject to a minimum enrollment. Sailors will use a Bulls Eye and other club boats.

Monday through Friday:  1230 - 1530

  • July 1 - 5 ~ $245

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BEGINNER LASER CLINIC

The laser clinic is for those interested in learning to sail a singlehanded high-performance boat that also is a lot of fun. This course is for teens and young (or not so young adults) adults. The emphasis will be on boat handling, seamanship, safety and racing technics. It is highly recommended that sailors have their own boats. A small number of boats will be available for rent.

Monday through Friday: 1230 ~ 1530

  • July 8 - 12 ~ $200

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Advanced / Intermediate Laser Clinic

This clinic is for those who are comfortable sailing/handling a Laser and wish to improve their racing skills. The focus will be on positioning for the start, proper upwind sail trim, executing efficient roll tacks, and weight management, downwind strategies, sail trim, and weight management.  This course is for teens and young (or not so young) adults. The emphasis will be on boat handling, seamanship, safety and racing techniques. It is highly recommended that sailors have their own boat. A small number of boats will be available for rent.

Prerequisite: Participants should have Laser experience. 

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 1300 – 1600

  • Dates to be determined ~ $200

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