Provide a safe and friendly environment in where kids can grow and thrive
Deliver quality sailing instruction to all participants regardless of individual skill level
Provide scholarships to give all kids the opportunity to sail
Retain a top coaching staff. A minimum of four coaches shall be maintained throughout the sailing season. The instructor to student ratio will be maximally 7:1
Provide both a competitive racing team and a comprehensive non-competitive learn to sail program
Offer mechanisms for parental participation
Contribute in a meaningful way to the overall quality of the club and the community
Our Learn to Sail Optimist class is sailed on Opti sail cubes, a roto-molded plastic version of an Optimist dinghy, and Optimists. Sailors will learn to leave and return to the dock, basic sailing maneuvers, sailing on all points of sail, and how to right a boat from a capsize. Every sailor, regardless of experience, will have to pass a swim and capsize test the first day of the season
This program focuses on a more advanced curriculum appropriate to age and skill level, teaching basic knots, rigging, basic maneuvers, right of way concepts, and more. Each sailor must pass a swim and capsize test the first day of the season, regardless of sailing experience.
This program is designed around the older kids, from ages 13-17 teaching basic knots, rigging, basic maneuvers, right of way concepts, and more. If your teenager has no sailing experience, this is the group they will be in. Each sailor must pass a swim and capsize test the first day of the season, regardless of sailing experience. If your sailor has gone through the beginner level, they can move onto the Beginner Laser or Intro to Dinghy Sailing classes.
Science of Sailing (STEM program)
This class is for those kids who are fascinated by all the systems involved in sailing. Learning how sails work to how thunderstorms form. We have partnered with Wanderlust, a purpose-driven brand that creates:
1) environmentally responsible products to support marine science research and education, and 2) media to inspire scientific curiosity and an adventurous spirit. Sailors will be, aside from sailing, learning key topics involving:
- Sailing systems: the nuts and bolts of a sailboat
- Biscayne Bay: Exploring the waters of South Biscayne Bay, from Rickenbacker Bridge to the start of the Biscayne Bay National Park Reserve
- Ocean Conservation: The effects of human presence on the ecological chain of Biscayne Bay
- Intermediate to Advanced Sailing: How to sail a crewed boat (4+ sailors)
It is highly recommended your child has some sailing experience before joining this group. AGES 12-17
This course is dedicated to learning how to sail a laser single-handed. AGES 13-17
Optimist Green Fleet
The Green Fleet Optimist sailor has already learned how to sail but wants to take the next step into their developing passion for Sailing. In Green Fleet, sailors learn the basics of racing: how a Regatta functions, advanced boat handling, tactics and strategy. The Green Fleet Optimist program is a great way for a young sailor to foster self-discipline, confidence, camaraderie, and respect for the sport.
Optimist Red, White, Blue
The Optimist Red, White, and Blue Fleets are separated on age, not skill level and are the highest level of racing an optimist sailor can participate in. These sailors are dedicated and motivated to continue perfecting their sailing skills, and are recommended to purchase their own boat and gear. Sailors advance into this fleet once they demonstrate a working knowledge of the racing rules and tactics, and a maturity level appropriate to the level of competition.
Fleet Assignments by USODA Guidelines
- White Fleet is for skippers who are 10 years old or under.
- Blue Fleet is for skippers who are 11 or 12 years old
- Red Fleet is for skippers who are 13, 14, or 15 years old
The Laser is the Men’s and Women’s Olympic single-handed class, and they all start off on the Laser 4.7 rig. A smaller rig than the Laser Radial and Laser Standard, it is the youth version of the Laser class. The Laser is a very physically demanding boat and as such requires a minimum weight of 110 pounds to handle the forces of the sail.
The Laser Radial is the next step up from Laser 4.7 with a 30% increase in sail area. The minimum skipper weight for this rig is 130 pounds and is officially considered for ISAF ranking and can compete in officially sanctioned events such as Miami World Cup and Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta.
Parent participation is essential in order to guarantee a smooth sailing season. Make sure to check out the regatta schedule to figure out which regattas you can attend. Once you review the regatta schedule and select the ones you will attend, please let us to know which regattas you are attending.
You will also find there slots for towing volunteers, snack and drink volunteers for the kids and lunch for the coaches. Please remember that our volunteers are our lifeblood and we could not do this without you guys!
Parents who volunteer for towing are reimbursed for fuel expenses.
CGSCIC encourages sailing instruction and participation at all levels.
As a community based organization, we offer sailing education that coincide with seasoned maritime traditions developed on our glorious Biscayne Bay.
In regards to our programs, we also provide scholarship opportunities to young sailors who lack the means to afford and access our pristine and wondrous bay.
For more information on scholarships and how to can apply, please contact our General Manager Lauren Simpson.