Juniors

From dinghies and hydrofoils to offshore races and sail training aboard tall ships, these are exciting times for young sailors…many of whom actually write the stories in this section!

Juniors

Learn to Sail at Shennecossett YC

By chris.szepessy

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If you are looking for a great place to have fun and learn how to sail, check out the program at Shennecossett Yacht Club (SYC) in Groton, CT. Located next to UConn’s Avery Point Campus, SYC is just minutes from I-95, I-395, Route 1 and Route 117. In 2009, Bill Gaynor, SYC’s Director of Sailing,…

Juniors

Super-Charged

By Joe Cooper

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Young Americans overcome adversity in the Vineyard Race By Caitlin Owles, Alexa Shea & Elizabeth van der Voort Young American Sailing Academy Editor’s note: Many sailors would consider the failure of a boat’s electrical system during an overnight race sufficient cause for throwing in the towel and setting a course for the nearest tavern. For…

Juniors

Keeping Kids in Sailing

By Benjamin Cesare

By Ben Cesare In our September issue, my Publisher’s Log made a case against the Optimist as a training boat. In October, we published some letters that agreed with the premise. This month there are some letters in defense. Beyond those, we have gathered many points of view…frankly it’s been exhausting as the topic generates…

Checking In

The JYRALIS Reunion: You Can Go Home Again

By Bill Sandberg

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Over 120 former members of the Junior Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound gathered on Saturday, September 8, 2018 under the Pandemonium at Larchmont Yacht Club, scene of many great dances during their junior sailing days. The day began, naturally, with racing in Ideal 18s provided by LYC. Each team had a special connection…

Checking In

Homeschool is Cool on Narragansett Bay

By Chris Szepessy

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Homeschooling began to grow in popularity in the 1970s when educational theorist John Holt asked parents to consider schools without walls, where kids can learn at their own pace in their own environment. This experiential-based approach has grown significantly, and today more than 2 million U.S. children are being taught from home.
Save the Bay Education Specialist Lauren Farnsworth and “Sealia” teach harbor seal anatomy on a recent seal watching expedition.

Publisher's Log

Resume Hand Wringing!

By Benjamin Cesare

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I think the Optimist stinks as an early trainer. Here is why. Like all sports, we are introducing our kids to sailing at a younger and younger age. It used to be 9 years old, and now programs start as young as 6. What does a typical 9 year old like? They tend to like other kids and want to be in close proximity to them. They don’t like to be scared. They don’t really have a handle on “seamanship” nor, unless they are gifted, the physics of sailing. And finally, sad to say, they may be a bit more spoiled than prior generations and like quick satisfaction (digital!) so menial chores, like bailing, turn them off more quickly.

On Watch

On Watch – Carmen & Emma Cowles

By Chris Szepessy

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Representing Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY, twin sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles, 18, won seven of nine races in the 420 Girls class at the Youth World Sailing Championships in Corpus Christi, TX this summer, garnering their second consecutive world championship title.

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