2013 Junior Program Details
LSC will have four Junior Sailing Camps in 2013. Each camp will be one week long and run from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm each day. Camps will be held on the weeks of
- June 10
- June 17
- June 24
- July 8
Mary Vorel (shown above) will be the lead instructor. Mary is an experienced sailor and racer and is a US Sailing Certified Instructor. She also has first aid and CPR certification. Mary managed the Grand Rapids Junior Sailing program for 6 years.
Introduction to Racing
Answers to some often asked questions:
Can a Junior Sailor participate in more than one camp
Yes. More info below.
Who can participate?
Open to boys and girls who will be going into grades 5 through 12.
What is the Junior Sailing Program?
We teach boys and girls how to sail in our Learn to Sail I program. Junior sailors will learn how to sail a small boat by themselves. Those who already know how to sail will go into the Learn to Sail II program to build on their skills and sailing confidence. Most sailors will start sailing in either an Opti or a Sunfish. For Junior Sailors who are ready, there are some Lasers available.
We emphasize safe sailing and having fun as well as developing good sailing skills.
Where is the Program run?
The program is held at the Lansing Sailing Club and on the waters of Lake Lansing. The Lansing Sailing Club is at 6039 E. Lake Drive, Haslett, MI, on the east side of Lake Lansing.
Instructors and Coaches
Iinstruction and coaching is provided by US Sailing Certified Instructors and by members of the Lansing Sailing Club. The instructors and coaches enjoy working with junior sailors, love to sail and have years of experience sailing a wide range of sailing craft and usually have extensive sailboat racing experience as well.
Sunfish and Optimist sailboats are used for the Learn to Sail programs. We prefer that Junior Sailors sail a boat owned by their family. However, we recognize that many families don't know if they want to have a boat until they have some experience with sailing. In these situations, the Lansing Sailing Club provides a boat for the sailor to use. There is a modest fee for using a Lansing Sailing Club Boat to help defray the costs of equipment repair and replacement.
After a year or so of participation in Junior Sailing, we encourage families to obtain their own boat if they don't already have one.
What to Bring
Here is a checklist of what to wear and bring:
- Junior sailors should wear their swimming suits and expect to get wet. Among other things, we teach juniors how to recover from a capsize.
- Wear non-slip boat or tennis shoes with white soles (dark soles leave marks on the boats).
- No flip-flops - secure footing on the boats is important.
- A water bottle.
- Eyeglass holders if the sailor wears glasses (glasses are very easily lost in the lake).
- A cap clip if the sailor wears a cap (they only float for a short period of time).
- A life jacket (the Lansing Sailing Club has life jackets available for those who do not have their own).
- A whistle with lanyard (attach to life jacket).
- A towel and change of clothing so you can go home in dry clothes.
- Remember to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and note that it is always cooler on the water. We sail in light rain and cool weather, but not during thunderstorms - so bring the appropriate rain gear if necessary.
- Sailing gloves are strongly recommended.
Click on "Info for Guests" in the left hand column for more information.
Registration for Camps
Cost (Note: these are 2012 figures. 2013 costs may be different.)
For families that are already members of the Lansing Sailing Club:
First Camper – No instruction fee, but a $50 boat fee.
Additional Campers - $150 instruction fee and a $50 boat fee each.
For families that are not currently members:
First Camper - $175 membership and instruction fee and a $50 boat fee.
Additional Campers - $100 instruction fee and a $50 boat fee each.
Campers wishing to participate in additional camps - $100 instruction fee (there is no boat fee for additional camps).
The boat fee is waived if the family provides its own boat (Opti, Sunfish or Laser, depending on the sailing level).
For families that are not already members, the Instruction Fee includes an Associate Membership for the balance of the sailing season so that the Junior sailor and other family members can participate in activities at the Lansing Sailing Club. This also entitles the Junior Sailor to use Club sailboats with an adult present.
As part of the Junior Sailing Program, the Junior Sailors work toward earning Sailing Certificates. Proper certification permits a Junior Sailor to sail a Club Sailboat by herself or himself in conditions authorized by the certification. For example, a Junior Sailor who has earned both the Level 1 Certificate and a Sunfish Certificate can sail a Club Sunfish in light winds (up to 8 mph) near the Sailing Club as long as an adult capable of rendering assistance if necessary is monitoring from the shore.
Click on the list of certificates in the right column for more information.
US Sailing Certification
For those sailors wishing to earn US Sailing Small Boat Certification, our instructors are qualified to test and sign-off on requirements. US Sailing charges a modest fee to register this certification and the fee includes a year of membership in US Sailing.
A "Consent to Treatment of a Minor" form and a "Parents Consent and Waiver of Liability - Assumption of Risk - Indemnity Agreement" form need to be completed by a parent of each junior sailor. Click Here for a copy of these forms. A Membership Application will also need to be completed. Click Here for a copy of the Membership Application Form.