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Introduction – AYC-STP

A description of the 2018 Junior Program is detailed in the following sections.

Under 8’s — Introductory seamanship and tennis instruction for those just getting started, for three days a week, Monday – Wednesday 9am - 11:30am (No Lunch). Additionally Under 8's can register for sailing on Thursdays 9am- 11:30 am (No Lunch).

Opti/Tennis 1 — Sailing, seamanship, and tennis for U8 graduates and those just getting started with their sailing or tennis. Appropriate for 8-to-15 year olds held four days a week, Monday – Thursday 9am – 3:30pm.

Opti/Tennis 2 — Sailing, seamanship, and tennis for experienced Opti sailors building on their skills and confidence; participation is determined by coaches upon review of sailing skills on the water. Appropriate for ages 10–15 held 4 days a week, Monday – Thursday 9am – 3:30pm.

For the classes offered below, students and parents may select the focus of their participation; that is, sailing or tennis, and can attend just that part of the day; they are not required to do both.

Opti Racers — Sailing for experienced Opti sailors who want to develop racing skills and participate in frequent races; participation is determined by coaches upon review of sailing skills on the water. Tennis is also offered. Prerequisite is  Opti 1 and Opti 2 and participation is determined by coaches upon review of sailing skills on the water. Appropriate for ages 10–15 and held five days a week, 11:30am- 4:30pm

Note: Move out of Opti is made only because of physical size limits or mastery of all basic sailing/safety skills.

420-1/ Cruising Class —For experienced sailors and beginning sailors alike looking to continue to build on their success and mastery of Opti’s in the 420, with a mix of introductory racing, based on ability and intent as determined by the coaches, and recreational skills. Prerequisites include Opti 2 or Opti Racing. Tennis is also offered. Appropriate for ages 13– 18 and held five days a week, 11:30am – 4:30pm

420 Racers — For sailors who have the skill and interest to participate in a competitive racing experience and who consistently demonstrate advanced aptitude for highly competitive environments. Participation is determined by coaches only and size of section is limited. Prerequisite is 420-1 and is appropriate for ages 14–18 and held five days a week, 11:30am –4:30pm.

Note that sailing instruction will be delivered according to the U.S. Sailing model, and coaches and instructors will instruct the program as tailored by the Program Director. Parents and participants may request participation in a particular section, but admittance to that section will be determined by the Coaches and Program Director. Frequent assessment of performance will be made by Coaches and Instructors and participants may be re-assigned from time to time based on their individual progression and mastery of required skills.


To better foster the communal nature of the Junior Program, lunch is provided as part of the tuition and participants are expected to attend the lunch session with their respective class. Daily offerings will be from the AYC kitchen. More details will be available before the program begins.

Junior Program Advisory Council

A Junior Programs Advisory Council will meet with the Program Director to provide counsel, insights and information gained from liasing with members, but it will not get involved with administering the programs. The Advisory Council includes the AYC Junior Program Governor and up to four parents or community members. Every other year, a parent and or a community member will rotate off the committee and two new members will join the group. The Program Director will meet, at a minimum, every other week with the Council during the time the JP is in session.

Parental Involvement

Parents are urged to have frequent discussions with their children about their experience at the JP and encourage their children’s embracing the goals of the program. Further, parents are encouraged to engage in dialogue with the members of the JP Advisory Council and any of the Governors about their observations or concerns stemming from their child’s experience. Parents may also seek feedback on their child’s performance from their respective Coach, Instructor, or JP Director.

However, parents are DISCOURAGED from engaging in providing feedback or critiques directly to the JP employees. Instead parents should seek out either members of the JP Advisory Council, the JP Governor, other Governors or the General Manager to provide their feedback or critiques of the program or its employees.

Enrollment Periods and Fees

The Junior Program will run for four two-week sessions beginning on Monday, June 22, 2015. All fees for a session must be paid prior to the start of the program. Minimum enrollment for the Under 8 program is one two-week session.

AYC Summer Sessions 2018 are as follows:

Session 1

June 25, 2018

Session 2

July 9, 2018

Session 3

July 23, 2018

Session 4

August 6, 2018

2018 Under 8 Enrollment Fees

Tennis and Seamanship

One session (2 weeks)


Full Season



2018 Junior Program Enrollment Fees (early registration and payment by May 1 less $100.00)

One Sessions (2 weeks)

Full Season







Opti Race






420 Racers



Policies: Camp policies are available for review upon request, and are subject to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Minimum Standards for Recreational Camps, Chapter 105 CMR 430.000.



            Prevention of emergencies and accidents and ensuring camper safety is a top priority for the Annisquam Yacht Club Sailing and Tennis program. Our ratio of staff to camper is approximately 1 to 8. Parents have the right to review our background checks, health care information, discipline policies and grievance procedures upon request.

Daily Health Supervision:

The staff of our Summer Program is trained in CPR and First Aid. During camp sessions at least one staff member with Lifesaving certification will be present. Kieran O'Connell is the Health Supervisor for the Annisquam Yacht Club and will be present at all times. In the event of his absence, Jared Rodriguez will act as health supervisor. First aid kits are carried by staff members throughout the day, and if necessary, communications to parents/guardians or additional medical care are made with a cell phone and /or marine VHF radio. Medical history forms from each camper are reviewed prior to the start of camp, at which point any specific medical needs are discussed and addressed. These forms and emergency contact numbers are carried with the group at all times. Campers will only be released to parents or individuals with written permission from the parent. Campers are encouraged to protect themselves from environmental health hazards daily by practicing a variety of preventative measures such as drinking plenty of water, wearing protective clothing and footwear, and applying sun block.

Infection Control:

All staff is trained to take universal precautions with the use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, eye protection, and pocket masks for positive pressure ventilations.

Evacuation Protocol:

            In the event of a medical emergency, the staff will stabilize the situation and-based upon the nature and severity of the injury/illness and logistical variables involved-determine whether the problem can be handled in the field or if an evacuation is necessary. In the case of the latter option at least one staff member will ensure the proper transfer of those involved in the incident to appropriate medical or parental care, unless in so doing the remainder of the group is not adequately supervised. In this situation, the entire group would cease their activities and proceed with a group evacuation. Parents or guardians will be notified by telephone by an Annisquam Yacht Club staff member as soon as possible.

Care of Mildly Ill/Injured Campers:

            Our first aid kits are equipped to handle most minor injuries or illnesses, such as cuts, abrasions, blisters, headaches, upset stomach, sea-sickness, etc. Also included in the kits are basic over-the-counter analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen (Tylenol). If medications are needed, we will contact parents/guardians prior to administration. If the injury or illness is resolved or controlled and the camper and staff feel that he/she can safely continue pain-free activity, we will typically not evacuate at this time. Parents will be informed of a minor injury or illness on a non-emergency basis, usually at the end of the camp day.

Care of Moderately Ill/Injured:

            Campers who have sustained a moderate injury (no immediate life threat but requiring further medical attention at a hospital or definitive care facility) will be evacuated in a safe and controlled manner to either our base of operations or to the nearest and most practical intercept on land. AYC-STP staff will stabilize the injury and notify parents/guardians at this point via telephone. The speed of our evacuation will be determined by the urgency of the injury and other logistical factors involved; the camper will be closely monitored during the evacuation.

Care of Severely Ill/Injured:

            In the event of a serious life-threatening injury or illness we will rapidly evacuate the camper to the closest point on land for an ambulance intercept. Our staff will stabilize the injury and/or administer basic life support if necessary, and parents/guardians will be notified immediately. Rapid assistance and intercept from the Coast Guard via marine radio contact may occur, dependent upon our location at the time of injury.

            If there is a life-threatening situation brought about by a severe asthma attack or an anaphylactic reaction, our first aid kits are equipped with injectable epinephrine, which the staff are trained and authorized to administer intramuscularly. In the case of anaphylaxis, we will administer an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl as an adjunct treatment with epinephrine. If a child has their own epinephrine kit, the staff will assist in administration if appropriate.

Contacting Us:

            If you need to reach us by phone for any kind of emergency during camp hours, call 978 283 4507, the main office can then relay messages on land or to vessels in the water.



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