KEYPORT, NJ – The Keyport Sailing Center will hold an open house on Feb. 20 for parents and young sailors who want to learn more about the 2016 Junior Sailing program. Anyone interested in the 7-week summer program is encouraged to attend the open house to ask questions, meet with other parents, and talk with program volunteers. Registration forms and program material will be available from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Keyport Yacht Club, 115 First Street, Keyport, New Jersey.

For more than 20 years, the Keyport Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Program has provided fun and safe sailing lessons to children who are 8-17 years old. The premier sailing program teaches more than sailing skills, it teaches teamwork, sportsmanship, self-reliance and confidence. “These are skills and experiences that will benefit our program participants for a lifetime,” says Wayne Woerner, Junior Sailing chairperson. “The fact that many of our junior sailors return year after year demonstrates just how fun and rewarding the experience can be.”

The Junior Sailing program is open to the public and boats are provided. Weekday and Saturday programs run for seven weeks. The Saturday program will start on June 25 and costs $400. The weekday program is held Monday through Thursday and begins on June 27. The cost for the weekday program is $825. There are discounts available for early bird registration and boat ownership.

The program includes both on water and on shore lessons from certified sailing instructors about boat handling and safety, sail trim and navigation, boat maintenance and rigging, and racing tactics. Junior sailors interested in developing racing skills and discovering their competitive side can participate in junior sailing regattas at neighboring yacht clubs.

For more information about the Junior Sailing Program or to print the registration forms, visit the Junior Sailing page at www.KeyportYachtClub.com or call 732-739-0727.

 

About the Keyport Yacht Club and Keyport Sailing Center

Founded in 1908, the Keyport Yacht Club is located in historic Keyport, New Jersey on the southwest

shore of the Raritan Bay. For over a hundred years, the club has been providing a superior boating experience for local and regional water sport enthusiasts. Keyport Yacht Club is dedicated to providing sailing education for both junior and adult sailors through the newly created Keyport Sailing Center, a nonprofit 501c3 organization. The mission of the Keyport Sailing Center is to provide instruction in and foster the joy of recreational sailing, seamanship, water safety, navigation, maritime history, traditional and other marine experience for persons of all ages regardless of economic or social circumstances in Keyport and adjacent waters.

About the Keyport Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program

The Keyport Yacht Club has been running a Junior Sailing Program for children ages 8-17 every summer since 1991. The goal of the program is to teach young students to handle small boats safely and have fun on the water. The Junior Sailing program follows the US Sailing Standardized course of instruction and instructors have been certified under the US Sailing Level 1 or Level 2 instructor programs.

Club members and junior sailing parents donate time and skills throughout the year to ensure a safe and successful program for the junior sailors. Many of the junior sailors from the program go on to become sailing instructors, participate in high school and college sailing programs, or continue to build their racing skills by crewing on the club’s own race teams.

For more information about the Junior Sailing Program and the Keyport Sailing Center, contact

Wayne Woerner at JuniorSailing@keyportyachtclub.comor call 732-739-0727.