Racing is introduced when campers are working on Sunfish and Optis toward their Small Boat Sailor Certification. Once they achieve that certification and rank, the next step is the 420 program. Campers spend a few weeks working with other campers and a sailing instructor to learn the basics of sloop-rig sailing. They will drill as both skipper and crew, learning boat handling, nomenclature, capsize procedure, and more.
After 420s, campers move up to Lightnings. Campers spend at least a full, 4-week session reviewing boat handling, nomenclature, rudderless sailing, sailing mechanics and more.
The culmination of Sea Gull and Seafarer’s racing program is advanced racing tactics mastery on all the boats in our fleet. This final rank and class also takes at least a full, 4-week session and includes participation in regattas outside of Camp.