The curriculum is both intense and loosely followed. Like dinghy sailing, it will depend on the wind and weather. Each year the program is tailored to meet the needs, as closely as it can, of as many sailors as possible. Coaches and Instructors also strive to give each sailor individual attention as much as possible.
CLASS TOPIC AREAS:
• Rigging and De-rigging
• Crew Positions and Boat Handling
• Big Boat Terminology Safety Awareness (participate in STC Safety at Sea)
• Rules of the Road and Racing Rules of Sailing
• Seamanship and Sail Maintenance
• Nautical Environmental Awareness
On big boats, crew positions are many and varied: Helmsman, Navigator, Main and Foresail Trimmers, Pit, Mast and Foredeck. Sailors will be expected to learn the fundamentals of all of these positions. As the season progresses, sailors will specialize in one or two positions. By the end of July the Team will be familiar with their primary and secondary responsibility in a variety of situations.
Understanding how to get places and knowing where you are is an important life skill, for a sailor it is especially important, it is essential. All sailors will learn and demonstrate proficiency in many facets of navigation on the water: they will be able to plot courses and pilot boats, know how to interpret the weather, and learn safe boating practices.
The JSALIS has an Online Navigation Course. Sailors can learn navigation basics at their own pace. One-on-one and group instruction will also be given as needed.
Sailors will learn seamanship rules of the road, demonstrate their knowledge of marlinspike (knot tying and splicing), and familiarization with boat maintenance and repair.
OST sailors will need to demonstrate knowledge of certain knots and where and when to use them. Being familiar with these knots and how to tie them ahead of time will be beneficial. Instructors will expect the older kids to help the younger beginning sailors to learn the knots. Knots to know: Figure-8 Knot, Rolling Hitch, Bowline, Clove Hitch, and Sheet Bend.
OST sailors will also be expected to demonstrate splicing and whipping: Eye-Splice in three-strand-line, whip the bitter end of a line, and a Brummell Splice (eye splice the 12-strand-plaited-line.)
REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS:
• All all sailors have to participate in both sessions except by special permission
• When a sailor signs up for the OST, participation is mandatory. Since this is a team effort, if a sailor needs to miss an instruction or practice, they need to clear this with the Coach well in advance.
• The Schedule: Mondays or Fridays: ½ day training on the water
• All OST members will participate in the STC Junior Safety at Sea Seminar.
• All members of the OST will take the JSALIS Navigation & Seamanship Test.
• All members of the OST will participate in the JSALIS Marlinspike Seamanship Contest.
• The evaluation of the Director of the Big Boat Program will be final determination of the child's eligibility
• Registration is limited to 8-10 sailors