week 1 of junior sailing camp

my 2 older boys just finished up the 1st week of sailing camp this year.  similar to last year, we have them enrolled in a 2-week session of junior sailing at Pontiac Yacht Club.  our 13-yr old seems to be getting a lot of opportunities to sail on 2- or 3-person sailboats, and our 9 1/2-yr old is still on the smaller boats (but he’s still a small guy, so it makes perfect sense).

Pontiac Yacht Club is home to the largest fleet of Lightning sailboats in the world (60+ registered boats). there are a whole slew of them at the docks, and a bunch more up on the shore on trailers.

a few weeks earlier, I ordered both boys a shorty wetsuit (2.5 mm neoprene) – it has been a cooler summer, and I was afraid the water temperature would be cooler.  after the 1st week, it seems like maybe they didn’t need them after all – as it has been warmer this week, and the water temperature hasn’t bothered them.


Monday: 13-yr old sailed most of the day in a Club FJ with one other student, spending most of the day controlling the jib sail.  9 1/2-yr old sailed an Optimist all day, also with another student, each taking turns with the controls.

Tuesday: 13-yr old was stoked when I picked him up – he had a chance to sail a Laser for the first time, and loved it! his exact words were: Club FJ = terrible, Laser = awesome!  9 1/2-yr old sailed an Open Bic for the first time, and he loved it as well – he said he was FLYING across the water!  (I was a bit concerned that he might get stuck in Opti’s for this whole session, so I’m glad he is getting experience in other boats.)

here is a picture of the bigger boats our older son is getting some experience with — on the left is the Club FJ and to the right is a 420 sailboat.  he complains about how the FJ handles – he says it turns too slow, but he really enjoys sailing the 420.


Wednesday: 13-yr old sailed the Laser some again (flipped it twice in the heavier winds!), and also got to ride in a 420 sailboat.  he mainly skippered the 420 with 2 other students riding along.  this was the 1st day that my 13-yr old wore his wetsuit – he said it worked great, and he could still move comfortably in it while sailing.  9 1/2-yr old was back in the Opti with a partner, but he skippered most of the day. here is Wednesday’s wind forecast (via the Windfinder app):


Thursday: 13-yr old was only on the 420 this day, mostly as skipper, but a bit of time controlling the jib sail.  9 1/2-yr old sailed a bit in both the Opti and the Open Bic.

Friday: 13-yr old again was a mix of skipper and crew on just the 420 today. 9 1/2-yr old was in the Opti with a partner, but he skippered most of the day. he is our 9 1/2-yr old helping to put away one of the Open Bic sailboats.


overall, it seems like another great week of sailing – they spend most of the day out on the water, and are getting a ton of experience with the boat handling.  I’m pretty happy for them, and a bit jealous of all the sailing they are getting to do!




13 Responses to “week 1 of junior sailing camp”

  1. 1 baydog July 26, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Very jealous. You’re doing everything right

  2. 3 Max July 26, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Interesting to see which boats they prefer – most kids start in Opi’s over here but maybe a Bug or Fever would be a better buy.

    Great to see kids having fun on the water that what it’s all about

  3. 5 Emily July 26, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Fantastic! Sounds like you have quite the sailing club up there (I’d love to try out all of those different boats).

  4. 7 Tillerman July 26, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Excellent. I like it that you have a junior program where they get to sail in different boats instead of being stuck with the same one all the time.

    And your 13-year-old has learned the most important sailing lesson of all… Laser=awesome.

  5. 9 Tillerman July 27, 2014 at 7:15 am

    The Sunfish world isn’t dreary. It’s cheery. Sometimes beery, Can make you weary. And some Sunfish sailors are a bit eerie. Anyway that’s my theory.

  6. 11 Pandabonium July 30, 2014 at 4:34 am

    When I was 13 I got to sail an E boat at camp and capsized. I would have traded that for a dreary Sunfish at the time. 🙂

    Sailing camp is the bomb in any case.

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