Crimson Sailing Academy

at Harvard


Status: Pending

In hopes of having a summer sailing season and to help you with your summer plans, we are posting a provisional schedule. Please take note that these dates are tentative and may be changed or cancelled due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and campus policies.

We will collect names for a registration waitlist. If the camp does proceed, spots will be allocated based on the order in which these are received, and we will start collecting fees and forms.

Please stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you soon.

- Coach Bern

Crimson Sailing Academy is a great opportunity for kids ages 11 to 17 to learn in a fun and safe environment at Harvard University. Our campers come back year after year. Current and former college sailors, who are passionate about sailing, will assist Coach Bern and act as great role models for campers. With a maximum of only 24 sailors per session, our experienced staff is able to tailor instruction to individual camper's needs.

The camp is taught in a new fleet of boats at Harvard's cutting edge facility in the heart of the Metro Boston area, conveniently accessible by T. The kids learn to sail on the Charles River in responsive two-person Collegiate FJs and 420s. These simple trainers offer the responsiveness and performance needed to really understand the forces of wind and water that make a sail boat work.

Courses

We offer two comprehensive levels of instruction in small groups to ensure individualized instruction. New CSA campers with previous sailing experience will be assessed by our instructors to determine appropriate course placement.

Mates

11 - 17 year old beginners
Two-week long curriculum.
Mates will learn the basics of sailing both on land and on the water assuming no prior instruction.

beginner sailor
  • reading the wind
  • parts of the boat and sail
  • points of sail
  • knots
  • rigging and derigging
  • tacking and gybing
  • sailing upwind
  • man-overboard recovery
  • capsize recovery
  • docking

Ensigns

11 - 17 year old intermediates
1st time Ensigns will improve upon their basic skills. In addition to reviewing Mates' skills, they will also learn:

intermediate sailor
  • basic roll tacking and gybing
  • how to read telltales
  • lifts and headers
  • sailing upwind efficiently
  • hiking
  • planing
  • right of way rules
  • basic racing

Returning Ensigns will continue to improve intermediate-level skills and learn new techniques, including higher wind sailing, trapezing, flying the spinaker, steering with weight and sails only, etc.


Schedule

This summer we are offering 3 two-week long sessions for Mates and 6 one-week long sesions for Ensigns only.

NOTE:  The summer program is limited to 24 sailors per week.

Mates:

Two-week sessions

Session I: June 28- July 2 & July 5 - 9
Session II: July 19 - 23 & July 26 - 30
Session III: August 2 - 6 & Aug 9 - 13

Ensigns:

One-week sessions

Session IA: June 28- July 2
Session IB: July 5 - 9
Session IIA: July 19 - 23
Session IIB: July 26 - 30
Session IIIA: August 2 - 6
Session IIIB: Aug 9 - 13

2021 Mate Schedule

June
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
27 Session I
July
Session I 3
4 Session I 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 Session II 24
25 31
August
1 Session III 7
8 14
15 16 17 18 19 ...

2021 Ensign Schedule

June
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
27 Session I
July
Session I 3
4 Session IB 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 Session II A 24
25 Session II B 31
August
1 Session III A 7
8 Session III B 14
15 16 17 18 19 ...

Status - Waitlist open

Status - Waitlist Open

Please email us the camper's name, birthdate, and session name to register.

Daily Schedule

  • Each session will run Monday - Friday from 9:00 - 4:00.
  • The Sailing Center will be open from 8:30 - 4:30 to facilitate drop-off and pick-up.
  • Please note that class will be held even in inclement weather -- there is plenty we can learn on land.

Must Haves

  1. Sailors must provide a coast guard approved life jacket
  2. Mates only: Sports helmet with chin strap (bike, rollerblade, ski, ... etc)
  3. Lunch and portable snacks
  4. Water bottle
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Towel
  7. Change of clothes

Fee

Ensign - 1 week : $600

- $550 if registered by May 1

Mate - 2 weeks : $1200

- $1100 if registered by May 1


A Typical Good Weather Day

9:00 - 9:30
Class session outlining goals for the day
9:30 - 10:00
Rig and prepare
10:00 - 12:00
On the water instruction
12:00 - 12:30
Lunch on land
12:30 - 1:00
On land instruction
1:00 - 3:00
On the water instruction
3:00 - 3:30
Derig and clean up
3:30 - 4:00
Debrief

Registration for Waitlist

  1. Requirements

    1. Camper must be between the ages of 11 and 17 by August 31. No exceptions will be made.
    2. Camper must be able to pass the Harvard Recreational Boating Swim Test prior to the first day of camp.
  2. To Reserve a Spot

    Please email us:

    1. Camper's name
    2. Birthdate
    3. Session Name (e.g., I, IA, IB, II, IIA, IIB, III, IIIA, IIIB)

Note:

Once we have news on Harvard's summer campus policy, we will notify the waitlist. If the camp proceeds as scheduled, we will then start collecting forms and fees.

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