Students will learn the name and function of boat parts as they practice rigging and sailing on Holly Pond. Sailors will be able to rig their boats to sail efficiently based on the wind conditions of the day. What do sailboats and airplanes have in common? Learning is reinforced through fun team games and challenges.
Navigating a boat
Sailors have been using their engineering skills for hundreds of years to help them navigate the world; now it’s your turn! Use real charts, compasses, and simple tools, to discover our location and track our speed and progress through the Long Island Sound on an afternoon trip aboard our 80-foot Schooner. Learn how to read the “road signs” in our harbors and the importance of different navigational buoys.
Learn how to make your boat go, stop, and even sail backwards by controlling the sails. Beginner sailors will gain the necessary skills to conquer any wind conditions through proper sail control. Sailors will learn to steer the boat using a rudder and how the direction of the boat and wind affects the sails. These skills are reinforced by playing games like sailing basketball and sponge tag. Sailing students will also learn the importance of body positioning on boats and the effect it can have on the way their boat moves through the water.
Points of Sail
Learning the points of sail enables students to sail confidently in any direction. Learn how to zig-zag tack upwind, gybe, and ultimately circumnavigate Holly Pond. Students will play games on land to practice each point of sail and then head out on boats to do sailing courses and play follow the leader
Reading the Weather & Harnessing the Wind
Use the power of observation to discern wind direction and speed by utilizing landmarks such as flags, reading the water for changes in wind speed, and being able to simply feel the wind direction. Learn firsthand to read the tide and current and predict how it will affect the way your boat is sailing
Long Island Sound is teeming with life! Through sailing students will encounter a wide variety of marine life and learn the role that different species have in our environment. Students will have the chance to catch some of the unique species that live in Holly Pond through the use of nets. Learn about what makes the creatures we find uniquely suited to their habitats, and get an up close and personal encounter with each species. See firsthand the impacts that humans have on their environment and learn what coastal communities can do to mitigate impact