RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760
RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760

Summer Sailing programs – new ways to keep kids enjoying sailing

March 26, 2021
RS Quest

When people think of summer sailing, they usually think of kids in boats, out on the water, playing games and learning. This past year, summer sailing looked a little different. With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing camps and summer programs to adapt to everchanging rules and regulations, programs developed creative ways to keep kids on the water and sailing.

Courageous Sailing Center, located in Boston, Massachusetts spent most of the summer running their program virtually. To bring Courageous into students’ homes, they packed and delivered materials so they could run their program virtually. “Each day students were brought together online to tie knots, test their knowledge and to just hang out,” Executive Director Dave DiLorenzo says. Luckily, with proper distancing measures, Courageous was able to get back on the water by the end of the summer. Some of what made that possible was the use of the RS Quest. Easily adaptable for 2-4 sailors, modifications to the Quest allowed for socially distant sailing. Additionally, the sails were simple to reef and made it possible to sail safely and comfortably with fewer kids in each boat. Many programs followed similar methods to maintain social distancing.

Siebel Sailors Program out of the Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore, Maryland creatively adapted their boats to allow for single handed sailing. “By adding a jib halyard extender attached to the bow handle, we created a “forestay” for the RS Feva that made it possible to do singlehanded sailing,” Program Coach Janel Zarkowsky says. “It was useful for boarding and deboarding the boat as well as departing and returning to the dock or beach.” RS boats make it easy to adapt to various numbers and skillsets. While many programs adapted their boats the most ubiquitous safety protocol was increased cleaning.

Known for being stable, easy to rig and fun to sail, the RS Quest is popular among youth sailing programs. The Cohasset Sailing Club in Massachusetts however, discovered an added benefit to their fleet of Quests, they’re easy to clean. “We had thirty minutes between classes and would wipe down everything, including the boats,” program director Mary Kate Cervin says. “The Quests were a godsend because they were so easy to clean.” Fiberglass boats are far more delicate and repeated cleanings with alcohol sprays and cleaners can remove the protective coating and damage the fiberglass. RS boats are far more durable and can be cleaned without damage.

As camps and programs look towards the 2021 season, they are using the lessons they learned last year to prepare. Some programs even discovered that certain changes made as a result of Covid-19 are now becoming program mainstays; “to reduce the number of kids at the club at a time we did one-on-one lessons with our beginner sailors for the first two weeks,” Cervin says. “It was so successful that this year all first-year sailors will have two weeks of one-on-one lessons.” We are excitedly looking towards this summer and getting back out on the water, but this past year showed us that with a little patience, resourcefulness and great boats, there is always a way to get kids out on boats and learning.

SUBSCRIBE

  • Sign up for RS stories, offers, epic wipeout videos and much more!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

The rapidly growing RS21 Class and The Resolute Cup

It's been a hectic few weeks in the rapidly growing RS21 Class.   The end of August saw the first One Design activity in Scotland at the Largs Regatta Festival, albeit only two boats, but with...
RS Venture Connect

Symonds to represent Australia at the RS Venture Connect World Championship 2022

36 teams, 19 nations, 3 days of racing, 2 days of training clinics, 1 award ceremony. We are less than two months away from the parasailing event of the year. Hosted by Oman Sail in the Barcelo...
RS21 in Action

Training clinic opportunity before RS21 World Championship

The RS21 Class and JK Briva Sailing Club announce a two-day warm-up regatta with training clinic on Monday 31st October and Tuesday 1st November. As a rapidly growing class with many teams keen to...
RS21 in Action

First-time RS21 charterer and UK National Champion 2022 will join the RS21 World Championship

Hugh Watson had never sailed the RS21 until the UK National Championships at the RS Games 2022. Then his team only went and won it! We couldn’t miss the opportunity to learn more about his...

RS Feva Mk2 – Introductory launch offer for members of the UK RS Feva Class Association

Following the launch of the new MK2 RS Feva at the Southampton International Boat Show, RS Sailing are proud to announce an exclusive introductory launch offer for members of the UK RS Feva Class...
RS Venture Connect Regatta

Team Norway to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship

As part of World Sailing’s reinstatement bid for the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games, they aim to: Increase worldwide participation to 45 nations on six continents Increase youth participation...
RS Aero Dutch Nationals

Dutch RS Aero National & Class Championships – Aquavitesse, Bruinisse, Netherlands, 10/11th September

by Arwin Bos   Another great weekend for the 2022 Dutch National Championship RS Aero 7 and Class Championship RS Aero 5. In total 29 RS Aero sailors joined from The Netherlands, Belgium,...

Genoa International Boat Show 2022

We look forward to attending the Genoa International Boat Show 2022 from Thursday, 22nd September to Tuesday, 27th September. In partnership with Negrinautica, RS Sailing will be showcasing the RS...
RS Venture Connect

Team Australia to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship this November in Oman

The Barcelo Resort in Mussanah, Oman will host the RS Venture Connect World Championships from November 24th -27th. It is expected that teams from 15 nations will compete in this event, the first...

Team Portugal to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship hosted by Oman Sail

We caught up with Guillherme and Pedro, who will participate in the RS Venture Connect World Championship this November in Oman. We wanted to learn more about their sailing background, how they got...
RS Venture Connect

Symonds to represent Australia at the RS Venture Connect World Championship 2022

36 teams, 19 nations, 3 days of racing, 2 days of training clinics, 1 award ceremony. We are less than two months away from the parasailing event of the year. Hosted by Oman Sail in the Barcelo...
RS21 in Action

Training clinic opportunity before RS21 World Championship

The RS21 Class and JK Briva Sailing Club announce a two-day warm-up regatta with training clinic on Monday 31st October and Tuesday 1st November. As a rapidly growing class with many teams keen to...
RS21 in Action

First-time RS21 charterer and UK National Champion 2022 will join the RS21 World Championship

Hugh Watson had never sailed the RS21 until the UK National Championships at the RS Games 2022. Then his team only went and won it! We couldn’t miss the opportunity to learn more about his...

RS Feva Mk2 – Introductory launch offer for members of the UK RS Feva Class Association

Following the launch of the new MK2 RS Feva at the Southampton International Boat Show, RS Sailing are proud to announce an exclusive introductory launch offer for members of the UK RS Feva Class...
RS Venture Connect Regatta

Team Norway to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship

As part of World Sailing’s reinstatement bid for the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games, they aim to: Increase worldwide participation to 45 nations on six continents Increase youth participation...
RS Aero Dutch Nationals

Dutch RS Aero National & Class Championships – Aquavitesse, Bruinisse, Netherlands, 10/11th September

by Arwin Bos   Another great weekend for the 2022 Dutch National Championship RS Aero 7 and Class Championship RS Aero 5. In total 29 RS Aero sailors joined from The Netherlands, Belgium,...

Genoa International Boat Show 2022

We look forward to attending the Genoa International Boat Show 2022 from Thursday, 22nd September to Tuesday, 27th September. In partnership with Negrinautica, RS Sailing will be showcasing the RS...
RS Venture Connect

Team Australia to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship this November in Oman

The Barcelo Resort in Mussanah, Oman will host the RS Venture Connect World Championships from November 24th -27th. It is expected that teams from 15 nations will compete in this event, the first...

Team Portugal to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship hosted by Oman Sail

We caught up with Guillherme and Pedro, who will participate in the RS Venture Connect World Championship this November in Oman. We wanted to learn more about their sailing background, how they got...

The Resolute Cup

The New York Yacht Club’s Resolute Cup has begun! Considered one of the most prestigious amateur regattas in the world, teams from each of North America’s top sailing clubs compete for the highly...
RS21 in Action

Training clinic opportunity before RS21 World Championship

The RS21 Class and JK Briva Sailing Club announce a two-day warm-up regatta with training clinic on Monday 31st October and Tuesday 1st November. As a rapidly growing class with many teams keen to...
RS21 in Action

First-time RS21 charterer and UK National Champion 2022 will join the RS21 World Championship

Hugh Watson had never sailed the RS21 until the UK National Championships at the RS Games 2022. Then his team only went and won it! We couldn’t miss the opportunity to learn more about his...

RS Feva Mk2 – Introductory launch offer for members of the UK RS Feva Class Association

Following the launch of the new MK2 RS Feva at the Southampton International Boat Show, RS Sailing are proud to announce an exclusive introductory launch offer for members of the UK RS Feva Class...
RS Venture Connect Regatta

Team Norway to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship

As part of World Sailing’s reinstatement bid for the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games, they aim to: Increase worldwide participation to 45 nations on six continents Increase youth participation...
RS Aero Dutch Nationals

Dutch RS Aero National & Class Championships – Aquavitesse, Bruinisse, Netherlands, 10/11th September

by Arwin Bos   Another great weekend for the 2022 Dutch National Championship RS Aero 7 and Class Championship RS Aero 5. In total 29 RS Aero sailors joined from The Netherlands, Belgium,...

Genoa International Boat Show 2022

We look forward to attending the Genoa International Boat Show 2022 from Thursday, 22nd September to Tuesday, 27th September. In partnership with Negrinautica, RS Sailing will be showcasing the RS...
RS Venture Connect

Team Australia to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship this November in Oman

The Barcelo Resort in Mussanah, Oman will host the RS Venture Connect World Championships from November 24th -27th. It is expected that teams from 15 nations will compete in this event, the first...

Team Portugal to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship hosted by Oman Sail

We caught up with Guillherme and Pedro, who will participate in the RS Venture Connect World Championship this November in Oman. We wanted to learn more about their sailing background, how they got...

The Resolute Cup

The New York Yacht Club’s Resolute Cup has begun! Considered one of the most prestigious amateur regattas in the world, teams from each of North America’s top sailing clubs compete for the highly...

The Mk2 RS Feva

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Mk2 RS Feva.   As part of our ongoing commitment to our customers and our desire to ensure the best possible experience with our boats, we are...
RS21 in Action

First-time RS21 charterer and UK National Champion 2022 will join the RS21 World Championship

Hugh Watson had never sailed the RS21 until the UK National Championships at the RS Games 2022. Then his team only went and won it! We couldn’t miss the opportunity to learn more about his...

RS Feva Mk2 – Introductory launch offer for members of the UK RS Feva Class Association

Following the launch of the new MK2 RS Feva at the Southampton International Boat Show, RS Sailing are proud to announce an exclusive introductory launch offer for members of the UK RS Feva Class...
RS Venture Connect Regatta

Team Norway to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship

As part of World Sailing’s reinstatement bid for the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games, they aim to: Increase worldwide participation to 45 nations on six continents Increase youth participation...
RS Aero Dutch Nationals

Dutch RS Aero National & Class Championships – Aquavitesse, Bruinisse, Netherlands, 10/11th September

by Arwin Bos   Another great weekend for the 2022 Dutch National Championship RS Aero 7 and Class Championship RS Aero 5. In total 29 RS Aero sailors joined from The Netherlands, Belgium,...

Genoa International Boat Show 2022

We look forward to attending the Genoa International Boat Show 2022 from Thursday, 22nd September to Tuesday, 27th September. In partnership with Negrinautica, RS Sailing will be showcasing the RS...
RS Venture Connect

Team Australia to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship this November in Oman

The Barcelo Resort in Mussanah, Oman will host the RS Venture Connect World Championships from November 24th -27th. It is expected that teams from 15 nations will compete in this event, the first...

Team Portugal to join the RS Venture Connect World Championship hosted by Oman Sail

We caught up with Guillherme and Pedro, who will participate in the RS Venture Connect World Championship this November in Oman. We wanted to learn more about their sailing background, how they got...

The Resolute Cup

The New York Yacht Club’s Resolute Cup has begun! Considered one of the most prestigious amateur regattas in the world, teams from each of North America’s top sailing clubs compete for the highly...

The Mk2 RS Feva

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Mk2 RS Feva.   As part of our ongoing commitment to our customers and our desire to ensure the best possible experience with our boats, we are...

The Resolute Cup

Known as one of the most elite amateur events in the country, the Resolute Cup attracts the best of the best to New York Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island. The first Resolute Cup was held in 2010...

Pin It on Pinterest