Sail Camp FAQ's
We have assembled this list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) in order to give you a quick answer to questions you may have about the program. If you don't see the answer you're looking for don't hesitate to get in touch with the GRSA Sail Camp Director by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to fill out the following forms by the first morning of camp: Sail Camp Student Registration Form and the Chesterfield County Risk Form. These forms should have been emailed to you by Chesterfield County. Please read over the Course handbook here, then complete these two forms. *Bring completed forms to class on the first morning and turn in to your instructor!
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You should receive a confirmation for registration from Chesterfield County after registering through their REGI online system. They should email a copy of their Risk Form, the GRSA Camper Handbook, and Sail Camp Registration Form. These forms may not be emailed until May but are available at any time on our Sail Camp page. GRSA Camp Director and staff will send emails to communicate any important changes. The Camp Director also utilizes a text update program that you will be given information on the first morning of camp. Updates of camp and important information will also be available at www.grsa.org and our Facebook page.What are the staff qualifications?
No sailing experience is required. Students should be comfortable around water and must demonstrate the ability to swim during the first morning of camp.
The swim test is conducted in the lake directly in front of the sailing club right after arrival on Monday morning of camp. Students will be required to complete a 50 yard swim unassisted. Students who miss the swim test will have to complete this requirement before participating in any camp activities.
No published group or alumni discounts are currently available. Please contact the Sail Programs Director via email email@example.com if you have a group for consideration.
Students whose sailing experience is limited to a single session the previous summer often enjoy repeating the beginner session. Please ask your child their preference and assess whether they are ready for additional challenges. If your child’s only sailing experience was 1 week of camp at age 8 or 9, they will benefit from reinforcing the skills in a group with their peers. If you have questions about where your child should be placed don't hesitate to contact the Sail Programs Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chesterfield County and Richmond City schools recognize the GRSA sailing program for summer physical education course credit. Please check with your guidance counselor to identify documentation requirements and credit limits.
All registration is conducted through Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation via telephone or the REGI enrollment system available on their website.
Junior sailors (8-12 year old) use Optimist dinghy sailboats. The “Opti” is the current standard for junior sailing instruction. Learn more about the Opti here. Teens (13-17) may sail the 2 man 420 sailboat or the larger 3 man Flying Scot. The 420 is a popular training and racing class for high school and collegiate sailors. Learn more about the 420 here. The Flying Scot is the most popular privately owned boat at GRSA and is new to our Junior Sailing fleet this year. Learn more about the Flying Scot here.
Boats are provided.
Each camper will receive a completed US Sailing Certification Log Book that can be mailed in to receive a nationally recognized certification. Each student will also receive a camp t-shirt. Campers who worked with their guidance counselors will receive their completed paperwork for a PE credit. Each week we also present one camper with our Tyler Patnaude Corinthian Spirit Award.Do you provide PFDs (life jackets)?
We recommend that each student own a well fitting PFD. Loaner PFDs are available from Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation if you do not wish to purchase a PFD. We recommend a front zipper closure for the PFD. Buckle straps may get hung on the side of the boat after capsize making it difficult to re-enter the boat. PFDs are available at most sporting good stores including West Marine, REI and Dick’s as well as Walmart. For an example of an appropriate style PFD click here.
Students are responsible for their own meals and snacks.
The Sail Camp is a day program. You must take your student home promptly at the end of each day. Camp hours are from 8:30am-4:00pm.
No, public boat launching is not available at GRSA. GRSA members are welcome to launch and use their boats away from the class activities. Non-members will not be allowed to launch boats from the GRSA site.
Class sessions are held rain or shine. In the event of dangerous weather such as lightning, high winds or extreme heat sessions will be held in the covered pavilion.
This year we are offering an end of camp reunion event. This event is in memory of one of GRSA's late Junior Sailing Instructors, Tyler Patnaude. This event will consist of both a sailing component and a gala event. The sailing will be taking place in the Annual Boats and Bowties Regatta. A regatta is a sailboat race and will be held out of GRSA. All of our sailing instructors will be taking out larger sailboats and have our Junior Sailors on board to help crew the boat. We would like as many campers to come out as possible!
The regatta portion starts at 10am at GRSA. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and is free of charge. The first official race will start at 12. No race will start after 3:30pm. Campers should be wrapped up around 4:30.
Following the regatta all participating campers are invited to attend the Boats and Bowties Gala held at Celebrations on the Resevoir. This again will be free of charge for any camper. More information and registration will be available by June 1, 2018.
We require two weeks notice for cancellations for a full refund. Any cancellations made within two weeks of the selected course will not be issued a refund.