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420 Chesapeake Racers (June 17-August 9)

Monday, June 17, 2019 to Friday, August 9, 2019
Severn Sailing Association
311 First St.
Annapolis, MD  21403

Travis Carlisle
Junior Program
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
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420 Chesapeake Racers (July 22-August 9)
420 Chesapeake Racers (June 17 - August 9)
420 Chesapeake Racers (June 17-July 19)
Full Summer Travel Team Fee
Half Summer Travel Fee

No Class July 3-5

This class is open to children of all SSA regular membership types and SSA Junior Club Members.  It is easy, and inexpensive to become a Junior Club Member simply by following this link Click Here. Children of SSA members do not need to become Junior Club members.

must bring your own boat.  SSA has one boat for Charter (full summer only).

420 Chesapeake Racers

420 Chesapeake Racers is our introductory two person racing group. This group competes in regattas hosted by clubs on the Chesapeake Bay, and in a select few travel regattas. The 420 Chesapeake Racers class is ideal for sailors who have some experience sailing a Club 420 and are ready to put their racing skills to the test. Sailors should be familiar with basic racing skills, points of sail, sail controls and parts of the boat, rigging and derigging, body position and posture of the skipper and crew. Parents are expected to volunteer time to drive to various events. Parents will be expected to self-organize for many of the team’s logistics such as the towing of trailers. Coaches are present for all regattas to help sailors both on and off the water. Please contact the SSA Junior Program Director for a provisional list of events. SSA’s club owned 420’s will be used, but sailors are encouraged to bring their own Club 420. Classes will focus on refining boat handling and practicing other skills needed to become proficient racers, including:

  • Starting
  • The Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Racing tactics
  • Advanced sailing terminology
  • Trapeze
  • Spinnaker
  • Course flags used
  • Self-sufficiency on and off the water while traveling 


Time: 12pm-4:30pm

Sailor’s daily checklist:
- PFD (Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket) with tied on whistle
- Sunblock
- Re-usable water bottle & snack / lunch
- Closed-toed shoes
- Swimming Suit (i.e. board shorts and tech t-shirt)
- Bailer (i.e. an empty 1 gallon juice container with the bottom cut-off)
- Hat & sunglasses
- Towel
- Change of clothes
- Back up water bottle

Sailors will receive a commemorative gift for participating in the summer program.  

Reminders to parents:
- Parents are required to sign their children in and out of the program when dropping off and picking their children up. 
- No supervision for your sailor before and after your scheduled class time
- Please stay clear of the classroom area, allow instructor to instruct and supervise.
- There is no parking in SSA because the lot is limited. 
- If you want to watch your sailors, you may watch from the 3rd basin or from your own boat as long as the boat is kept away from and is not interfering with the lesson.

Family Awards Night:
Friday, July 19th, 2019 will be Mid-Season Awards and Friday August 16th, 2019 will be end of season awards. Anyone participating in the summer program is welcome to come with their parents and siblings. More details will be sent out during the summer.

Cancellation Policy:

Any classes cancelled before May 16th will be granted a full refund (less processing fees), classes cancelled less than 30 days but before the 1st day of instruction will be given a 50% refund (less processing fees) and no refunds will be issued once class begins. Please note that the Junior Club membership is non-refundable.  If you cancel your class you will still retain your Junior Club Membership for that year.

SSA Racing

Most weekends--and many weeknights--around the year, there's some sort of one-design racing happening out of Severn Sailing Association. Check out the calendar to see what's going on these days!

SSA Junior Program

SSA runs a year-round program to develop skills and a lifelong love of sailing in our younger sailors. A summer program and fall and spring high school sailing programs are just the tip of the iceberg.