High School Sailing

Coordinator: Don Busby 517-416-0600

Concord Sailing Center is offering Fall sailing programs for High School Students. These courses will be taught by US Sailing certified instructors at the Concord Sailing Center. Below are details for the program. Please call Don Busby at 517-416-0600 with any questions.

High School Sailing Program:
Program fee: $90 for Fall semester
Classes will be held on Thursdays from 4:30 till 6:30
Classes begin Thursday, September 21st and end October 19th(5 classes).
Location: Concord Yacht Club, 11600 South Northshore Dr.

You can register at class or follow the Registration link:  Click here to register for High School Sailing

Items to bring to class:

Monday April 10th will be our first meeting for High School Sailing. We will be meeting at 4:30 in the breezeway next to the clubhouse at the Concord Yacht Club, 11600 South Northshore DR, Knoxville TN 37922. You may drop your student off as early as 4:15. You will need to sign your student in and sign a Waiver Form. For this first meeting we will be conducting a swim test as well as performing capsize drills with the sailboats(weather/water temp. permitting).  Below is a list of items that your student will need to have with them for all of the meetings. We recommend bringing a set of dry clothes to change into.

Bathing suit and towel – Students will be in and out of the water so have them wear clothing that will be comfortable when wet.
Life Jackets/Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) – Every sailor and Instructor must provide and properly wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times while on the water and docks. The jacket must be in good condition and fit properly (too big is as bad as too small). A boat cushion is NOT acceptable. Mark the jacket with the name on the outside.

Sun Protection – Sunglasses, hats, sunscreen and drinking water(water bottle) are strongly recommended for all sailors. Sun block should be applied liberally. Sunglasses with full UV protection and hats are highly recommended.

Shoes – Appropriate footwear is required at all times. Shoes need be closed-toed and have non‐marking soles.  They must be designed to stay on while swimming, as well as on the docks and in the boats.  Flip‐ flops are not appropriate footwear.

Bug Spray is also recommended.

Please call with any question, Don Busby 517-416-0600.


High School Sailing is an educational sailing program for high schoolers run by Concord Sailing Center (CSC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The High School Sailing (HSS) Program is administered by the Concord Sailing Center (CSC), which is one of several ‘Special Membership’ Programs that serve CYC members and non-members under the direction of the CYC Commodore and Board of Directors. Certified (US Sailing) sailing instructors who assist the HSS Program are drawn as needed from the ranks of the University of Tennessee Sailing Club (UTSC) and from the regular CYC membership. Each participating school in the HSS Program is represented locally and at all regattas by a Faculty Advisor or Parent Sponsor, or by (an)other designated adult(s).

Program Mission Statement
  • To provide the next natural step in continuing sailing education for young sailors who have already gained an interest in sailing and have learned some of the basic techniques through prior participation in CSC’s Sail Camp.
  • To offer a safe, structured and engaging program through which teenagers from our local community can learn the basics of sailing for the first time without obliging their families to make a large initial financial investment.
  • To introduce the sport of sailboat racing to young or novice sailors to improve their sailing skills and to teach them the Racing Rules of Sailing.
  • To provide experienced sailors with advanced training and exposure to highly competitive racing against schools from other areas, to expand the scope of their skills and experience, and to promote friendships with sailors outside of the Knoxville area.
Stated in full, the Mission Statement of the High School Sailing Program is as follows:

Pursuant to the educational purposes of Concord Sailing Center, its High School Sailing Program seeks to teach and refine the boating skills of Knoxville area students engaged in the sport of sailing. Beyond the basics of small-boat handling, taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors, the Program emphasizes dinghy racing (single-handed, double-handed, and team racing) as a preferred method of advancing skill levels and holding the interest of young sailors. The Program encourages formation of sailing clubs in area high schools and their association annually with the national Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) and its regional organization, the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association (SAISA). When a high school sailing club affiliates with the CSC High School Sailing Program, its members participate in a shared sailing community— one instructional Program with oversight for multiple racing teams— and the affiliate club retains its separate identity only in matters particular to its membership requirements and on-campus activities. As with all CSC educational undertakings at Concord Yacht Club, the Program will afford all of its participants an equality of opportunity and a like application of sailing resources.

Relationship of the HSS Program to a National or Regional Governing Organization:

School teams participating in this program are members of the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association (SAISA), which is one of seven Districts that make up the high school portion of the nationwide Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA). Participating schools enter regattas organized by SAISA, and can, by selection, participate in the National ISSA Championships.

Sailboats Used by the Program:

The Program primarily uses four JY15s owned by CYC and seven dinghies owned by the UT Sailing Club (four JY15s and three 420s).As needed a privately owned JY15 is loaned to the Program by a member of CYC. SAISA regattas hosted by CSC are sailed in JY15s; however, when competing at other regattas, 420s are supplied by the host club. On rare occasions, the HSS Program tows one or more of the UTSC-owned 420s to an away regatta if the host club cannot supply enough host boats.

Safety issues associated with the Program, and how they are managed:
  • Swimming – all newly enrolled participants must pass a specific swimming test under the supervision of a qualified sailing instructor, performed without a lifejacket.
  • Lifejackets – at all time while on the water, whether anchored or moving, all participants, instructors, and other adults assisting with the program who are on a CYC- or UTSC-owned sailboat or motorboat wear a lifejacket. The owners of privately owned support boats assisting with the Program (e.g., keelboats serving as race committee boats) are encouraged to wear a lifejacket.
  • Capsize recovery – before any other kind of sailing instruction begins, all participants will be taught how one person or two can right a capsized JY15. Each participant will then demonstrate to an instructor that they can right the boat by themselves. Sailors who are too light to right the boat by themselves will be able to perform the drill paired with another light sailor.
  • Motorboats – motorized support and safety boats are a potential hazard. Instructors are the main motorboat operators during regular on-water practices. Occasionally, others will operate safety/support boats under the direction of the instructors. These helpers will have prior experience operating the type of boat in question. In all cases, and in accordance with TN state law, all motorboat operators born after 1989 and associated with the HSS Program will have a current TN Boating Safety Education Certificate.
Description of a typical session of the Program that is the subject of this document:

During a regular on-water HSS Program practice day, participants begin arriving around 4:30pm and sign-in under the breezeway.   They then meet their instructors at the JY Barn and begin rigging boats. Before sailors leave the dock, instructors get sufficient safety boats (inflatables, usually) ready. All on-water Program participants put on life jackets and leave the dock under the supervision of an instructor. Usually, participants are divided into two groups (often by school affiliation or by sailing ability) according to the instructors’ coaching plans for the day.

A combination of basic sailing skills and basic RRS instruction is given to beginning sailors, while advanced sailors are given challenging drills to help them develop their sailing and racing skills. Since HSS Program participants will never be taking out a Training Fleet boat independently of Program participation or without supervision, it is not necessary to require a formal check out of the JY15s before beginning the program. However, all of the elements of the official Training Fleet Check Out process for JY15s are covered as part of the Program’s new sailor training. Furthermore, qualification to use the boats in particular wind strengths (as is part of the formal Check Out process) is not necessary because the sailors will always be supervised by a certified instructor, whose responsibility it is to make sure that each sailor’s abilities are not exceeded by the demands of the prevailing conditions.

Often it is necessary to rotate crews on and off boats during practices because there are more sailors than available boats. Instructors use their best judgment under the prevailing conditions, and based on the availability of other support boats, whether these exchanges take place at the docks or from support boats that are already on the water. Most practices conclude after one or more short races around buoys set by instructors or adult assistants: all participants usually participate in these practice races. Upon the instructors’ signal, participants return to the dock, de-rig their boats and put all Training Fleet equipment away in its proper place. Instructors check that all equipment and boats are put away properly before sailors go back up to the clubhouse. Participants sign-out before leaving. Sailors arriving at practice late or leaving early are also expected to sign-in and sign-out.

The safety of the sailors is uppermost in the instructors’ and the Program Coordinators’s minds. It is also of high importance to avoid no more than fair wear and tear on club equipment. Instructors are primarily responsible for on-water safety (e.g., evaluating the prevailing weather conditions, using an appropriate ratio of safety/support boats to the number of sailors on the water, reminding participants about lifejacket use, etc) and the conduct of the sailors.

The sailing instructors and the Program Coordinator are responsible for any disciplinary actions that they consider necessary to ensure everyone’s safety and optimum enjoyment of the Program, and to minimize property misuse or damage. The Program Coordinator keeps watch over the on-water and the on-shore activities of the instructors, sailors and any other adult helpers, and is ultimately in charge of the entire Program: he has the final word regarding any problem that might arise and how the program is organized and run.