Big Boat Schedule

If you would like to crew on any of the boats listed in any of the races on the dates below, kindly contact the skippers and politely ask if you can join them.

Deviation – J/88 – Iris Vogel 
Peregrina – J/105 – Josh Burack
Zig Zag – J/109 – Bengt Johannson

Edlu RegattaLarchmont Yacht ClubMay 5Deviation & Zig Zag
Expressly for FunHuguenot Yacht ClubJuly 6 & 7Deviation
LYC Race WeekLarchmont Yacht ClubJuly 13 & 14
July 20 & 21
PWYC Twilight RacePort Washington YCJuly 30Zig Zag
YRALIS ChampsRiverside Yacht ClubAugust 3 & 4Deviation
August 12Deviation / Peregrina
Beach Point OvernightBeachpoint Yacht Club
Captain's Island Race
September 7Deviation
STC LIS ChampsRiverside Yacht ClubSept. 14 & 15Zig Zag

Big Boat Program

Huguenot Yacht Club's Jr. Big Boat Program is for the older kids (ages 14-16.) This program is designed to introduce the many different aspects of big boat sailing and racing; extending experience beyond traditional dinghy sailing.

This program is open to sailors currently enrolled in the HYC Junior Sailing Program. The flexible practice schedule is adjusted to prevent conflicts with JSA events and clinics.

This is an opportunity for teens 14-16 to sail with an instructor, or coach, on 26-40 foot well-outfitted sailboats and is structured around the use of a volunteered big boat lent for use to the junior sailors by a club member, owner, or volunteer who receives no compensation for the use of the boat or its equipment.

By participating in the program new sailors will learn the ropes on a big boat platform – or experienced junior sailors can apply their small boat sailing skills to a new challenge.

This program highlights fun, social activity and teamwork. With these skills, teens can be valuable and productive crew on cruising boats and club racers. This program offers an introduction to Big Boat sailing through a framework of skills designed to provide teens with the resources to participate in overnight cruises, weekend or evening race series, and distance races.

This program is a stepping stone to the YRA on Long Island Sound's Youth Challenge Cup Program for young sailors between the ages of 14 and 23.  They will have the opportunity to participate with, and compete against some of the best sailors on Long Island Sound and the World. 


The scope of the program is such that we may not be able to use the same boat for every practice session or event.  Thus the following is a list of the possible boats that may be used on a case by case basis:

Deviation J/88, Peregrina J/105, Zig Zag J/109 & Soulmates (Goetz Custom 40)




Big Boat Program Curriculum


The curriculum is both intense and loosely followed.  Like dinghy sailing, it will depend on the wind and weather.  Each year the program is tailored to meet the needs, as closely as it can, of as many sailors as possible.  Coaches and Instructors also strive to give each sailor individual attention as much as possible.


• Rigging and De-rigging 
 • Crew Positions and Boat Handling
 • Big Boat Terminology Safety Awareness (participate in STC Safety at Sea)
 • Rules of the Road and Racing Rules of Sailing
 • Seamanship and Sail Maintenance
 • Nautical Environmental Awareness


On big boats, crew positions are many and varied:  Helmsman, Navigator, Main and Foresail Trimmers, Pit, Mast and Foredeck.  Sailors will be expected to learn the fundamentals of all of these positions.  As the season progresses, sailors will specialize in one or two positions. By the end of July the Team will be familiar with their primary and secondary responsibility in a variety of situations.


Understanding how to get places and knowing where you are is an important life skill, for a sailor it is especially important, it is essential.  All sailors will learn and demonstrate proficiency in many facets of navigation on the water: they will be able to plot courses and pilot boats, know how to interpret the weather, and learn safe boating practices.

The JSALIS has an Online Navigation Course. Sailors can learn navigation basics at their own pace.  One-on-one and group instruction will also be given as needed.


Sailors will learn seamanship rules of the road, demonstrate their knowledge of marlinspike (knot tying and splicing), and familiarization with boat maintenance and repair.

OST sailors will need to demonstrate knowledge of certain knots and where and when to use them.  Being familiar with these knots and how to tie them ahead of time will be beneficial.  Instructors will expect the older kids to help the younger beginning sailors to learn the knots. Knots to know:  Figure-8 KnotRolling HitchBowlineClove Hitch, and Sheet Bend.

OST sailors will also be expected to demonstrate splicing and whipping:  Eye-Splice in three-strand-linewhip the bitter end of a line, and a Brummell Splice (eye splice the 12-strand-plaited-line.)


• All all sailors have to participate in both sessions except by special permission

• When a sailor signs up for the OST, participation is mandatory. Since this is a team effort, if a sailor needs to miss an instruction or practice, they need to clear this with the Coach well in advance.

• The Schedule:  Mondays or Fridays: ½ day training on the water

• All OST members will participate in the STC Junior Safety at Sea Seminar.

• All members of the OST will take the JSALIS Navigation & Seamanship Test.

• All members of the OST will participate in the JSALIS Marlinspike Seamanship Contest.

• The evaluation of the Director of the Big Boat Program will be final determination of the child's eligibility

• Registration is limited to 8-10 sailors