High School 420 Sailing Program

High School Sailing FAQ'S

Who is eligible?

Any high school student in Lee County – virtual, charter &/or private schools. Experience is
desirable but NOT required! Students in 8th grade and high school students new to sailing
should attend Saturday practices.

When are practices?

Practices are held on Saturdays on the north shore.

Sailors are encouraged to attend practices weekly.

Does my school have a sailing club?

Currently, FMHS is the only active team, but schools may achieve active status once a team (four sailors) has been formed. Sailors from other high schools are eligible to sail on a “composite team” and sail JV. You do not have to have four people from the same school to sail! Any teacher may serve as a sailing club Advisor; the Advisor helps oversee the periodic sailing club meetings at the school.

What are the costs?

Sailors participate for one or two semesters, or both, depending on their schedules. The semester fee covers the use of all sailing equipment, boats & coaching. Additional costs may include a team shirt and regatta fees. High School sailing will have two, ten-week seasons: one in the fall and one in the spring. Each ten-week season is $250 per sailor.

Do I have to race?

Sailors need not race, but participating in competitive sailing increases cooperative skills as well as problem-solving & decision-making skills. Like any other sport, high school sailing can be a JV or a Varsity activity. For those who simply want to enjoy sailing with another person in a boat for recreation may certainly do so.

What type of boat is used?

ESC uses a boat called the 420 – it is a two person sailboat with a main and a jib. Teamwork is
required between the “captain” and “crew” so that both sailors understand the unique tactics
required for each position.