Summer sailing is happening!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WBSS will be offering a limited amount of classes geared towards racing. If you do not find a class that suits your child we are offering private lessons which will be offered Monday and Wednesday evenings and Friday all day. The following classes will be offered with limited spots available:
X Boat Race Team, 420 Race Team, Laser Race Team, Beginner Opti and Private Lessons.
White Bear Sailing School has thoughtfully designed its summer of 2020 programming in a way that adheres to and exceeds the guidelines set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC with regard to social distancing measures, group size limits, sanitation and more. Participating families must be committed to partnering with the school, following the guidelines set forth below, and staying informed of the latest regulations found here. WBSS reserves the right to implement new and/or stricter requirements as the pandemic evolves. At this time, the following procedures and rules will be in place in order to help protect the health and safety of sailors and staff:
Family members and visitors will not be allowed to accompany their sailor onto the premises without a scheduled lesson. Sailors will be dropped off at the sailing school while the parent or guardian remains in the car. Sailors should not arrive more than 10 minutes early and will need to leave the premises within 10 minutes of the class or lesson ending.
Handwashing and hand sanitizing stations have been added at pick-up and drop-off points as well as through-out the facility. Every person must apply hand sanitizer upon arrival. Hand sanitizer always goes on after taking off sailing gloves and before sunscreen is applied or reapplied. Apply hand sanitizer one last time at the end of the day when leaving the facility.
Sailors must come prepared with their own gear including a life jacket and PPE (face mask) and arrive fully dressed. No loaner equipment will be available. All sailing gear must be taken with individuals at the end of their class. There will not be a lost and found.
All gear must be contained in one bag at all times, which will be kept outside.
A face covering is required to be worn while on dry land.
Bring your own water. Water will not be provided by WBSS.
All classes will be held outside. In the case of inclement weather, classes will be held via Zoom and that will be communicated at least one hour prior to class beginning.
Always maintain a six-foot (at least two arm’s length) radius from your fellow sailors and instructors.
No food/eating will be allowed on the premises.
In general, there will be very limited sharing of boats. However, as requested, start and end your day by sanitizing your boat and rigging with a soap water solution. Before you rig your boat, spray and wipe down the boat, control and rigging surfaces. Repeat the same cleaning process at the end of the session. At the end of each day, staff will spray down boats with a disinfectant spray.
The White Bear Sailing School is an independent, 501c3 non-profit organization. Though we are located on the beautiful grounds of the White Bear Yacht Club, we are a separate entity and membership there is not required for any of our sailing classes or race teams. Our goal is to introduce people to the lifelong sport of sailing by engaging in activities that foster the legacy, skills, and art of sailing through education, competition and fun with programs for all ages. We strive to provide all of our students with a fun and safe learning environment that offers a broad exposure to the sport of sailing. We do this by offering instruction for children, teens, and adults of all levels, from beginning sailing through advanced racing.
Our staff of US Sailing certified instructors shall provide a curriculum with current and effective techniques to create skilled and confident sailors who will respect others, care for their equipment, and be willing to help fellow sailors on and off the water. All of our students, whether their interest is in racing or cruising around for fun, should emerge with an enhanced sense of self-reliance, knowledge of seamanship, and a solid foundation in the sport of sailing.