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The Pettipaug Sailing Academy (PSA) is an instructional sailing program for juniors, ages 8 to 16, and is conducted from late June to mid-August at the Pettipaug Yacht Club under the auspices of the Pettipaug Sailing Academy, Inc.

The PSA Application Form may be filled out online, downloaded, printed out and mailed in with the registration fee. Registration is first come first served. There are two sessions during the season; each session is divided into morning and afternoon classes. Morning classes typically are for beginners and junior sailors ages 8 to 11 when the winds are the lightest. >> more

PSA Race Clinic Information & Form: Are you up for the challenge? Jump start your 420 racing learning curve this summer by attending the CT River Challenge - Advanced 420 Racing Clinic. There's no better way to continue mastering the skills necessary to become a top competitor than putting yourself up against the current and winds of the CT River. There's a reason why top sailors have flocked to this venue for frostbite racing for over 80 years! >>more

The training boats are: Optimist dinghies, C/C 420s and Blue Jays. Students as they progress through the program earn “ranks” for accomplishing specific skills which are awarded at graduation.

The PSA Director is supported by a staff of five to six Senior instructors, two of whom coach the Opti and 420 racing teams. Junior instructors are selected from the older students who have exhibited responsible behavior as well as excellent boat skills, and receive a discount on their tuition. Parent volunteers round out the crew, assisting at the clubhouse or transporting junior racers and their boats to regattas. 2017 Instructor Bios.

PSA is all about FUN on the water and teaching many important life lessons along the way – sailing skills, adapting to the forces of nature, personal responsibility and sportsmanship to name a few.

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2017 Sailing Academy Schedule

Jun 17 :: Boat Check-In
Jun 26 - Jul 14; Jul 24 - Aug 11 :: Full Session
Jun 26 - Jul 14 :: Session I
Jul 24 - Aug 11 :: Session 2
Aug 11 :: Graduation & Awards
Aug 12 :: Boat Check-Out
TBA :: Paul Risseeuw Memorial Jr. Regatta

2017 PSA Calendar of Events (PDF)

PSA 17 Racing Coach Schedule (PDF)

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