High School Sailing is Happening!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WBSS high school season will have new regulations and will not look the same as previous seasons. Please read through the entirety of our high school sailing plan located below before registering and committing to the season.
White Bear Sailing School has thoughtfully designed its high school 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:
Practice will be limited to 14 sailors in double-handed boats and 2 coaches.
Sailors are required to be in grades 9-12. All participants must be proficient sailors and confident in all conditions. At least one season on the high school team or summer race team is required.
Masks will be worn if needing to go inside the pavilion, and when social distancing is not possible. Sailors must come prepared with their own face coverings (buff, bandana, mask), limited masks will be provided by the school.
Practice will be split into Group (A) and Group (B) due to its size. Group (A) will attend a chalk talk first, while Group (B) rigs on the floating dock. Groups will switch after ten minutes. Group (A) will launch their boats immediately after done rigging, Group (B) will launch after their chalk talk. At the end of class, Group (A) will go in first and Group (B) second. Groups SHOULD NOT be on the floating dock or attending the chalk talk at the same time.
All gear must be contained in one bag at all times, which will be kept outside six feet apart.
Pairings (your crew or skipper) must be identified at the time of registration. These pairings will stay the same for the duration of the season, there will be no pairing on the dock or day-of assignments. If your crew or skipper cannot attend practice, then you also do not attend practice.
Boats, sails, and any other equipment will be assigned for the duration of the season. Boats will be cleaned at the end of each day.
Practice will always be held outside. In the case of inclement weather, practice will be held via Zoom which will be communicated at least one hour prior to practice beginning. Zoom practices will be shortened to an hour and a half long.
Always maintain a six-foot (at least two arm’s length) radius from your fellow sailors and instructors whenever possible.
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.