SSA Summer Junior Programs – Growing Lifelong Sailors
Severn Sailing Association (Annapolis, Maryland) has a long history of training youth sailors, whether they are just starting out in the Harbor Rookies class or competing at the highest levels of pre-collegiate racing. Thousands got their start at SSA, including alumni who have claimed regional, national, and international titles and awards such as Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.
At SSA, we believe sailing is more than just sport; it is a unique life-long activity promoting self-reliance, respect for nature, and teamwork . Our philosophy is to build sailing skills at all levels to ensure competency and comfort so that students will remain sailors for life.
SSA’s 2017 coaching lineup is one of the best ever assembled, consisting of talented men and women whose racing resumes and team affiliations speak for themselves. SSA coaches have years of experience and demonstrated character.
The 2017 coaching staff has an accumulated 55 years in experience coaching and instructing. They have sailed and/or coached in college and have competed in numerous national, international, world championship, and even Olympic regattas.
The majority of SSA summer sailors will be newcomers, and our coaching staff is prepared to deliver the right balance of fun, classroom, and on-water training needed to enjoy the sport and learn fundamental skills. For the more than 300 students, the instructor to sailor ratios are among the best in the region—all 1 to 8 or better.
For the more elite racers, three outstanding coaches were hired for Opti, 420, and Laser travel teams:
- Sam MacKay from New Zealand, a multiple-class champion and member of the Nations Cup-winning team at the 2007 Opti Worlds. For the past seven years, Sam coached Opti sailors to competitive success in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
- Carl Evans represented New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 470 Class and won the 420 World Championship twice, so his credentials for coaching SSA’s 420 Travel Team are superb.
- Conner Blouin, assistant varsity sailing coach at St. Mary’s College and recent Pan Am Games athlete representing the United States in the Sunfish class. Conner has also campaigned his Laser Radial to podium success in recent CORK Olympic Classes regattas, so he will bring relevant and recognized expertise to the Lasers at SSA.
Check out SSA’s 2017 full coaching team line-up.
Whether your child is looking for fun as an adventure sailor or aspiring to be a national champion, come visit SSA and get to know us better.
Because our club is focused on developing sailors, we offer pricing that can work within your budget. Consider joining SSA as a member and receive a 25% discount on program fees, as well as many other benefits.
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