• If you live in Perth Amboy, your home is on the edge of our sailing stadium and for you, a new frontier.
     
    The sailing team bus will bring you and Coach Signor to and from our beach on Tuesday and or Thursday afternoons.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    To get out on the water, you do not need to know anything about sailing a boat or racing in an interscholastic regatta; our sailors will train you.
     
     
     
     
     
    Your goals are to gather information and experience.  
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Escape, from the group we call newbies, is a process not a product;  failure is simply a circumstance not yet fully turned to your advantage.  Failures will just postpone your success, but will not prevent it.  Practice usually leads to progress and not perfection.  Do not worry about the things you can not do or do not know!  Nobody knows everything; nor do they perform every task perfectly.  Simply use what you do know and try to perform the skills that you do have closer and closer to perfection!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    YOU CAN NEVER BE WRONG WHEN YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN'T DO IT AND YET WE LEARN MORE ABOUT OURSELVES FROM MISTAKES THAN WE DO FROM OUR SUCCESSES. NEVER FAIL THE SAME WAY TWICE: "FAIL, FAIL IN A DIFFERENT WAY,  AND ALWAYS TRY TO FAIL BETTER!"
     
     
     
     
     
     
    You will start your training with trimming the jib sail.  As you get more comfortable with you new environment,  you may elect skippering as your  next - but never your last - challenge.
     
     
     
     
     
    Please understand that a master jib sail trimmer is call the crew boss.  Always in demand, the boss will be invited to sail on any number of racing boats at a variety of locations.  A good crew boss can make a less than good skipper a champion.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Work at your own pace; take human bites!  
     
     
     
     
    Never pass up an opportunity to go for a joy ride on a sailboat; ask any dog, "fresh air and the wind in your face is pure ecstasy."  The pursuit of ecstasy can be a life long activity.  Start now!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Our Interscholastic Sailing Team has two seasons; we drill and race each spring and fall. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
    We usually turn boats upright and rig the mast and boom, to each of our twelve sailing dinghies, on the Sunday that daylight savings time begins every spring. 
     
     
     
     
     
    Usually, we remove masts and booms and turn our Flying Juniors upside-down on the Sunday that daylight saving time ends each fall.  
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The work always begin, in both the spring and fall, on Sundays at 1300 hours; 1 pm on a twelve hour clock. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    We use the twenty four hour clock because subtracting or adding six hours is less problematic. 
     
     
    Tides turn every six hours and twelve minutes; tides are important to our sailors and we sail between nine hundred hours and eighteen hundred hours.  
     
     
     
     
     
    On days when we sail, I list only high tides at this site.  High tide at eleven hundred hours means that six hours later -15 hundred hours - the tide will be low and turning; in this example, we will splash and start practicing during the first hour of the new flood tide. 
     
    Many major universities accept interscholastic sailing as a sport activity just like football, basketball, baseball and ....... 
     
     
     
     
     
    Get good grades!  Choose a select few activities that will challenge, inspire and/or enlighten you!  Play an instrument! Paint with water or oil!  Act and/or sing!  
     
     
     
    Find time to sail with us and apply to Harvard, Yale or Princeton!  They all have sailing teams or clubs.  
     
     
     
     
     
    Please realize that only five percent of high school athletes participate at the University level; of those, only two percent receive sport scholarships.  
     
     
     
    Do Your math!  
     
     
     
    That is two percent of the student body that participates in at least one sport; these gifted athletes make up a much smaller percentage of the entire student body.  
     
     
     
     
    Since you are part of the entire student body the conclusion should be obvious;  working toward an academic scholarship, is a better option for almost everybody.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    In the summer months, as well as during our two interscholastic sailing seasons, we will train new sailors.  
     
     
     
     
     
    After registering with The Perth Amboy Recreation Department, Junior and Senior High School Students can sail, row and/or kayak with us.  
     
     
     
     
     
    During July and August, we sail and paddle from 1500 hrs to 2000 hrs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  
     
     
     
     
    On Wednesdays, members of The Perth Amboy Sailing Team race on big boats at The Raritan Yacht Club.  
     
     
     
     
    The Summer Waterfront Recreation Programs is free and open to everyone. 
     
     
     
     
     
    In summer, air and water are both warm; practicing how to void and recover quickly from a capsizing, is best experienced in the months of July and August.
     
     
     
     
    Check with The Perth Amboy Recreation Department for details. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Two veteran members of our team are employed as Sailing Instructors for The Perth Amboy Recreation Department. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
    During both our spring (March to June) and fall (August to November) seasons, we race here every Tuesday.
       
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sailors can be part of our team in the spring and/or fall seasons; sailors are not required to participate during both seasons.    
     
     
     
     
     
    We try to host regattas here as often as we can.  Fleet racing starts at 1000 hrs on selected Saturdays and 1630 hrs on most Tuesdays. 
     
     
     
     
    Hopefully, we will soon host team racing events.  
     
     
     
     
     
    If and when we have all female crews, we will  host both coed and women's regattas. 
     
     
     
     
     
    At least one day during every week, other High School Sailing Teams join us for combined practice sessions, clinics and fleet races at 1600 hrs. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    To participate in The Perth Amboy Sailing Team you need to live in Perth Amboy; the High School you attend does not matter.
     
     
     
     
     
    Our sailors also need to have had a medical exam called a sports physical within twelve months of their sailing season (spring and/or fall). 
     
     
     
     
     
    The physical exams provided, free of charge, by The Perth Amboy School District would cover both of our seasons. 
     
     
     
     
    Check The School Calendar, found at the lower right side of The Perth Amboy High School Homepage (PAPS.NET), to see when and where free physicals are given!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Check our open email address for information and forms that can be printed out from the internet!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sailors also need to have their parent or guardian complete; a Pre-participation Physical Evaluation History Form, a Sudden Cardiac Death Pamphlet Sign-Off Sheet and a seasonal - fall and spring - Health History Update form. 
     
     
     
     
     
    All medical forms can be obtains from The Athletic Director's Office at Perth Amboy High School, from the coach on the beach or off the internet.  
     
     
     
     
     
     
    We use an open email address to alert team members about educational sailing videos, team requirements and much more.
     
     
     
     
    Search hotmail.com!
     
    Click sign in!
     
    In the address box, type pahsst@hotmail.com!
     
    In the password box, type 12flyingjuniors!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Once you find your way into our email site, be sure to check out the videos - flagged and dated - at the top of the page.  
     
     
    Also, check out the folders at the left! 

     
    Let your journey begin! 
  •  Spring sailing begins with rigging our boats; that would be, at 1300 hrs, on the Sunday afternoon when daylight savings time starts.

     

    AM I BLUE OR THE RULE OF ONE HUNDRED-TWENTY; AT THE START OF OUR SPRING SAILING SEASON and at the end of our fall season, THE PREDICTED AIR TEMPERATURE + WATER TEMPERATURE WILL NOT ADD UP TO 120.  AT THAT POINT IN OUR SEASON, DRY OR WET SUITS NEED TO BE ADDED TO YOUR GAME PLAN. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE IT WITH YOU WHEN YOU CLIMB INTO OUR SAILING TEAM BUS AT PAHS ON TUESDAY AND/OR THURSDAY AFTERNOONS, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EAT IT, WEAR IT OR BAIL WITH IT.  END OF THIS DISCUSSMENT

     

    LIGHT WINDS ONE DAY, HEAVY WIND THE NEXT; GO TO PAHSST@HOTMAIL.COM, SEARCH FOR THE FOLDER ON THE LEFT TITLED GEARS OF SAILING AND READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!!

     

    In a fleet of TWENTY FOUR boats, it always takes courage to dive into the fur-ball.  Always try to fail better; if you still need to be in complete control, you will never win a race.  To continue failing better, master skills that allow you to take control of your boat, at all points on our race course; immediately, options to control nearby competitors will open up for you as well. Enough said!

     

    If you are considering joining us, make sure you have watched two videos that are flagged at the top of our email inbox; Firstly, why sail and then the essay and video on mastery. Details can be found just below.

     

    Off the water, please consider working to develop sailing skills: "if you stop learning, you might as well stop doing".  SEARCH HOTMAIL.COM!  Sign in at PAHSST@HOTMAIL.COM! THE PASSWORD 12flyingjuniors.  How to do it videos abound in our inbox.  This may be the beginning of a long and enjoyable journey.  

     

    Experienced sailor need to watch videos 9/28/15 and 9/11/15 sooner rather than later.

     

    The Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership needs your help; clean-ups and education programs need to be conducted.  Grant money is available; volunteers are needed. For details, search www.lowerraritanwatershed.org!  Water quality is good enough to open our beaches at some point in the near future. 

     
    Experienced sailors need to watch videos before they mindlessly sail on and on; forming bad habits is never good, but more importantly, bad habits take a great deal of time to break .
     
    Newbies should watch the videos dated between  07/28/15 and 06/08/15 before they ever sail with us.
     
    SEARCH SAILRACER.NET!  SCROLL DOWN TO THE WIND GAME AND TRY TO BEAT THE BLACK BOAT!  NEVER FAIL THE SAME WAY TWICE: JUST "FAIL, FAIL IN A DIFFERENT WAY AND KEEP TRYING TO FAIL BETTER!"  GOOD LUCK.  
     
    TACTICS OF SAILBOAT RACING IS REALLY GOOD.  SEARCH CZAJKA.AT!  THE ANIMATIONS ARE EXCELLENT.  MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT TACTICS LITE, RULES CRASH COURSE AND TIP OF THE MONTH!
     
    NEED MORE?  
    HOW ABOUT TIPS AND TRICKS.  SEARCH CRISTIANNOE.COM!  GOOD STUFF!  
    SEARCH RACING DINGHIES UPWIND AND LOOK FOR DAVE DELLENBAUGH! 
    FLYING JUNIOR SAILING GUIDES CAN BE FOUND BY SEARCHING NORTH FLYING JUNIOR GUIDE!
         
    Check scheduling often!  Weather is a major factor; it can alter our plans.  Don't just assume!  For any of our scheduled events, check back at this homepage; this site will provide weather conditions and possible cancellations one hour before we are scheduled to rig, splash and sail.   
     
    Newbies should view videos and read essay before they every sail: "Fate favors the prepared mind'.
     
    Experienced sailors need to read the introductions and  watch videos as they are added  to our inbox; after all, successful people are more interested than interesting.   Being curious about the world around you is important; using sentences without I, me, and 'like' in them, would also be a very good habit.  Ironically, interested people are more interesting.
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    Front-runners are always trying to improve their skills; they also focus longer than everyone else during the fifteen minutes it takes to sail any of our races.
     
    Successful sailors select great teammates to crew with them; sailors with an equal level of commitment.  
     
    If a crew is committed, sailing skill will improve: that would be rapidly at first, then more slowly as your crew closes in on mastery.  That is the way things are in this world; so, just deal with it!
     
    Goal oriented people find out the facts and confront reality; do you have both the time and energy necessary to master the skills need to win a sailboat race?   Do you even have time to try sailing? 
     
    Winning may matter to you; having you with us  matters to me;  come swell our fleet!
     
    At our open email site you will find videos and essays;
    those on pages one, two, three and..... deal with boathanding skills, tactics and strategies. 
    When you have the time, seek out video and essays that can help you improve your performance!
     
    Overwhelmed?   The only way to eat an entire elephant is simply to take one bite at a time; remember to pace yourself and make those human bites. 
     
    You live on the edge of a sailing stadium.   It takes courage to go out on a hostile environment and learn new skills.  
     
    Other high sailing teams think sailing is an important skill to learn; they travel many miles, in school buses, to get down here to sail with us.  Our young sailors have a lifetime to improve sailing skills and one of the oldest sailing clubs in our country available to them, right here in Perth Amboy.  Pace yourself!  
     
    Only five percent of graduating athletes, that go to college, join a collegiate team; two percent will get athletic scholarships.  Remember, that is two percent of the interscholastic athletes  that go on to college level sports; it is not two percent of the entire graduating population here in the USA.  There are more Academic Scholarship opportunities available; why put your focus on Athletic Scholarships when the odds are stacked against you.   Since you are part of the student body, work on your academics!   
     
    Pick activities that will challenge, inspire and/or enlighten you! 
     
    There are times when you learn just enough about an activity to know  that you really lack any interest in understanding any more: "the game is simply not worth the price of the candle.  Move on!
     
    Sail for fun!  If it is fun, sail on!   All of our sailors, that attend Universities with sailing teams, will try to sail for their new team. 
     
    The Summer Waterfront Recreation Program provides sailing, rowing and kayaking opportunities begining early in July.  
     
    During the summer, we sail, row and kayak on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1500 hrs till 2000 hrs.   This program ends near the middle of August; usually, the time of the year interscholastic teams begin their fall practice schedule.
     
    Our fall interscholastic racing season always begins on the last Tuesday in August.   Early in our fall season we will sail on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 1600 hrs. 
     
    As always, check this site for details!
     
     
     
     
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  • We sail as often as our personal schedule allows.  Our sailors work toward mastery and more importantly, we try to instruct, inspire and challenge newbies.  Team members need to practice with us at least one day per week.  Crews - the helmsman and jib trimmer - need to commit to sailing together and should co-ordinate their personal schedules to make it happen.
     
    We race  on Tuesdays,  a few Saturdays and on  an occasional Sunday .  Note that we need two crews - two helmsmen and two trimmers - to race in any of our league regattas; we need three complete crews to team race.
     
    Team Captains need to sail with us at least twice each week, and should be at almost every league regatta no matter where we are racing.

    While out on the water, we practice evaluating the risks we are willing to take vs the  rewards we are apt to receive for our efforts.  In our sailing stadium, we try to making good choices -  the mark of an educated person according to coach  -  but if we fail, no one dies and no one goes to prison.  Please understand that we can learn more from failure than from success.   With knowledge, determination and practice, we can  improve our performance and get things right more often than not.
     
    Is the game worth the price of a candle?  If we think it is, then we need to educate ourselves.  In other words, we need to watch sailing videos,  roll tack,  roll gybe,  practice starts,  and execute mark roundings  as often as our personal schedule will allow.  Waxing poetic will not do it for us; getting out on the water and  racing in light, medium and heavy winds every chance we get will keep us in the game.  We need to ignore the temperature of both air and water and focus on what went right and what we did wrong.
    Most importantly, we share the beach and bay with other sailors - potential friends -  that work to pull us up rather than drag us down.
     
    Want to see and learn more? 
    Go to hotmail.com! 
    Type pahsst@hotmail.com in the address window! 
    The password is 12flyingjuniors.
     
    Check out videos!  Some are always being added to our inbox; others are filed away in folders listed on the left side of our homepage.
     
     
     
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  • Our spring season usually starts on the Sunday that Daylight Savings Time begins.  At one o'clock, we turned our twelve Flying Junior Sailboats right-side up and rig masts and booms.  Tuesday, of that very same week, we splashed our boats and start racing with other teams by 4:30 pm  or 1630 hrs.  We rig on Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 1600 hrs;  that would be 4 pm.  We also practice and/or race on Sundays at 3 pm or 1500 hrs.  We race in regattas on Saturdays or we do nothing at all. 

    In March and April, both air and water are  cold.  In sailing, the 120 rule applies; the air temperature plus the water temperature will not always add up to this magic number. Newbies - people that will capsize often and take excessive amounts of time to recover - need dry suits at less than 120; we can not both provide and maintain them.  Check out our free "Adopt a Dry Suit " program!  It is found, flagged, above the inbox at pahsst@hotmail.com - flyingjuniors.
     
    Experienced crews are issued wet suits.  These sailors generally avoid capsizing and can recover quickly without aid from our safety boats.  All members of our spring team are encouraged to invest in their own gear, but it is not a requirement.

    The best time to learn how to sail is during The Recreation Department's Summer Waterfront Program.  

    During our early fall season, air and water are warm.  Newbies, willing to work at developing their sailing skills, can be successful.

    Check out our racing schedule!  Search New Jersey High School Sailing or njisa schedule and scroll down to the spring and/or fall seasons!
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  • The Perth Amboy Team sails during the summer.  Summer is the best time of the year to learn how to sail or work toward mastery of racing skills.  As part of their education, team members train newbies during long and warm summer days. 

    Summer recreational sailing starts during the first week in July; we sail on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday at 3:00 pm or 1500 hrs.  This program ends in the middle of August. 

    This program is free to anyone interested.  
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  • SEARCH PERTH AMBOY SAILING TEAM!  CLICK ON HOME PAGE! THE SUMMER SCHEDULE AND WEATHER UPDATES WILL BE POSTED AT THE UPPER RIGHT SIDE OF THIS HOME PAGE JUST BEFORE 15OO HRS ON MONDAY, TUESDAY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY DURING OUR SUMMER SEASON.

    CALL THE PERTH AMBOY RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 732-826-1983 FOR DETAILS!    

    Summer is the best time to learn how to sail.  The air and water are both warm.   Newbies can learn how to prevent and recover from a capsize quickly, but at a snails pace without getting uncomfortable cold. 

    The program runs Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 to 5:30 for school aged - grades 7 - 12th - participants and from 5:30 to 8:00 for adults and left-over river rats that just will not leave the beach till the sun sets. 

    School aged sailors and/or paddlers should preregister at The Recreation Department on Olive Street!

    THE SAILING AND KAYAKING INSTRUCTORS WILL HAVE REGISTRATION FORMS, ON THE BEACH, AT THE SOUTHERN END OF SECOND STREET; PARENTS, OF CHILDREN IN 7TH THRU 12TH GRADES, CAN FILL OUT AND SIGN THE REQUIRED FORMS AT THAT TIME AND PLACE. 

    PLEASE KNOW THAT EVERYONE WILL GET WET.  SAILORS AND/OR KAYAKERS SHOULD BRING WATER, SUN SCREEN, HATS AND TOWELS.
     
     
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  • The fall sailing season always begin on the last Tuesday in August at four o'clock or 1600 hrs.   

    The fall season starts out with both warm air and water.  It ends, during the first weekend in November, with warm water and cool air.  Usually, on the Sunday afternoon that daylight saving time ends, we pull masts and booms and turn our Flying Junior Sailboats bottoms up for the winter months.
     
    Newbies need to develop sailing skills while  air and water are both warm (July to mid October).  During the late fall and early spring, The Perth Amboy Sailing Team uses wet suits provided by The Athletic Department.  Wet suits are durable and work well when crews capsize infrequently and have the skills necessary to recover quickly, efficiently and independently.
     
    Dry suits are expensive and fragile.  Shared and possibly damaged dry suits are at best problematic and at worst dangerous.  All newbies are encouraged - not required - to acquire and maintain their own personal gear.  That includes a dry suit.  Check out our adopt a dry suit program at our open email address!
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  • It is never too late to join  us.  If you have had a sport physical during the last twelve months, simply turn in a Health History Update Questionnaire and a Sudden Cardiac Death Pamphlet Sign-Off Sheet  and take  the plunge! 

    Summer  - July and August - is the best time to join us. 

    Fall is good, but only if you work at developing basic sailing skills very early in our season; that means sailing with us on day one and often  -  2 to 3 times each week -  in September. 

    Early Spring ( March and April) is problematic; both air and water can be cold.  In early spring, crews need to be skillful enough to avoid capsizes frequently and capable enough to recover quickly, efficiently and independently.
     
     
     
    TAKE THE HELM BEFORE YOU EVER SAIL.  SEARCH national geographic/ volvo ocean race!  CLICK on interactive!  SELECT sailing simulator!  CLICK Take The Helm!  Adjust or trim the sail!  Change course!  Race against the speedometer!  Trim your sail, to get the best speed, for the course you are on in relation to the wind directions!  Learn the vocabulary of sailing!  Discover the fastest point of sailing!  Is it faster to sail on a reach, a run or a beat?
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  • If you want to sail on our spring and/or fall teams, you need to have had a sport physical in the last twelve months and provide the coach with completed Parental Health History Update Form and a Sudden Cardiac Death Pamphlet Sigh-Off Sheet.  You can not sail until the paper work is completed.  Check with the Athletic Office, on the main campus of  Perth Amboy High School, for forms and details!  Check our open email address for information and forms that can be printed out off the internet!  

    In the recent past, the school district has provided free sport physicals during the school year.  Check the High School monthly calendar for future exam dates, location and times!
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  • We host other high school sailing teams on a regular basis. They provide college trained racers/instructors to run drills, new racing sails, replace dollies, power boats, and engines, but more importantly, friendly competition. 

    Teams that we host, are working to fund the replacement of our entire fleet of Flying Junior Sailboats. 

    Having more Parents, Coaches and Faculty Advisers on our beach, allows The Perth Amboy Coach to sail with our newbies.  Guest crews are also very helpful when it is time to get our powerboats and sailboats out of the water and up through the soft beach sand. 

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