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Pleon programs are open to all children who have completed 3rd grade or higher. A special two-week Intro To Pleon session will also be offered for those who have completed 2nd grade. No previous sailing experience or affiliation with other clubs is required. There are lots of offerings for racers and non-racers.
Please contact Erin Pierce at email@example.com with questions about registration.
The sailing program is open to children who are at least 9 years old or who have completed 3rd grade. This year registration will be on-line only, through our website: www.pleon.org.
Class sizes are limited, and in 2012 most of our classes were fully booked. We strongly recommend that you register early, and for both sessions if applicable, to avoid disappointment.
When registering on-line, you will need a credit card, and your child's health insurance information and emergency contact information.
Early registration will run from February 25 through March 8, 2013. Returning sailors who were enrolled in the 2012 Pleon program will be given priority for class placement if they apply during this period. Applications for new sailors submitted during this period will be considered by age. If you are applying for financial aid you must submit your application by March 8th 2013. Cancellations or requests to change to a different class will be accepted during early registration. An early bird discount of $100 will apply for all sailors registering by March 8, provided full payment is received at the time of registration.
Late registration will start on March 9, 2013. Applications, as well as requests to move to another class, received on or after March 9 will be considered in the order received, based on eligibility, space available and instructor recommendations. Please note that there are no refunds for withdrawal from the program or for moving to less expensive class after March 8.
Confirmation information will be provided by May 15, generally via email. In some cases we may recommend moving your child to a different class, in which case we will contact you as soon as possible. Final class placement is subject to review based on the best interests of individuals and the class as a whole. An incremental payment or refund may apply in this situation.
If you have questions about the program or your child's class placement, please feel free to contact one of the following:
Erin Pierce: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blakeslee Detels: 781-631-6523 (email@example.com)
Molly Bushman: 781-639-8107 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Pleon season will begin on Monday, June 24th and end Wednesday, August 21th. Classes will not be held on July 4, or July 22 - 26 due to Marblehead Junior Race Week and the Marblehead NOOD Regatta.
A mandatory parent information meeting will be held at Pleon on Sunday, June 23rd at 1830. A summer calendar, regatta schedules and program events will be available at that time, and you will have a chance to meet your child's instructors, the Program Director, and officers of the club.
FINANCIAL AID: A limited amount of financial aid is available for program fees only. Aid will be limited to families who can demonstrate financial need. Please send a written request and explanation of need to Chris LaChance, Pleon Junior Sailing Program, PO Box 160, Marblehead MA 01945. The deadline for requests is March 8, 2013.
REFUNDS AND DISCOUNTS
Fees will not be prorated or refunded for partial attendance, for cancellations after March 8, 2013, or for changes requested after March 8 to a less expensive class, including switching from full season to a single session. Pleon does not offer a discount for families with multiple children in the program, and cannot accommodate requests for refunds.
SWIM TEST: On the first day of class, all sailors will be required to take a swim test in the harbor. All participants in the program will swim in a swimsuit for 50 yards and tread water for one minute. Remember to bring a towel and warm clothes to the first class.
LIFE JACKETS: Safety is of primary importance! Every child, regardless of age or class, is required to own and wear a Coast Guard-approved life vest at all times when on the dock and water. This rule also applies to free sailing at Pleon and to participants at away events.
CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE: Proper conduct is simple common sense. There should be no rough play on the dock or on Pleon grounds. Jumping off piers is absolutely forbidden. Respect for fellow members and boats is essential. When juniors are sailing at away events, they are representing Pleon, and poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated. Sailors and their families will be held accountable for lost or damaged equipment if it is deemed by staff to be reasonably preventable given the sailor's ability level. If discipline is necessary, the Director reserves the right to require a student to leave the program for a certain period of time. The student's parents will be notified immediately. Please refer to the Parent Agreement.
INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF: Our high caliber staff is chosen from all over the globe. They have impressive resumes from the collegiate ranks and beyond. Each instructor is US Sailing certified (or equivalent) and trained in CPR.
Would you or someone you know be willing to house an instructor for the summer? A stipend is provided. If interested, please call Meredith Tedford (Meredith.email@example.com or 617 852-9015).
During the program, a weekly newsletter will be distributed via email. Please make sure we have your current email address on file in order to stay informed about upcoming events. Pleon also maintains a website: www.pleon.org. Please visit the site for information throughout the summer, and to sign up to receive email updates.
PRIVATE BOATS and CLUB BOATS
Private boat ownership is strongly encouraged, particularly for race team members. A discount is available to those bringing their own boat to class. Please note that this discount is pro-rated for sailors registered for half-season programs.
Registration in certain classes may be limited by the number of club boats available for use. Priority will be given to returning sailors who register by March 8, to those registering by March 8 for the full season, and thereafter in the order the application is received. Once all club boats have been assigned, space in the class may be available only for those who have their own boat.
Arrangements can be made to use a club boat for a regatta, subject to availability. A check-in and check-out fee will be charged. Contact the Program Director at the beginning of the season to make arrangements. Please note that in order to encourage younger sailors, boats will be made available to any Pleon sailors looking to compete; no priority will be given to race team members.
Locker assignments will be made in June by the Commodore.
PARENTAL SUPPORT: Parental support is essential for all sailors participating in regattas. Responsibilities include registering for regattas, chaperoning at away events, providing transport for children, dinghies and coach boats, loading and unloading boats, supplying snacks and drinks, and providing accommodation for coaches while traveling. There will be a mandatory Parent's Meeting for each Race Team early in the season, at which time the regatta schedule and parental coverage will be discussed. If you have questions, please contact a member of the program committee. Please consult our website for more information on what to expect at regattas, events we expect to attend, and expectations for parent participation. Race team parent coordinators this year are listed below; they will contact you at the beginning of the season.
Optimist: Lisa Adam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
420: Ron Homa (email@example.com)
Laser: Patrick Andreasen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LINKS FOR CLASS AND REGATTA INFORMATION
USSailing.org USODA.org laser.org club420.org