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Junior Big Boat Sailing (JBBS)

JBBS Program Changes: 
JSA Big Boat Manual contains information from the JSA Rules, YRALIS guidelines and the seamanship and navigation tests all combined in one place. View and print the manual from the list below. The first page of the manual will describe some of the updates for this year.

JBBS Navigation/Seamanship course:
The  navigation/seamanship syllabus and online course is available to prep for the Basic and Advanced navigation tests. The tests will be based on this syllabus, which may be used for classroom lessons or online study. Please have your designated navigation teacher check details in the link under Resources on the JSA website.

Marlinespike Seamanship Contest:
Each JSA club is encouraged to incorporate the marlinespike contest into their curriculum. They will teach, test, and give their own awards throughout the summer. JSA wants each club to have a “JSA Level 1 (JSA 9 years), 2 (JSA 10 & 11 years), 3 (JSA 12 & 13 years) Marlinespike Seamanship Award”. The purpose of having this in place is to help build interest in the curriculum starting with the young Opti sailors. Ultimately the JSA 14 year + sailors will compete for the Marlinespike Seamanship award.

Back-to-Basics Junior Big Boat Cruise:
Emphasis is on seamanship, boat handling and all the fun things sailors get to do on a big boat when not racing.  The syllabus for this cruising activity was presented to junior sailing program leaders at the 2013 JSA Midwinter Meeting by the American Yacht Club JBBS program. Two handouts are available to help run a cruise at your club: a) slide presentation with photos showing the fun aspects of the cruise; and b) detailed syllabus handout describing how American YC has successfully run its junior big boat cruise.

JBBS Programs and Insurance:
     The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a "letter of guidance" on the issue of "Passenger for Hire" in the context of Junior Big Boat Programs.   The actual letter can be read by clicking here but the main point is that Junior Big Boat Programs do not meet the standard for "Passenger for Hire" and are therefore exempt.
     Separately, each club should check whether the club's insurance policy covers the use of a member's boat for the Junior Big Boat Program and consider whether specific language is required to address the issue of who pays the deductible in the event of an incident.

JBBS Guidelines from US Sailing:
US Sailing has established a national, standardized Junior Big Boat Sailing Program. The program allows new sailors to learn the ropes on a big boat platform - or experienced junior sailors can apply their small boat sailing skills to a new challenge. The JBBS program highlights fun, social and non-competitive teamwork. With JBBS skills, teens can be valuable crew on cruising boats and club racers. This link has a step-by-step guide for setting up the program and eight lesson plans to run the program. A JBBS Program Quick Guide presented at the 2006 Natl Sailing Programs Symposium is also available below.

JBBS Safety at Sea Guidelines:
US Sailing and Storm Trysail Foundation have been working together to publish guidelines that will assist volunteers to prepare for or host a Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar. The JSA requires participation in these safety seminars. So view this link to brush up on what your JBBS sailors need to know about safety.

Seamanship & Safety Skills Checklist:
The Chicago YC Race to Mackinac has an extensive list of skills that your club may wish to use to review the competency of your skipper, navigator, watch captains, and other crew members to participate in an overnight race.

JBBS Guidelines from Black Rock YC:
Big boat programs can tap into the population of teen sailors who either lost interest in dinghy sailing or never had small boat training. Do you have the problem of teen drop-out? Would you like to add an exciting option for your one-design teens? Does your club have an existing big boat program that you want to enhance? Would you like to know how to get one started?

At the JSA annual meeting in October 2005, members of Black Rock YC's junior big boat committee described the program outline and curriculum that had been so successful at BRYC. Now passing its tenth year, it has juniors who are active in both the one-design and the big-boat programs, as well as juniors who are in the big boat program only.

The BRYC presentation is now available for download below.
Crew position descriptions written by the juniors themselves are also below.


2014_JSA_Big_Boat_Manual.pdf2014 JSA Big Boat Manual
BRYC_JBBS_ver2.pdfBlack Rock Yacht Club Junior Big Boat presentation - October 2005
JBBSSailingPositions_BRYC.pdfBlack Rock YC Big Boat Sailing Positions manual
NSPS_2006_Rich_Jepsen_JBBS_quick_prep_guide.pdfJBBS Program Quick Guide from 2006 NSPS
JSA_Nav_Course_Enrollment_Guide.pdfNavigation Course Enrollment Guide
2013_JSA_Seamanahip_Advanced_Nav_Test_Procedures.pdfSeamanahip & Advanced Nav Test Procedures
Sport_boat_rule_compliance_form.xlsxSport boat rule compliance form (Right click to download)
pol07-01.pdfU.S. Coast Guard policy letter on the "passenger for hire" issue