An Introduction to the Junior Big Boat Sailing Program

The Junior Big Boat Sailing (JBBS) Program is an opportunity for teens to sail with an instructor or coat on 35-45 foot well-outfitted sailboats. The JBBS program is structured around the use of a volunteered big boat lent for use to the program by a club member, owner, or volunteer who receives no compensation for the use of the boat or its equipment.  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, socialization, and teamwork. With JBBS skills, teens can be valuable crew on cruising boats and club racers.

US Sailing’s JBBS program guide offers an introduction to Big Boat sailing through a framework of skills designed to provide teens with the resources to participate in overnight cruises or weekly race series. It provides outlines, lesson plans, evaluations, and additional resources.

The success of this JBBS program is highly dependent on the Coach to help the crew work together in learning big boat skills. That means identifying every individual’s strengths and weaknesses while working on timing and coordination of crew work. If you do your job well, you’ll see smooth maneuvers, a sense of team, and good communications skills among teens.

Learn more about the Junior Big Boat Sailing Program and purchase additional resources through our website.