Atlanta Yacht Club

Sailing Classes

A primary focus at Atlanta Yacht Club is teaching people how to sail, or how to sail better. We are fortunate to have among our members six US SAILING certified Level I sailing instructors, three of whom will soon also be certified at Level II for racing and coaching. These and other dedicated volunteers conduct sailing classes throughout the year for juniors and adults. The emphasis is on water safety, boat handling, race tactics and -- not incidentally -- fun!

The club owns and maintains a fleet of Optimist dinghies and 420s for training, as well as several utility craft for teaching support and safety. Classes are also taught using Lasers provided by the participants. Onshore sessions are conducted in our Training Room, which is equipped with an overhead projector, tv, vcr and other training aids.

AYC members and their immediate family have first priority in Training classes. We welcome and encourage non-members to participate based on availability.

AYC Children and Junior Sailing Classes

Please visit the Junior Sail Training Page for more information

AYC Adult/Teen Beginning Sailing Classes

2018 Spring & Fall Schedules - Coming Soon


2017 Spring & Fall Schedules

Spring Schedule - Saturdays, 9am - Noon. 

May 6 - First Class
May 13
May 20 
June 3 
June 10

2017 Fall Schedule - Saturdays, 9am - Noon. 

August 26 - First Class
September 9 - 2nd Class
September 23 - 3rd Class / Snipe Fleet Day
September 30 - 4th Class / Y-Flyer Fleet Day
October 7 - 5th Class / Thistle Fleet Day

A low key approach to instruction will allow people who have never sailed to handle a small sailboat ... while having fun! Each class will include basic on-shore instruction as well as time on the water in the club's two-person 420 class sailboats (which is also used for high school and collegiate level sailing).  The goal of this class is to teach the fundamentals of sailing and how to safely handle a boat on the water.

Classes are from 9 a.m. until noon. As the size of the class is limited by the number of available boats, early registration is strongly suggested. Both AYC members and non-members are encouraged to sign up and participate.

Fees are $250 for non-members, and $75 for members per person for the 5-weekend session.  You will need your own Coast Guard approved life jacket, be able to swim and be in good health. 
Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and will not scuff a sailboat. Clothing should be comfortable wet or dry.  Bring water with you and you are always welcome to bring lunch and possible crew for a club member at fleet races when you are ready.  You need to mail in full payment to the address below* in order to complete an application to attend our class due to very limited space. Money will be refunded if you are not admitted to the program.


For more info:

Jeanette & Henry Taylor

3585 West Hampton Drive
Marietta, GA 30064

(404) 384-1203


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