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AYC Junior Summer Sailing Classes

The AYC offers summer sailing classes for all ages and experience levels.  Please review all classes to determine which one is best suited for your junior.


Class dates:

(all Summer Junior learn to sail classes have been cancelled at this point due to COVID-19 and state regulations, updates for ad-hoc training will be coming as safety permits)

  • May 30, 31
  • June 6, but NO Class Sun, June 7th (Jr Week check in around lunch)
  • NO classes June 13, 14
  • June 20, 21
  • June 27, 28
  • July 11, 12
  • July 18, 19
  • July 25, 26 (last class)

Overview of classes available:

  • Learning to Sail - Level 1 "Guppies" - first time and newer sailors ages 6 - 8 OR for those who have not sailed before.  Available both Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Learning to Sail - Level 2 "Sharks" - ages 8 & up AND have sailed before - covers basic sailing skills. Available both Saturdays and Sundays. 

  • Learn to Race - for those who have completed Level 2 and are ready to race.  Only available on Saturday only.   

  • Learning to Sail a Double-handed boat - ages 9 & up and have taken a sailing class in the past - focuses on skippering and crewing on a 420 and becoming familiar with crewing on fleet boats.  Only available on Saturday only.

    Click here for more details on each class

Overall program details:

  • Our first class will begin Saturday, May 30. Classes will run for 6 weeks ending July 26.
  • We will have an orientation meeting the first day of class along with a swim test. All kids will be required to swim the length of the dock and back with their life jackets, tread water for 5 minutes without life jackets and then put their life jacket on while in the water.
  • Parents must be present.  This is NOT a drop off class. Parents are required to stay close to the sailing area to help out where needed or just to be there for their child. We will have information about snack parents and volunteer opportunities at the orientation meeting. Throughout the summer we will have some sailing opportunities for parents during classes too! 
  • Kids must have a properly fitting Coast Guard Approved life jacket for all classes.
  • Liability Release & Waiver Agreement must be signed before attending class.

Cost: $125 for AYC Members; $225 for non-members.  Once you register and acknowledge the liability waiver, there are two ways to pay: 1) send your check (made out to Atlanta Yacht Club) to Trixy Hanson, Jr. Training Coordinator, 2614 Stanislaus Circle, Macon, GA 31204 or @) pay online via Cheddar Up (fees will apply).

Registration: Registration coming soon for all classes; registration closes on May 17.  Classes are limited due to number of boats, so registration is on a first come, first served basis.  In order for your registration to be final, you must acknowledge the liability waiver as part of registration.

What to bring to every class:

  • Life Jacket with whistle attached.  Life Jackets and shoes are REQUIRED while on docks
  • Water shoes (closed toe or sandals are okay - NO FLIP FLOPS)
  • Hat and/or sunglasses, towel, swimsuit, and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks will be provided, bring your own lunch (optional)

Other Info:

  • In case of bad weather, we will still hold classes. We will do indoor activities on these days. If there is a need to cancel, we will text parents prior to the class;
  • Entrance for non-members: when you arrive at the Yacht Club entrance, pull up to the gate, which will open automatically. For orientation, meet at the lower level of the clubhouse, the Jr. Room.

Questions? Please call/text Trixy Hanson 478-951-9098 or Joe Hanson 478-256-4223 Opti Junior Sailing Coordinators. You may also email

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