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AYC Junior Summer Sailing Classes

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

Register for Junior Summer Classes*

*Registration for non-members opens on Monday, April 5, 2021

2021 Class dates:

All classes will be on Saturdays, 9 am to 12 pm

May 15th - All Classes Orientation & Swim Test 

May 22nd - All Classes

      NO classes memorial day weekend

June 5th - All Classes 

     NO classes June 12th (AYC Jr Week)

June 19th - All Classes

June 26th - All Classes 

     NO classes July 4th weekend

July 10th - All Classes 

July 17th- All Classes

July 24th - All Classes

Aug 14th - Refresher class for all classes, preparing for the Rock Paper Scissors Regatta

Overview of classes available

  • Learning to Sail - Level 1 "Guppies" - first time and newer sailors ages 6 - 9 OR for those who have not sailed before.  
  • Learning to Sail - Level 2 "Sharks" - ages 9 & up AND have sailed before - covers basic sailing skills. 
  • Learn to Race OPTI - Kids with sailing experience who are ready to race or are already participating in regattas.     
  • Learning to Sail a Double-handed boat - ages 9 & up and have taken a sailing class in the past.  Double-handed class focuses on skippering and crewing as well as becoming familiar with crewing on fleet boats. 420s can race with other fleets at 2 pm.

Detailed Class Descriptions

Overall program details

  • Our first class will begin Saturday, May 15th. Classes will run until July 24th. With a refresher in August to prepare for BSC Rock Paper Scissors Regatta
  • We will have an orientation meeting the first day of class along with a swim test. Parents must be present. NOT a drop off class. Parents are required to stay on the yacht club grounds or appoint a sponsor 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.
  • The first class will begin 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. Kids must have a properly fitting Coast Guard Approved life jacket. Liability Release & Waiver Agreement must be signed before attending class.
  • 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.

Cost: $150 for AYC Members; $250 for non-members.  

Registration: Classes are limited due to number of boats, so registration is on a first come, first served basis Registration is not final until the liability waiver is completed. Member registration opens on March 29, 2021. Non-members may register beginning Monday, April 5, 2021.

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)

Questions? Please contact Trixy or Joe Hanson at

Register for Junior Summer Classes*

*Registration for non-members opens on Monday, April 5, 2021

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