Our junior sail program is for children 6 to 15 years old and includes five sessions held on Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon (15 hours of instruction) in June and July. Children must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted.
Each class will include basic onshore instruction as well as time on the water. A parent must attend the start of the first session and must be present on the yacht club property during all lessons. (i.e., this is not a drop and leave program). Class size is limited. Both AYC members and non-members are encouraged to sign up and participate.
Fees are $350 for non-members, and $125 for members per person for the 5-weekend sessions.
Summer 2023 Schedule
June 10 – Introductory class and swim test (25 yard unaided and tread water)
June 17 – Class 2
June 24 – Class 3
July 1 – No Class
July 8 – Class 4
July 15 Class 5
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
Junior Sailing Class Description – Learning to Sail
Class Name: Learning to Sail - Level 1 “Guppies”
The objective of the beginner class is to familiarize students with the basics of sailing and to allow them to feel comfortable on the water. The students will learn safety skills such as righting a capsized boat, as well as basic rigging, derigging and tacking skills. Students will learn the parts of the boat, how to rig and launch a boat, basic sailing, sailing terms. There will be a combination of shore sessions, fun, and on the water sailing. This is a non-competitive environment. We just want to get the kids hooked on sailing!
- Must be 6 years old
- New sailors or kids younger than 9
- Fun activities
- Basics of sailing
- Use boats in swimming area, onshore games
Class Name: Learning to Sail - Level 2 “Sharks”
The students will learn how to safely leave and return to the dock and will be able to sail independently. The basics of tacking, jibing, and docking will be covered. This class is for kids who have the basics covered and are ready to expand their skills. Sailors will work on sailing more efficiently including tacking, jibing, upwind and downwind sailing. Sailors must feel comfortable sailing independently. This class is a continuation of Beginner Sailing and a stepping stone to Beginner Racing based on the students interest.
- Open to kids who have taken at least 1 year of Learning to Sail or have some sailing experience
- Fun activities
- Must be at least 9 year old
- Covers basics of sailing in OPTI sailboats