Youth Sailing Program
The Junior Sailing program at Olcott Yacht Club began in the 1940s and today is still a very important feature of the Club. Our program is open to both boys and girls ages 7 to 18, non-members and members alike. Our training is done in both Optimist dinghies and Club 420s providing an ample fleet of boats for both beginner sailors and returning veterans.
Several levels of instruction are taught with an emphasis on safety, fun, sportsmanship, cooperation and competition. Classes are taught by US Sailing and American Red Cross certified instructors. The Club uses the US Sailing Association format that offers several years of developmental skills in sailing, theory, timing, balance, racing and seamanship. Classes are kept small with a student/teacher ratio of less than 10:1 and acceptance into the program is on a first come/first serve basis.
We continue to do our best to provide an instructional experience that is reasonable in cost to each family. We provide & maintain all of our boats, equipment and instruction materials with two primary sources of income: program tuition and cash donations. The Olcott Mantel Club, our past commodores organization, is a 501 (c)3 charitable organization. It holds a fundraiser annually and tax-deductible cash donations from it are what continue to keep our program a success.
New for 2017: Between 7 and 17 years old? Sail For Free!!!!
Join Olcott Junior Sailing on the Water for a day and see if sailing is for you!
Sunday, July 9th and Tuesday, July 11th will be an open house for prospective sailors.
July 9th – Introduction to Sailing
2:00-2:30 PM Meet and Greet with director and staff.
2:30-3:00 PM Learn about the program, tour yard and a brief land demonstration of boats
3:00-4:30 PM Go Sailing! (weather permitting)
July 11th – Spend a Day at OYC Junior Sailing
8:45-9:00 AM Drop-off and meet with director
9:00-9:50 AM Morning lesson and team building activities
10:00-12:00 AM Morning sailing
12:00-12:30 AM Lunch (cookout)
12:45-3:00 AM Afternoon sailing
3:10-3:35 AM Clean-up
3:40-3:50 Afternoon debrief
3:50-4:00 Pick-up (Director will be available for questions and accepting registrations)
To participate, please complete the Registration & Medical forms (available below) , bring sunscreen, lifejackets (we do have loaners), a change of clothes, and be ready to have fun! We look forward to meeting you all!
Please RSVP by Friday, July 7th.
2017 Sailing Session Dates & Fees:
Session 1 – July 10 to July 14 (1 week)
Session 2 - July 17 to July 28
Session 3 – July 31 – August 11
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Session 1 - $225
Session 2 - $475
Session 3 - $475
Weekly Rate - $225
Register for sessions 2 & 3 only - $850
Register for full season (3 sessions) - $1000
10% discount to OYC Members
Other important dates:
July 8-9: Centrals on Sodus Regatta
July 16: Jr Sailing Fundraiser and Basket Raffle @ OYC
July 28-30: Junior Olympics Regatta at Rochester YC
Sept. 9 – Junior Sailing Banquet
To register on-line click here.