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

Beginner 420

This course is for older and larger sailors who are new to sailing, or younger sailors with some experience but who are new to the 420. Course includes basics of rigging a 420, basic boat handling, seamanship, sportsmanship, and water safety.

Intermediate 420

This class will introduce and refine racing skills, advanced boat handling, introduction to trapeze and spinnaker, tactics and strategy and sportsmanship. This is meant to be a developmental course that bridges the gap between Beginner 420 and the 420 Travel Race Team.

420 Race Team

The 420 Race Team will work to perfect advanced boat handling, tactics, and racing strategy. The Team will travel to local events around the lake representing the OYC. Sailors will be expected to commit to the whole summer including many weekends traveling. Prerequisite: Coach approval

Beginner Opti

(Ages 7 - 10)
This course is geared toward fun and learning! We will teach the basics of rigging an Optimist, basic boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship, sportsmanship, and water safety. Instruction is done in Optimists with 2 sailors per boat.

Intermediate Opti

(Ages 9 - 12)
Designed for sailors who have completed Beginner Optimist. This course focuses on more advanced boat handling skills. Sailors will sail 1 person/ boat. By completion, sailors will be able to sail on all points of sail in most wind speeds, know all parts of the boat, and basic knots.

Opti Race Team

Sailors on the Opti Race Team will refine their racing skills and represent OYC in local interclub regattas around Lake Ontario. This team wil l constantly refine racing skills, strategy and advanced boat handling.

Prerequisite: Under 15 years old with Coach approval

To register on-line click here.

To register by mail or in person, please complete and submit a separate registration form AND a health and medical information form for each child to be registered.  

For further information and questions, email or call:
Gabe Lewis ( or 607-426-7913
Mark Cassidy ( or 716-778-9028)