Junior Sailing

Junior Sailing will begin June 29 and end August 21.

The CYC Jr. Sailing program is open to all juniors including non-members, member guests, friends and relatives.* The program provides a safe and fun environment where youth sailors of all ages and abilities can improve their sailing skills, while learning respect for their fellow sailors, boats and the water. Sportsmanship and respect are of the utmost importance, and it is the instructors' responsibility to engender these qualities among the sailors. The program strives to provide a high level of excellence as well as a variety of boats and classes to instill a lifetime love of the sport of sailing.

Jr. Sailing class placement is based primarily on skill, not age. Sailors must be 8 years old by September 1 the year in which he/she will begin to participate in junior sailing. There are multiple pathways for learning to sail, progressing through the CYC Junior Sailing Program, and becoming a competent sailor. Starting in the beginner class is always recommended as the best place to start learning to sail, regardless of age. Kids who start in the beginner class and go through the recommended class progression often become the most competent, confident, and independent sailors.

Session Dates

All classes except racing classes are 2 week sessions.
2-week Session Dates:

Session 1: June 29 - July 10
Session 2: July 13 - 24
Session 3: July 27 - August 7
Session 4: August 10 - 21

Racing Class Session Dates:

Racing Classes are an 8 week experience. Sailors are highly encouraged to participate in all 8 weeks.
Session 1: June 29 - July 24
Session 2: July 27 - August 21

Opening Night

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How to Register


Payment can be made either by check mailed to CYC or by calling the CYC office to make a payment by credit card over the phone. Members will be billed. 

  • NOTE: All non-member juniors participating in CYC’s Junior Sailing Program for any period of time are required to pay an additional $125 limited CYC Junior Membership fee. A non-member junior includes non-member guests, friends, relatives, and grandchildren whose parents are not year round, dues paying members of CYC.
  • If you would like your child(ren) to order lunch at CYC, select the Lunch Account add-on in your registration as an additional option. A $50 deposit/child is required.

Classes & Schedules:









Ages 9-12
Children must be comfortable sailing solo



(2 weeks)

Adventure Optimist
Ages 10-12
Children should have completed Intermediates, and be comfortable sailing solo



(2 weeks)

Adventure Sailing
Ages 12 and older
For those who just want to recreationally sail



(2 weeks)

Green Fleet 420
Ages 13 and older
This is an introduction to 420s and a pre-racing class. (2 full days, and 2 half days).

Monday &


(2 weeks)

Tuesday & Friday


Green Fleet Optimist
For beginner Opti racers. M, W, Friday 9 am - 4 pm. This racing class is an 8 week experience in two four week sessions. Children are strongly encouraged to participate in all 8 weeks.




Optimist Racing
For Optimist sailors who have completed at least one season in Green Fleet Opti and enjoy racing. This racing class is an 8 week experience in two four week sessions. Children are strongly encouraged to participate in all 8 weeks.




420 Racing
For 420 sailors with a strong desire to for racing and have demonstrated good, solid boat-handling skills in 420s or other boats.
Class size is limited to 4 CYC 420s, 8 sailors. This racing class is an 8 week experience in two four week sessions. Children are strongly encouraged to participate in all 8 weeks.
There may be an additional day or partial day on Friday.

Friday TBD


$1500 boats provided

$900 BYOB

A recreational class promoting the fun of sailing Lasers and Bytes.
CYC has 2 Lasers with a variety of rig options (4.7, radial, and full rig), as well as a Byte. Kids must weigh at least 90 lbs and be skillful enough to dock the boat without damaging it



$225 boats provided
(2 week sessions)

$200 BYOB
(2 week sessions)

Create your own group
For those whose schedules do not line up with the two week sessions offered and/or are anxious because of COVID-19, parents can create their own groups.


  • Groups must have at least 4 kids, and must be the same kids every day for the entirety of the sessions
  • Minimum of one week, 2 weeks recommended (can meet 2 or 3 times a week. Once a week = private lessons and is a different fee)
  • Kids in this private group cannot participate in ANY other CYC jr sailing class during the same time period
  • This should not be a first sail experience for all 4 participants
  • Schedule is dependent on instructor availability and boat availability
  • CYC Jr Sailing staff will not help create groups in any way
  • Fee will be per child price
  • Contact Meg for pricing and scheduling
COVID-19 Guidelines

Information & Guidelines
Behavior Guidelines
Classes & Schedules


COVID-19 Liability Waiver
Medical Release & Liability Waiver 
Junior Sailing Registration

CYC Sailing Facility

40 Bay View Drive
Jamestown, RI


Meg Myles
Junior Sailing Program Director
(401) 855-6643

Optional Fees

$50 Lunch Program Deposit (to draw down) to set up a lunch account (only Limited Junior Sailing members)
$200 per session Optimist charter fee
$30 pinny fee (Racing classes)
$55 per event trailer spot for regattas or $150 for all NBYA regattas
(Green Fleet Optimist, Optimist Racing)

Refund Policy

After [date TBD] a $25 administrative fee will be assessed, with the balance refunded. If a sailor has attended class(es), the refund will be prorated based on the number of classes attended.

Equipment To Bring

All Junior Sailors must bring their own life jacket. Life jackets are to be worn at all times when on a boat, on the water, on the pier, and on the docks.


      - Hat
      - Sunglasses
      - Sunscreen
      - Closed-toed boating shoes (bare feet not allowed)
      - A snack (no food is provided)
      - A Towel
      - A change of clothes
      - Layers in case it is cold or raining. (It is always cooler on the water, and sailors will sail in the rain. Children will NOT sail if there are thunderstorms or thunderstorms are within a 20 mile radius. Classes are held though, regardless of the weather.)
      - A water bottle. In order to reduce the number of plastic cups used for water, sailors are required to bring their own water bottles. Refill stations are available in the junior room.

For information about the Junior Sailing Program, contact Meg Myles, Junior Sailing Program Director.