First Mates

There are some great changes for this group in 2023!

There will be seven weeks of program run. There will be sailing and SUP’s/Kayaks T, W, Th from 9-12, and this year we will be adding an afternoon session of First Mates. Sailing and SUPs/Kayaks will take place when the weather allows, but it is not guaranteed. Children will do crafts, play games, and explore on the beach.

  • 10 children per session
  • Children can do either the mornings or the afternoons, but not both.
  • Cost: $150 for members; $180 for non-members


  • Classes are limited to 10 participants
  • Members and grandchildren of members have registration priority from March 15 - April 15. The link to register will be available on this page beginning March 15 at 9 AM
  • Beginning April 16, non-member, guest registrations will be accepted


(TBD) one-week sessions that run Monday - Thursday.


$150/child/week for members; $180/child/week for non-member


Member children and grandchildren of members will be billed to the member account. Non-member guests are asked to print the email confirmation of their registration and mail in a check to:

Conanicut Yacht Club
P.O. Box 257
Jamestown, RI 02835

Waiting lists will be kept for all weeks and sessions and we will do our best to accommodate all as best we can - thank you for your patience.

Schedule for 2023


Sailing for Beginners:

Sailing is fun! The aim of this class is to help kids feel relaxed and confident in boats and have fun! Children will learn sailing basics in a safe environment. They will sail Hunter 140s in larger groups with an instructor in each boat. Children will participate in activities related to sailing, seamanship, and the marine environment, including crabbing and net fishing to fill the Junior Sailing fish tank. Breaks for snacks and games will be included each morning.

Drop off for First Mates sailing is in the far end of the junior sailing room (room with a purple floor), which is under the back porch of the main Clubhouse.

SUPs & Kayaking

First Mates will experience stand up paddle boarding and kayaking! There will also be shore-based instructors for those who would rather explore the shoreline and play on land. (Life jackets are required due to the general swimming inexperience of this age group.) Children should bring the following: water bottle, snack, towel, sunscreen, water, hat, warm layer, anything else they’d like or need for a morning at the beach.

Drop off location is TBD at the moment and will be communicated in June (location will be in Jamestown)

First Mates Facilities

40 Bay View Drive
Jamestown, RI

Fort Getty
Jamestown, RI


Suzanne Bickford
Member Services