Junior Sailing

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.

How to Register

Choose your session #, then fill out the Junior Registration Form.
*All juniors including non-member guests, friends and relatives are required a $125 limited CYC Junior Membership fee.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of all Junior Sailing classes and prices

CYC Sailing Facility

40 Bay View Drive
Jamestown, Rhode Island


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

Session Registration

Choose your Session #, then fill out the Junior Registration Form

2020 Junior Sailing Guide

The 2020 guide will be posted when available.

Class Schedules & Fees

Beginners Ages 8 -12

An introduction to sailing, Beginners will have fun with the basics of sailing – wind directions, parts of the boat, rigging, capsize and recovery, bailing, knots, points of sail, tacking, jibing, towing, and docking, as well as basic boat care. Swimming, games, and knot tying will all be part of this fun-focused introduction to sailing class.

Beginners is offered in 2 week, 4 week and 8 week sessions. 2 week sessions, children attend every morning from 9am - 12pm. 4 and 8 week sessions, children have 2 schedule options. See the grid below for details.

Beginner A, 4 wk, 1st session

Intermediates – Ages 9-12

Intermediate sailors will build upon the skills learned as beginners to sail solo in Prams. A combination of fun activities and skill-building drills will be incorporated into the class to develop a love of sailing and confidence in each child. Docking, sail trim, weight distribution, maneuvering, points of sail, getting into and out ‘of irons' and sailing backwards will all be covered in class.

Advanced Intermediates

Once comfortable sailing solo, children progress into Adventure Optimist, the next step after Intermediates. Children sail Optimist dinghies and launch from the shore instead of the floating dock. The class will expand on the seamanship and boat handling they have previously learned with lots of "tiller time" in Optimists. Sailors will be on the water in their boats sailing for fun, exploring the Bay, and learning how to sail well in a variety of conditions. Instructors may also introduce racing in a fun, non-traditional way. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own boats.

Recreational Sailing – Ages 12+


Adventure Sailing is a class for children who enjoy sailing and just want to enjoy time on the water (but not race) and/or, are new to sailing.
This class uses multiple platforms to cruise around Narragansett Bay- Hunter 140s, O’Pen Bics, Hartley 10’s, J/22s, RS Fevas and anything else that we can find to safely float and sail. Sailors are welcome to bring their own boat to class too!


The goal of this class is to give young sailors a larger sailing platform to sail with friends and become confident and competent sailing a J/22 keelboat. This class is for sailors who are ages 11 or 12 and older. Ideally, children will have sailing experience and understanding of sailing.


This class is intended for sailors who are in Green Fleet Optimist or higher class levels, or Adventure Sailing sailors who can sail by themselves in a variety of wind conditions. Sailors must know how to and be comfortable sailing solo. This class is geared for sailors who LOVE sailing O'Pen Bics and want to 'play' in them a few afternoons a week.

Additionally, for summer 2020, two RS Fevas will be added to this class for use. Fevas are double-handed boats with an asymmetrical spinnaker. They are SUPER fun!

O'Pen Bic class will run in two-week sessions. Sailors can choose to join 2, 3, or 4 afternoons a week.


Laser and Byte sailing is 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. This is a non-racing class aimed at getting kids excited about sailing these boats by themselves and sometimes with a friend. Kids must weigh at least 90 lbs and be skillful enough to dock the boat without damaging it.

Racing – Ages 10 – 13


Green Fleet Opti is for beginning Optimist racers. Sailors who participated in Adventure Optimist in previous years, anyone who is competitive, and/or is interested in starting to race Optimists should join this group. Like any other sport, racing hones skills and mastership of the sport. Instruction encourages fun on the water with sessions that combine racing drills and recreational sailing. Green fleet sailors need to be able to go upwind, tack, jibe, and control their boats in varied wind conditions. The class will teach the fundamentals of racing and racing rules.


The CYC Opti Racing Team is for Optimist sailors who have completed at least one season in Green Fleet Optimist and enjoy racing. Racing is also the best way to master the sport of sailing and hone your skills. Sailors should have basic racing skills. Practices will focus on racing drills, advanced boat handling, racing rules, and strategy.


This class is an introduction to sailing and racing Club 420’s (formerly called Apprentice 420). Sailors who are interested in progressing to racing, and those who may be interested in high school and college sailing, should join this class. The class will focus on all aspects of becoming a competent 420 sailor: skippering and crewing, long distance sails, seamanship skills, docking, rules of the road, and introduction to spinnaker and trapeze will be covered in class.

Green fleet 420 is available for participating two or three days a week for 4 or 8 weeks.


Sailors who have a desire for racing and have demonstrated good, solid boat-handling skills in 420s or other boats, are ready for the CYC 420 Racing Team. Practices will focus on advanced boat handling with trapezes and spinnakers, racing drills, racing rules, and strategy. Skipper/crew teams will be formed by the coach, though requests will be considered. First year 420 racers are not expected to participate in racing on the Bay though may do so if they want to, and can decide on a regatta by regatta basis. Returning 420 racers will be expected to participate in the NBYA Jr Regattas, and will have a slightly modified practice schedule to maximize their time on the water when there is wind. (T, W, Th rigged and ready at 1 until 5 plus some Monday evenings that will be scheduled as the summer progresses.)



Registration opens March 1. Completed Registration Forms are due by May 15, after which time a $50 late fee will be charged. All juniors including non-member guests, friends and relatives are required to pay an additional $125 limited CYC Junior Membership fee.

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)


      Add 1 day each week - $ 100 per session
      Add 2 days each week - $ 200 per session

Add-on Single Week Costs:

      One Week Beginners, 2 week - $150
      One Week Beginners, 4 week - $150
      One Week Intermediates - $140
      One Week Intermediates Tennis Team - $100
      One Week Adventure Optimist - $120
      One Week Adventure Optimist Tennis Team - $95
      One Week Adventure Sailing 2 half days - $90
      One Week Adventure Sailing 3 days - $120
      One Week Adventure Sailing 5 days half days - $200
      One Week O'Pen Bic, 2 days - $90
      One Week O'Pen Bic, 3 days - $120
      One Week O'Pen Bic, 5 days - $200
      One Week Keel Boat Recreational - $160
      Lasers, M/F (boats provided) - $125
      Lasers, M/F (BYOB) - $110

Refund Policy

After June 1, 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.

Opening Night

June 19, 6-6:30pm
Opening Night will be held Friday, June 19 from 6-6:30 pm outside of the junior room on the back lawn. It is mandatory for all junior sailing participants. This evening is important for parents and sailors alike. (All children are welcome.) T-shirts for 2020 will be handed out at this time.

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.

Additionally, children should have the following:

- 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.

How to Register

Choose your Session #, then fill out the Junior Registration Form.

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