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Boston Yacht Club Junior Sailing:
Creating 
the next generation of sailors and stewards of the sea!

Our junior sailing programs are designed to teach students to sail in a safe, fun, and noncompetitive environment; building a young sailor’s confidence so that they feel comfortable and secure on the water. Each session is two weeks long: Mondays through Thursdays. We offer morning sessions for beginning sailors (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) or afternoon sessions for intermediate sailors (1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Sailors must be entering at least 1st grade and be able to pass a swim test to participate. Many of our sailors continue with our junior sailing program through their middle school years. Sailors are grouped in boats by age and previous sailing skills, with programs in both Sonars and Optimist prams. The BYC's Junior Sailing programs are open to both members and the general public.


The Sonar Program

Our Sonar program is intended for the young child new to sailing or returning older sailors who prefer to sail in larger boats. With a small group of sailors learning together on each boat, children learn the basics of boat handling while growing a lifelong appreciation for the ocean and the sport of sailing. Our youngest and most inexperienced sailors are highly encouraged to participate in the morning programs. Older sailors or those returning to the Sonar program with confidence and skill should consider the afternoon sessions!

Scroll down to read more about our different Sonar classes and to register now.


the opti program

Our Opti program promotes solid sailing skills and lifelong friendships. The Opti program is for the sailor who has some sailing experience, is ready to sail solo, and is looking to increase their self-reliance on the water. New to an Opti? The morning program will be your best fit! Comfortable on your own and in a good breeze?  Then the afternoon program is the place for you!

Scroll down to read more about our different Opti classes and to register now.

THE PRIVATE LESSON PROGRAM

Looking to brush up on your skills, take a few turns around the harbor, or learn in an individually-tailored environment? The BYC Junior Sailing program offers private sailing lessons with our US Sailing certified instructors throughout the summer season! Lessons are offered after 5 PM on Mondays-Thursdays, and Fridays-Sundays from morning to sunset, per instructor availability. Private Lessons are open to sailors of all ages!

Scroll down to read more about our different private lessons and to register now.


THE Adventure boating program

Ages 10-15. This new program is designed for the sailors who love sailing and want to be on the water but aren't necessarily interested in racing. This one week session for the older sailor will focus on both on-the-water and off-the-water skills. Sailors will be exposed to a wide range of activities from basic boat maintenance and repair to basic navigation, line-handling, anchoring, weather, harbor etiquette, and includes some middle to high school level STEM modules. This course will also review basics of sailing, teamwork, and safe boating practices.

Scroll down to read more about our different Adventure Sailing classes and to register now.



  • Class Descriptions
    • Sonar Program

      Our emphasis is on safety, familiarity with being on a boat, having fun on the water, and cultivate a love of sailing so they may grown in a worldwide co-ed sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Our junior sailing program is for suitable for children that can swim and likes the water. Instructors are in the boats with the children.

      Learn to Sail: Age 6-8

      Introduces young children to sailing in a safe and enjoyable way. Daily sessions are filled with great activities based around sailing in the harbor. A good choice for kids who are too young for our Opti program or who want to build confidence on the water to have even more fun sailing with family and friends. Must have finished at least 1st grade and be able to pass the swim test to participate.
      $400 members/ $450 non-members
      Offered: Morning Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4

      Beginner: Ages 8-15

      No prior sailing experience required; a Learn to Sail program for the older child. Beginner classes are for sailing students who may have little or no experience in sailboats. These sessions cover the fundamentals: how to rig, de-rig, understand the wind how to tack and jibe, and learn to care for the boats and equipment. Students are introduced to the different points of sail and basic rules of the road. Students are placed in a class (age, skill level, sailing goals) that will help them succeed to the best of their ability, and have fun while they are learning. Have a friend request? Let us know and we will do our best to group sailors together when possible. Must be able to pass the swim test to participate.

      $400 members/ $450 non-members
      Offered: Morning Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4

      beginner-intermediate: ages 8-15

      For sailors who have completed at least one session as a beginner (or age out of LTS), most will move to this class where they can continue to solidfy their skills; especially students who only sail a few weeks each season. These sessions continue to reinforce the fundamentals: rigging, understanding the wind, tacking & jibing, and nomenclature. Students continue to develop their boat handling skills in regard to the different points of sail, basic rules of the road, and sailing theory. Students are placed in a class (age, skill level, sailing goals) that will help them succeed to the best of their ability, and have fun while they are learning. Have a friend request? Let us know and we will do our best to group sailors together when possible. Must be able to pass the swim test to participate.
      $400 members/ $450 non-members
      Offered: Morning Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4

      Intermediate: Ages 9-15

      Ages 9-15. Completion of BYC’s Beginner Class (or equivalent) and recommendation of instructor is a prerequisite. Intermediate classes focuses on creating competent, confident keelboat sailors using full main and jib. Building on the basics, students learn the finer points of boat handling and sail theory. There is emphasis on developing confidence for sailing alone. Other topics can include currents, weather, navigation, and more.Students are placed in a class (age, skill level, sailing goals) that will help them succeed to the best of their ability, and have fun while they are learning. Have a friend request? Let us know and we will do our best to group sailors together when possible. Must be able to pass the swim test to participate.
      $400 members/ $450 non-members
      Offered: Afternoon Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4


      Opti Program

      The optimist pram program brings sailing to the next level. Each student has their own boat and our emphasis is on safety and fun! The program mixes a “learn to sail” curriculum with other activities to help foster a connection between sailing and fun. Instructors are not in the boats with children, but instead teach alongside from "coach boats.

      Beginner: Ages 8-15

      For sailors who have completed our Learn to Sail program or equivalent. Beginner classes are for students who may have little or no experience in sailboats. These classes cover the fundamentals: how to rig, de-rig, capsize recovery, understanding the wind, how to tack and jibe, and learn care for the boats and equipment. Students are introduced to the different points of sail, and basic rules of the road. Students are placed in a class (age, skill level, sailing goals) that will help them succeed to the best of their ability, and have fun while they are learning. Have a friend request? Let us know and we will do our best to group sailors together when possible. Must be able to pass the swim test to participate.
      $400 members/ $450 non-members
      Offered: Morning Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4

      Beginner-INTERMEDIATE: AGES 8-15

      For sailors who have completed at least one session as an opti beginner, most will move to this class where they can continue to solidfy their skills; especially students who only sail a few weeks each season. These classes continue to reinforce the fundamentals: rigging, understanding the wind, tacking & jibing, and nomenclature. Students continue to develop their boat handling skills in regard to the different points of sail, basic rules of the road, and sailing theory. There is an emphasis on learning how to sail alone. Students are placed in a class (age, skill level, sailing goals) that will help them succeed to the best of their ability, and have fun while they are learning. Have a friend request? Let us know and we will do our best to group sailors together when possible. Must be able to pass the swim test to participate.
      $400 members/ $450 non-members
      Offered: Morning Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4

      Intermediate: Ages 8-15

      Ages 9-15. For sailors who have completed our beginner Opti program and recommendation of instructor, or equivalent. The intermediate Opti program focuses on creating a competent, confident sailor who is able to safely navigate the harbor and surrounding areas. Intermediate classes focuses on creating independent, confident sailors. Building on the basics, students learn the finer points of boat handling and sail theory. There is emphasis on sailing alone. Other topics can include currents, weather, navigation, and more. Students are placed in a class (age, skill level, sailing goals) that will help them succeed to the best of their ability, and have fun while they are learning. Have a friend request? Let us know and we will do our best to group sailors together when possible. Must be able to pass the swim test to participate.
      $400 members/ $450 non-members
      Offered: Afternoon Sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4


      Adventure Sailing

      Seafarers: ages 12-15

      Sailors should have some familiarity and confidence in sailboats. This one week, morning class will focus on both on-the-water and off-the-water skills. Sailors will be exposed to a wide range of activities from basic boat maintenance and repair to basic navigation, line-handling, anchoring, weather, harbor etiquette, and includes some middle to high school level STEM modules. This course will also review basics of sailing, teamwork, and safe boating practices.Students are placed in a class (age, skill level, sailing goals) that will help them succeed to the best of their ability, and have fun while they are learning. Have a friend request? Let us know and we will do our best to group sailors together when possible.
      $200 members/ $225 non-members
      Offered: Mornings, Session 5 only

      Adventure Afternoons: ages 10-15

      This afternoon program is designed for the sailors who love sailing and want to be on the water but aren't necessarily interested in racing. Adventure Sailing includes sailing and boating in several different types of boats -and much more. The class will also take power -and sailboat trips to local points of interest. Students are placed in a class (age, skill level, sailing goals) that will help them succeed to the best of their ability, and have fun while they are learning. Have a friend request? Let us know and we will do our best to group sailors together when possible.
      $200 members/ $225 non-members
      Offered: Mornings, Session 5 only


      Private Lesson Program

      Private lessons are offered after 5 PM on Mondays-Thursdays, and Fridays-Sundays from morning to sunset, with our US Sailing certified instructors, per instructor availability. Private Lessons are open to sailors of all ages! We recommend scheduling your lessons early to secure your favorite days and times. Lessons must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Cancellations within 24-hours of the scheduled lesson, or missed lessons, are subject to the full fee. In the case of inclement weather, lessons may be rescheduled at the discretion of the head instructor. 

      $45/hour for the 1st student in the boat.
      $10/hour per each additional person in the boat.
      Offered: May - September, per instructor availability


       Inquire Here



  • Registration

    • 2020 Learn-to-Sail, Sonar, and Opti Summer Program

       Register Here

      Session 1 AM: June 22 - July 2, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Mondays - Thursdays)
      Session 1 PM: June 22 - July 2, 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm (Mondays - Thursdays)
      Session 2 AM: July 6 - July 16, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Mondays - Thursdays)
      Session 2 PM: July 6 - July 16, 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm (Mondays - Thursdays)
      Session 3 AM: July 20 - July 30, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Mondays - Thursdays)
      Session 3 PM: July 20 - July 30, 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm (Mondays - Thursdays)
      Session 4 AM: August 3 - August 13, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Mondays - Thursdays)
      Session 4 PM: August 3 - August 13, 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm (Mondays - Thursdays)
      Session 5 AM: August 17 - August 20, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Mondays - Thursdays)
      Session 5 PM: August 17 - August 20, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Mondays - Thursdays)

      Notes:
      Early Bird registration for members: December 2019 - February 2020
      Open registration for all: mid-February 2020 - May 2020
      Late registration: June 2020 - August 2020


      2020 Private Lesson Program

      5 PM - Sunset, Mondays - Thursdays; May - September, per instructor availability
      8AM - Sunset, Fridays - Sundays; May - September, per instructor availability
      Lessons must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
      Cancellations within 24-hours or missed lessons, are subject to the full fee.
      In the case of inclement weather, lessons may be rescheduled at the discretion of the head instructor. 
      $45/hour for the 1st student in the boat.
      $10/hour per each additional person in the boat.

       Inquire Here

  • Program Facilities
    • Fleet

      Optis: The sailing program also utilizes Vanguard prams to learn steering and sail-trimming skills necessary to continue in the sport of sailing.

      Sonars: The sailing program has 2 club Sonars to take a small crew of students and build crewmanship along with developing and understanding the separate skills involved in sailing and how they work together.

      ClassRoom

      Although emphasis is placed on spending time on the water, classroom time is used to explain to the student basic sailing knowledge including terminology, safe boat handling. The classroom is also utilized on bad weather days to provide fun and educational time when it is not appropriate to be out on the water.

      Waterfront

      Our waterfront facility is set up specifically for the easy and safe access to the boats and harbor for the students. It is recessed from boat traffic and in plain view of the waterfront personnel, the dock house and the sailing instructor office. Boats are launched, rigged and returned to this dock each day giving the students the experience of rigging, handling and caring for the boats by helping the instructors.

  • Sailing Staff
    •  Garrett McKinnon - Head Sailing Instructor
      Garrett McKinnon is a Junior at the College of Charleston. He sails competitively for CofC and is a former tri-captain of the Marblehead High School sailing team. He has competed in numerous national, local and global competitions in a broad range of boats including dinghies and keelboats. When Garrett is not on the water, he can be seen at the gym, the beach, or enjoying the company of his friends. Garret is very excited to be returning to the BYC sailing staff this summer!

      Tucker Braun - Sailing Instructor
      Tucker Braun is a rising sophomore at Mass Maritime, majoring in Marine Engineering. He is a former tri-captain of Marblehead High School's sailing team, the Fishwagons, and sails in collegiate big boat teams.  He has competed in numerous sailing competitions in multiple boats' Optis, C420s, Sonars, FJs, and a custom Taylor 38' EOS at last year's Halifax offshore race.  Last summer Tucker took part in the Newport-Bermuda race as a member of a crew who were all under 22 years old.  He is excited to be part of the BYC Junior Sailing program again and is looking forwards to teaching sailing this summer!

      Kristy Twaalfhoven - Sailing Instructor
      Kristy graduated from high school this year, and will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall. She sailed and raced Optis, 420s, & Lasers at Pleon Yacht Club for seven years. This is her second summer teaching sailing at the Boston Yacht Club. Along with her love for spending time on the water, Kristy loves to run, and was captain of the the MHS Cross Country, Winter Track, and Spring Track teams this past year. She is also the lead guitarists in a classic rock band. Kristy is looking forward to another great summer at the BYC!

      Eric O'Connor - Sailing Instructor
      Eric O'Connor is graduating from Marblehead High School this spring and plans on attending Stockholm University starting next fall. Eric is finishing his fourth and final season on the MHS Sailing Team, having been a co-captain his Junior and Senior years. For the past 11 summers Eric sailed at Pleon Yacht Club, racing and instructing Optis, C420s, & Sonars. He also raced on the 420 Race Team, competing on the east coast C420 regatta circuit for three seasons. In the future, Eric will work as a sailing instructor in Stockholm, Sweden while (hopefully) attending medical school. Eric is ready for a great summer of sailing and looks forward to passing on his love for the sport!



      Islay Van Dusen - Sailing Instructor
      Islay Van Dusen grew up in Marblehead, but spent summers sailing in Penobsot Bay, Maine. She graduated from Marblehead High School last spring and has spent the year traveling, volunteering, and sailing before attending the George Washington University this coming September. As part of her gap year she completed the Newport to Bermuda Race with fellow instructor Tucker, and worked on classic racing yachts in the Caribbean as a deckhand. Islay has taught sailing and coached racing for the past two summers while also racing on, and captaining, the MHS sailing team. Islay is looking forward to another fun summer on the water at the BYC.

      Grant Adam - Sailing Instructor
      Grant is a graduating senior at Marblehead High School and a racer on the MHS Sailing Team for all four years of high school. He is currently one of the team's co-captains, sailing in the State Championship -which the MHS team won. Grant is planning on continuing to sail in college, on the Brown Sailing Team. In addition to the the sailing team, he raced C420s at Pleon where he was also a junior instructor for two seasons. Grant is looking forward to coaching at Boston Yacht Club this summer!


      Ryan Hamilton - Sailing Instructor
      Ryan Hamilton is 18 years old and a recent graduate from Marblehead High School. He will be attending the University of Vermont this upcoming fall and will compete on UVM's sailing team. He grew up sailing at Pleon Yacht Club, progressing from the basic classes to the 420 Race Team over the course of 10 years. He also sailed for the Marblehead High School Fishwagons all four years of high school, supporting the team in its victory at the 2018 Massachusetts State Championship. Ryan sailed in the 420 primarily as crew, but also skippered as needed. Throughout the three years that he was on the 420 Race Team at Pleon, Ryan and his skipper, fellow BYC instructor, Eric O'Connor traveled all over the East Coast racing in some of the most competitive 420 fleets in the country. Along with extensive dinghy experience, he raced IODs the past two summers and participated in Sonar match racing. He received multiple awards while sailng at PYC including the Margaret McKim trophy for best crew, the Peavar Bowl for most improved boat, and the iconic Man Trophy. Ryan worked as a Junior Instructor at Pleon the past two summers, learning vital coaching skills that he will put to use this season. When it's too cold to be sailing, you can typically find Ryan skiing. He competed on the MHS Ski Team, helping to rack up 3 straight team State Championships for Marblehead. Ryan is very excited for the summer to begin and to teach the next generation of great sailors!

      Nolan Adam - Junior Instructor
      Nolan Adam is an upcoming junior in high school at St. John's Prep. He has sailed 420s for the past two summers, taking part in large competitive 420 regattas -primarily as crew. He also has sailed Optis for the past four years, earning high rankings in many regattas around New England. Outside of dinghy sailing Nolan has keelboats experience with the Rhodes 19 and Sonars. He is looking forward to passing his experience on to younger sailors. 







      The BYC sailing committee is currently accepting applications for Summer Sailing Instructors for the 2020 season. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Most positions are available for June-August, however there are some shoulder season opportunities for motivated sailing instructors. Candidates must possess strong interpersonal, sailing, and teaching skills. Minimum qualifications include current US Sailing Instructor certification, CPR/First Aid training, previous sailing experience, and excellent references. Housing is not available at this time.

      Download the 2020 Summer Sailing Instructor applicationHERE




  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • WHAT DO THE CHILDREN HAVE TO BRING WITH THEM?

      Sailors need to bring closed-toe shoes (e.g. tennis shoes, Crocs, neoprene sailing boots), not flip-flops; a properly-fitting life jacket; sunscreen; and a water bottle. It is also recommended that sailors bring a towel, snack, and change of clothes. Please label all items so that they return to the same home they came from..!

      ARE THE STUDENTS REQUIRED TO TAKE A SWIM TEST?

      Sailors will need to pass a short swim test on their first day. This is done at the Crocker Park float. It is to make sure sailors are comfortable and safe in the water.  Sailors will need to swim twenty yards and tread water without a lifejacket.  Make sure your child comes to the first day of sailing wearing a bathing suit and has a towel and that your child is prepared to swim in the ocean.

      HOW LONG CAN MY CHILD STAY AT THE BYC FACILITIES?

      Please be on time dropping off in the morning and be prompt picking up at the end of the session. We cannot offer supervision outside of our normal class times.  Running late or absent for the day? Email jrsailing@bostonyc.org if your child will be late getting dropped off or picked up, so that the instructor can be informed.  Please note that there are no provisions for lunches, snacks, or supervision between morning and afternoon sessions.

      Can i sign my child up for private lessons?

      Contact the head instructor at jrsailing@bostonyc.org 
      $45/hour for first student in boat, $10/hour per additional person in boat.

      WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION, CONCERN OR SUGGESTION?

      Any question should be addressed directly to the Head Instructor who will be available Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Email is the primary and preferred method of communication: instructors@bostonyachtclub.net  The sailing office has a phone with voicemail that can be reached via the front desk at the BYC (781) 631-3100.  The BYC's sailing committee can be reached at sailingcomm@bostonyc.org

      What does parent INVOLVEMENT look like?

      We have a parent orientation on the Thursday evening before the summer program begins where you will meet the sailing staff, learn about what a day on the water will be like, and review safety routines; please plan to attend. While your child is on the water there are great parks all over Marblehead where you may be able to view your sailor in the harbor.  Crocker Park, Chandler Hovey Lighthouse, and Fort Sewall are just a few!

      Are there any family activities?

      The Family barbeque is open to any sailors, their siblings and parents who have participated and takes place on the last Thursday afternoon of each session.  Sailors have free access to the grill, but other family member are welcome to join to cookout, the bbq is a cash-only event for non-sailors.  The celebration is followed by an informal ceremony where awards and certificates are presented  This is always a huge hit in the past, don't miss out!

      WHAT ABOUT INCLEMENT WEATHER?

      We will always put safety first at BYC, but will not cancel for inclement weather. We always monitor the weather in addition to all instructors being trained to run safe, fun classes. We will hold class inside in the case of thunderstorms, but will sail in most other weather. Come prepared!

      MAY I BRING A FRIEND TO CLASS?

      Sorry, for safety reasons, guests may not participate in classes.

      WILL THERE BE ACTIVITIES OTHER THAN SAILING?

      Although the primary purpose of the program is to foster the love of sailing, at times it is appropriate to have some other local sailing-related activity at the discretion of the Head Instructor.

      STUDENTS MISSING CLASS

      Email is the primary and preferred method: jrsailing@bostonyc.org.  Inform the Head Instructor if your child will be missing a class before the class begins for the day.  There are no make-ups for absences. 

       

      SNOW DAYS/SCHOOL CALENDAR

      In the event that the school year is extended due to snow days, any missed sailing days at the beginning of the program will be made up on Fridays.
  • The Dan Sullivan Learn-to-Sail Scholarship Fund
    • The Dan Sullivan Learn to Sail Scholarship Fund was established in December 2018 in memory of Dan Sullivan, to enable deserving youth to participate in the Boston Yacht Club's "Learn to Sail" junior sailing class from August 5-22 (Session 3).

      Dan (aka Captain, as his grandchildren affectionately called him) was given his first boat at the age of one, a kayak made by his grandfather. Since that time, his true love has been the sea, especially on sailboats, racing and cruising locally and all over the world. In addition, he was one of the longest active members in the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead. he took his kids out sailing all the time and spent may hours at sea teaching, listening to his favorite song "Oh Danny Boy," and regaling his stories.

      Applicants for the Dan Sullivan Learn to Sail Scholarship must be ages 6-8, completed first grade, live on the North Shore area, have a passion for life on or around the sea, and must be able to pass our swim test. If your child - or a child you know is interested in taking the Learn to Sail junior sailing class during Session 3, but may not be able to afford tuition, you may apply for a scholarship by filling out the application.

      The goal of the Dan Sullivan Learn to Sail Scholarship Fund is to provide access to sailing programs to participants who otherwise are unable to afford the program. The BYC's Learn to Sail Scholarship Committee will review the scholarship requests on a case by case basis and reserve the right to award scholarship funds based on its sole discretion.

      To apply, please print and fill out the application and return to:
      Junior Sailing
      Boston Yacht Club
      1 Front Street, Marblehead, MA 01945

      or email to jrsailing@bostonyc.org

      Deadline: June 1st

      DanSullivanLearnToSailScholarship_Application.pdf