Youth Sailing in Rochester is one of the country’s premiere Sailing Programs! The Summer Sailing Program is highly regarded and registration fills up quickly. Members and non-members can participate… so don’t waste time sign up today!
What Can Sailing Do For A Child?
Sports offer many opportunities for Children, but sailing offers more than any other. Children and teens are rarely ever given the opportunity to be in control of anything,
but sailing gives them the chance to be in full control of not only a boat on the water, but the control of many environmental forces.
For most children, the Lake is a vast and mysterious environment. They cannot put on a lifejacket and run across the water. Instead, beginner sailors must learn to make the wind and waves work for them. Learning about the sea teaches children to be self-sufficient and to exercise judgment while instilling confidence.
Being on the water helps children appreciate the natural world around them. The importance of clean water becomes apparent and children become connected to nature through an understanding of tides, winds, and weather.
Children who go beyond basic sailing and learn to race develop other skills. To be successful and earn the respect of their competitors, young sailors must honor the rules and learn to take the self-imposed penalties that apply when a rule is broken. The rules and the constant presence of competitors present sailors with an endless and ever-changing stream of tactical situations that require children to learn to assess risks and make quick and responsible decisions. In addition, teamwork skills develop as skippers and crews learn the importance of working together and team racing emphasizes close cooperation within teams of three boats.
There is so much to learn from the being on the water. It is a classroom and a laboratory; a special environment; a place of endless challenges, mysteries, joys, wonders, and thrills; a place that teaches self-reliance, sportsmanship, teamwork and respect for the natural world around us.
High School Sailing is one of the fastest growing scholastic sports in the country with about 300 teams nationally. Rochester is no different. RYC now boasts about the 6 high school teams that currently compete and practice on the 20 420’s that RYC currently owns. RYC is also the hub for teams competing in up-state New York and Canada. RYC hosts several regattas through out the season. For more info click on high school sailing or go to www.highschoolsailingusa.org
RIT and U of R College Sailing Teams also call RYC home. Two hundred colleges and universities throughout the US and Canada compete in both the fall and spring in what many people call the pinnacle in the sport of sailing. RYC is proud to be able to help these two programs by providing boats and top level coaching to help grow the teams and raise their level of sailing abilities. For more info go to www.collegesailing.org
The Rochester Junior Yacht Club is a separate organization of the club for 13 to 19 year old members. Many sailing, social and fundraising events are held throughout the year for this group. See the links at left for more information on these programs.
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