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High School Sailing

Spring High School Sailing Dates: March 20th - May 26th 2017
Bring a friend and try out high school sailing September 5 - 8, 2017

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The Rochester Yacht Club has promoted sailing through it's high school program for more than 20 years and was featured in an article published in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Click here to read the article.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Current School Practice Days


  • Pittsford Schools
  • Fairport
  • Brighton
  • Penfield
  • Victor
  • Bishop Kearney
  • Aquinas
  • Rochester City Schools


  • Mercy/McQuaid
  • Webster Schools
  • Irondequoit Schools
  • Harley
  • Allendale Columbia
  • Honeoye Falls-Lima
  • Hilton

 *If your school is not listed, please contact the program director to assign practice days*

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High School Sailing has grown tremendously over the last decade both nationally and locally. The Rochester Yacht Club is proud to host one of the largest programs in the district. With the sailing school's fleet of twenty 420s and an impressive Jr. Sailing facility, the RYC program has been able to host 80 high school students a season. Rochester High School Sailing teams are part of the NYISA-NW (North West Interscholastic Sailing Association) league of the MASSA district (Mid-Atlantic Sailing Association). This district stretches all the way down to Virginia. The MASSA district is part of the national organization for High School Sailing called the ISSA (Interscholastic Sailing Association). For more information please visit the MASSA Website at www.massa.hssailing.org and the ISSA Website at www.hssailing.org.

Our Purpose

To host a competitive High School Sailing Program that promotes seamanship and sportsmanship while encouraging competition at local, regional, and national levels by combining the talents of students from local high schools.

Liam Faudree
Junior Sailing Director
5555 St. Paul Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14617

  • Eligibility
    • This program is open to any students grades 7-12 interested in sailing! There is no prior experience required and you do not need other students from your school to participate.
  • Practice
    • High School teams will practice on a 3 day a week track. Each sailor will practice either Monday/Wednesday/Friday OR Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday. Wednesday is a race day where each boat will be put into either A or B division. A and B division will be chosen each Wednesday and may be different each week! Race results will be posted weekly so that teams can chart their progress! All practices start at 3:30PM and end at 6:30PM.
  • Wednesday Race Days
    • Each Wednesday we will have a race day in which all schools will come down and race! Each Wednesday will run until 7PM and a Hungry Sailor Dinner will be provided by a different team each week.
  • Seasons
    • The Fall Season starts in early September and runs through mid November. The Spring Season starts mid March and runs well into May.
  • Gear
    • High School Sailing involves sailing in cold conditions. Sailing in the months of March and November require the proper gear!  We require a life jacket (PFD) anytime a student is on the dock or on the water. We also require a wetsuit or a drysuit when the combined water and air temperature is below 120 degrees. Recommended gear to stay warm includes but is not limited to- fleece layers, cold weather sailing gloves, winter hat, neoprene boots, and foul weather gear.
  • Need additional help with gear?
  • Current Rochester Teams:
      • Irondequoit Schools
      • Pittsford Mendon
      • Pittsford Sutherland
      • Mercy/McQuaid
      • Penfield
      • Victor
      • Honeoye Falls-Lima
      • Brighton
      • Webster Thomas/Schroeder
      • Fairport
      • Livonia
  • For more information contact:
    • Waterfront Director Liam Faudree
      Work cell: 585-314-9760