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High School Sailing

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.
Spring 2020 High School Sailing Dates: March 16th - May 22nd 2020

Important Dates:
High School Sailing Banquet May 14th 2020 Time: 6pm-9pm (No Practice)

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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
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays (Practice Times 3:30-6:30 pm)

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

Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays (Practice Times 3:30-6:30 pm)

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

 *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.  

Fall 2019 High School Sailing Schedule
September 14 - ACT 
September 14-15 – MASSA Cressy Qualifier - Shore Acres YC - Barnegat Bay 
September 21 – Chautauqua Lake Invite (O) 
September 28 – RYC Fall Jr. One Design Regatta (Optis, lasers, and 420’s) (O) 
October 5 - SAT 
October 6 – NYISA-NW Qualifier @ RYC (Q) 
October 5-6 – Sail Black Rock (Invite Only) 
October 12-13 – Larry White @ the USCGA (Invite Only) 
October 12 – NYISA-NW Team Race Clinic/race @ Chautauqua Lake (O) 
October 19-20 – MASSA Gold Championships @ St. Mary's of Maryland 
October 19-20 – MASSA Silver Championships @ Tred Avon YC MD (Q) 
October 19-20 – ISSA All Girls Nationals @ SDYC (San Diego CA) (Invite Only) 
October 26 - ACT 
October 26 – NYISA-NW Keelboat Qualifier @ RYC (open to full teams) 
November 2- Day light saving regatta @ BYC (O) 
November 2-3 – MASSA Team Race Championships @ NYCC VA (Q) 
November 9-10 – ACC’s @ TRYC NJ (Q) 
November 16 or 17 – MASSA Keelboat Championships @ AYC (J22) (Q)
Please Note Schedule may change due to weather conditions ie; wind, thunder, ice, and snow all play a major part in regattas in NY in the Fall

Liam Faudree
RYC Junior Sailing
5555 St. Paul Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14617
[email protected]

  • 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.

      Check out these website links:
      Annapolis Performance Sailing
      Team 1 Newport
      West Coast Sailing

  • Current Rochester Teams:
      • Irondequoit Schools
      • Pittsford Mendon
      • Pittsford Sutherland
      • Mercy/McQuaid
      • Penfield
      • Victor
      • Honeoye Falls-Lima
      • Brighton
      • Webster Thomas/Schroeder
      • Fairport
      • Livonia
      • Harley Allendale-Columbia

Sailing Waiver

THIS AGREEMENT MUST BE READ AND SIGNED BEFORE ANY STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN ANY ROCHESTER YACHT CLUB (RYC) ACTIVITY. BY AGREEING TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE PARENT/GUARDIAN AFFIRMS HAVING READ IT. I hereby give permission to the above named child to participate in all programs and activities of the Rochester Yacht Club, including transportation to and from events, if needed. I understand that my child must pass any test necessary to participate in a program. I understand that there are risks inherent in water-based and land-based programs and that accidents can occur in the water as well as on land during any RYC program. Such accidents can result in serious injury or death. I do for my child, myself, and our personal representatives, family, heirs and assigns, knowingly and freely waive all claims against and release and discharge RYC and its officers, directors, agents, employees and volunteers from any and all liability, loss, damage and expenses which may result from participation in RYC programs. RYC reserves the right to photograph program participants for publicity purposes.