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Junior Sailing Instruction

IMPORTANT PROGRAM DATES 2017

Saturday June 24: Summer Kick Off BBQ and Open House 11am-1pm
Friday July 21: RJYC Second Annual Parent Child Regatta! (10am-Noon)
***July 28-30: Junior Olympics Regatta at RYC - Has been Canceled for 2017***
Thursday August 9th 2018 Junior Sports Banquet

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The Rochester Yacht Club has promoted sailing through it's high school program for more than 20 years,  The Democrat and Chronicle did an article about our  program. Click here to read the article.  

Summer 2017 Program Schedule

Week 1 June 26 - June 30 
Week 2 July 3 - July 7 (No classes on July 4th) 
Week 3 July 10 - July 14 
Week 4 July 17 - 21 
Week 5 July 24 - 29
Week 6 July 31 - August 4 
Week 7 August 7 -11

Reach (STEM Education and Sailing) Schedule
Week 1 June 19- 23 
Week 2 August 14-18

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Need help with class selections? Please contact:
Liam Faudree
Junior Sailing Director
liam@rochesteryc.com
(585) 342-5511 ext 13


  • Half Day Programs
    • Dinghy Demons (ages 6-8)
      Monday - Friday | 9am - 12pm
      The Dinghy Demon class experience is designed to help each young sailor have a great time and feel comfortable on the water, with close and supportive instructor involvement. Instruction includes on-the-water sailing in an Optimist dinghy with an instructor either on board or close alongside. This program also includes shore-based boating related activities. Each day’s class includes a 45 minute swim lesson in the RYC pool with Red Cross certified Swimming Instructors.

      Register for Dinghy Demons

  • Full Day Programs
    • Beginner Optimist (Ages 8 -12)
      Monday – Friday | 9am - 4pm
      This course is geared toward fun and learning! We will teach the basics of rigging an Optimist, basic boat handling and sailing fundamentals, as well as seamanship, sportsmanship, and water safety. Instruction is done in Optimists with two sailors per boat. Each day's class includes a 45 minute swim lesson in the RYC pool with Red Cross Certified Swimming Instructors.
      Register for Beginner Optimist

      Intermediate Optimist (Ages 9 -12)
      Monday – Friday | 9am - 4pm
      Designed for sailors who have completed Beginner Optimist, this course focuses on more advanced boat handling skills. Sailors will sail one person per boat. By completion, sailors will be able to sail on all points of sail in most wind speeds, know all parts of the boat, and basic knots. Each day's class includes a 45 minute swim lesson in the RYC pool with Red Cross Certified Swimming Instructors.
      Register for Intermediate Optimist

      Adventure Sailing (Ages 10-14)
      Monday – Friday | 9am - 4pm
      Our adventure program is designed for the sailors who love sailing and want to be on the water, but aren't necessarily interested in learning how to race. This class will include fun and safe activities on the water. Activities can include swimming and eating on the water, and may include long distance sailing trips to local points of interest. Adventure Sailing includes sailing several different types of boats including; 420s, Ideal 18's, and O’Pen Bics.
      Register for Adventure Sailing

      Junior Big Boat Program (Ages 11 - 14)
      Monday – Friday | 9am - 4pm
      The Junior Big Boat Program is an opportunity for teens to sail with a qualified instructor on a 26ft keelboat. The program allows sailors to learn the ropes on a big boat platform. We highlight fun, socialization, and teamwork. With the skills acquired, teens can be valuable crew on cruising boats and club racers. There will be an opportunity for junior big boat students to race on Wednesday night club races and even an opportunity to participate in an overnight race!
      Register for Junior Big Boat Program

      Beginner 420 (Ages 12 - 15)
      Monday – Friday | 9am - 4pm
      This course is for older and larger sailors who are new to sailing, or younger sailors with some experience but who are new to the 420. Course includes basics of rigging a 420, basic boat handling, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), sportsmanship, and water safety.
      Register for Beginner 420

      Advanced 420 (Ages 13-18)
      Monday – Friday | 9am-4pm
      Designed for sailors who have completed Beginner 420, this class will introduce and refine racing skills, advanced boat handling, introduction to trapeze and spinnaker, tactics and strategy, and sportsmanship. This is meant to be a developmental course that bridges the gap between Beginner 420 and the 420 Travel Race Team.
      Register for Advanced 420

  • Reach (STEM) Programs
    • REACH Sailing Program (STEM Education) (Age - Middle School)
      Monday - Friday | 9am-4pm
      This program’s goal is to foster an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through the sport of sailing. Sailing is the perfect medium to teach topics such as; physics, marine biology, weather, technology and more! We provide hands on learning opportunities in a natural learning environment both on and off the water. Students will use scientific tools to collect and analyze data in local watersheds while learning how to sail!

      What is REACH? Check out this video!

      Register for REACH

  • Race Team Programs
    • Green Fleet Optimist Race Team
      Monday - Friday | 9am - 4pm
      Green Fleet racing is widely known for having great success offering students to learn how to race without the pressure! This course is designed to introduce racing Optimists as well as to have a lot of fun! Coaches will cover all aspects of racing both on and off the water; including an introduction to boat handling, equipment, tactics, and strategy. Sailors will have the option of travelling to regattas with a focus on local Great Lake events but can travel further as well.
      Prerequisites: Under 15 years old and has completed Intermediate Optimist Course or equivalent. Boat ownership is encouraged but not required as club boats are limited.
      Register for Green Fleet Optimist Race Team

      Red/White/Blue Travel Optimist Race Team
      Monday- Friday | 9am - 4pm
      Sailors on the Red, White and Blue Optimist Race Team will refine their racing skills and represent RYC in local interclub regattas and possibly other regattas around the country. This team will constantly refine racing skills, strategy and advanced boat handling.
      Prerequisites: Under 15 years old with coach approval. Boat ownership is encouraged but not required as club boats are limited.
      Register for Red/White Blue Travel Optimist Race Team

      420 Travel Race Team
      Monday- Friday | 9am - 4pm
      The 420 Travel Race Team will work to perfect advanced boat handling, tactics, and racing strategy. The Race Team will travel to local and national events around the country representing the Rochester Yacht Club. Sailors will be expected to commit to the whole summer including many weekends traveling. On most days, racers will stay out on the water all day (yes even lunch) with a dedicated race team coach!
      Acceptance to this team will be based on observed skills and dedication throughout the high school program and consideration of the sailors resume. If a sailor does not participate in the high school program, please arrange a tryout. A sailing resume should be sent to the Waterfront Director.
      Prerequisites: Coach approval and Sailor resume
      Register for 420 Travel Race Team
      Schedule a Try Out

      Laser Travel Race Team
      Monday-Friday | 9am-4pm
      The Laser race team will work on refining boat handling skills, tactics, and strategy. This team’s goal will be to travel to local and possibly national events around the country representing RYC. Sailors will be expected to have their own boat. Sailors will be expected to spend all day on the water with a dedicated race team coach!
      Prerequisites: Coach approval and own boat
      Register for Laser Travel Race Team