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Junior Sailing Instruction


Sunday June 21: Summer Kick Off BBQ and Open House 11am-1pm
Friday July 17: RJYC Fifth Annual Parent Child Regatta! (10am-Noon)
August 1-2: Junior Olympics Regatta at RYC -- Register Here 
August 6: Junior Sports Banquet BBQ and Pool Party! (6pm-9pm)

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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.  

The Rochester Yacht Club offers a unique opportunity to the local community. We are home to Western New York’s largest summer sailing camp. RYC offers seven full weeks of class for ages 6-18, from our learn to sail programs, adventure sailing classes, to our race teams that travel around NYS and the Mid-Atlantic competing. All of our instructors are US Sailing Certified, they also have Heads Up Concussion training, Safe Sport, and are certified in American Red Cross CPR and First Aid. We hope you will join us this summer for some fun in the sun and learn to sail at RYC. We look forward to seeing you on the water this summer!

Wondering what to bring to sailing camp? Click Here!
**NEW this summer, Parents can purchase lunch for their sailors Tuesday-Friday at an extra cost. Check out our registration page for more details!**

Summer 2020 Program Schedule

High School Keelboat Week:  June 15-June 19 
Adventure:  June 22-June 26 
Week 1:  June 29-July 3 
Week 2:  July 6-July 10 
Week 3:  July 13-July 17 
Week 4:  July 20-July 24 
Week 5: July 27-July 31
Week 6:  August 3-August 7
Week 7:  August 10-August 14 
Reach Week:  August 17-August  21
Adventure Week: Week August 24- August 28
Need help with class selections? Please contact:
Liam Faudree
RYC Junior Sailing
[email protected]

  • 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.
      Cost: Non Member $215
      RYC Member $165
      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.
      Cost: Non Member $330
      Member $280
      Register for Beginner 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.
      Cost: Non Member $330
      Member $280
      Register for Adventure Sailing

      Learn to Sail  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.
      Cost: Non Member $330
      Member $280
      Register for Learn to Sail 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!
      Cost: Non Member $330
      Member $280
      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.
      Cost: Non Member $330
      Member $280
      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.
      Cost: Non Member $330
      Member $280
      Register for Red/White Blue Travel Optimist Race Team

      420 Travel Race Team
      Two week sessions Monday- Friday | 9am - 4pm
      Session 1 June 24- July 5th
      Session 2 July 8-July 19th
      Session 3 July 22 - August 2nd
      Session 4 August 5th- August 16th  
      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 Junior Sailing Director.
      Cost: Non Member $550
      Member $500
      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
      Cost: Non Member $200
      Member $150
      Register for Laser Travel Race Team

  • Meet the Instructors