2023 Sailing Camp at HYC


The camp is a half-day class in the morning or afternoon. We will have beginner sessions, green fleet (learn to race) and advance racing sessions in both the Optimist and 420. If your child hasn’t had any sailing experience, they will need to start off in an Opti session or little skipper.

Class size is limited to create a one-on-one coaching experience to ensure that your child becomes confident. Instruction from beginner to advanced racing is taught in the Optimist and 420.

Generally, children 6 through 13 are in Opti’s and older, experienced students are in 420’s. Exceptions may be considered based on size, age and skill at the instructor’s discretion. Children must be 6 years old by August 31 to participate.

All Camp participants MUST pass a swim test.

In the event of cancellation prior to the start of a session, fees will be refunded less a $50 administrative charge 8 weeks prior to the start of camp. In the event of cancellation less than 8 weeks and greater than 4 weeks a half refund will be given. There will be no refunds 4 weeks prior to the start of the session. Sessions are for two weeks and fees will not be prorated if attending one week only.

Opti Class sessions will be held in a 2 week format. Please see the opti tab for additional details. 

Little Skippers, Green Fleet, Opti RWB, and Club 420 will all be held in one week sessions. See the chart below for dates each class is being held, please see the section below for additional information about each class.


Weekly Sessions

Little Skippers (9:00-12:15)

Opti Green (12:00-3:15)

Opti RWB (12:00-3:15)

Club 420 (12:00-3:15)

Week 1 (6/12-16)

Week 2 (6/19-23)

Week 3 (6/26-30)

Week 4 (7/10-14)

Week 5 (7/17-21)

Week 6 (7/24-28)

Week 7 (7/31-8/4)




Pre-requisite: 8 years old by the start of the session. Student Age Recommendation: 8-12 years old or up to 110 lbs.

The beginner class is for students who have little or no experience on the water. Course includes basics of rigging a boat, sailing fundamentals, basic boat handling, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), water safety and sportsmanship. Students may participate in Junior Regattas in Opti/Open Bics. Must be 8 years old or older. 

Opti Sessions (Beginner to Intermediate Ages 8-13) 

Morning (9:00am-12:15) or Afternoon (1:45-5:00)

Session 1 (June 12-23 M-F)

Session 2 (June 26- June 30 & July 10 - July 14 M-F)

Session 3 (July 17-28 M-F)

Session 4 (July 31- August 11 M-F)

Monday- Friday; Morning Classes 9:00am-12:15pm; Afternoon Classes 1:45pm-5:00pm

HYC Member: $450/2-week session.

Non-Member: $550/2-week session



We are pleased to offer a program for children 6-7 years of age. This program will introduce the sport of sailing to our younger sailors. The curriculum will focus on water safety and will teach basic sailing skills using age appropriate activities. Children must  know how to swim and are required to wear lifejackets at all times. 

Designed as a small group, introductory, hands-on class, the focus is on making kids comfortable in and around the water and boats. Our goal is to build life-long sailors by helping kids become more comfortable in the water and providing them with a fun and welcoming introduction to sailing. Each camp day starts with the three rules: Have Fun, Wear a Lifejacket, and Listen to the Coach. With just three rules, things are kept simple and safe.

Campers will learn general water safety rules, basic sailing knots and marine education. The children will become familiar with understanding wind direction, boat parts, points of sail, steering and how everything works together to control a sailboat. This will be taught through on-the-water instruction as well as sailing related arts, crafts and games. Activities are designed to build confidence to sail in Optimist sailboats. During the first session each student will be given a very basic swim check while wearing a life jacket in order to assess their comfort level in the water.


Members: $275; Non-members: $350



Pre-requisite: 8 years old by the start of the session. Student Age Recommendation: 8-12 years old or up to 110 lbs.

A learn to race session that is focused on the racing basics of sailing. Participants must have completed 2 years of camp or have Sailing Directors approval.

(Monday- Friday 12:00pm-3:15PM)

Members: $275; Non-members: $350



Must have completed Opti Green or RWB in the spring to participate. Special exceptions based on Sailing director Approval.

(Monday- Friday 12:00pm-3:15PM)

Members: $275; Non-members: $350



Learn the basics of trapezing and flying a Spinnaker. This class is meant for sailors with prior racing experience who want to take the next step. Recommended to be on a high school sailing team prior to coming to this session.

(Monday- Friday 12:00pm-3:15PM)

Members: $275; Non-members: $350


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