The Junior Sailing Program includes two Green Fleet classes; Opti Green Fleet and 420 Race. Both classes are designed to introduce racing in a welcoming, fun environment. After a summer or two of Green Fleet sailing, the junior sailors can choose if they want continue the racing path by joining the Race Team, or if they want to continue the cruising path by joining the Keebloat Adventure class.
Each Wednesday, clubs from Southern Maine gather for a friendly Green Fleet regatta. The host club rotates weekly. MIRC Regattas (Maine Inter-coastal Racing Circuit) are wonderful opportunities for junior sailors to test the waters and meet new friends.
If you would like to be a volunteer as a chaperone, please contact Emily Egan at firstname.lastname@example.org. No sailing experience is required to volunteer.
Racing in Championship Fleet
After participating in Green Fleet regattas for a season or two, you are no longer considered “novice” and are expected to move up to the Championship Fleet. The different age classes are indicated by different colors: skippers who are 10 or under sail in the white fleet; skippers who are 11 and 12 sail in the blue fleet; and skippers who are 13, 14, or 15 sail in the red fleet. In all fleets, the determining date is the skipper’s age on the first day of the regatta.
Most regatta registration is posted on Regattaman.com. Regatta registration fees range from $50-$100 dollars/ regatta — and they are separate from the PYC Jr. Sailing Program fee. The 2017 regatta schedule will be posted as dates are released.