The Junior Program mission is to teach sailing in a safe, educational and fun environment. We aim to instill a life long love for sailing in our youth. As the largest seasonal junior sailing program in Northern New England, we are proud to offer extensive programming for kids from ages 6 to 18 including learn-to-sail lessons, adventure sailing and a premier travel race team. We welcome both member and non-member families.
Registration opens February 1st for members & March 1st for nonmembers. If you have questions, please use the contact information listed on the bottom of this page. View the Prices & Payment Policy here.
Junior Program classes are offered in two week cycles, M – F. The introductory classes are half day (9am-12noon/ 1-4pm), while all other classes are full day (9am – 4pm). Scroll down to access the class descriptions and registration form. The Minnows class is a one week add-on at the end of the summer for our youngest sailors. The STEM program can be found in session III
Summer 2018 Dates:
|Session I:||two weeks, June 25 – July 6|
|Session II:||two weeks, July 9 – July 20|
|Session III:||two weeks, July 23 – August 3|
|Session IV:||two weeks, August 6 – August 17|
|Minnows:||one week, August 20 – August 24|
PREREQUISITE SWIM DRILL REQUIRED FOR
ALL AGES AND LEVELS
Comfort in the water is a fundamental part of safe sailing. All junior sailors, regardless of age or number of years in the Program, are required to take a swim drill. Drill includes swimming in a bathing suit and shoes along the length of the junior float (50 ft), treading water for 30 seconds, and putting on a life jacket in the water. (Sailors in the Minnows program will wear life jackets in a modified drill.) There is a swim ladder that children can use to climb out of the water. If children struggle they may retake the drill and coaches will offer support as needed. The drill will take place on the first day of each session, so please plan accordingly: pack a towel, a dry bathing suit, and a second pair of shoes. If this test would be a challenge for your sailor, please contact Program Director Chris Morin to discuss the situation (207) 899-2864.
Minnows (Ages 6 -7)
Beginner AM (Ages 7-8)
Beginner PM (Ages 7-8)
Prerequisite: Swim drill This introductory level class is a new addition to our program. The class is designed for children ages 9 and above who are new to the sport of sailing and want to learn in a fun environment with other students who are close in age and ability level. Capsize recovery and comfort on the water will be emphasized. The kids will sail close to shore and learn parts of the boat, basic knots, and seamanship. This is a half-day program in the afternoon (1 to 4pm).
Intermediate (Ages 8-13)
Opti Green (Ages 9-14)
Prerequisite: Intermediate and swim drill
This advanced level class introduces sailors to racing through drills and chalk talks. Focus will be on building boat handling skills and confidence, as sailors learn to tack with the tiller extension and ‘kite’ downwind. Parents should plan on 2 days of travel to local Green Fleet events per session for friendly competition. Students will learn responsibility and teamwork by caring for the Club’s best equipment. The program is full-day (9am to 4pm).
Opti/420 Race Team(Ages 10-17)
Prerequisite: Opti Green and swim drill
A travel team of self-motivated sailors led by an excellent race coach. Sailors learn advanced technique and kinetics, as well as racing tactics and strategy. Parents are expected to assist with travel to ±6 regional regattas. Many sailors have their own boat, and PYC makes a small number of PYC Optis available for charter on a first come basis. This race team is the premier learning opportunity for junior sailors in the state of Maine.
420 Green Fleet (Ages 12-17)
Adventure (Ages 12-17) and STEM (Ages 11-17)
FREQUENTLY ASKED Q’s
What classes are suitable for kids with no prior sailing experience?
What sailboats are used?
When is my child ready to move from Optis into 420s?
What should kids bring to sailing?
What footwear is acceptable?
What is the Cow Island Overnight?
How can I view photos of my child?
Are parents allowed to come watch the sailing lessons?
Sarah Young, Junior Sailing Program Officer: