The Chelsea Yacht Club (CYC) Youth Sail Program for youths aged 8 to 17 provides instruction in recreational sailing and sailboat racing with a focus on safety, learning and fun. Youth Sailors build self-confidence and learn lifetime individual and team skills including boat handling, seamanship and water safety. Our U.S. Sailing trained counselors are certified in CPR and basic First Aid. They teach using curricula developed by the US Sailing Association and a variety of sailing dinghies including Optimists and Club 420’s. Each boat is sailed single-handed or by a two or three person team.
There are six one-week full-day sessions for youths aged 10 to 17 and two one-week half-day sessions for children aged 8 and 9. All participants, especially new sailors, are strongly encouraged to attend a minimum of two consecutive sessions to reinforce their new skills and make the most of their experience. There is a $50.00 ($30 for half-day program) discount for the second and subsequent weeks of participation. Registration for part sessions (part weeks) is not available. All required course materials, including boats, are provided.
Participants who own an appropriate boat may, with the permission of the Head Instructor, use their own boat in the program. There is a $50 per week discount for participants using their own boat throughout the program.
Limited scholarships are available. Please contact the Youth Sail Registrar at 845-297-1852 for scholarship information.
Members: $410 first one-week session, $360 subsequent sessions
Guests: $510 first one-week session, $460 subsequent sessions
All full day sessions include a non-refundable $30 snack bar credit.
Week 1 (6/27 – 7/1)
Week 2 (7/4 – 7/8)
Week 3 (7/11 – 7/15)
Week 4 (7/18 – 7/22)
Week 5 (7/25 – 7/29)
Week 6 (8/1 – 8/5)
The half-day program for children 8 and 9 years old is intended to give younger children a less intensive taste of sailing with greater individual attention. The half-day program is limited to 8 participants per session.
Week 2 (7/4 - 7/8)
Week 3 (7/11 - 7/15)
Members: $205 first one-week session, $175 second session
Guests: $265 first one-week session, $235 second session
Registration is limited by boat and counselor availability. CYC members and returning participants will be given slot preference until March 1, 2021. Every year popular weeks sell out quickly; please register and place your $100 deposit early! Your spot can not be held until your deposit is paid.
To register: CLICK HERE to register using the RegPack registration system (create a userid and password, then logon and complete the application; last year's userid should still work). A $100 deposit is required when submitting your application; full payment is required by May 31, 2022. Full refunds, less $50, will be given for cancellations prior to June 1, 2022. After May 31, 2022, refunds will be given only if another sailor takes your place. No refunds will be given after June 26, 2022 .
If you are not able to register online or need assistance, please contact the Youth Sail Registrar at 845-297-1852 for assistance.
Parent Orientation: Tuesday June 14, 2022: Every parent and youth participant should attend the initial orientation program to be held Tuesday June 14, 2022 starting with a free barbecue at 5:30 pm. An overview of the 2022 Youth Sail Program will be given. Note that this date is tentative and may be held online.
Pancake Breakfast: This year the annual Youth Sail Pancake Breakfast has been rescheduled to Sunday June 19, 2022, Fathers' Day, from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon. This event is held to allow youth sailors and their families to meet and get to know other youth sailors, their families and club members outside the Youth Sail Program. All youth sailors and families are strongly encouraged to attend and youth sailors are encouraged to assist in set-up and serving for at least one to two hours during this event.
End of Season Regatta/Barbecue: This year the Youth Sail Regatta/Barbecue will be held starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 30, 2022, the Saturday between weeks 5 and 6. All youth sailors who have or will participate during any session this season and their families are invited and encouraged to come and enjoy the fun. In case there is no wind that day, the barbecue will still be held.
Parent Participation: Although not all of the program will be watchable from shore, parents of youth sailors are welcome to attend and watch the program (coaching of youth sailors and counselors by parents is not allowed). Parents may volunteer to help at the snack bar or as a Parent/Member of the Day. Please contact the Youth Sail Registrar (845-297-1852) for more information and to volunteer.
Life Jackets (PFD’s) and Swim Test: All youth sailors will be required to bring and wear an appropriate Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD or life jacket) while on docks and on the water, and while close to the water’s edge. All new youth sailors are required to take and pass a swim test on the first day they attend.
Clothing: Youth sailors must wear closed-toe shoes at all times on land and on the water, wear clothing appropriate for the conditions each day and be prepared for changing conditions. Youth sailors should bring sunscreen, a dry towel, a change of clothing, and a sweatshirt or light jacket every day. All sailors should plan to get wet every day and wear appropriate clothing.
What to bring every day: Click for a full list of daily necessities.