** Junior Sailing Sessions 1, 2 & 3 are full and on a wait list as of 6/1/2020 please

email juniorsailgyc@gmail.com to be added to the wait list. 

NEW!!!   Private lessons are available daily for sailing lessons. Please click here for more information or

Email juniorsailgyc@gmail.com for additional information !

Guilford Yacht Club

Spend your Summer on the Sound


UPDATE: May 20th 2020

After assessing the situation the Junior Sailing Committee has decided that the best way to provide the safest experience for our Junior Sailors is to hold only 1 session per day 9 AM to 1 PM, NO all day programs will be offered this year.

Each Junior Sailor will be assigned a boat to be used by that sailor for the entire 2 week session.

Boats and materials will be sanitized daily.

The Junior Sailing Committee continues to carefully monitor the recommendations put forth by the CDC and our local and state government agencies. 

If you have any general questions about the program please email juniorsailgyc@gmail.com.


We utilize Optimists in our fleet for our young sailors. Our program is available to both GYC’s members and non members, from 8 to 14 years of age and less than 135 lbs. 

We have experienced instructors ready provide a fantastic experience on Long Island Sound.


The Junior Sailing Program runs late June to mid August,  in the morning 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday to Friday.



Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 1 PM 

Offered for children with no prior sailing experience. This class emphasizes safety and teaches basic sailing skills including knowledge of parts of the boat, rigging, launching, basic sailing, water safety and confidence in handling all points of sail. 

Sign-Up Details:
  • Our program is available to non members but Members participate at a reduced rate.  Non-GYC members should email juniorsailgyc@gmail.com for availability.
  •  Enrollment for members is now open. Enrollment for Non Members begins June 5th for non- members.
  • Members get priority for availability and deeply discounted rates. To inquire about our affordable clubhouse memberships at GYC email membershipgyc@gmail.com.
  • GYC owns the boats that will be used as the primary fleet, but if you would like to bring your own Optimist, we encourage you to do so.
  • There will be plenty of sailing on fair weather days, while on poor weather days alternative activities will be planned.


The boats we sail

2020 Sessions

Session 1    

June 29th to July 10th 

Session 2 

July 13th to 24th 

Session 3   

July 27th to August 7th


Signup forms for our Junior Sailing Program

Click here to see the slideshow from one of our Junior Sailing Events

Click here to see a quick slide show from the 2018 Awards Dinner

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