Guilford Yacht Club

Spend your Summer on the Sound

For 2021 we will continue our

Beginners Program that will run as separate morning and afternoon sessions.

About Us:

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 Noon and 1 to 4 PM five days per week from Monday to Friday.



Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 12 PM or 1PM to 4 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. Our beginner class is supported by a staff of Junior Instructors, so there is plenty of supervision and one-on-one instruction.

Sign-Up Details:
  • Our program is available to non members but Members participate at a reduced rate.  Non-GYC members should email for availability.
  •  Enrollment opens/begins in March 1, 2021 for Members and on April 15, 2021 for non- members.
  • Members get priority for availability and deeply discounted rates. To inquire about our affordable clubhouse memberships at GYC email
  • 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

2021 Sessions



For detailed information on our Junior Sailing Program

Please complete all online forms above for registration in Junior Sailing. Email for availability and any questions.

    Each year the Junior Sailing Season wraps up with an Awards Dinner at GYC to applaud the hard work done throughout the summer.

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

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