Huguenot Yacht Club (HYC) was established in 1894 and is one of the founding clubs of the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSALIS). Our mission is to introduce children to the sport of sailing, which is not just an isolated skill but also a way of life that can be enjoyed for life.
Choose from two 3-week sessions, beginning in early July and ending mid-August Session Options & Dates
For first-timers, we offer an Intro-to-Sailing Class the week before our program starts in first week of July.
For more experienced sailors, a racing clinic is also available.
Our full day runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm and includes lunch and pool time
Basic swimming skills are a prerequisite for registration. Each child is given a swim test on the first day.
Non-member families, who register for at least one full session, enjoy use of our Club House and dining facilities during the program
Early morning drop-off and extended day options available at an additional charge for your convenience. Pre-registration required.
For information about the sailboats, check out the boats page as HYC offers a limited number of Optis and Fevas for charter and we can also help families find boats to charter privately or from local dealers. See the list at the bottom of the home page and links sidebar for details.
You arrive on the dock, change into your gear: Sunglasses? Check! Sailing gloves? Check! Life Jacket? Check! Then you check on your boat which you will be sailing by yourself or with one of your fellow sailors, attaching the different parts and hoisting the sails that will take you wherever you want to go. The sun is shining, and the water is warm, and the wind is already fluttering in the sail. You push the boat into the water and hop aboard, grab the tiller, trim the sail, and away you go, learning the basics or racing against your teammates. You're sailing now and you love it.
The HYC Junior Sailing Program brings this experience to you, teaching sailing in a safe, caring and fun environment. You will learn to rig and sail your boat, or one available for charter from our club. You will learn seamanship, safety on the water, and racing. Lessons are taught on land in our dedicated Junior Sailing Room, outside on the lawn, and of course, on the water of beautiful Long Island Sound.
We believe our instructors are some of the best: all are US Sailing Association or Irish Sailing Association Certified. All have gone through a similar sailing program like the one at Huguenot Yacht Club and know what it's like to be a junior sailor. As instructors and coaches, they chose to stick around to pass on their love of sailing as a skill and a sport, and share what and how they learned in the process. They know that learning to sail is a great way to become self-reliant, make friends, and form life-long memories – that's what they will offer you. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, our high instructor-to-student ratio ensures that you will receive the best instruction, and enjoy a sailing experience that is second to none.
So who should come? Pretty much anyone, beginner or more advanced are welcome! Our program accepts children between 8 and 16 years old. Necessary swimming skills are a prerequisite: sailors should know how to swim in advance. Each child will be given a swim test at the beginning of each session. If you're just starting, you'll begin in an Opti, but if you're a bit older, then a Laser or Feva may be your thing. But in addition to the dinghy sailing, which sailors will be involved on a daily basis, all will also be introduced to sailing on bigger sailboats, such as our Sonar, and may have the opportunity to crew on club members’ yachts during club races and regattas.
See our schedule page to learn more this Winter at one our our Open Houses in the coming months. For beginners, this Summer we offer a one-week Intro-to-Sailing course the last week in June; it is a great way to try out the program. For returning intermediate and advanced sailors we offer a Racing Clinic during the same period to give racers an opportunity to hone their skills and get more individual instruction.
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Jr Sailing Parents
HYC Jr Sailing has been having great and healthy summer both on the water and on the land. We are striving to keep it that way. The health and safety of our Jr Sailors and staff remain our highest priority. We ask that you help us continue to protect the health of sailors this summer. While we continue to guard against the virus, we have to remember other safety precautions.
Please drive carefully in the parking lot.
Drop Off and Check-In
- At drop off, please be sure to wait for the thumbs up from the screener before departing. Thumbs up means your sailor does not have a fever, and they are checked in.
We want to minimize reversing in the parking lot. After the thumbs-up, please proceed forward out the lower exit. When boats are launching, the lower gate will be closed, and you will have to make a 180 degree turn and head out the way you came in. If you need to park, please pick a spot away from the tent area. All members of your party must wear a face covering on the grounds.
Pick Up and Check Out
- Accountability at HYC Jr Sailing is extremely important. Please make sure your sailor correctly checks out at the checkout table before they get in your car.
- Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days— including staff, sailors, and families— should not come to the program. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
Please remind your sailors to wear face coverings when on the grounds. They do not need to wear a face-covering when eating, on their boat, or in the water. They must physically distance when eating.
- Sailors must wear their life vests zipped up. Life vests not worn properly provide no protection in the water.
- Please have your sailors wear closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes such as boat shoes or sneakers. Crocks are great; flip flops are not. Please keep the flip flops at home.
- Please make sure your sailor has sunglasses and a Hat: with a brim suitable to shade the eyes and face from the sun. Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) -- ample supply; *no aerosol sunscreens. Sailors are reminded during the day to reapply sunscreen. We can’t do it for them.
Long sleeve tops, sun cover-ups, and rash guards are excellent at blocking the sun.
HYC Jr. Sail Committee