Benefits

Apr 28, 2020 -- Posted by : Admin

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The Huguenot Yacht Club's mission is to promote proficiency in the management of boats, seamanship, and sociability. 

With this in mind, HYC participated in the 1924 founding of the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound to support junior sailors and encourage them to experience the joy of sailing and learn about and appreciate the marine environment's complexities.

HYC’s Junior program's mission is to introduce children to the sport of sailing not as just an isolated skill but as a way of life enjoyed from childhood to adult.

 

What does all this mean?

First of all, sailing is fun! The more you sail, the better you will be; the better you get, the more fun you’ll have sailing.

 

Who cares about sailing? I want to go fast!

Did you know that sailboats can go over 75 mph? Sailrocket runs 65.45 knots (75 mph) to smash World Speed Sailing Record.

 

How old do I have to be to do that?

In New York, kids have to be over 18 to operate a motorboat, at least 14 to operate a jet ski, and at least 10 for a motorboat when there is an adult onboard.

Kids can take out a sailboat alone, with no adult to tell them what to do, at any age.  At Huguenot, kids start as young as 8 in our program.  Taking out an Opti at that age solo is an experience of independence and adventure you will never forget.

 

What are these "benefits" of a boating lifestyle?

Well, let's see, 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Boating is fun, and it is good exercise. There is always something new to learn. You can travel worldwide by water;  there are hundreds of yacht clubs and boating organizations in this country and thousands around the world.  Whether you fall in love with sailing or decide to take up fishing or other water sports, learning to sail is a great start.

 

OK, so what are the benefits of Junior Sailing at Huguenot as opposed to someplace else?

Good thing you asked.  When you sign up for Junior Sailing you and your family are invited to attend social activities and use the Club House, food from the caterer, the use of picnic area, and grills. The club grounds are a pretty nice place to visit. However, it would be best to remember you are subject to the same Rules and Regulations as other members.

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