The mission of Huguenot Yacht Club 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 to encourage them to experience the joy of sailing and learn about and appreciate the complexities of the marine environment.
The mission of HYC’s Junior program 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 all over the world 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 the 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 of the Club House, food from the caterer, the use of the picnic area and grills. The club grounds are a pretty nice place to visit. However you must remember you are subject to the same Rules and Regulations as other members.
The mission of HYC is to promote proficiency in the management of boats, seamanship, and sociability. With this in mind, HYC…
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The parent handbook contains important and helpful information, general guidelines, and rules.
HYC Junior Sailing is a small program with a high percentage of instructors to sailors. We realize each sailor is unique and…
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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