|Age Range||# of Sailors||Weight||Optimal Height*|
|Optimist||8-15||1||less than 140 lb.||5'7" or less|
|RS Feva||12-16||2||175-260 lb. combined||5'9" or less|
|Laser Radial||14 minimum||1||110 minimum||no limits|
|Big Boat Team||14 minimum||-||no limits||no limits|
We do not offer a Laser Radial sailboats for club charter, however we will help put you in touch with third parties offering private charters and local sales dealers. All privately owned and chartered boats must be checked-in and inspected prior to use.
For older and more advanced sailors we offer the Laser for single-handed sailing. Laser sailors must be 14 years old and weigh 110 lbs to compete in regattas. They can, however, start with a smaller sail. The Laser – an Olympic Class dinghy – is sailed by youths and adults and is one of the most popular sailboats in the world.
The Laser Radial is the single-handed option for sailors who are too big or too old to sail the Optimist. The Laser can be rigged with three different sail plans, providing great versatility across a wide range of sizes. Lasers are best suited to sailors 13 years of age or older, over 125 pounds, and focused on racing. All participants in HYC’s Laser Radial program must supply their own boat.
The Laser Radial is generally sailed and raced by lighter weight sailors and is unquestionably the best training boat for Laser Olympic aspirants who are still growing. Most larger regattas for the Laser class will generally include separate races for the Laser Radial and Laser 4.7.
The Laser Radial sail itself is 62 square feet. The Radial sail and mast was created in the 1980s. The Laser Radial is a platform start learning to sail a Laser; some sailors progress to become professional Radial sailors.
A more detailed description of the Opti.
A more detailed description of the RS Feva
A bit more detailed information about the Laser Radial
A brief description of the Sonar in our program.
A brief description of the big boat program in our club.
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