The Fishers Island Yacht Club and the Hay Harbor Club are united in a joint venture dedicated to supporting Fishers Island junior sailing. This unique relationship allows for members of one club to use the facilities of the other club during sailing class, even if they (or their parents) are not members of the other club. Younger students are generally taught at the Hay Harbor club sailing dock, while the older students meet for instruction at the Fishers Island Yacht Club in West Harbor.
FIYC / HHC Sailing Class Overview
This is an overview of the classes that FIYC / HHC are offering this season.
Novice I: M/W/F 8:00 am – 9:00 am
For 1st year sailors. Minimum age 6. Prams are used with 1-2 sailors per boat and a junior instructor when possible. Classes meet 3 times per week. Each child is expected to attend only the class for which he or she has signed up. Class participation will be capped at 8 sailors.
Novice I: M/W/F 9:15 am – 10:15 am // 10:30 am – 11:30 am
For 1st and 2nd year sailors. Minimum age 7. Prams are used with 1-2 sailors per boat and a junior instructor when possible. Classes meet 3 times per week. Each child is expected to attend only the class for which he or she has signed up.
Novice II: M/W/F 8:30 am – 9:30 am // 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
For 2nd or 3rd year sailors. Completion of Novice I class or equivalent skills are required. Prams are used with 1-2 sailors per boat. Classes meet 3 times per week. Each child is expected to attend only the class for which he or she has signed up.
Intermediate: M/F 9:00 am – 11:00 am // TH 8:00 am – 10:00 am
For sailors ages 9-to-11 who have mastered basic skills and wish to improve their understanding and technique. Completion of Novice II class or equivalent skills required. Intermediate is taught in Optimists and Open BICs. Open BICs are supplied. There are a limited number of Optimists available for rent – please speak with one of the Sailing Instructors for more information.
Afternoon Sailing Adventure at HHC: M/T/TH 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm // F 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
For sailors ages 10-to-13 who have advanced skills and want to learn racing techniques and strategies. Completion of Intermediate class or equivalent skills required. Sailors may use their own boats or use one of the Open BICs provided. There are a limited number of Optimists available for rent – please speak with one of the Sailing Instructors for more information.
West Harbor Racing: M/T/TH 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Racing F 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
For highly advanced sailors ages 14-and-up who have a firm grasp of racing and who are ready for the physical and tactical challenges of a high-performance dinghy. The West Harbor 420 Racing Team sails from FIYC in 420s provided by the program. West Harbor Optimist Racing Team sails their own Optimists. The West Harbor Racing Team attends various regattas hosted by yacht clubs in the area. Please speak with the Sailing Director if you would like to rent an Optimist.
Sailing and Seamanship: T 8:00 am – 10:00 am // TH 9:00 am – 11:00 am at FIYC
For ages 10-and-up. No prior sailing experience required. This program is designed for older children and teens who prefer not to be in a racing program, but who love being out on the water. Sailors will learn to sail as crew and skipper in a variety of boats (420s, Lasers, Bullseyes) provided by FIYC. Seamanship skills are also an important component of this class.
Teen/Adult Open Sailing and Seamanship Clinic: W 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at FIYC
For teen and adult sailors of all ability levels interested in working with our instructors to improve their skills. Clinics will take place at FIYC in 420s and Bullseyes provided by the program. Sailors must sign-up by 4 PM Tuesday to be eligible for Wednesday class. Max class capacity: 8 persons.
Regattas and clinics held outside of the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association are extremely important to developing the skills and knowledge to take competitive sailing to the next level. The Fishers Island Junior Sailing Program strongly encourages our race-level sailors to compete in travel events outside of the schedule posted at the beginning of the summer season. Due to the size and scope of our program, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to send a coach to such regattas and clinics. However, we will happily provide sailors with a list of potential coaches available outside of our program. If you are interested in chartering a club-owned 420, please contact the Junior Sailing Program Director for more details.
If you have any questions about the classes or what level is right for your junior sailor, please reach out to Sailing Director Jonathan Farrar at email@example.com or (305) 720-8572.