FIYC / HHC Junior Sailing Program

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.

Please call the Hay Harbor Office to schedule a Junior Sailing class.

Novice I: M/W/F 8:00 am – 9:15 am

For first year sailors or sailors who are still gaining confidence in sailing alone. Minimum age 6. Prams are used with one to two sailors per boat and a junior instructor when possible. Classes meet 3 times per week. Class participation will be capped at 8 sailors. $115 per week.

Novice II: M/W/F 9:30 am – 10:45 am

For second or third year sailors. Completion of Novice I class or equivalent skills are required. Prams are used with one or two 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. Class will be limited to 8 sailors. $115 per week.

Novice III: M/W/F 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

For second or third year sailors. Completion of Novice I class or equivalent skills are required. Prams are used with one or two 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. Class will be limited to 8 sailors. $115 per week.

Intermediate: M/W/F 9:00 am – 11:00 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 is a limited number of Optimists available for rent – please speak with one of the Sailing Instructors for more information. $125 per week.

Harbor Blues: M/F 1:00pm – 3:00pm

This is an open clinic for sailors ages 6 through 10. We will explore Hay Harbor using Open BICs, Opti Prams, and our RS Quest. This class will accommodate a variety of levels and will focus on having fun, developing confidence, and forming friendships on the water. Classes will be limited to 14 sailors, please sign up at least 24 hours in advance with the Hay Harbor office. $40 per session.

Afternoon Adventure: M/T/TH/F 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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. $150 per week.

West Harbor Racing: M/T/TH 1:00pm – 4:00 pm, Racing F 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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. $175 per week.

Sailing and Seamanship: T/TH 9:00am – 11:00am 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. $125 per week.

Teen Open Sailing and Seamanship Clinic: W 3:15pm – 4:45pm at the Yacht Club

For teen sailors of all ability levels interested in working with our instructors to improve their skills. Clinics will take place at FIYC in Bullseyes and our new high performance RS Quest provided by the program. Emphasis will be placed on building confidence on the water and exploring West Harbor.  Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance by calling the Hay Harbor Office. Max class capacity is 8 sailors. $50 per session.

Travel Events

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.

Questions

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 fishersislandjrsailing@gmail.com or (305) 720-8572.

Clinic Rates
Novice Optimist I, II & III (per week)$115.00
Intermediate Optimist (per week) with own boat$125.00
Intermediate Optimist (per week) with boat rental$150.00
Harbor Blues (per session)$40.00
Afternoon Adventure (per week)$150.00
W Harbor Racing: Opti, 420s (per week)$175.00
Sailing & Seamanship (per week)$125.00
Teen Open Sailing and Seamanship Clinic (per session)$50.00
2021 Sailing Fees
Optimist Rental (per month)$225.00
Winter Storage$200.00
Private Lesson (1 hr)$50.00
Semi-Private (1 hr) per person$35.00