Junior Sailing Overview
Junior sailors hauling the gear
For more than 50 years the Agamenticus Yacht Club has taught youngsters the basics of sailing, seamanship and safe conduct on the water. In order of importance, the AYC Junior Sailing Program focuses on safety, enjoyment and knowledge of sailing. Classes meet rain or shine and include instruction on water safety, rowing, knot tying, nautical rules and terms and sailboat rigging. Occasional field trips and inter-club racing activities add variety and excitement to the program.
The AYC Sailing Program is available to children ages 8 to 18. All students must demonstrate swimming competency and have their own Coast Guard approved type III life jacket. Instruction takes place in our Harbor, on the York River and in adjacent ocean waters.
AYC has a highly trained staff of U.S. Sailing Certified Instructors. The staff is sensitive to each child's needs and promotes respect for the water and love for sailing. Class size is limited to 14 students who are coached and supervised by a minimum of three instructors, assuring both safety and fun.
CLIPPERS (AGES 8 to 10)
Focuses on teaching basic sailing and rowing skills and principles. The curriculum includes learning basic nautical terms, parts of the boat, rigging and unrigging, finding wind direction, learning to steer with a tiller, practicing tacking and jibbing, water safety, and knot tying.
SCHOONERS: (AGES 9 to 11)
For young sailors who may have some previous sailing experience. The curriculum allows sailors to further develop their understanding of sailing and rowing fundamentals including rigging, boat handling, landing and departing the dock, points of sail, reading the weather, seamanship, water safety, basics of racing and sportsmanship.
CUTTERS (AGES 10 to 13)
This class is designed for intermediate sailors who want to refine their sailing skills. Curriculum builds on the sailing fundamentals learned in the Clipper and Schooner
classes but focuses on sailing in varied sailing conditions and points of sail. This class allows students to gain experience in single-handed and double-handed boats.
GALLEONS (AGES 13 to 16)
This class is for sailors who are interested in learning a range of sailing skills including: introduction to navigation, rules of the road, anchoring, mooring and docking techniques, knot tying and splicing and team racing. The Galleons class will sail a variety of boats. The Galleons class is for those sailors that want to continue to expand their sailing skills.
Junior Sailing Fees
There are (2) 4-Week sessions for each class. The fees below are for either a single session, or both sessions:
Level Single Session Full Season
Clippers, Schooners, $450 ($325) $625 ($500)
Cutters & Galleons
(Note: Lower fees in parentheses apply to students who are AYC members).
Discounts: A 5% discount is applied to the total tuition for two siblings enrolled in the program. A 10% discount is applied for three or more siblings .(Note: this discount is for "sailing school and racing team tuition" only and does not apply to membership dues.)
One of the first lessons in capsizing
Safety is our priority. You've noted the constant focus upon safety in the Sailing Programs, and now we'll tell you about the safety qualifications of our teaching staff.
Our staff is highly trained for what they do. They each maintain a current U.S. Sailing Association Sailing Instructor Certificate, as well as current first aid and CPR certifications.
Safety procedures are an integral part of our junior sailing instructional curriculum, and inseparable from the ways we move boats, students and equipment around on our local waters. Here are some of the routines and methods which we practice every day: