Frequently Asked Questions 


What Is The Daily Sailing Schedule?

Sailors, other than beginners, are expected to arrive early each day so they can rig their boats before class begins. Lessons will begin promptly as scheduled! Latecomers may spend the day on the beach, as classes will not be delayed. We hope that each child will attend all scheduled classes in order to gain the greatest benefit from the program.

Your child’s instructors have planned a busy and wide-ranging schedule of activities for all classes. A sailing calendar is available that gives the dates of all sailing program events and regattas, as well as regattas not sponsored by the sailing program but open to our junior sailors. Coaches and instructors will make sailors and their parents aware of any additional regattas and other special events that are added as the summer goes along.

Every Friday afternoon, by 4:00pm, a schedule will be posted on the bulletin board on the patio listing the scheduled and special activities for the youth program for the following week. Variations from the usual routine such as picnics, longer days, etc., will be posted, please make note of them.

What Boats Are Sailed In The Program?

International Optimist Dinghy (Opti): Single-handed
Laser: Single-handed
Club 420: Double-handed
Hunter 140: 3 sailors per boat

Can My Children Participate If They Don't Have A Boat?

The Club owns Hunters 140’s and Club 420’s, but not Opti’s or Lasers. If your child will be sailing a Hunter or 420, you need not own one for him/her to participate. If your child intends to sail an Opti or a Laser he/she must have one available to him/her prior to the start of the program.


Do My Children Have To Be Able To Swim To Participate?

Yes! Competent swimming skills are an absolutely vital component of good, safe sailing. The HYC youth sailing program has a companion youth swimming program. All sailors must take both a swimming test and swimming lessons every year, until they’ve passed Community Water Safety. Our schedule is structured to accommodate both activities.

What Do My Children Need To Bring To The Sailing Program?

In addition to their boat (if applicable) and its equipment, each sailor will need:

U.S.C.G. approved life jacket (required) with whistle securely attached (required)

Shoes with covered toes (required) – no sandals




Water bottle (with water in it!)

Dry clothes for after lessons



Rain gear (we go out in the rain!)

Watch with countdown timer (advanced programs only)

Remember, it gets hot out there! Please emphasize to your children the importance of protecting themselves from the sun – including wearing their hats, sunglasses and sunscreen – and protecting themselves from dehydration. Stress the importance of drinking their water before they feel thirsty. If they feel thirsty, they are already dehydrated. Be sure to send your children to the program with all their equipment every day!

Note: Please check daily to make sure your child brings home everything she/he brought to the Club in the morning. An incredible array of towels, life jackets, sunglasses, shoes and other items accumulates at the Club every season. Lost and found items will be placed on a rack outside the youth room. Be sure to check this rack regularly for familiar belongings. All remaining items be disposed of each Friday.

How Can I Help My Child Have A Good Experience With The Youth Programs?

That’s simple: be involved and supportive. The Youth Committee needs and welcomes help from parents with several aspects of the program over the course of the summer. You may want to help chaperone a dance, drive a group to a regatta, volunteer for the HYC Youth Invitational. There are lots of jobs for non-sailing parents! Contact the Sailing Master to find out how you can be involved.

Another way to be involved is to ask your children what they have learned. Sailing has a vernacular all its own. Have your children show you the new skills they are learning. Ask your young sailors to explain terms they use and to demonstrate the knots they’ve learned. “What does transom mean?” “What is port tack?” “How is a race course set up?” Your asking reinforces what they’ve learned, and if you’re interested, they’ll be interested. Encourage them to practice their skills when they are in and on the water.

Please contact the Sailmaster for more information at