Southold Yacht Club offers a wide variety of sailing classes for children ages 5 through 18. Class options  include an introductory First Mates program for 5 and 6 years olds; three levels of Optimist classes (Opti 1, Opti 2 and Opti Race); a Sunfish Beginner and Intermediate class; a Novice c420 class; and an Advanced Race program for Lasers, Sunfish and c420s. .

The  2019 Sailing School Season kicks off with Orientation on Sunday, June 30th at 5:00 pm at the SYC followed by a casual reception and snacks. Classes begin July 1st and run through August 23rd.

Please NOTE: In order to take sailing lesson, you will need to be a member of the club.

Eight and four weeks sessions are available.

        8 Week Session:        July 1 to August 23

        4 Week Session 1:        July 1 to July 26

        4 Week Session 2:        July 29 to August 23 - First Mates Only

***4 Week Session 1 can be extended by the week up to the 8th week***

All classes require a minimum enrollment. Opti 1 and Opti 2 classes are limited to 12-15 students. If

enrollment exceeds that a second class will be considered.   Please note that classes may be cancelled due to inclement/ dangerous  weather and/or scheduling conflicts.  Cancellations will be kept to a minimum and  every effort will be made to provide make up classes.

Course Descriptions and Class Schedule can be found below.  Please note that class schedules may be modified due to enrollment levels.  Any modifications will be announced as early as possible.  Please check the SYC website on a regular basis for the most up-to-date schedule information.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

First Mates:  Introductory program for 5 and 6 year olds that involves a variety of on-shore activities and introduces the participants to sailing in a safe and fun environment. The participant should be able to swim and feel comfortable wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Classes meet two mornings a week, two hours each day. Class capacity is 10 students, minimum 4 students per 4-week session. 4 Week Sessions Only.

Opti 1:  Beginner program for 7 to 10 year olds with no or very limited sailing experience. These novice sailors learn basic sailing nomenclature, seamanship and sailing skills, including sailing on all points of sail, tacking and jibing. Classes meet three mornings a week, 2 hours each day. Club Opti boats are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Boat rental is free of charge for first year Opti 1 sailors. Class capacity is 12 students. If more than 12 students enroll, a second class may be considered on Tu, Th, F. First 4 Week and 8 week Sessions Offered.

Opti 2:  Beginner/Intermediate program for Opti sailors who have completed Opti 1 or have some sailing experience. Participants must be at least 8 years old. This program builds upon the skills learned in Opti 1. Classes meet four mornings a week, 2.5 hours each day. Club Opti boats are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis (see rates below).   Club Optis are not permitted to be used for off-site regattas.  Sailors should own their own boats if they plan to enter regattas. Regattas generally require separate full-day time commitments. First 4 Week and 8 Week Sessions Offered.


Opti Race:  Designed for the sailor who has completed Opti 2 and is eager to enhance their racing skills. Classes focus on racing, mechanics and tactics, and improvement in boat-handling skills including boat control, speed, and maneuvering and sailing a racecourse. Sailors are strongly encouraged to compete in local regattas. Participants must be at least 9 years old with two or more years of sailing experience. Classes meet four days a week, 2.5 hours each day. Sailors must own their own boat. Regattas generally require separate full-day time commitments. 8 Week Session Only.

Sunfish Beginner:  The Beginner Sunfish program is for the Sunfish enthusiast with no or limited sailing experience. Participants must be at least 8 years old.  Two sailors are assigned to a boat. Classes meet four mornings a week, 2.5 hours each day. There is a limited number of club Sunfish boats available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis (see rates below).  Owning a sunfish guarantees placement in the class.  Club sunfish are not permitted to be used for off-site regattas.  Sailors should own their own boats if they plan to enter regattas. Regattas generally require separate full-day time commitments.

First 4 Week and 8 Week Sessions Offered.

Sunfish Intermediate:  The Sunfish Intermediate program is for sailors with two or more years of sailing experience. Participants must be at least 10 years old with two or more years of sailing experience. Two sailors are generally assigned to a boat. Classes meet four days a week, 2.5 hours each day. There is a limited number of club Sunfish available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis (see rates below). Owning a sunfish guarantees placement in the class.  Club sunfish are not permitted to be used for off-site regattas.  Sailors should own their own boats if they plan to enter regattas. Regattas generally require separate full-day time commitments.

4 Week and 8 Week Sessions Offered.

Novice c420:  Introduces the basics of sailing a c420 (a two-person boat.) Due to its size and complexity, the class is recommended for older and physically larger sailors who have some sailing experience. Enrolling with a partner is not necessary.  Instructors will create skill-based pairings. Classes meet four days a week, 2.5 hours each day. Boats are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis (see rates below.) Novice 420 boat rentals are not permitted to be used for off-site regattas. 4 Week and 8 Week Sessions Offered. 

Advanced Race (c420, Laser and Sunfish):  Race classes for the c420, Laser and Sunfish focus on the mechanics and tactics of racing and competitive sailing. Class instruction prepares students for on-the-water drills, develops racing strategies and reinforces racing rules. Participants must have three or more years of sailing experience and are strongly encouraged to compete in local regattas. Classes meet four afternoons a week, 2.5 hours each day. Regattas generally require separate full-day time constraints. Club c420 boats are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis (see rates below).   Club c420 boats are permitted to be used for off-site regattas.  Transportation of Club boats to and from regattas, as well as all other aspects related to usage (set up, clean up, and storage), is the responsibility of the sailors.  Laser and Sunfish boat rentals are not available.  8 Week Session Only.

Adjustments to the 2019 Class Schedule:

July 4th.  Southold Town Parade.  SYC will participate in the parade in lieu of classes.

This schedule will be updated as we get closer to the season.


CLASS SCHEDULE & FEES

8 Week Program:

July 1 – August 23

4 Week Session 1:

July 1 – July 26

REMEMBER - We only offer one 4 week session which can be extend by the week. All is subject to change based on enrollment and other factors. Boat Rentals are for use only during instruction only unless otherwise noted.

Class

Days

Time

Class Tuition Fee 

Boat Rental

First Mates (4wk sessions only)

Tue & Thur

9-11

4 wk-$265

NA

2 Session

July 1 to July 26

July 29 to August 23

Opti 1

M, W, F

8:30 - 10

8 wk-$650

4 wk-$400

No Fee first YEAR ONLY

Opti 2

M, Tu, W, F

9:30 - 12

8 wk-$950

4 wk-$650

$500 8 WK

$250 4 WK

Opti Race

( 8 week only)

M, Tu, W, Th

11:30-2

8 wk-$950

Need your own boat

Sunfish Beginner

M, Tu, Th , F

9 - 11:30

8 wk-$950

4 wk-$650

$500 8 WK

$250 4 WK

Sunfish Intermediate

M, Tu, W, Th

12 - 2:30

8 wk-$950

4 wk-$650

$500 8 WK

$250 4 WK

Novice c420

(4 wk 1 & 8 wk only)

M, Tu, W, Th

12– 2:30

8 wk-$950

4 wk-$650

$600 8 WK

$300 4 WK

Advance Race: c420, Laser and Sunfish

(8 wk only)

M, Tu, W, Th

2:30 - 5

8 wk-$950

$625 8 WK (420 ONLY)

A multi-student discount is also available and will be applied when registering