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The Southern Yacht Club Jr. Sailing Program Mission Statement is to develop skilled youth dinghy racers and instill a lifelong passion for sailing. We are dedicated to providing a safe fun environment where young sailors can refine their racing skills or enjoy recreational sailing as a fun activity to do with friends. At Southern Yacht Club every young sailor will create memories that last a lifetime, and have an opportunity to achieve their personal goals in the sport of sailing. They will learn about basic and advanced boat handling, seamanship, sportsmanship, and on the water safety in a manner that is safe, fun and exciting.

The Southern Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program provides a high level of sailing instruction and coaching for beginner, intermediate, and advanced sailors who want to take their skills to the next level. We provide an environment conducive to learning boating safety and making friends. We teach all sailors the fundamentals of sailing which include: water safety, the Corinthian spirit, sportsmanship, team work, seamanship, points of sail, parts of the boat, boat handling skills, parts of the sail, sail tuning, knots and wind direction. If a sailor is interested in continuing their sailing education, SYC offers programs all year long as well. In the summer months SYC provides one of the most sought after Summer Sailing Programs for children and teens.


Session 1 | June 3rd - 14th
Session 2 | June 17th - 28th

Session 3 | July 8th - 19th
Session 4 | July 22nd - August 2nd


Earliest Drop off is 8:45am

All sailors remaining at SYC without being checked out will automatically be enrolled in Aftercare at 3:25pm.

9:00am - 3:00pm | Monday - Friday
Aftercare available until 5:30 pm


Harbor Mice Optimist - Beginner Learn-to-Sail | 7-12 year olds

OPTIMIST HARBOR MICE is tailored for our new sailors to learn how to sail an optimist dingy. We will have
plenty of games and activities on hand. They start off learning with one to 2 sailors in the boat and plenty
of instructors in coach boats and kayaks. Optimist is the most sailed class in the world. They are sailed
in over 100 countries with more than 200,000 active sailors worldwide. This class is the doorway to a
lifetime of sailing.

Green Fleet Optimist - Beginner/Intermediate Learn-to-race | 9-13 years old

OPTIMIST GREEN FLEET program focuses on developing better boat handling skills, learning racing tactics, and
fine tuning sail controls. Sailors that develop these skills will fine tune them by travelling to area local
events. Sailors are encouraged to attend major events but not required.

The Sunfish - Learn to Sail and intermediate | 10-13 yrs old | 1-3 sailors per boat

SUNFISH CLASS is designed for sailors who want to have fun and learn the basic sailing skills. The sunfish class
is sailed with 1-3 sailors on board and coached with one to two instructors from a coach boat.

Flying Scot and Rhodes 19 - Learn to Sail | 9-12 yrs old | 6-8 kids in a boat with an instructor | All abilities

The FLYING SCOT program is geared for sailors that wish to sail with plenty of friends while learning
all aspects of sailing. In the Flying Scot program there is an instructor on board at all times.

Club 420 Beginner/Intermediate - Learn to Sail and Race | 2 sailors per boat | 11-17 years old

BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE C420 training focuses on fundamentals of boat handling skills, racing &
performance techniques, as well as FUN and RECREATION. This program is ideal for our teen campers, it
teaches team work and prepares them for High School & College sailing while encouraging them to have
fun! Sailing Experience not required. This class is highly recommended for teen campers.


Early Bird registration discount available until March 31st. All registrations after March 31st will be at the standard rate. A $150 non-refundable registration fee will be due at the time of registration for all February Registrations.

All February and March registration fees and other associated fees such as Lunch Program and Extra T-Shirts will be due in full by April 30th.

All registrations made after March 31st will be due in full on the last day of the month after the month in which the registration was placed.

For example:
A registration made in February will have a $150 non-refundable registration fee due on March 31st, full fee due April 30th
A registration made in March will become due in full on April 30th
A registration made in April will become due in full on May 31st
A registration made in May will become due in full on June 30th
A registration made in June will become due in full on July 31st
A registration made in July will become due in full on August 31st

****Special Note on Aftercare fees*****
Prepaid aftercare fees will be billed with registration fees
Drop in Aftercare Fees will be billed as follows:

Sessions 1 & 2 Aftercare Drop-in billing due on July 31st
Sessions 3 & 4 Aftercare Drop-in billing due on August 31st

Early Bird Discount: Registrations made Before March 31st.

SYC Member/Grandchild: $500
Sponsored Guest: $610

Standard Rate: After March 31st

SYC Member/Grandchild: $525
Sponsored Guest: $660


Opti Charter: $125 (Limited Availability) This only applies to the Green Fleet Program.
Extra T-Shirt: $15 per shirt (each sailor will be provided 1 T-Shirt)
Lunch Plan: $88 per session
After Camp Care: $140 per session if pre-paid during registration ($14 per day)
$16 Per Day drop in rate if not pre-paid.


Do I have to be a member of Southern Yacht Club?

All interested sailors are welcome to attend; however an active SYC member must sponsor the camper. All charges related to camp must go through member accounts. Contact the Waterfront Director Jim Brusgard for more information.

What are the prices for each two week session?

The Early Bird registration discount amount is $500 for members and $610 for a sponsored guest if registered before March 31st. After March 31st, the standard registration fee will be in effect at $525 for members and $660 for a sponsored guest. A $150 non-refundable deposit will be due at the time of registration, full payment will be due for all registrations on April 30th.

Are there any discounts available? There is an early bird registration discount for those who register before March 31st, all registrations after March 31st will be standard rate.

How early should I sign up for SYC summer camp?

As soon as possible, classes tend to fill up quickly. Registration can be found on the SYC website at, click on the Juniors tab, then Summer Camp.

I think I have registered my child, but how can I confirm it?

When the registration is completed, a confirmation email is sent to the address you provided. If you did not receive a confirmation, contact the Sailing Director.

Does SYC offer before or after-camp care?

SYC Offers only after-care, we do not offer before-care. You can pre-pay aftercare at the time you register for $140 per session, or pay the drop-in rate at $16 per child for only the days they attend. Aftercare operates from 3-5:30pm everyday.

Does the lunch program accommodate specialty diets such as vegetarian, etc?

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate every sailors individual dietary requirements through the lunch program. Campers with special dietary requirements are encouraged to bring their own lunch daily. Other food options are available at the grill but we discourage campers from using the grill as their sole source of lunch food, the grill is small and the wait times can vary dramatically depending on demand.

What should my child bring to camp?

Your sailor should bring a lifejacket that fits, sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, closed toe water shoes, towel, change of clothes, sunglasses, bathing suit and a bag to keep their belongings organized. Sailors with their own boats should bring all necessary gear and equipment.

What will my child learn during SYC Summer Camp?

New and returning sailors are going to learn parts of the boat, sails and rigging as well as basic knots. Along with this they will also learn water safety, sportsmanship, and team work. They will be taught the fundamentals of sailing by US Sailing Certified Coaches. SYC offers children the opportunity to build confidence on the water while having fun and making new friends in the process. These sailors will create lifetime memories, and be instilled with a passion for sailing.

For questions please contact Jim Brusgard; 609-310-0298 or

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