Monday July 1 to Friday August 24
Session 1: Monday July 1 to Friday July 27
Session II: Monday July 29 to Friday August 24

 New! Advanced Junior sailors can now register for a five day discounted combination 420-3 / Laser class

Chose your program to access lesson descriptions and sign up. IMPORTANT: To register for lessons, you must have a Family Membership.

Families that have not been members of Old Cove Yacht Club before and wish to sign up one or more Guppies - but only Guppies - may avail themselves to the special Guppy Membership. Please note that Guppies must be 5 years old on the first day of the OCYC JS Program You will be requested to either upload a copy of the child's birth certificate or passport upon registration or provide the copies by mail prior to the begin of the JS Program.

Junior Sailing is a benefit available exclusively to family members of the Old Cove Yacht Club. After you have selected your Junior Sailing School program, you will be asked to commit to an am or pm parent of the day session (one per family). You will be eligible for an early signup discount if you complete your registration before June 1st. Frequently Asked Questions about junior sailing at OCYC.The Old Cove YC Junior Sailing Parent Guide may be found here

Special Not

Class Designations: proficiency and experience levels are designed with numerical values, such as Opti 1 for Beginners, Opti 2 for Advanced Beginners, Opti 3 for Intermediates/Beginning Racers, and Opti 4 for Proficient Racers. Alphabetical class designations refer only to weekly scheduling, A classes are Monday and Wednesday, B classes are Tuesday and Thursday and C classes are Friday.

Opti Boat Usage: Opti 1 sailors will use a Club provided Optimist Dinghy, and we recommend that Opti 2 sailors use a Club provided boat as well. This allows for better class time management as the Club boats stay rigged after the morning classes. Opti 4 sailors should have their own Optimist Dinghy. Opti 4 sailors practice for, and participate in, OCYC and away regattas and the Club Optis are not suitable for competitive racing.

Guppies: Guppies must be 5 years old on July 1, 2019, the first day of class. In other words, they must be born before July 1, 2014. In fairness to all Members, this age requirement will be strictly enforced with no exceptions. As part of the Guppy registration process, you will be asked to provide a copy of the prospective Guppy's birth certificate or passport photo page, either as an upload, email or postal service submission. No Guppy registration will be processed until such documents have been provided. Registration without providing proof of birthday does not guarantee a place in the Guppy program.


What is the Guppy Program?

The Guppy Program is designed for children ages 5 to 7 and involves a variety of on-shore activities as well as introducing the participants to sailing in a relaxed and fun environment. Guppies should be able to swim and be comfortable floating in their PFDs. Guppy program details here

What is the Opti Program?

The Optimist is designed for children ages 7 to 15 and the most popular sailboat in the world. It is the defacto standard for learning to sail and race on the East Coast. Kids can handle the Opti without danger or fear. The Opti responds to and rewards the highest skills of even experienced sailors which is why the Optimist is sailed by over 300,000 young people in more than 90 countries. OCYC Optimist classes are Opti 1 for beginners, Opti 2 for advanced beginners to intermediate sailors, Opti 3 for advanced intermediate to beginning racers, and Opti 4 for accomplished racers. Program participants are encouraged to have their own Optis but Old Cove YC has some two dozen Optis which are made available on a first-registration basis. Opti Program details and class registration page here.

What is the Laser Program?

The Laser Program involves classes for Advanced Intermediate/Racing classes for those children who have either aged or sized out of Opti Racing or wish to pursue single-handed sailing in the Olympic Class Laser. The Laser is a 14 foot, single person boat and depending on size and ability of the sailor offers three different sized rigs and sails to choose from. These are extremely fast planning boats and a challenge to sail. While Laser sailors are encouraged to have their own Laser, Old Cove YC has some ten Lasers with different rigs which are made available on a first-registration basis. Laser program details here

What is the Club 420 Program?

through advanced racers) using the Club 420 (C420). These classes are for children ages 12 to 17 who have either never sailed before (beginners) or have aged or sized out of Optis. The C420 is a 14 foot double-handed sloop- - i.e. has a crew of two. They have a mainsail, jib and spinnaker, and the crew uses a trapeze. The C420s are fast and exciting to sail. Old Cove YC has a dozen C420s which are available to course participants on a first-registration basis. Club 420 program details here

Can I also get Private Lessons?

Private Lessons are available to youth sailors who seek one-on-one practice ahead of a competition or wish to hone their sailing skills. The Old Cove YC Junior Sailing staff is happy to offer private instruction and small group sessions. For further information contact the Junior Sailing Director.