Junior Sailing


Junior Sailing at the Corinthian Yacht Club

Welcome to the CYC Junior Sailing Program! CYC offers sailing opportunities for youths of all abilities—from beginning sailors to advanced racers.  Why should your child’s sailing journey start at CYC? CYC has the equipment, location, coaching, and attitude that will help children explore their independence while learning sportsmanship, building character, and making new friends in a fun and safe environment.

Our Equipment – Our fleet of Optimist sailing dinghies designed specifically for youth sailing; forgiving for the beginner, while providing a platform to teach the subtleties to intermediate and advanced youth sailors.

Our Location – Shilshole bay is a perfect place for learning to sail. Summers are famous for bringing in light air conditions to the Sound that is perfect for beginners. Luckily, Shilshole’s local thermal winds during summer allow your child to have enough wind to sail.

Our Instructors and Coaches – Since 2015, we have partnered with Sail Sand Point to provide qualified, trained instructors for our camps. All instructors are U.S. Sailing certified and CPR/First Aid trained, have a Washington Boater safety card and have passed a WA State background check. Many have years of personal sailing and teaching experience. Some are even collegiate sailors.

Our Community – your child’s sailing adventure does not stop after a few weeks of learn to sail.  We are building a full youth sailing program that allows them the opportunity to keep getting out on the water throughout the year.

2017 Junior Program

Summer Sailing Camps (ages 8-13)

Whether it’s your beginner’s first time on the water or time for your seasoned racer to perfect roll-tacking, CYC offers a fun, safe way for your child to enjoy sailing.  Our partner instructors from Sail Sand Point use a proven curriculum to engage young sailors while maintaining CYC’s philosophy of helping children explore their independence and build character. Beginner Opti camps are designed for 8-13 yr olds beginner sailors; Intermediate Opti camps introduce increasingly advance topics; and Opti Racing camp introduces children who have completed the beginner and intermediate camps (or equivalent) to racing.
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Friday Open SailingFriday Open Sailing

Our popular Friday Open Sailing for Kids will be offered every Friday from June to September (2016 dates TBA). This program lets children enjoy free time on the water in a less structured but safe and supportive manner. Kids aged 4-14 will have an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of relaxed summer sailing. Young sailors remain within the safety of the breakwater. All sailing levels are welcome. Sailing program runs 5-8pm. $5 dinners are available at 5pm. Parent-run program for CYC Family Members. Parent presence required while a child is on the water.
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Guppies (ages 4-7)

Guppies is an introductory sailing program for young children, ages 4-7, that coincides with our warmest days on the water (2017 dates TBA). This introduction to boats and water helps young sailors enjoy their first taste of sailing in a fun, safe, non-intimidating environment.
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Opti Racing Clinics (for advanced racers)

CYC will host a series of Optimist Racing Clinics designed advanced junior racers.  In these clinics Junior sailors may improve their racing skills in weekend classes with both on-the-water and classroom instructions. Instructors include recognized international Optimist coaches, such as Pablo Weber, and top coaches from the Northwest region. While registration preference is given to CYC members, the clinics are open to all optimist racers. Clinics are limited to 12 students so register early to get your spot.
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Refund Policy for Junior Sail Camp and Clinics

Registrations that are cancelled more than 4 weeks before the first day of class will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee. Registrations cancelled within 4 weeks of the first day of class will only be refunded if CYC is able to fill the vacated spot, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be issued once a class has started. CYC reserves the right to cancel programs that do not meet the minimum number of participants, and will attempt to place participants in an alternate program or, if unable, will issue a refund.