2019 Junior Sailing Program

The OCYC Junior Sailing Program's mission is to provide a fun and educational program for youth interested in sailing and racing. We seek to impart a love of sailing as a life sport while providing the fundamental skills necessary for participants to advance in the sport of sailing as far as their desire, skill, and hard work may take them.

The Ocean City Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program is a summer season sailing program that emphasizes fun, friendship, learning, knowledge, safety and competition for young sailors ages 8 to 19. The OCYC Junior Sailing Program offers an instructional program that follows a specified sequence, with various tracks to meet the different skills, needs and interests of our Junior Sailors. .

The Optimist (www.usoda.org for more info on the Optimist dinghy) is the club’s official instructional boat, and the only boat used for our introductory “learn-to-sail” instruction.  Once a junior sailor masters a specified set of sailing skills on the Optimist, he or she may choose to participate in the “racing program” or the “Explorers program.”  Junior sailors choosing to follow the racing track advance through a series of Optimist classes designed to prepare the “Racers” for higher-level racing when they advance to larger boats.  When Racers “age-out” of Optimists and have met all of the requirements to participate in our advanced boat program, they may choose to sail either the Radial Laser or the Laser 4.7 (www.laserinternational.org) as their advanced single-handed boat, and they may also choose to sail the Club 420 (https://club420.org), the club’s official double-handed boat.  

The Bay Explorers program is a recreational sailing program designed to encourage our non-racing junior sailors to continue sailing and to improve their sailing skills.  To participate in the explorers program, sailors must demonstrate mastery of boat handling skills and sailing knowledge necessary to fulfill the introductory sailing requirements.

The number of classes during the 8 week programs may vary according to scheduling requirements.  Also, the number of Sailors in each class may be capped based on available resources and safety issues. 

What's New for 2019?

Junior Sailing Program 2019

Welcome to the Ocean City Yacht Club 2019 Junior Sailing program!   We have made some changes and improvements for this coming season:

1.    All class recommendations for returning sailors are being emailed to you, if you have any questions please contact us.

2.    Registration forms can be found on the OCYC website under Jr. Sailing.  This year's registrations and payments can completed directly on this page!  For those who prefer to write checks and mail in your forms no problem, the forms can be downloaded from the site as well.  Please note we cannot place any child in a sailing class until payment is received. Payments and forms should be mailed to OCYC attention Jr. Sailing.

3.    May 20th is the due date for registration.  A $35 late fee will be charged for registrations submitted after this date.

4.    Classes have changed!  Please check our web page for new class descriptions as we have made some exciting changes most notably, a sunset laser series for our working teenagers who still have the itch to race!  Club 420 classes will be divided by instructors after registrations are complete.

5.    This year we will be introducing a Transitional Green Fleet.  These races will be held on Wednesday / Friday afternoons and are for sailors who have already completed 1 year of green fleet racing. 

6.    Rental boats may be used for away regattas, as long as an OCYC coach is attending the regatta. Rental boats are limited to two years in boat.         

7.  C420 racers who are renting MUST register together as a team (see form). No rental will be considered until both sailors have paid.  Rentals will go first to the completed and paid registrants.

8.    Private lessons MUST be paid for prior to the lesson. There will be no exceptions.  All lessons will be scheduled to begin at 4:00pm. ($45 per hour)

9.    There will be a prepaid fee of $250 (see registration form) to guarantee your son/daughter's transportation to and from the six SJ Summer Series Regattas for the 2019 season. This applies to Optis and Lasers. Please include this amount with your registration fee to guarantee that your son/daughter has transportation

Please complete forms for registration as early as possible to ensure your child gets placed properly in their class.   Registration forms are due no later than May 20th 2019.  Season Kick-Off Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 15th, 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM in the card room, followed by boat inspections by the sailing staff.

 If you have any questions about the upcoming season or the enclosed materials, please contact us at   jrsailing@ocyc.org.  

Please be sure to note the registration deadline of May 20th

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