North Cove Yacht Club provides an engaging learning environment to promote the sport of sailing.  The objective of the Club's Junior Sailing Program is to teach sailing in a safe and structured environment to any interested youth.

NCYC employs qualified, certified US Sailing Association instructors who, along with the Junior Sailing Committee oversee our programs.  These instructors are also certified in CPR and First Aid.  NCYC's programs are based on US Sailing's curriculum.

Youth ages 8 through 15 as of August 1, 2018 may apply for enrollment in one, two or all three sessions. Each session will provide instruction for both beginners and intermediate sailors.  On the basis of the instructors’ evaluations classes will be organized into Dyer, Optimist and 420 sailboats.

  •  Dyer Dhow dinghy  - is as great beginner boat with room for two sailors or one student and one instructor. Sailors who have mastered the Dyer Dhow's based on instructor evaluation will then move to the next sailboat level.
  • Optimists "Opti" sailboats  - In these boats, the sailors sail single handled and learn to be competent at both sail trim and boat handling. The Opti sailing class is very popular for sailors under age 16 in junior sailing programs and many regatta events are held at area yacht clubs.
  • Vanguard 420 sailboats - This is a two-person boat with mainsail and jib which provide 420 students the opportunity to develop teamwork skills. Students recommended by our instructors will move to the 420 class once they have mastered the Opti class. A program goal is to provide opportunities to compete in inter-club racing as a way to continue to develop both the interest and skills for sailors from the NCYC program.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE:  Classes begin and end promptly. It is expected that students will arrive a few minutes ahead of 9:00 so that they will have time to stow their gear and be seated for roll call at 9:00. Please do not drop your students off too early or pick them up late as there are no provisions for the supervision beyond class hours and they may not “just wait”. We require parents to sign out their students at the end of each day unless previous arrangements have been made. New for 2018, pick up is promptly at 4pm.

ABSENCE/LATE ARRIVAL OR EARLY DEPARTURE: Please notify the Head Instructor as soon as possible as plans for the day for that student may have to be adjusted.

TUITION: The tuition for 2018 is $575 per session for students from the community with a 20% per session for students related to NCYC club members. Any student whose parents, guardians or other relative become club members of the North Cove Yacht Club by December 31, 2018 will have 20% per session refunded.  Registration is limited to 25 students per session and fills quickly. Online registration opens February 1st for non-Club members. Refunds will only be provided if that vacancy can be filled by another participant.

 Admission Requirements

SWIMMING ABILITY – Students must be able to swim at least 25 yards and float or tread water without a life jacket for a minimum of five minutes. Parents or guardians must sign a statement so certifying.

LIFE JACKETS - Students must have a properly sized U.S. Coast Guard approved, life jacket. The life jacket must be worn, properly buckled, at all times while in boats, on docks or floats. Students without a properly sized life jacket or students not wearing them properly will be excluded from class.

WILLINGNESS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS – The objective of our program is to give students the best learning opportunity possible. This requires that students not disrupt classes and that they follow instructions. When on the water, this also becomes an issue of safety. Students who require medication during the school year for ADD are urged to have discussion with their MD concerning continuation of their medication during sailing lessons, as this is a learning environment requiring attentiveness to complex tasks.

In applying for participation in the program, students must be willing to abide by these requirements. It is expected that parents or guardians will make sure that their students fully understand these requirements before making application to the program. Should situations arise where their behavior, of a student interferes with or impairs the ability of other in the class to learn, the instructors will first discuss the problem with the student. If the problem persists, the parent or guardians will be advised, and then if no correction is made, more drastic steps will be considered, including dismissal. In the event of dismissal no refund of tuition will be made. Bullying is included in a student’s behavior, and the Club now has a bullying policy, which is available at the Club for any parent of student to review.

While these procedures should cover most instances, in particular situations where the safety of the student or other students is a stake, the instructor will use their judgment concerning the appropriate course of action.

Edward Godfrey Junior Sailing Racing Series:

The North Cove Yacht Club, through the junior program sponsors a Monday Evening racing series from 5:00-7:30pm for juniors enrolled in any session of this six-week program. To be eligible a junior sailor needs to be recommended as having the skill to race by a senior instructor.