The Sailfish program introduces 5 to 10 year olds to sailing and other water sports. See the Sailfish page for more information.
Learn to Sail
The Learn to Sail program concentrates on the basic elements of sailing and is open to children from 8 to 18 years of age. The program emphasizes the pleasure of sailing while learning about sailing terminology, safety equipment, safety procedures, boat rigging, knots, sail trim and boat control. Lessons generally start with classroom discussion, but the majority of the time will be spent on the water. The main goals of the program are to have fun, learn the basics of sailing, and be safe at all times. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to sail a small sailboat with developing confidence in a variety of weather conditions.
The Youth Sailing program concentrates on refining sailing techniques and building confidence. Participants must complete the Learn to Sail Program and/or have instructor approval. This program is designed for juniors who want to continue to sail with their peers, but not in a competitive format. It is organized to ensure all sailors have fun while continuing to advance their sailing skills. Introduction to and a chance to sail different types of boats will be included. Youth Sailing also teaches many skills needed by those wishing to join our Racing Program.
Junior Fleet builds sailing skills through practice and racing. Training introduces racing rules, starting, mark roundings, boat handling and tactics. Junior Fleet members reinforce these skills with supervised racing at Willow Bank and other local clubs. Proper care and maintenance of boats, racing sails, rigging, and hardware are incorporated into this program and emphasized as part of sailors’ responsibilities. Jr. Fleet members will host and travel to local Optimist and Laser/420 regattas throughout the summer. This program is open to WBYC members from 8 to 18 who are competent single-handed sailors.
Learn to Sail is conducted in the mornings in 8 one week sessions. Youth Sailing is conducted in the afternoons in 8 one week sessions. Junior Fleet is offered in one 8 week session.
Learn to Sail and Youth Sailing Sessions:
Learn to Sail times: 9AM – 12PM
Youth Sailing Times: 1:30PM – 5PM
Session 1: June 26th – June 30th; Mon – Fri
Session 2: July 3rd – July 7th; Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri; (no class July 4th)
Session 3: July 10th – July 14th; Mon – Fri
Session 4: July 17th – July 21st; Mon – Fri
Session 5: July 24th – July 28th; Mon – Fri
Session 6: July 31st – August 4th; Mon – Fri
Session 7: August 7th – August 11th; Mon – Fri
Session 8: August 14th – August 18th; Mon – Fri
Junior Fleet Sessions:
Pre-Season: June 6th – June 22nd, Tues & Thurs, 3PM-6PM
Regular Season: June 26th – Aug 18th, Tues & Thurs, 9AM-4PM
Learn to Sail and Youth Sailing
- $115 per session per child. Session 2: $92 per child (no class July 4th)
- Non-Members: Add $40 non-member boat fee for each session
Junior Fleet Racing Team
- Pre-Season: $50
- Regular Season: $500
Walk-in registration for all Learn to Sail, Youth Sailing and Junior Fleet sessions will be held on Monday, May 30th from 11AM-2PM and Sunday, June 19th from 11AM-1PM at Willow Bank Yacht Club. Register online for Learn to Sail or Youth Sailing or Junior Fleet (Race Team). Paper registration forms can be submitted by fax, email or regular mail:
- By fax: (315) 655-2432
- By mail: PO Box 321, Cazenovia, NY 13035
- By email firstname.lastname@example.org
- All participants must wear a properly sized US Coast Guard approved Type III life vest when on the water.
- Junior sailors must be at least 8 years of age and must be able to swim 100 feet with any stroke(s) and then put on a lifejacket while treading water.
- Sailors will get wet on some days and completely soaked on others. Wind breakers, rain jackets, and/or rain pants can make sailing a lot more fun on cooler days, especially early in the season when the lake is cold.
- All of our instructional programs adhere to the Junior Sailing Curriculum of US Sailing. The programs are designed to cover a large volume of material, yet preserve the feeling of a vacation activity. Sailors are allowed to learn at their own pace.
- Our instructors are US Sailing Trained and Certified and are also certified for first aid and CPR.
- Learn to Sail and Youth Sailing programs are open to the public. Jr. Fleet is open to WBYC Members only. Affordable junior memberships are available.
For more information, contact Susan Light at 315-655-5706 or by email at email@example.com.