Furthering the enjoyment of boating!

Your Sailor’s Level

What is Your Sailor's Level?

Novice: No sailing experience. Ages 6-8. First time sailors who are comfortable in the water with wearing a personal flotation device (PFD).

Seaman - Beginner: No sailing experience or moving up from Opti. Focus on boating safety, sailing terminology, wind awareness, basic sailing maneuvers, basic seamanship, and sailing a course.

Mate - Intermediate: Have basic sailing skills and know terminology. Introduction to rules of the road, basic navigation, boat controls, skippering, upwind course sailing, and an intro to racing.

Skipper - Advanced: Proficient skippers and crews who want to advance their boat handling skills. Focus on starting a race, racing rules, course sailing, tactics and strategy, and advance boat controls. All learners will experience skipper and crew roles.


Junior Fleet

Jr. Fleet FAQs

What is your refund policy?

100% refund for cancellations 30 days prior to start date; 50% if cancellation is less than 30 days prior to start date. We make exceptions for family emergencies.

Do I need to be a member of the Eastport Yacht Club to enroll in the Jr. Sailing Program?

No. Members and nonmembers are welcome. We encourage all nonmembers to find out more about the club as we are always looking for new members to support our fun club. We do charge a $65 nonmember registration fee per family per season.

How soon should I register?

Many of our programs fill up quickly. You should plan to start registering for classes as soon as the Jr. Sailing schedule is finalized for the current year, usually early January. If you have any questions please call the office.

Which class should my child enroll in?

All of our classes are geared for a specific age, weight, height, and experience. Please take the time to read through the course descriptions before signing up.

Does my child need to know how to swim?

All kids need to be comfortable swimming in a PFD.

What gear does my child need?

PFD, sunglasses, towel, bathing suit, closed toed shoes (that will not come off in the water), sunscreen, water and a snack for the end of the class.

How does my child advance to the next program level?

Sailing is unique because simply taking a course does not automatically qualify them for the next in sequence. All skills must be mastered in order to get the most from their next class. The young sailors comfort level on the water is also important because conditions are always different. More advanced classes will sail in greater amounts of wind. It is not uncommon for children to repeat beginner or intermediate classes before moving on in the sequence.

Does EYC teach kids how to race?

EYC is a learn-to-sail program. Not a learn to race. We do provide an introduction to racing and kids are encouraged to participate in our casual Green Fleet Friday night racing. We are all about learning the sport and having fun. If racing is your path there are other programs in the area we are happy to recommend that focus on that once your kids get the basics.

If not a member can I stay at club and watch the program?

Yes. We like to see our parents. As a nonmember you are also welcome to use the dining and bar facilities during or after your child's lesson while in session. You will be provided a temporary membership card to use while you visit.