Furthering the enjoyment of boating!

Boating for Everyone

"We do not just teach sailing, our students learn to LOVE the water, boating, sailing, and become good stewards of the Bay"

What Level is Your Sailor?

NOVICE - Ages 6-8:
No sailing experiences. First time sailors who are comfortable around the water and wearing a personal flotation device (PFD).

SEAMAN - Beginner:
No (minimum) sailing experience required. Focus on boating safety, terminology, wind awareness, basic sail trim, and steering a course.

MATE - Intermediate:
Proficient at basic sailing. Introduction to rules of the road, basic navigation, boat and sail controls, expanded tiller time, upwind sailing, and intro to racing.

SKIPPER - Advanced:
Capable skipper and crew. Focus on advanced boat handling, course sailing, starting a race, racing rules, tactics, and strategy in both skipper and crew roles.

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Boating Programs

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. EYC Members receive an ~15% discount on programs (except High School Team sailing).

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. Feel free to contact the EYC Junior Fleet Office at 410-267-9549, ext 8 to talk to a junior sailing professional who can help you find the right fit.

Does my child need to know how to swim?

All kids need to be comfortable swimming in a PFD.

Is there a discount for multiple family members and session?

Yes. Siblings and parents receive 10% off after first family member sign up or first session! We offer many one-week courses so we encourage students to do multiple sessions to progress their learning, comfortability and fun on the water. You can book consecutive weeks or spread out over the whole summer.

What gear does my child need?

PFD (fitted to size), sunglasses with lanyard, towel, bathing suit, closed toed shoes (that will not come off in the water), sunscreen, water bottle and a snack for the end of the class. Full Day classes need to bring a lunch daily.

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. We keep record of our alumni's level and instructors have made recommendations for future classes to continue their learning progression, so feel free to contact the EYC Junior Fleet Office at 410-267-9549 ext 8 for help.

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 welcome and encourage parents to watch from the bar deck. As a nonmember you are also welcome to use the dining and bar facilities during or immediately after your child's lesson while in session. You will be provided a temporary membership card to use while you visit.