Learn to Sail and Powerboat the Fun Way!

The mission of the Eastport Yacht Club Junior Fleet is to support a Learn-to-Sail and Learn-to-Boat program that teaches student the basics of boat handling, seamanship, safety, and sportsmanship. The program strives to develop competence and confidence in our sailors in a safe and fun learning environment. We do not just teach sailing, our students learn to LOVE the water, boating, sailing, and become good stewards of the Bay.

Our learning programs are open to members and non-members, kids and adults. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis with limited class sizes.

We also offer EYC members an affordable and convenient way to get out on the water using our fleet of paddleboards, sailing dinghies, and keelboats through our Waterfront Access Program.

Click on the Headings ABOVE for more information about each program and to Register

Check out the fun we had in 2018.

2018 Summer Program Fun Photos!

  • Our Fleet
    • BLUE DRAGON OPTI PRAMS (8)

      Ages 6-11 designed for young sailors and up to 80lbs. Novice and Seaman sail with a partner.


      SUNFISH (6)

      Ages 9-12 designed for sailors +60lbs. Beginners sail with partner. Intermediate & Skipper sail solo wind dependent.


      RS Feva XLs (4)

      Ages 12-15 is a double-handed dinghy designed for ages 12+ over 80lbs. Intermediate & Skippers are introduced to spinnaker handling.


      Kayaks (4 adult/4 child)

      6 Paddleboards - used for water fun and team building.


      Mistral Gliders(2)

      2 Mistral Gliders for introducing youth to windsurfing techniques


      J22s (3)

      Keelboats used for Adult classes, Bay Cruiser/STEM weeks, Intermediate and Skipper Classes to intro spinnaker, race skills, and to further explore the Bay.

  • Our Instructors
    • WE WANT YOU! We are always looking for fun, energetic instructors to join our Jr Fleet EYC Team! Check out promo video, courtesy of Shalom Fadullon

      The mission of the EYC Junior Fleet is to provide a Learn-to-Boat program that teaches the basics of boat handling, seamanship, safety, sportsmanship, and building friendships. EYC is not a racing program. EYC currently runs an 8 week summer program, spring high school sailing, powerboat, and other programs.

      Our candidates are motivated, energetic, and enjoy working with kids and adults. Our fleet of boats includes 8 Optis, 6 Sunfish, 4 Feva XLs, 3 J-22s, 10 paddleboards, and 6 kayaks. We also teach powerboating in 17, 15, and 13 ft whalers. Instructors must be a minimum of 16 yrs. old, have strong dinghy sailing and powerboat experience. All sailing instructors have Level 1, Safesport, CPR, and 1st Aid, and criminal background checks. Instructors in training must be a 15 yrs. by start of program. If interested in joining our EYC TEAM please send a resume and 3 references to our Waterfront Manager, Nan.

      2019 Waterfront Staff


      Nan Walker

      Waterfront Manager
      Nan Walker has an extensive background in program administration, sail and powerboat instruction. Prior to EYC she served as the club manager at SSA for 12 years. Nan has 20+ years’ experience delivering high value services in member driven, board led sailing clubs and non-profit organizations. She is dedicated to the advancement and promotion to the sport of sailing and other water activities. Additional accomplishments include: Sailing Club Director, Chesapeake Boat Club – Annapolis, Md., Executive Director, US Sailing Center Martin County – Stuart, Fl. Founder/Owner/Director, Kid Ship Sailing School – Annapolis, Md, US Sailing Instructor Trainer. Nan has been with EYC since the fall of 2015.


      Bryan Stout

      High School Head Coach
      Bryan Stout is a native Annapolitan growing up in an active sailing family at SSA. He competed in Optis, 420's through High School and in local-international events in Snipes. He also has run and crewed on multiple racing keelboat programs. He has experience sailing and coaching Fleet, Team and Match racing. He has vast experience coaching youth and adults and a passion for taking sailors to the next level at any ability. Bryan began coaching the Indian Creek Sailing Team at EYC in the Fall of 2017. We are very fortunate to have his knowledge, energy and passion on our coaching team.


      Juan Watson

      US Powerboat Instructor and Instructor Trainer
      Juan Watson was born in South Africa and left in 1998 to join a 92ft sloop as a deckhand; this would be the start of his 16 year yachting career. Juan sailed extensively in the Med, Caribbean, Bahamas, US East coast, Great Lakes and completed 3 Trans-Atlantics. Juan is excited to share and transfer through instruction what he learned in his time as a captain and is looking forward to the upcoming season on the water with EYC. Juan has been with EYC since 2013.


      Isaac Merritt

      Adult Instructor
      Isaac Merritt was born in the historic district and grew up sailing in and around Annapolis. He is currently studying Finance and Economics at the University of Vermont. He was team captain of his high school sailing team for 3 consecutive years, and remains determined to learn as much as possible within the local maritime industry. He's been racing along side the folks here at EYC for 5 years now, and teaching sailing in the area for 4. In addition to sailing Isaac is an avid Outdoorsman and Musician. He will doing an internship this summer, but looking forward to teaching some evening classes to keep his roots in the Club and sailing industry. Isaac has been with EYC since 2016.


      Charles Carpenter

      Head Instructor
      Charlie is stepping up to fill Isaac's sailing shoes and help lead our great instructor crew! Charlie is a junior at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. He grew up sailing in Cape Cod and in Marblehead, MA. He started by learning in Sunfish and Cape Cod Mercurys. Once he became more passionate about sailing he joined the racing program at Cape Cod Sea Camps and learned to sail 420s. He then left Cape Cod and spent a summer racing Lasers at Pleon Junior Yacht Club. He has had experience in other boats including Flying Scots, and Colgate 26s. At St. John's, he sails FJs for the club sailing team and studies western literature. He looks forward to returning to EYC this summer to work with Sunfish, Fevas and future J22 sailors. Charlie has been with EYC since 2017.


      Shalom Fadullon

      Lead Instructor
      Shalom Fadullon is a freshman studying chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. She is acting race captain for their club team, and also competes in the regional snipe circuit. She was a member of the Annapolis High School varsity 420 team, and is an avid kayaker and paddleboarder. Along with dinghy racing, she also enjoys crewing on keelboats such as J22s, J80s, and Cal 25s. You can feel her energy and see her smile from a mile away! Shalom has been an instructor with EYC since 2017.


      Harrison Reisinger

      Lead Instructor
      Harrison Reisinger is a rising sophmore at University of Tennessee majoring in Nuclear Engineering. He began his sailing career in Opti's at SSA and moved up to 420 race team with 2nd place CBYRA High Point Summer 2015. He was the Key School Team Captain and varsity skipper helping to place 4th in Ntl. Invitational Team Race and 3rd in Fleet Regatta. He is also proud to be an Eagle Scout.  He is currently the Race Team Captain of UT Sailing. He will follow in fellow Obezag, Harrison Koller's sailing shoes (who is doing med lab internship this summer). Harrison taught at Kid Ship Sailing School summer 2018 and is looking forward to spread his knowledge and passion to EYC sailors. We are excited to welcome another talented EYC family member to our coach crew this summer.


      Hunter Sheely

      Lead Instructor
      Hunter Sheely has been sailing in Annapolis since 2007. After completing all of the junior fleet course offerings at EYC, he pursued further development of his sailing skills and experience at SSA. He has also participated in the Storm Trysail "Safety at Sea" program. In addition to sailing, Hunter enjoys playing and watching basketball. Hunter graduated from Mt. St. Joseph High School. He is a Freshman at Indiana University studying finance. Hunter's has been with EYC since 2012!


      Kate Riley

      Lead Instructor
      We are happy to welcome Kate Riley to EYC crew. Her family are EYC members so already knows the ropes! Kate graduated from Severna Park High School in 2018 and is a rising Sophmore at Ithaca College with Cinema and Photography major & Marketing minor. While at SPHS she was Captain of the Varsity sailing team ans was selected for Helly Hansen J22 Junior Team which she skippered. She worked at West River Sailing Club for two years working with Beginner Optis & Sunfish and race coach for C420 & Lasers. She is an avid photographer so expect some great 'action shots' of kids this summer!


      Sophie Podlich

      Evening Instructor
      Sophie Podlich graduated from the University of Rhode Island where she was an active member on the big boat sailing team. She is a native Annapolitan and she loves sailing J70s, J105s and Etchells. Sophie is majored in Marine Affairs and minored in Sustainability at URI. Sophie first coached at EYC in 2013, then moved to AYC where she was for 3 years and this summer she is coaching at the USNA Basic Sail Training program as well as EYC! She is excited to share her love for the water and sailing with her sailors! She is looking for a 'big girl' job after graduation, but looks forward to continuing to work with Opti Tots in evenings this summer.


      Izzy Fadullon

      Junior Instructor
      Izzy Fadullon is a rising junior at Annapolis High School, and sails for their varsity sailing team.  She has sailed throughout her life and actively races c420s and Snipes, as well as J22s, J70s, and Cal25s.  When Izzy isn't sailing, she serves as Key Club's Lieutenant Governor for the District.  She enjoys coaching and sharing her passion to sail with young, aspiring sailors.  Izzy looks forward to coaching her second summer with Eastport Yacht Club.


      Stephen Oxley

      Junior Instructor
      Stephen Oxley will be a rising senior at Severna Park High School (SPHS) in the fall.  He learned to sail while participating for six years in the Junior Fleet program at EYC and as both an Instructor in Training and Junior Instructor from 2016-2018.  He has spent time sailing the Optis, Open Bic, and Club FJ as well as sailing for several years in the Green Fleet Friday races.  He is a certified US Sailing Level 1 Instructor and has also completed the Storm Trysail "Safety at Sea" program.  Besides sailing, Stephen plays Varsity lacrosse and ice hockey for SPHS, tournament club lacrosse, club soccer and basketball as well as the piano.  He also enjoys winter snow skiing trips and Penn State football games while visiting his older brother at college.  After many years as a Junior Fleet participant, Stephen is looking forward to his 4th season working at EYC sharing his knowledge with the young sailors.


      Adelle Marcic

      Junior Instructor
      Adelle Marcic has been sailing for 5 year and first learned to sail at Maryland Yacht Club's sail camp. She started on Optis and is now sailing 420s and also learning to sail on our family boat at Wednesday night races on Rock Creek. She is a junior at Chesapeake High School and taking Honors and AP classes, and on the indoor track team. She has experience as a Junior Volunteer helper and wants to help teach more people how to sail. She is our 'energizer bunny' and we look forward to her working with EYC again this summer. Adelle has been with EYC as Instructor In Training since 2017.


      Heather McKee

      Junior Instructor
      Heather McKee has been sailing since 2011. Heather enjoys racing on Thursday and Friday nights with her friends and family on her father’s J80. She obtained her Maryland Boaters license and has successfully completed all of EYC’s sailing courses and Storm Trysail “Safety at Sea” Program. Outside of sailing, she is an honor student at Southern High School, member of National Junior Honor Society, member the Cross Country team and has a passion for art. Heather is anxious to share her love of sailing and to gain experience by teaching other how to sail, especially young children. Heather has been with EYC as Instructor In Training since 2017.


      Seamus Seerey

      Junior Instructor
      Seamus Seerey grew up sailing in Annapolis and has lived on the water his entire life. He learned to sail from the EYC program starting in second grade and now sails out of SSA for high school. Seamus sails in the fall for Archbishop Spalding High School where he also participates in the engineering and rugby program and is also a member of the NHS. He also has achieved his Eagle Scout from Troop 855. He has taught at EYC for two summers and is excited for the next one. Seamus has been 'staff' at EYC since 2017.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • 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 Junior 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 Junior 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 sailor's 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 records of our alumni's levels 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 I'm 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.

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