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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.

Check out the fun we had in 2018.

2018 Summer Program Fun!

  • 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.


      CLUB FJS (6)

      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.


      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 EYC Team! Must be 18yrs or older and 2-3 yrs teaching experience.

      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, fall/spring high school sailing, powerboat, and other programs.

      Candidates must be motivated, energetic, and enjoy working with kids and adults. Our fleet of boats includes 8 Optis, 6 Sunfish, 6 Club FJs, 3 J-22s, 6 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. Prior teaching experience or working with kids a plus. All sailing instructor candidates must have Level 1, CPR, and 1st Aid, and criminal background check by start of classes. Instructors in training must be a 15 yrs. by start of program. Pay rate commensurate with experience. Interviews will be conducted over the upcoming holidays. If interested in teaching at EYC please send a resume and 3 references to our Waterfront Manager, Nan.

      2018 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.


      Noah Strother

      High School Assistant Coach

      Noah Strother is a Spaulding School graduate. He was on the Spaulding Varsity Sailing Team. He is currently taking classes at Anne Arundel High School so we are happy to have him in town. He is our Mr. Fix It and helps year round to maintain the sail and powerboat fleet in addition to coaching the JV Indian Creek Sailing Team and other Middle School Fall/Spring Classes. He also takes advantage of sailing and working on other local race boats to continue to grow his own skills. Noah has been with EYC since 2016.


      Juan Watson

      Powerboat Instructor

      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

      Lead 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, and is graduating in 2018. 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. But more importantly he's excited for his third summer working here at Eastport! Isaac has been with EYC since 2016.


      Charles Carpenter

      Instructor

      Charles Carpenter is a sophomore 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, FJ and future J22 sailors. Charlie has been with EYC since 2017.


      Shalom Fadullon

      Instructor

      Shalom Fadullon has been on boats her entire life, but her sailing career recently took off after her move from southern California. She is a senior at Annapolis High School, a member of the varsity 420 team, and has competed in numerous qualifying and national events. A huge board sports fan, Shalom is an avid kayaker and paddleboarder, with experience in helping and instructing young kids from different settings. Along with FJ's and dinghy racing, she enjoys sailing larger boats including J22s, Cal 25s, and J80s. She recently completed the US Coast Guard sailing and seamanship courses and is excited to share her knowledge. When not on a boat, she is an avid member of mock trial and NHS. You can feel her energy and see her smile from a mile away! Shalom has been with EYC since 2017.


      Harrison Koller

      Instructor

      Harrison Koller is a freshman at College of Charleston. He began his sailing career in Opti's at AYC, where he moved up through the Green Fleet and Optimist Race Team. While in opti's, he qualified for two International Events in Italy and Belgium. After competing in Italy, he moved into the C420 where he spent four summers racing the boat all over the East Coast. He was Co-Captain of Key School's Sailing Team. During his time at Key School, he qualified & competed in High School Fleet Race National Championship twice. He enjoys sailing larger boats such as J22's as a member of AYC's Junior Corinthian Cup team. He was excited to have a great first summer coaching at EYC and looks forward to returning as CFJ class instructor and Skipper sailor coach. Harrison has been with EYC since 2017.


      Hunter Sheely

      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!


      Nash Whitacre

      Instructor

      Nash Whitacre is a native Annapolitan, who being born into a family of sailors fell in love with the sport. The youngest of 3 sailing brothers and the son of two sailing parents, Nash studies Business analytics and Spanish at The University of Miami. He has sailed out of SSA his whole life and has experience working as an Instructor with Annapolis Community Boating. Good times and good jokes are passions of his, along with windsurfing, soccer, and Frisbee. Nash can’t wait to meet the new 2018 sailors and get out on the water! Nash has been with EYC since 2017.


      Sophie Podlich

      Evening Instructor

      Sophie Podlich is a graduating senior on the University of Rhode Island sailing team where she is an active member on the big boat team. She is a native Annapolitan and she loves sailing J70s, J105s and etchells. Sophie is majoring in Marine Affairs and minoring 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.


      Stephen Oxley

      Junior Instructor

      Stephen Oxley will be a sophomore at Severna Park High School in the fall. He learned to sail while participating for six years in the Junior Fleet programs at EYC and as an Instructor in Training in 2016. He has spent time sailing the Optis, Open Bic, and the Club FJ as well as sailing for several years in the Green Fleet Friday races. He has also completed the Storm Trysail “Safety at Sea” program. Besides sailing, Stephen plays select lacrosse, ice hockey, soccer, and basketball as well as the piano. He also enjoys snow skiing, snowboarding, and hanging out with friends and the Midshipmen his family sponsor. After many years as a Junior Fleet participant, Stephen is looking forward to his 2nd season working at EYC sharing his knowledge with the young sailors.


      Adelle Marcichas

      Instructor in Training

      Adelle Marcichas 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 sophomore 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 want 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 staff since 2017.


      Heather McKee

      Instructor in Training

      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 staff since 2017.


      Seamus Seerey

      Instructor in Training

      Seamus Seerey has been sailing for 7 years and sailed out of EYC. Seamus will be a sophomore at Archbishop Spalding High school in the Fall and is enrolled in all honors courses including the engineering program, Project Lead the Way. He is on the rugby team, the fall sailing team, and the robotics team at Spalding. He is a Life Scout finishing paper work for his Eagle Scout. He has taken National Youth Leadership Training and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops. He lives on the Severn River and sailing is his biggest hobby. Seamus is excited to teach and help others learn to sail! Seamus has been 'staff' at EYC since 2017 and will be taking his US Sailing Smallboat certification this spring to become a Junior Instructor.

  • 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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