Sagamore Junior Sailing
Hands-on-learning on one of Long Island's most pristine outdoor classrooms.
Welcome and thank you for your interest in Sagamore Junior Sailing. The 2023 program will have an increased focus on sailing led by our new director, new head instructor and many other new and returning instructors. The program is open to beginner, novice, intermediate, and advanced sailors who are 8 to 18 years of age*. We offer 2-week long sessions beginning June 26, July 10, July 24, and August 7. We strongly encourage signing up for multiple sessions (4 weeks or more) to allow for a more rewarding experience.
* A sailor’s age on December 31, 2023 is considered their age for 2023 program enrollment.
Junior Sailing Program at a Glance
Offered in four 2-week long sessions with a discount if you register for 2 sessions (4 weeks) or more!
SYC Members and Non-members welcome.
Taught by US Sailing certified instructors.
Bring your own boat or use ours. Limited storage is available on water and land.
Designed for beginner sailors, the Optimist (aka Opti) is a great boat to learn how to sail. With no minimum weight requirement and an easy to handle design, sailors of all levels ages 8 to 15 can sail an Opti. The Optimist is a single handed boat, within the first day or two, students learn how to rig Optis, launch them in the water, and learn how to catch the wind and sail. For sailors who are ready, there are opportunities to attend Opti regattas throughout the season. Regattas are a great way to meet other sailors in a fun, competitive environment.
Older sailors who have outgrown the Opti, or are ready for a boat with two sails can learn on our RS Fevas. The Feva is a modern, fast, double-handed design that offers a high performance sloop (two sails) sail plan. Sailors who turn 11 by December 31st, 2023 are candidate to start sailing in a Feva and those who are 12 and can support a combined minimum crew weight of 180 lbs are ready to compete in this class. Feva sailors also learn to fly a third sail, an asymmetric spinnaker, for even more fun. The Feva is one of the fastest growing junior classes worldwide due to their sturdy, self-bailing, design coupled with exciting performance.
420s are great boats for more experienced sailors. These fast and agile boats teach teamwork and perseverance. Similar to the Feva, the 420 has two sails plus a spinnaker but in a larger, more complex, package designed as a stepping stone to the 470, its Olympic-class big brother. High school and Collegiate sailors sail 420s as well, making these boats a great platform for sailors interested in pursuing the sport beyond summer sailing.
Getting Started / Important Information
The program is open to sailors 8 to 18 years of age and runs daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm. A sailor’s age on December 31, 2023 is considered their age for purposes of 2023 program enrollment.
Two-week sessions start on the following days: June 26, July 10, July 24, and August 7.
(note: there is no camp on Tuesday July 4th)
Sailors are required to participate in a swim test and receive pre-sailing safety instruction that only occurs on the first day of each session. Thus, all sailors must attend the first day of their first session of the summer.
Pricing information, deposit requirements, and cancellation policies can all be viewed on the 2023 Pricing Information sheet linked above. Registration is not complete until the required deposit is made and the waiver is signed. A signed Code of Conduct must be printed out, signed, and brought on a sailor’s first day at camp.
The parent handbook contains additional program details including what to bring on the first day of camp.
The registration process is performed within Clubspot. After following the registration link, you will be prompted to create a Clubspot account under which registration will occur. Note that all Junior Sailing communication will be directed to the primary contact information used when creating your account and registering.
If you have any questions regarding registration, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sagamore Junior Sailing is a volunteer-run, non-profit, organization and is dependent on volunteers to help keep costs low. Parents are invited and encouraged to participate in volunteer assignments. We have jobs for everyone – whether it is preseason rigging of the boats and launching, helping with mid-season maintenance, or helping de-rig and store boats for the winter. No experience is necessary. We will be sending emails out to registrants on a periodic basis to make you aware of the opportunities. Many hands make light work!
Contacts & Additional Information
Sagamore Junior Sailing is a member of the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSALIS).
Sagamore Junior Sailing Inc is a recognized 501c 3 – Not For Profit Organization – EIN 46-4504195