Junior Associate Sailing Membership

All junior sailors aged 7 to 21 who are not children of current members must be Junior Associate Sailing Members. These $50 memberships allow sailors to participate in sailing events at CYC from the start of their membership through the end of the calendar year. This membership is required to attend any CYC sailing sessions.

Summer Sailing Programs

Summer sailing programs at CYC offer something for everyone! Ages 5 to 21 are welcome to join us in learning to sail, having fun in the water, conducting STEM experiments related to sailing, and so much more! 

CYC junior sailing and summer camps are designed to promote:

  • A lifelong love for sailing and being on the water
  • All types of sailing: racing & non-racing
  • Water safety 
  • Respect for the natural environment involved in sailing
  • A skill development path for every participant 
  • Experiences that build confidence and friendships

One Week Classes: 

  • Sea Squirts: Sea Squirts is designed for our youngest sailors, ages 5 & 6, to ignite their passion for CYC, water safety, and gain more confidence in boats.
  • Sound Sharks: Sound Sharks is designed for 7 & 8 year old sailors. This course involves more on the water time developing sailing skills as well as fun on and off the water.
  • Cruise Control: Our ‘cruising’ sailors ages 9-13 that are interested in having fun and adventuring on the water. Whether the sailors are cruising a sunfish, 420, or opti cube, they will have a great time! This is a great class for sailors who have prior or no prior experience.
  • Race Teams Coach Clinic: We bring in a High Level Coach who specializes in coaching this class of boat of 420's and or Opti. The guest coach will be providing feedback to the participant sailors, sharing their passion, and sharing social networking skills. 

Two Weeks Classes:

  • Beginner Opti: This is a full day, two-week course designed for sailors new to sailing who are looking to start their path in racing. This program is designed for ages 9-12.
  • Opti Green: This is a full day, two-week course designed for experienced sailors ages 10-13 who would like to race or are interested in Opti Race Team.
  • Middle School / High School 420: This is a full-day, two-week course designed for our middle and high school sailors who have minimum sailing experience or are interested in joining a high school sailing team this fall.

Summer Race Teams: Requires full summer commitment (June-August) or half summer (June-July or July-August). R full summer commitment (June-August) or half summer (June=-July or July-August)

  • Opti Green: This is designed for experienced sailors ages 10-13 who want to race or are interested in the Opti Race Team.
  • Opti, Laser, 420 Race Team: Teams are for sailors who want to compete and grow skills around their boat of choice. Race team sailors are comfortable with intermediate sailing skills and ready to advance in a more competitive environment. Our race team practices throughout the summer and attends regional regattas. 

Wanting to enroll or need more details regarding the Summer Race Team? Reach out to Waterfront Director Jack at jack.gower@carolinayachtclub.org.


Sailing Camp + Race Team Checklist

Bring the following to camp and practice every day:

  • Life jacket
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Close toed shoes
  • Breathable, sun protective clothing that can get wet
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (Please apply before arrival. We will re-apply throughout the day.)
  • Dry Towel
  • Dry change of clothes
  • Healthy Snack
  • Lunch (for all day classes)

The following are not permitted:

  • Sandals and flip flops
  • Ill fitting swimwear (Shorts are recommended over bikini bottoms.)
  • Muscle shirts

Families need to complete our codes of conduct and health waivers to participate in junior sailing programs.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • Please see our brochure HERE for our refund policy.
  • No refund will be given if a sailor cancels 14 days or less from the start date of program price.
  • No refund will be given if a sailor is a no show for a program.
  • No refunds will be given due to inclement weather.