Welcome to the CYC Junior Sailing Program! CYC offers sailing opportunities for youths of all abilities—from beginning sailors to advanced racers.
CYC has the equipment, location, coaching, and attitude that will help children explore their independence while learning sportsmanship, building character, and making new friends in a fun and safe environment.
From June through August, CYC offers sailing camps to youth with all levels of experience. CYC offers a fun, safe way for your child to enjoy sailing. Our instructors use a proven curriculum to engage young sailors while maintaining CYC’s philosophy of exploring independence, building character and helping others.
Friday Open Sailing
Our popular Friday Open Sailing for Kids will be offered every Friday from June 29th to August 24th. This program lets children who have enrolled in a sailing camp or whose family are CYC members enjoy free time on the water in a less structured but safe and supportive manner.
Guppies (ages 4-7)
Guppies is an introductory sailing program for young children, ages 4-7, that coincides with our warmest days on the water. This introduction to boats and water helps young sailors enjoy their first taste of sailing in a fun, safe, non-intimidating environment and helps them prepare for future summer camps.
Why should your child’s sailing journey start at CYC?
Our Equipment – Our fleet of Optimist Pram sailing dinghies are designed specifically for youth sailing; forgiving for the beginner, while providing a platform to teach the subtleties to intermediate and advanced youth sailors. We have recently added Vanguard 15s to our dinghy fleet. These allow older youth to learn sailing and provide a venue for double-handed sailing for older youth.
Our Location – Shilshole Bay is a perfect place for learning to sail. Summers are famous for bringing in light air conditions to the Sound that is perfect for beginners. Luckily, Shilshole’s local thermal winds during summer allow your child to have enough wind to sail.
Our Instructors and Coaches – All instructors are U.S. Sailing certified, CPR/First Aid trained, and have passed a WA State background check. Many have years of personal sailing and teaching experience and some are collegiate sailors.
Our Community – Your child’s sailing adventure does not stop after a few weeks of learn to sail. We are building a full youth sailing program that allows your child the opportunity to keep getting out on the water throughout the year. We focus on developing a family atmosphere where everyone is supportive of each other and new friends are found.
In the News - junior sailing participation is increasing. Read about the Youth Movement in the most recent Turkey Bowl