Welcome to the CYC Junior Sailing Program! We offer sailing opportunities for youths of all abilities—from beginning sailors to advanced racers.
CYC has the equipment, location, coaching, and attitude to help children explore their independence while learning sportsmanship, building character, and making new friends in a fun and safe environment.
CYC hosts the Ballard High School race team, a middle school and high school team, and two opti teams. Join our race team as young as 8!
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. For older sailors, we have a fleet of Vanguard 15s, FJs, and several Lasers.
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. We have hired a professional Director of Junior Sailing to take our program to the next level.
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.
If you'd like to support the Junior's Program, donate today!
Questions about refunds, cancellations due to COVID, or rescheduling? Check out our 2021 CYC Refund Policy.pdf for more information!