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Please Note - Sailing School Registration is now open for 2021.  Please click the link above.  
For the 2021 season our programs will go forward as planned with strict protocols in place and with reduced registration from previous years. If the class you prefer is full, you will be put on a waitlist.  You will be notified and we will try to accommodate your request if possible.  Hopefully, as the season approaches, we will be able to increase our class limits to numbers we are more accustomed to.
We want to assure everyone that we will have strict protocols in place, similar to last year and as outlined by US Sailing, CDC, State of Delaware and local authorities and adapted for our facility.  We are looking forward to a fun and successful 2021 season!

For further assistance and/or questions, please contact Sailing Director Tyler Myers at sailingschool@lewesyc.com.     

The 2021 Sailing Banquet is scheduled for Sunday, August 15
 

Cape Critters Program

The Cape Critters Program is designed for children ages 5-7 years old that have no sailing experience. It is a ½ day program that begins at 9 AM and concludes at 12 PM, Monday through Wednesday or Thursday and Friday.. The class size is currently limited to 3 and the student instructor ratio is 3:1. Students learn the fundamentals of water safety and sailing in one of our RS Zests, or Hobie Waves.  They will be introduced to the popular Optimist sailboat designed for ages 8-14 (under 120lbs).The program emphasizes teamwork and fun while sailing as a group with one instructor. Students will learn basic sailing terminology, how to rig and de-rig the boat, steering and sail control and what to do in emergency situations. Sailors also participate in fun team building relays and beach activities. When on the water, the instructor will rotate campers throughout a series of jobs; including steering and sail trim.

 

Morning/Afternoon/All Day Program

Students can attend a 3 hour morning or afternoon session, or they can attend a 7 hour all day clinic with a one hour lunch included. There are three levels; beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students are placed in groups based on previous experience and instructor assessments. Opti sailboats are utilized to teach basic sailing skills, building confidence as they progress to intermediate and advanced. Students sailing skills and interest may transition to Zests, Sunfish, Lasers, Hobies, 420’s, and other boats. Once in a group, students are placed in boats based on their size.  Students will sail Opti’s, Sunfish, Lasers, 420’s, and other boats.  Throughout each program, students are taught basic seamanship, water safety, proper sail trim and steering, rigging and de-rigging,  launching and landing, and capsizing and recovery. Each day includes a brief pre and post sail chalk talk, with the majority of the time dedicated to being on the water.

 

Day Clinics

LYC hosts Saturday clinics geared towards helping members learn to sail or enhance sailing skills. Clinics include ladies, junior/senior and adult as well as seminars on racing techniques and windsurfing.

 

Cape Critter Program (morning only, M-W or Th-F)  

        Ages 5-7 with NO SAILING EXPERIENCE.

•        Monday to Wednesday

•        9 AM to 12 PM

•        Boats: Hobie Wave

 

Morning Session                                   

        Ages 8-18

•        Beginner and Intermediate groups

•        9 AM to 12 PM

•        Boats: Zest/Hobie Wave/Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420

 

Afternoon Session                                 

       Ages 8-18

•        Intermediate and Advanced groups

•        1 PM to 4 PM

•        Boats: Zest/Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420

 

All Day Session                                     

        Ages 8-18

•        Intermediate and Advanced groups

•        9 AM to 4 PM (12-1=lunch/swim break)

•        Boats: Zest/Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should my sailor bring to summer sailing lessons?

A: Sunglasses, Hat, Water bottle, Swim outfit, Sunscreen, Towel, Lunch (for Full day), Life Jacket, Closed Toed shoes that can get wet

 

Q: Does my sailor need a life vest?

A: YES! Sailors need to bring their own life jacket. Your PFD should be Coast Guard approved and the right size for your sailor. We have a bin of life jackets that students can borrow if they occasionally forget.

 

Q: Where can I drop off/pick up my sailor from LYC Sailing School?

Please drop your sailor off outside the Regatta Room Monday morning and register with the instructor at the table.  They will direct you to the proper location.  For the safety of your sailor, please check in and out. Drop off and pick up starts at 8:50 am. Please find the Sailing Director to approve contact information!  The AM and Cape Critters end at noon and Full and PM lessons end at 4pm. The kids will be waiting for you in the Regatta Room to pick them up. Please confirm pick-up with the Sailing Director or an Instructor so that we know your child has been picked up safely. All non-member AM/Cape critters need to be checked out before 12:15pm

 

Q: Will there be a swim check?

A: Instructors give a swim check Monday morning to ensure comfort and safety in and around the water.

 

Q: What happens when the weather is too bad to sail?

A: Safety is our #1 priority. If the weather does not permit us to sail we will bring class inside to do sailing related activities and team building exercises until conditions improve.

 

Q: What if we have to cancel?

A: Students who cancel three weeks prior to the program start date receive a full refund. Within two weeks prior to the start date, the student receives a 50% refund. Inside of two weeks there will be no refund.