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Please be advised that any decisions regarding the 2020 LYC Swim Team and 2020 LYC Sailing Camp/Advanced Sailing are currently on hold. 
As we all know, things are changing rapidly.  We are hopeful that when these programs are scheduled to start in mid-June, we will be back to what we know as normal.  However, the reality is that either way, people will be altering schedules as they relate to school, vacations, other camps and commitments, finances, etc.
We will work with everyone to reschedule sessions you have already signed up for and/or cancel with refunds.
We will need to do this in an organized fashion in conjunction with our registration providers.  When we are prepared for such adjustments, we will send another email with details.  In the meantime, if you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact our General Manager at
Greg Raschdorf            Beth Copeland                  Steve Nieblas                     Shaun Tyndall
General Manager          Pool Chair                        Sailing Chair                     Swim Team Chair

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. The class size is limited to 10 and the student instructor ratio is 5:1. Students learn the fundamentals of water safety and sailing in one of our 420's, RS Zests, or Hobie Waves. 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. Campers 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. 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.


Please note all pricing below includes a camp shirt and registration fee.

Cape Critter Program (morning only, 3x/wk)  

Member $210/ 3 day camp               Guest $250/ 3 day camp

        Ages 5-7 with NO SAILING EXPERIENCE.

•        Monday to Wednesday

•        9 AM to 12 PM

•        Boats: 420's


Morning Session                                   

Member $230/ 1 week camp          Guest $280/ 1 week camp

        Ages 8-18

•        Beginner and Intermediate groups

•        9 AM to 12 PM

•        Boats: Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420


Afternoon Session                                 

Member $230/ 1 week camp          Guest $280/ 1 week camp

       Ages 8-18

•        Intermediate and Advanced groups

•        1 PM to 4 PM

•        Boats: Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420


All Day Session                                     

Member $345/1 week camp           Guest $420/ 1 week camp

        Ages 8-18

•        Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced groups

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

•        Boats: Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420



Steve Nieblas, LYC Sailing Chair -


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?

When you arrive in the Regatta Room Monday morning, you can find your class table. 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.