Youth Sailing


The sign-up process is almost the same as last year. Members who register before April 1st will get a discount of $220 on all sailing classes. Students who sail must also sign up for swimming until they complete Community Water Safety/Basic Water Rescue. The cost of the swimming classes is included in the cost of the sailing classes, so when checking out, please choose "With Sail." Nonmembers can register beginning April 1st. If you have any questions about which class to sign your child up for, please email Emily Mezzetti, General Manager,

Adult Learn to Sail classes are also open for members to Register beginning March 1st, with a $220 discount until April 1st.

This year the only option to pay for your classes is "On Account." Once you have charged the cost of the classes, you can bring up your account online and pay with your credit card or bank account. All Youth Program fees must be paid in full by June 15th or your daughter/son will not be allowed to attend classes. Any questions, please call the club, 508-682-1780, and ask for advice.

New for 2022, our Sailing Program Director, Dave Penfield, will be teaching Laser Learn to Sail and Laser Learn to Race classes weekly. Adults are welcome.

Also new for 2022, following registration, members will receive an email to complete and sign the Student's Medical Form through Docusign. Paper forms will not be accepted. If you miss it or lose the email, contact the club and ask for your form to be re-sent.

Preseason weekend day clinics for Opti, 420, and Lasers will be running in June. When we have the details worked out, registration will be in the same place.

The sailors will be matched to various levels of sailing ability in the Sail Program. These class descriptions and progression steps are listed below. Progression is dependent upon the sailor's acquired skill levels during the program and previous year's efforts. Swimming participation is required for all sailing program participants until completion of the Community Water Safety/Basic Water Rescue (CWS/BWR) level defined by HYC. Refer to the swim program for a description of its classes.

Sailing Classes

PW (Pee Wee) Sailors

PW (Pee Wee) 

Age 6-7
Boats: Hunter 140, RS Quest, J-22

3 days/week, 3 hour class
MWF 10AM - 12PM

The PW class is designed as an introduction to boats, sailing, and seamanship. Focus is on beginning "rules of the road” and good sportsmanship. Students will start off with 3 or more students in a Hunter 140 or RS Quest with a JI (Jr Instructor). They will learn about steering and how to use a jib and a mainsail. As students gain confidence in the boat the goal is to remove the JI so that the students are sailing on their own. Students will rotate in the different positions on the boat so that they learn each position. 

Seaman 1 & 2

SEAMAN level 1 (Age 7-8) and level 2 (Age 8-9) 
(Level 1 & 2 meet at the same time)

Age: 7-9
Boats: Hunter 140’s, RS Quests, J-22

3 days/week, 3 hour class
TTh 9AM-12PM & W 1-4PM

Depending on their level, students will sail either with or without an instructor on board. Rules of the road and sportsmanship are critical as sailors begin to sail without an instructor. A typical scenario is three students to a boat, unless in a J-22 when we would have four to a boat.  On the J-22 there will always be an instructor for safety purposes, but the goal is for them to become an observer, giving instruction and tips, rather than participating in sailing the boat.  Students will be grouped so that they have a great social experience while learning more about the basics of sailing.


Age: 9-10
Boats: Hunter 140, Quest,  J-22, Open Bic Skiff

3 days/week, 3 hour class
MTTh 1-4PM

The Mates' class is an extension of the Seaman class, where students learn to hone the skills that they were introduced to in Seaman 1 and 2. Sailors are typically choose between Mates and Opti Beginner. The goal of the Mates class is to establish a core understanding of the importance of teamwork on the multi-crew boats (Hunter 140, Quest,  J-22) and eventually  try out the Open Bic Skiff. 



Age: 10-11 (4th-5th grade)
Boats: Quest, J-22, Open Bic Skiff

3 days/week, 3 hour class
TTh 9AM-12PM & Fr 1-4PM

Skippers is an age based class with a variety of different boats for those that do not choose to take the Optimist path at this point. Skippers will gain experience and confidence sailing on their own as well as  with teammates. The goal is for this group to be sailing on their own without an instructor on board (except on the J-22). There will be basic level instruction  on how to use a chart and compass.  The Open Bic Skiff will give them a taste of a higher performance single-handed boat, similar to the performance jump from the Hunter to the Quest. At this level we will add "rules of the road."


CAPTAINS (Adventure)

Age: 12 (6th grade)
Boats: RS Quest, J-22, 420, Open Bic Skiff, Laser 4.7, Sailboard

3 days/week, 3 hour class
MTTh 1-4PM

Captains is an age based class that is a continuation of Skippers. The emphasis of this class is not about racing in the traditional opti/420 track, but on continuing to try out new boats and experiences, and on developing life long sailing skills. We recognize that sailors may change their minds on what interests them as they experience more sailing options so the class is designed to be fluid so that a sailor is continuously trying out new things and can update and change their focus.
We will challenge the sailors with higher performance planing boats both as a solo sailor and with a crew, which means more fun for the participants. We will give them a taste of 420 sailing with the trapeze and spinnaker as well as use of the A-Symetrical spinnaker on the Quest. We will continue to have them work on boat-handling in the Open Bic Skiff and also have them tryout the Laser 4.7. Continued instruction in navigation and utilizing these skills to plot courses to fun destinations is all part of this adventure class. We will include opportunities for sailing not only in the J22 but also in larger keelboats such as PHRF and Cruising class boats, and anticipate including overnight adventures.  We will also spend time on introductory power boat skills to help our sailors become more well rounded “boaters.”

Opti 1


Age: 8-10
Boat: Opti (supplied by participant)

3 days/week, 3 hour class

This course is a basic introduction on how to rig and sail an Optimist. Typically sailors are choosing between Mates and Opti Beginner. Sailors  must have completed the requirements of Seaman 1 and 2 or have the permission of the Sailing Director to start in either Opti 1-A orOpti 1-B. Participants must have foundational knowledge of the rules of the road, sportsmanship, and basic boat-handling.

Opti 2

Age: 9-11
Boat: Opti (supplied by participant)

3 days/week, 3 hour class
TTh 9AM-12PM & W 1-4PM

The Opti 2 course focuses on honing boat-handling skills and “getting your head out of the boat.” Rules of the road and sportsmanship are paramount. Although racing is not a requirement of the course, we will be utilizing a starting line and marks to instill an understanding on how to get to a destination in the most efficient way. This course adds more building blocks to their opti experience in preparation for moving up to Opti classes that focus more on racing. One of the goals is participation in the Hyannis Youth Invitational.

Opti 3

OPTI 3 (Traveling Green Fleet)

Age: 9-12
Boat: Opti (supplied by participant)

4 days/week, 3 hour class

This class is the precursor to Opti Race. This course is for the more advanced Opti sailor who wants to move in the racing direction. This course will prepare them for Green level (Beginning Racing) Opti Regattas. There will be some traveling offered to those interested, but travel is not mandatory.

Opti 4/Race

OPTI 4/RACE (Championship Fleet)

Age: 9-15
Boat: Opti (supplied by participant)

5 days/week, 3 hour class

The Opti Race team will have three levels based on age but the team will often break out the practices based on skill level:

White (10 years old or younger)
Blue (11 or 12 years old) 
Red (13 years old or older) 

Coaches will work with the sailors to determine which regattas make the most sense for each participant. The goal is to challenge our sailors and ensure that they are not locked into a certain level. Coaches will be re-evaluating their skills and abilities throughout the season and will move sailors up or change their level at regattas as appropriate. Sailors on the Race Team  are committing to a large number of regattas and need to be aware of the time commitment due to travel. At regattas, parents are expected to work with the designated parent “regatta point person” (more info from the youth committee on this).  Regattas require signing up in advance, and the fees  will be the responsibility of the individual sailor/parent/guardian.

Introduction to C420's

INTRO TO C420’s 

Age: 13 and up
Boats: Club 420
4 days/week, 3 hour class
M 10AM-1PM TWF 9AM-12:00PM

For those interested in racing the class will offer an introduction to C420 sailing and the boat-handling that is critical for those that want to race. They will focus on the tactics and strategy of basic racing.This is a great primer for those that did not sail in the Opti Race track.
If you did sail in Opti Race and your goal is the 420 Race Team please check with Dave or Caroline as there may be an accelerated option for you to get racing sooner in C420’s. 

C420 Race Teams


A) Travel Race Team (at least 5 of 7 regattas)
B) Local Race Team (3 or more local regattas)

Age: 13 and up (6-8th grade)

Boats: Club 420, J-22
5 Days/week, 3 hours each day

Our focus this year is to foster the enjoyment of competing, with race results being a byproduct, and not the primary goal.  Everyone wins if they like to compete, whereas only one team wins if it is only about crossing the finish line first. 
All sailors new to the C420 Teams (Intro to C420 last season or new to the program) will work with the coaches at the start of the season to determine which group they should sail with. All members of the team will spend time both as a skipper and as a crew throughout the season to help foster their versatility and understanding of the integral role of both positions in the boat.  This means if you normally have only skippered, expect to spend some time as a crew being paired with both experienced and less experienced sailors. We are doing this to help foster a supportive and competitive culture that will help our team and team members improve throughout the entire summer season.

The club has 6 new 420’s and ten sets of race sails that are only used as travel race boats. This allows us to put our best foot forward on the race course equipment wise, but more importantly allows us to practice more efficiently at both race team levels so that our sailors have a great opportunity whether racing on the circuit or competing in more local events. We are asking the sailors who are on the Travel Race Team to commit to at least 5 of 7 regattas.  We will designate some days off based on the final regatta schedule. Even with the extensive race schedule, it is important that sailors practice so they can improve. Coaches will move sailors within the race teams depending on their commitment and focus to the teams. Coaches will also determine who sails with whom and there will be some switching up depending on the event or regatta.

At regattas, parents are expected to work with the designated parent “regatta point person” (more info from the Youth Committee on this). Regattas require signing up in advance, and the fees [which are not insignificant] will be the responsibility of the individual sailor/parent/guardian.

Laser Learn to Sail


AGE: 12 and up

Boats: Supplied by participant. A few club boats may be available. Contact Sailmaster Dave Penfield for information

1 day/ week W 9AM-12PM

This new offering will focus on developing Laser sailing skills. The Laser has been a challenging but rewarding fun boat to sail for the last 50 years. Proficiency in sailing these boats can open the door to racing in multiple events as both a youth and as an adult in the future, including the Olympics for both men and women. Different rig sizes provide options for participants depending on body weight. Contact Sailmaster Dave Penfield for advice.

Laser Race Clinics


AGE: 12 and up, Adults welcome

Boats: Supplied by participant. A few club boats may be available. Contact Sailmaster Dave Penfield for information

1 day / week Th 4PM-5:30PM, followed by optional HYC Laser fleet racing 6PM - 8PM

The lead instructor for this clinic will be Dave Penfield, and will focus on Laser racing skills. Optimal rigging and sail trim will be addressed, as well as specific skills such as tacking, gybing, starting, mark rounding, boat speed and tactics. Adults will be included, and we anticipate some of our friendly and experienced HYC fleet racers will join in to make this an excellent opportunity for youth racers to quickly learn and progress. A brief break between the clinic and the normal Thursday night races will allow for rest, hydration and nutrition. Coaching as appropriate will continue during the races for those enrolled.