Program Overview

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2024 Swim/Sail Schedule
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The Hyannis Yacht Club Swim/Sail program is sponsored by the Hyannis Yacht Club Foundation. The summer program, offered to children six years of age and older (four years and older for the swimming program), is scheduled for eight weeks in June, July and August.

Learning to swim and sail safely while having fun is our program’s goal. Children spend their summer outdoors in a supervised environment with others their own age. They develop an understanding and respect for sailing and boating, improve their swimming skills, and have the opportunity to participate in local and regional competitive events. We have designed and implemented a curriculum, taught by qualified swimming and US Sailing certified instructors, to develop skills and provide appropriate resources for our participants. They enjoy a myriad of activities including: organized games, racing events, regattas, swim meets, and all kinds of supervised fun in and on the water. This creates an atmosphere of safety, fun, self-reliance, and good sportsmanship.

Children growing up through this program make life-long friends, and many return as instructors. Using the skills developed in our program, participants often sail or swim on their high school teams as well as compete at the college, national, and international level. We know that not all children are naturally competitive, so we make sure that there are always opportunities to just join in and have fun with friends in a safe learning environment. Many of our club’s current active members grew up through the program, and the connections go back through multiple generations. We make space in the program for new participants; it’s the only way to grow our club and make it stronger.

In addition to our Youth Program, we also offer an Adult Sailing Program for anyone who would like to learn to sail, begin to race, or improve upon their basic seamanship knowledge.

Youth Registration opened online in March 1, 2024. Registration for nonmembers will begin March 25, 2024. Parents with general or class placement questions should contact Emily Mezzetti, General Manager, 508 778 6100, Ext. 350;, prior to beginning the registration process.


C420 Clinics
420 Racing Clinics
Dates: June 8 - 9; June 22 - 23
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Levels: 420 Race Team
Price: $100/sailor per day
Coach(es): Caroline Young (head coach), additional coaches to be added based on registration volume
Description: The 420 Race clinic is geared towards preparing our 420 Race Team sailors for a summer of competition. Sailors will focus on boat handling essentials, racing strategy and tactics, and receive individualized feedback. These clinics will provide sailors the opportunity to transition to summer sailing if they sailed during the Spring season and work with a high-level coach to improve their skills. Sailors may come as a pair or individually. Please Note: HYC sailors will receive priority in registration for this event, but it will become open to the public. There is a cap of approximately 18 boats.

Laser Clinics
Introduction to Lasers
Dates: June 23
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Price: $40/day
HYC will provide boats for these introductory Laser experiences.  Skill development will include rigging and points of sail.  These clinics will jump start our sailors who have chosen or will choose to participate in our Learn to Sail Laser Class.  Sailors may choose to participate in one or both clinics.
Laser Race Clinic
Dates: June 15
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Price: $50/day
Join HYC's best Laser sailors and improve your racing skills.  Dr. Dave Penfield and a team of HYC Laser sailors will meet you at your skill level and help you to refine your  boat speed and tactics.

Optimist Clinics
Beginner Opti Clinics
Dates: June 9, June 15
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Levels: Incoming Opti 1 & 2 sailors
Price: $40/day
Coach(es): Caroline Martone (head coach), additional coaches to be added based on registration volume
Description: The Beginner Opti Clinics are geared towards reviewing the fundamentals of Opti rigging and sailing. Coaches will assist sailors in setting up their boats and making sure they are rigged correctly. On the water, coaches will focus on providing a safe and supportive environment for sailors to review foundational sailing skills such as tacking, gybing, safety position, and sailing from one point to another.
Advanced Opti/Opti Race Clinics
Dates: June 9, June 15
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Levels: Incoming Opti 3 & 4 sailors
Price: $50/day
Coach(es): Peter Cotoia (head coach), additional coaches to be added based on registration volume
Description: The Advanced Opti & Opti Race clinics are geared towards preparing our more experienced Opti sailors for a summer of racing. Coaches will assist sailors in setting up their boats and making sure they are rigged correctly. Coaches will provide sailors with instruction on racing essentials both on and off the water including starts, upwind and downwind sailing strategy, mark roundings, and more.