Summer Sailing Classes

 For Students Ages 8 to 18

PARENT ORIENTATION, KNOTS and 50 yard SWIM TEST on or before the first date of each session
(contact instructor for applications and information)

Level I (Beginning) Date: 13-17 June 2022
Level I (Beginning) Date: 20-24 June 2022
Level II (Advanced) Date: 2022 - TBD
Adult Sailing Class Date: 20-22 May 2022

 Level II is limited to ages 13 - 18 Level I graduates looking for a faster and more racing oriented sailing experience on sloop rigged performance dinghys

 On The Water Training each day from
9:00am - 4:00pm

 Contact our Education Director at

Cost is $225 per family for one student (deduct $75 if already a GCYC member)

Total Price covers the following:
 GCYC Annual Family Membership - including free boat use
 US Sailing Youth Membership
 US Sailing "Learn Sailing Right" Book
 US Sailing Discounts
 Training Handouts
 30 Hours of Instruction and UNLIMITED FUN!!!

This class is taught by certified US Sailing Small Boat Instructors with American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certificates.

Class size is limited to 12 students. Students will learn the skills necessary to care for and sail the club's Sunfish sailboats single-handed.

Adults can join the fun too! GCYC is offering a new 1 weekend clinic for adults interested in learning to sail.


The club maintains a fleet of Sunfish sailboats. The Sunfish is a small sailing dinghy utilizing a pontoon-type board-shaped hull with a lateen sail mounted on an un-stayed mast. Developed by Alcort, Inc. around 1952 as a wood hull design improvement of their Sailfish, it was changed to fiberglass a few years later. Having a lateen sail with its simple two line rigging makes the Sunfish simple to set-up and learn the basics of sailing.

In 1995 the Sunfish was recognized by The American Sailboat Hall of Fame for being “the most popular fiberglass boat ever designed, with a quarter million sold worldwide”. Today, the Sunfish remains the most popular sailboat of its type and has served as the classroom for several generations of sailors, including some club members.

Flying Junior (FJ)

In 2013, the club bought and restored several Flying Juniors (FJ) at the request of youth sailing graduates looking for the next step in their sailing development. The FJs will be used as the platform for the Level II class now being offered.

The FJ was originally designed in 1955 in the Netherlands to serve as a training boat for the then Olympic-class Flying Dutchman. With a beam of 4'11" and an overall sail area of 100 square feet, the FJ is an ideal class for young sailors.

Today the FJ is sailed worldwide with a International FJ-Class World Championship held annually. It is still popular in High School and Collegiate programs across the United States.

Youth Sailing History

A Youth Sailing Program was added as one of the many club activities during the spring of 1997. This program is designed to instruct young sailing enthusiasts about seamanship, safety and the joys of sailing.
Our certified US Sailing instructors put the young mariners through their paces and give them the skills necessary to safely handle a small sailboat. Graduates have the opportunity to advance their skills by moving up to the club's fleet of larger FJ (Flying Junior) sloops.

Youth Sailing Program Archives