Welcome Junior Sailors & Parents!
HYC Jr. Sailing Mission Statement:
“The mission of the HYC Junior Program is to develop sailing, seamanship, and racing skills in a safe, fun and structured environment for our youth. HYC Juniors will demonstrate respect and care for others, care for their equipment and always be willing to lend a helping hand both afloat and ashore. We will create skilled and confident young people who will be a lifelong credit to the Hampton Yacht Club and their community.”
The Hampton Yacht Club Junior program was established by the board in 1950. Since the inauguration of the program the club has had a rich history of producing graduates that would go on to become collegiate All-Americans, national and international coaches, and world champions. The junior program offers a variety of classes to meet the needs of a wide range of abilities throughout the entire year for sailors age 5-18. Program enrollment is open to anyone interested in learning how to sail and is not limited to HYC members. The sailing program follows a detailed curriculum that is delivered each day to the sailors by qualified instructors and coaches. The learning model that HYC unveiled in 2020 is designed to promote lifelong sailing in a variety of sailing disciplines, including both racing and non-racing, to provide a skill development path for every sailor. It is the recommendation of US Sailing that students experience a variety of boat types and sailing disciplines. The skills built at an early age lay the foundation for safe, fun, and successful sailing for a lifetime.
There is a blend of classroom training, land drills, instructor demonstration, on the water practice, and debriefs; however expect every day to incorporate something new and fun!!!
In addition to the instructional programs, juniors on the competitive track are encouraged to participate in regattas that are scheduled throughout the national circuit in the Optimist, Feva, c420, and other classes as they wish and/or eligible to compete. The junior program has assets for both Optis, Fevas, and c420s that are available for parents to use for out of town regattas. Click here for more information on junior race teams