Junior Sailing

Junior Sailing

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.

Program History

At the 1949 HYC annual meeting, the Board of Directors created a youth sailing program.  The first year of the Junior Program was held during the summer of 1950.  Since then, the Hampton Yacht Club has fielded many fine teams of young sailors winning many Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association junior club championships.  The first junior program building, the “Junior Shack”, was located on the current site of the Yacht Club.  A new building was constructed in 1975 and in 1997 was named in memory of long time racer, committee chair and junior supporter Tom Brady.  Outstanding junior members have become members of the U.S. Sailing Team, gone on to compete in the Olympic trials, coach championship collegiate teams, qualify for U.S. Bemis, Sears & Youth National Junior Championships, qualified for the North American & National Optimist Teams and have won numerous national sailing honors.  Many adult HYC members have come from the ranks of our outstanding Junior Program.  This summer the HYC Junior Program will celebrate its 70th anniversary!  

Programs & Camps

The Hampton Yacht Club offers all year round youth sailing including spring, summer, fall and winter sailing for all levels of sailors from beginners to our racing team.

HYC also hosts a regatta every summer called the HYC Annual Jr. Regatta. This regatta is open to Opti Green Fleet, Opti Red/White/Blue Fleets, c420, RS Feva and Laser Radial. We will be hosting our Annual Regatta on August 11, 2020.


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Learn About The Boats We Sail

Click on the type of boat in order to see their official homepage, giving you insight to what type of boat class your student will be getting involved in.
optimist dinghy

Optimist Dinghies

Number of boats in our fleet: 18

These boats are perfectly designed for young sailors to gain both confidence and independence without intimidating them.  They are also an International racing class with over 50,000 active members worldwide.


Number of boats in our fleet: 4

These boats are an international class of racing boat sized-down from the Olympic 470 Class with junior sailors in mind.  They are fast and light with spinnaker capability.

RS Fevas

Number of boats in our fleet: 6

6 brand new Fevas will be delivered in Spring 2019. This is the world’s leading double handed dinghy for youngsters and parent/child sailors. This boat has exciting performance, modern style (asymmetrical kite) and practical features.

Friday Womens Sailing team racing the sonar

Sonar Keelboat

Number of boats in our fleet: 6

These keelboats were donated to HYC and serve both the junior program and the adult HYC Sailing Center. The Sonars are a type of boat designed for everything, racing and casual cruising.

Race Committee anchored at the starting line

Motorized Chase Boats

Number of boats in our fleet: 6

Our chase boats allow our instructors to provide on-water coaching and serve as safety boats for our junior sailors.

HYC Junior Sailing Board
The Board oversees the development, promotion, and implementation of the HYC Junior Program.
  • John Blais, HYC Fleet Captain

  • Mariah Rule

  • Chris Pfrang

  • Christopher Johnson

  • Karen Sanzo