Junior Sailing

2016 Registration Now Open!!

North Cove Yacht Club provides a learning environment to promote the sport of sailing.  The objective of the Club's Junior Sailing Program is to teach sailing in a safe and structured environment to any interested youth.
NCYC employs qualified, certified US Sailing Association instructors who, along with the Junior Sailing Committee oversee our programs.  These instructors are also certified in CPR and First Aid.  NCYC's programs are based on US Sailing's "Start Sailing Right".

There will be three two-week sessions. Please note that each session is ten days, (except for the first, which excludes the July 4th Holiday) meeting from 9:00 until 3:00 on weekdays.

Youth ages 9 through 15 as of August 1, 2016, may apply for enrollment in one, two or all three sessions. Each session will provide instruction for both beginners and intermediate sailors.  In addition to instruction, those students recommended by the staff will be encouraged to sail in the Edward Godfrey Junior Sailing Racing Series on Monday evenings from about 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm through out the six week program.

    This year's tuition fees:

    • $490 per session for Non-Club member students
    • $390 per session for students related to Club members
    • Online registration (NEW for 2016)

    Course Description:

    Click here for full course description.

    Course Requirements:

    • SWIMMING ABILITY – Students must be able to swim at least 25 yards and float or tread water without a life jacket for a minimum of five minutes. Parents or guardians must sign a statement so certifying.
    • LIFE JACKETS - Students must have a properly sized U.S. Coast Guard approved, life jacket. The life jacket must be worn, properly buckled, at all times while in boats, on docks or floats. Students without a properly sized life jacket or students not wearing them properly will be excluded from class.
    • WILLINGNESS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS – The objective of our program is to give students the best learning opportunity possible. This requires that students not disrupt classes and that they follow instructions. When on the water, this also becomes an issue of safety. Students who require medication during the school year for ADHD are urged to have discussion with their MD concerning continuation of their medication during sailing lessons, as this is a learning environment requiring attentiveness to complex tasks.
    • Bullying Policy (coming soon)


    Meet the 2016 Head Instructor, Amy Vinciguerra.


    Each session every student earns a rank. These ranks in order from most basic to most advanced are as follows:
    • crew I – Beginner
    • crew II – Beginner
    • mate I – Advanced Beginner
    • mate II – Advanced Beginner
    • skipper I – Intermediate
    • skipper II – Intermediate
    • captain – Intermediate

    Most beginners receive either crew I, crew II, or mate I, while the intermediates receive the higher ranks.

    Each student has a hard copy of the rank criteria stapled inside the back cover of their Start Sailing Right book. 

    Throughout the session instructors highlight the skills that each student has demonstrated. On the rank sheet the criteria for a specific category is separated by a double slash into the different requirements for each rank. 


    We can only accept a limited number of students in each session, so submit your online registration as soon as possible. Last year the sessions were filled by the end of February. Applications are considered on a first come first serve basis so do not send or leave your application at the Club as the delay in submission could cost the student a seat in the session. 
    Please read the full course description (above) carefully before submitting your online registration. Once your online registration is processed, you will receive a Student Profile and Emergency Contact Information form for completion.  If you do not wish to submit an online registration, please contact Melissa Mason, NCYC Jr Sailing Registrar at masonahoy@gmail.com or 860-388-2062 for instructions.
    • To register online, click on the desired Junior Sailing Program below
    For more information about the program, contact Junior Sailing Co-Chairs Melissa Pardi (pardi4@comcast.net) or Lou Vinciguerra (louvinci@gmail.com).