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Youth Summer Sailing

Youth Summer Sailing – Open to Non Members

Our camp offers morning, afternoon, and full-day sessions for kids ages 7 to 18, looking to learn more about the basics of sailing/racing, and kids that are interested in on-the-water adventures. Lessons run weekly from June 10th until August 9th. For more information on the difference between our sailing and adventure class, 

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In the event of a waitlist, members will take priority.
If you're interested in working at our junior sailing program contact Caden Wheeler with your resume and US Sailing Certification. 
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With the first week of camp starting this Monday, I just wanted to send a thank you for supporting Jr. Sailing here at the James Island Yacht Club. This Summer is going to be more packed with activities and with new boats that we have added to our fleet over the past 9 months since last year. 

There are a few things that I just want to remind people of what to bring and expect. The current structure of the program is as follows. 

0830 - Gates will open and drop off begins 

0900 - Classes begin 

1130 - Sailors return back to the docks 

1200 - Lunch begins ( Pick up for AM sessions and Drop Off for PM Sessions begins)

1300 - PM Sessions begin

1600 - Sailors return back to the docks 

1700 - Day and Program Concludes 

Now, if you are in the afternoon sessions, you are more than welcome to drop your sailor off at the beginning of lunch and at 1300, either way works. 

What to bring 

  • Your child will need a life jacket to be able to participate in/on the water. Please be sure that it is for their appropriate weight. If you need to purchase one, Amazon has great deals on good brands such as Stohlquist, Spinlock, Gill, etc. 

  • Gloves for sailing: gardening gloves with dipped grip on the palms, or regular sailing sport gloves. 

  • Water bottle

  • Sunscreen 

  • Towel

  • Closed toed shoes (Crocs, Walmart Water Shoes, sailing boots are all great choices)

  • Appropriate gear for the weather. 

  • A watch with a timer that is waterproof  ( Advanced, 420 classes only) 

 After Camp Activities

So at the end of each day, the CHS Harbor stays busy with regards to the sailing world. This one applies to the C420 Class, but on Tuesdays, the College of Charleston puts on a great practice race from 5:45 - 7:30. It’s $10 to join each week and you are allowed to use their boats. Wednesdays are best suited for the adults and/or more advanced sailors as CORA (Charleston Ocean Racing Association) runs 1 race that will take you all over the Harbor. Please contact me directly if you are interested in joining and I’ll try to figure out a boat for you to go on. Last But not least, Thursday Night Racing at JIYC. This is a really informal/ fun way to get into racing and testing your sailors skills at what they learned! This will start at 6:30p on Thursdays, and parents are more than welcome to come and hang out here at JIYC.

Caden Wheeler
JIYC Sailing Director