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Junior Sailing Program


Welcome to the Sandy Bay Sailing Program

We offer sailing lessons to sailors of all ages and abilities; from beginners to racers and cruisers, ages 8 and up.

Our beautiful location on T Wharf in historic Rockport, Mass. offers quick access to ocean sailing at its best. Our Junior Program uses 18 Optimist dinghies and 9 420’s. These dinghies are the choice of yacht clubs and sailing programs nationwide. They offer the student a sturdy platform on which to learn, while providing enough challenge to keep competent racers involved in the sport. Juniors are grouped by ability and there is a place for everyone including 8 year old beginners, older 13 or 14 year old beginners, right on up to the seasoned racer.

Our racing programs offer experienced sailors the opportunity to travel locally and regionally, competing against other sailors their own age.


In addition to wonderful sailing opportunities, Sandy Bay Yacht Club offers excellent social opportunities. All students become members of the Club (although parents are not required to become members, we encourage them to join). We encourage you to take advantage of junior cookouts, Sunday Morning Coffees, Chowder Day, and numerous other dinners and events.


Sailing is a social sport, and there’s no better place to get started than Sandy Bay Yacht Club. The SBYC Sailing Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and admits students of any race, color, religion, or national origin… scholarships are also available.

2022 Junior Program Dates

Junior Sailing Registration Is Open


(Marblehead Race Week - No classes July 25 - July 29)

Sessions for non racing classes (2 weeks each):
Session 1: June 27 - July 8 (no classes July 4)
Session 2: July 11 - July 22
Session 3: August 1 - August 12
Session 4: August 15 - August 26


Sessions for racing classes (4 weeks each):
Session 1 - June 27 - July 22 (no classes July 4)
Session 2 - August 1 - August 26



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