As a family club, AYC takes its young members very seriously and makes sure they have plenty of activities to keep them busy, socially involved and happy to be at the lake with their parents. Young children are welcome to accompany their parents in most situations, and the Club grounds provide a safe environment for older kids to roam freely with friends of their own. In addition to our sandy swimming beach, which has a lifeguard on summer weekends and is an unstructured but ongoing attraction for both kids and their parents, organized activities for children of members include the following:
AYC Kids Club (Play Yard Baby-sitting)
Organized and run by sailing parents whose children are too young to be left on shore without supervision. A group babysitter is hired on race days. The children are kept together at the play yard and the cost is very reasonable. It is a great chance for the children to get to play together and the parents to sail.
For more info, contact Jennifer & Mike Garrett
AYC Junior Yacht Club
For Juniors age twelve through high school. Aside from their many sailing activities, this group also holds regular meetings and scheduled activities such as volleyball, cookouts and campouts at the lake, or pizza parties, skating & sleepovers in town. The Juniors also annually select a charity, which they support with collection from the Club church services they conduct for the adult members on Sundays from June through Labor Day. They have their own officers, as well as an adult advisor.
Junior Week is a one-week resident sailing camp for children of club members ages twelve through eighteen. The camp focuses on sailing classes during the day but also includes fun evening activities.
Junior Week is a great value because the camp is run by volunteers. To support this effort, parents of campers are required to volunteer at least one full day per camper (or the equivalent).
Applicants must be at least 11 years old and not yet 19 before January 1, 2013. Registration is open to children of club members.
Grandchildren of club members and other extended family members will be considered on a space available basis.
For children age six through high school. Spring and summer classes are offered at two levels: Learn to Sail (age six and up) and Learn to Race (must have successfully completed Learn to Sail class). Children and relatives of Club members have first priority in classes, but as long as space permits, children of non-members are invited to apply.
Opti Racing Clinics occur twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. These clinics offer an opportunity for kids to learn and fine-tune their skills of one-design sailboat racing.
While this fleet is not strictly for Juniors, the Laser is a popular boat among teenagers because of the kids' size, athletic ability / agility and annoying habit of beating their parents in races. Many of our Intermediates and all of our Advanced Junior Training students sail Lasers in class for several years, giving them excellent boat handling skills and competitive experience to bring to fleet races and regattas by the time they are ready to travel. The club owns ten sets of 4.7 sails and rigs for sail training - these sails are for lighter-weight sailors or for less-experienced sailors on stronger wind days. The Juniors own a quadruple-deck Laser trailer, available for their use when attending out-of-town regattas. After leaving our program, our top junior Laser sailors often continue sailing competitively in college.
AYC Junior Championship Regatta
Sunday September 1, 2013