Atlanta Yacht Club

AYC Junior Sailing Training Program

The Atlanta Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program is a fantastic way to learn to sail or improve sailing skills for sailors from 6 to 18 years old. Our instructors make the classes fun and informative.

2019 Junior Sailing Activities Information 

Junior Week

June 9 - 14, 2019 

Junior Sailing Training Schedule (see below for all dates and course information)
Registration for AYC members is now open. See registration links in course descriptions below.

Saturday Classes - June 1st, June 8th, June 15th, June 22, June 29th, July 6th, July 13, July 20

Learning to Sail - Level 1 "Guppies" - first time and newer sailors ages 6 - 8 OR for those who have not sailed before

Learning to Sail - Level 2 "Sharks" - ages 8 & up AND have sailed before - covers basic sailing skills

Learn to Race - for those who have completed Level 2  and are ready to race

Sunday Classes June 2nd, June 9th, June 16th, June 23rd, June 30th, July 7th, July 14th, July 21st

Learning to Sail - Level 1 "Guppies" - first time and newer sailors ages 6 - 8 OR for those who have not sailed before

Learning to Sail - Level 2 "Sharks" - ages 8 & up AND have sailed before - covers basic sailing skills

Learning to Sail a Double-handed boat - ages 9 & up and have taken a sailing class in the past - focuses on skippering and crewing on a 420 and becoming familiar with crewing on fleet boats

Class Information & Descriptions:

Class Name: Learning to Sail - Level 1 “Guppies”
Saturday OR Sunday

The objective of the beginner class is to familiarize students with the basics of sailing and to allow them to feel comfortable on the water. The students will learn safety skills such as righting a capsized boat, as well as basic rigging, de-rigging and tacking skills. Students will learn the parts of the boat, how to rig and launch a boat, basic sailing, and sailing terms. There will be a combination of shore sessions, fun, and on the water sailing. This is a non-competitive environment. We just want to get the kids hooked on sailing!

  • Must be 6 years old

  • New sailors or kids younger than 9 AND those who have never sailed before

  • Fun activities

  • Basics of sailing

  • 9AM – 11AM

  • Ask for parental involvement

  • Coaching: 1 paid coach, 1 club volunteer (changes week to week), heavy parental involvement

  • Use boats in swimming area, onshore games

Click here to register your SATURDAY GUPPIE

Click here to register your SUNDAY GUPPIE

Class Name: Learning to Sail - Level 2 “Sharks”

Saturday OR Sunday

The students will learn how to safely leave and return to the dock and will be able to sail independently. The basics of tacking, jibing, and docking will be covered. This class is for kids who have the basics covered and are ready to expand their skills. Sailors will work on sailing more efficiently including tacking, jibing, upwind and downwind sailing. Sailors must feel comfortable sailing independently. This class is a continuation of Beginner Sailing and a stepping stone to Beginner Racing based on the students interest.

  • Open to kids who have taken at least 1 year of Learning to Sail

  • Must be 8 years old and have sailed before

  • Covers basics of sailing

  • 9AM – 11AM.  Rigged and ready by 9

  • Encouraged to partake in the junior races

  • Coaching: 1 paid coach, 1 assistant coach (junior from club that rotates weekly)

Click here to register your SATURDAY SHARK

Click here to register your SUNDAY SHARK

Class Name: Learning to Race
Saturday ONLY

After students have completed Level 2 Classes or have participated in Learning to Race or Learning to Sail in the past. Students that have enjoyed learning the sport of sailing and would like to compete and have fun learning to maximize wind efficiency while racing their friends. In the course, the skills they will learn are (but not limited to): Starting Sequence, Basic Course Configuration, Rules of Racing, Mark Rounding, Maximizing Upwind Sailing Angles, Increasing Boat Speed, Boat Handling, Positioning for Speed, Roll Tacking and Jibing, Introduction to Tactics, Having a Race Strategy and More.

  • Kids with sailing experience who are ready to race or are already participating in regattas

  • 9AM to 12:30PM.  Rigged and ready by 9

  • Covers basics of racing

  • Junior races are part of the course.  Coaches will coach during races

  • Coaching: 1 paid Level 1 coach, 1 club volunteer (prefer with Level 1), safety boat

Click here to register your SATURDAY RACER

    Learning to sail a Double-handed boat
    Sunday ONLY

    This class is for older beginners who are new to sailing and sailors new to the 420 and other double-handed boats. Sailors must be at least 9 years old and must have taken a sailing class in the past.. The 420 provides older students the chance to learn in a double-handed boat. It will also teach previous Optimist sailors skills to sail in a double handed boat. Students will learn how to both crew and skipper. The focus of this class will be sailing as a fun, social sport. This class will also have the opportunity to sail in AYC Club Boats such as Yflyer, Snipe, and Thistle!

    • Open to kids who have taken at least 1 year of Learning to Sail class

    • Must be 9 years old 

    • Can take both a Saturday course and the Double-handed boat class

    • 9AM – Noon – Rigged and ready by 9

    • Covers basics of sailing and being a crew

    • Encouraged to sail in afternoon club races.  (Will try to get fleets to sponsor weeks to encourage kids to team up with skippers)

    • Will ask Fleets to participate for the kids to become familiar with our club fleet boats

    • Coaching: Club Volunteers.  1 adult, 1 junior, 1 safety.  Use fleet boats with fleet volunteers to take kids out and skipper/crew on fleet boats.

    Click here to register your SUNDAY DOUBLE-HANDED SAILOR

    AYC Jr. Sailing Program Information

    We will have an orientation meeting the first day of class. We will let the parents know that our classes are NOT drop off classes. Parents are required to stay close to the sailing area to help out where needed or just to be there for their child. We will have information about snack parents and volunteer opportunities at the orientation meeting. Throughout the summer we will have some sailing opportunities for parents during classes too.

    The first class will begin with a swim test. All kids will be required to swim the length of the dock and back with their life jackets, tread water for 5 minutes without life jackets and then put their life jacket on while in the water. Kids must have a properly fitting Coast Guard Approved life jacket.

    What to bring to every class:

    • Life Jacket with whistle attached
    • Water shoes (closed toe or sandals are okay - NO FLIP FLOPS)
    • Hat and/or sunglasses
    • Water bottle
    • Towel
    • Swimsuit
    • Sunscreen


    • Life Jackets and shoes are REQUIRED while on docks
    • Please be on time. When kids are late it, delays the class
    • Boats have to be rigged by the 9am start of class, except for the Guppies class. Rigging will be covered week 1. Boats rigged by 9am weeks 2-8. Parental assistance will be needed.

    Other Info:

    • We know that most families have other summer plans and that kids will miss class. This is okay. Our coaches will do their best to help get everyone up to speed after an absence.
    • In case of bad weather, we will still hold classes. We will do indoor activities on these days.
    • When you arrive at the Yacht Club entrance, pull up to the gate. It should be on Automatic and will open when you pull up to it. Classes will be help on the Opti dock in front of the clubhouse, waterside. Or in the lower level of the clubhouse Jr. Room.

    Questions? Please call/text Trixy Hanson 478-951-9098 or Joe Hanson 478-256-4223 Opti Junior Sailing Coordinators. You may also email

    Prices:  $125 Yacht Club Members; $225 non-members, If a student wants to sign up for the Learn to Sail a double-handled boat class along with another class the class price would be $75.00 for the 2nd class.  T-shirts will be available for purchase for $20 and Polos available for purchase for $25. These shirts have the logo with Jr. Sailing Racing Team below the burgee.

    In order for your registration to be final, Please send check made out to Atlanta Yacht Club, along with a competed liability waiver to:
    Trixy Hanson, Jr. Training Coordinator
    2614 Stanislaus Circle
    Macon, GA 31204

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