Slots still available in OYC's youth sailing program

CONTRIBUTEDStudents in a prior youth sailing program run by Olcott Yacht Club try out their newfound skills on Lake Ontario. 

The 2019 youth sailing program at Olcott Yacht Club will start Monday morning at the club docks in Olcott. A rumored delay due to high water is false and the wide open safe harbor is the likely initial site for on-the-water exercises, according to spokesman Hank Hinckley.

The youth sailing program is open to all youths aged 7 to 18 years. Three, two-week sessions are planned, with classroom and on-the-water instruction, between July 8 and Aug. 16. Instruction takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Classes are kept small, with a student-teacher ratio of less than 10:1.

The 2019 youth sailing program director is Ethan Sharp and the assistant director is Elisa Schneider. 

Training is done in both Optimist dinghies and Club 420s and several levels of instruction are taught, all with an emphasis on safety, fun, sportsmanship, cooperation and competition. The curriculum follows the U.S. Sailing Association format and instructional staff, many of whom went through the program themselves, are all U.S. Sailing and American Red Cross certified.

The program fee is $495 for each two-week session and $1,300 for all six weeks. Scholarships are available through OYC’s Women’s Yachting Association and Island Yacht Club.

A video clip of the program can be viewed at

For more information about the program, contact: Head instructor Ethan Sharp at or (585) 205-3005; Fleet Captain Vic Thibault at or 778-7749; or junior committee chair Mark Cassidy at or 778-9028.

Visit OYC’s website at .