Program Overview - Cedar Point Yacht Club
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Our Mission: Help junior sailors experience the joy of sailing and sailboat racing. To promote ethical behavior and the teaching of life-long lessons, which seek to build character, foster teamwork and strengthen respect for self and others.

Registration for Summer 2020 is now open
Contact us at if you have any questions. 

Programs for all ages, skill levels and racing/recreational interests:
(age requirements below are by end of calendar year)

Below information also available in a PDF Program Brochure
(printable in color, double sided - flip on short edge)

Youngsters Introduction to Sailing (6-7 year old)
  • 1 week sessions (max. 2 weeks per child per summer)
  • Puddle Ducks (6 yo) – explore sailing with instructor on board
  • Basin Bandits (7 yo) – explore sailing with instructor near by
  • Boat: Optimist (one person boat), included in the program fee

Optimist (8-14 year old)
  • 4 or 8 week sessions
  • Recreational (with intro to racing): Beginner to Advanced (AM)
  • Racing: Intermediate (AM), Advanced (PM)
  • Boat: Optimist (one person single sail boat designed to teach sailing and feel safe for young sailors, raced from club levels to international competition); 
    Own or charter/rent a boat

RS Feva (12-16 year old)
  • 4 or 8 week sessions
  • Recreational (with intro to racing): Beginner to Advanced (all PM)
  • Racing Focus (PM session)
  • Boat: RS Feva (modern two person boat for teens with two sails plus asymmetric spinnaker, raced from club levels to international competition); 
    Own or charter/rent a boat
Laser (14-18 year old)
  • 4 or 8 week sessions
  • Racing Focus (PM session)
  • Own boat needed (no club boats available for charter/rent)
  • Boat: Laser (one person single sail boat raced worldwide from club levels to international and Olympic competitions, well into adulthood)(Radial Rig for 110+ lbs sailors, Full Rig for 130+ lbs sailors); Own a boat, no club boats available.
Club 420 (14-18 year old)
  • 8 week session only
  • Racing Focus (PM session)
  • Signup for our "team training program" as a crew/skipper pair or individually and our instructors will pair you up
  • Bring your own boat or charter/rent one from our club
  • Boat: Club 420 (two person boat for teens young adults used from club to high school to college competition, two sails plus symmetric spinnaker and a trapeze); 
    Own or charter/rent a boat
Big Boat (14-18 year old)
  • 8 week session (practice times vary, incl. overnights and weekends)
  • Intermediate to Advanced (for experienced sailors interested in teamwork, navigation, seamanship and long distance and overnight passages/racing across Long Island Sound)
  • Add-on program for Feva/Laser/420 sailors (additional fee req. – contact us:
  • Boat: 6-8 person keel boat with instructor on board

Program FAQ:

  • Junior sailors can enter the program at any age (6-18) and any skill level, and will be paired up with kids of similar skill/age/interest by their instructors
  • Some will want to participate recreationally and may occasionally race; others may pursue a dedicated race track
  • Kids will learn boat rigging, sailing, weather, navigation, teamwork, etc. as they progress
  • Sailors often come back year after year to grow their skills, try new boats and make new friends
  • Tracks & Boat Progression:
    Recreational: Opti->Feva->Big Boat (can move in/out of Racing track dep. on skill and interest)
    Racing: Opti->Race Opti->Race Feva/Laser/420/Big Boat (can move in/out of Recreational or change boats depending on interest)
  • You will need to purchase your own boat or rent it for a season from our club or local business like Used boats usually avail. for sale from other club members – contact registration.
  • Safety is our primary concern – all instructors are CPR and US Sailing instructor certified, everyone wears life jackets, we use multiple safety boats, monitor for bad weather and stay on shore if needed