LCYC Junior Sailing Program - Registration

Program Overview

Registration for LCYC members starts February 1
Registration for non-members starts February 15

The priorities of our program are:

  • Safety
  • Fun
  • Developing a lifelong passion for sailing
  • Fostering a sense of stewardship for the environment

All of our Instructors have extensive sailing experience and are US Sailing certified, with Red Cross First Aid, CPR qualifications and they maintain state-level Boaters Safety licenses.

Important program information:

  • You do NOT need to be a LCYC member to participate in our junior sailing program.
  • Participants need to be between 8 and 17 years old or have finished the 2nd grade.
  • Participants must be able to swim. A swimming test will be given on the first day of each session.
  • Participants must come to class every day with an approved life preserver (Type II or Type III).
  • For full-day sessions, participants need to bring a lunch.


When registering you will need to select a class based on ability level. Click on the link for details or scroll down.

Some sessions fill-up quickly so be sure to register early!

Please note: LCYC Members have priority sign-up from February 1 - February 14.

Week Dates AM (9a-12p) PM (1p-4p)
1 6/17 - 6/21 Beginner Intermediate
2 6/24 - 6/28 Beginner Intermediate
3 7/1 - 7/3* All Day - Race clinic
4 7/8 – 7/12 All Day - Advanced Race Week: Champ Chase Regatta (MBBC)** / All Day Intermediate (separate classes)
5 7/15 – 7/19 Beginner / Intermediate Beginner / Intermediate
6 7/22 – 7/26 Intermediate All Girls - All levels
6 7/22 – 7/26 Race Week: Cheeseburger Regatta - Lake George Club **
7 7/31 – 8/4 All Day - All Levels Adventure Week***
8 8/5 – 8/9 All Day - All Levels Adventure Week***

*Session #3 is only 3 days this year due to the 4th of July holiday.

**Sailors must attend the Week 3 Race Clinic session to participate in Weeks 4 & 6 Advanced Race Weeks and regattas.

***Sailor should have one previous session or similar sailing experience to participate in the Adventure Week


Half Day Full Day
Sessions #1,2,4,5,6,7 & 8 (5 days) $240 $480
Session #3 (3 days) $145 $290

There is a 10% discount for signing up for multiple sessions and a 5% discount for multiple family members.

Coupon Codes

(The coupon codes are entered on the registration website during the last step before payment)

Coupon Code* % Discount
Child of LCYC Member MEMBER 10%
Grandchild of LCYC Member GRANDCHILD 5%
Shelburne Resident SHELBURNE 5%

* Note that only one coupon code is allowed for each registration.

Scholarships: There are a limited number of scholarships available to students who do not have the means to attend the sailing camps. Please complete the Landau scholarship application on the LCYC Junior Sailing Website to apply for one of these scholarships. Scholarships will pay for up to two of the half day sessions for each awarded applicant.

Refund Policy: Prior to April 15th , students can withdraw from courses and receive a full refund less a $35 processing fee per session. Withdrawals between April 16th and June 1st will receive a refund of 50%, less a $35 processing fee. Withdrawals after June 1 st receive no refund.

Change of Session Policy: Requests for a change of session are subject to availability. Requests for a change of session less than 2 weeks prior to the start of a session will likely not be honored and the Refund Policy will apply. Contact the Junior Sailing Director if you want to request a session change.

What type of boat will my child be sailing?

Our program uses Optimist and Flying Junior sailing dinghies

Optimists are 8’ prams with one sail designed to be sailed by one person up to 120 pounds. Most kids under 11 years old or under 100 pounds sail an Optimist. All Beginner classes are sailed in Optimists. Some Intermediate sailors may be placed in Optimists. Some Racing sailors under 120 pounds may sail in Optimists.

Flying Juniors (FJs) are 14’ dinghies with 3 sails: main, jib, and spinnaker. They are sailed with 2 sailors. Sailors over 120 pounds or over 13 years old should likely be in an FJ. Intermediate classes are typically sailed in FJ's. Advanced classes are all sailed in FJ's.

Instructors may place the students in the boat where they will learn the best.

What level course should I sign my child up for?

Please contact sailing director if you have questions.

Beginner: Anyone who can swim and wants to learn to sail. Most sailors remain in the beginner level for several weeks of sailing.

Intermediate*: Sailors have completed one or more beginner sessions; are familiar with basic boating safety, wind direction, rigging, points of sail, steering and sail trim; and are ready to improve their boat handling skills on the water.

Advanced*: Sailors should be comfortable rigging a boat, righting a capsized boat, and sailing in moderate conditions without detailed instruction. Sailors have mastered the basic skills and would like to improve their seamanship and sailing technique.

Race Training*: These courses are open to intermediate and advanced sailors who want to learn the rules and tactics of sailboat racing.

Race Weeks*: Sailors at the intermediate or advanced level who have the interest and are qualified to compete. Sailors must attend one of the race training sessions.

* If your child has not sailed at LCYC previously please document their sailing experience thoroughly on the registration form.

How do the Race Weeks work?

The Champ Chase regatta alternates between LCYC (odd years) and MBBC (even years). Races take place on Thursday and Friday. Sailors come from at least three other clubs to race.

The Cheeseburger regatta is held on Lake George (hosted by either NLGYC or the Lake George Club) on Thursday and Friday. Families will be asked to help transport sailors and boats on Wednesday and Friday. Most sailors spend Wednesday and Thursday nights with host families in Lake George.

Sailors must attend at least 1 week of race training session in ordered to participate in regattas.

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LCYC is a member-run yacht club located in a sheltered cove on the southwest shore of Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, Vermont, USA. We offer moorings, activities, and community for our members, most of whom own a sailboat or powerboat. The object of the Club is to promote and encourage boating and sailing on Lake Champlain, while emphasizing racing, cruising, and education, without financial gain. Click here if you are interested in joining LCYC!

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Lake Champlain offers some of the best freshwater cruising in North America. The beautiful scenery and charming lakeside destinations make it a great place to explore. LCYC organizes several rendezvous events. Spontaneous cruising events also materialize throughout the season. We have a number of scheduled events planned for the summer season. Cruisers are out and about just about every weekday and weekend throughout the summer.

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Lake Champlain Yacht Club has an active junior sailing program, open to all children ages 8-17. We use Optimist prams and Flying Junior dinghies for instruction and racing. Full and half-day sessions are offered for all ability levels over an eight week period each summer. All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified and have extensive experience.

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