The objectives of the AYC Junior Program (JP) are to:

  • Instill in children a love for sailing and the sea, an ease and confidence in handling of boats, and enjoyment of waterfront recreation;
  • Promote awareness and observance of safety principles, equipment care and maintenance, and sportsmanship in all phases of seamanship;
  • Develop racing skills and an aptitude for competitive sailing, according to interest and ability;
  • Introduce children to tennis and develop their skills according to their interest and ability;
  • Inspire respect for the outdoors, for sport, and for sportsmanship as a way of life;
  • Provide an opportunity for children to develop a broader sense of community.

Organization: The Junior Program provides sailing, tennis, and seamanship education to member and non-member children 5-18 years of age. 

Eligibility: Participants must be of appropriate age and have requisite skills Parents or guardians of participants are responsible for the conduct of and all liabilities incurred by that child/participant.   Continued participation in the program is subject to each participant following the rules of the JP as interpreted by the Program Director, subject to review by the JP Governor.

Application and Acceptance: All candidates interested in participation must complete application forms and payment through the online registration and payment system by June 1.  Acceptance into the JP will be made based on several factors, including availability, skills, prior applicable experience and prior experience with the program. Please note any applications received after June 1st will be subject to space available in the JP at the discretion of the Program Director.

Enrollment Periods: The AYC JP runs for 2-week sessions commencing on Monday, June 24, 2019.  Note minimum participation requirements for enrollment are as follows: Minimum enrollment for the Under 8 program is participation in at least 1 two-week session.  Minimum enrollment for the other sections of the AYC JP is participation in at least four consecutive weeks (2 two-week sessions in any consecutive combination).  Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the AYC JP Program Director. Minimum enrollment for Opti Racing or 420 Racing is for a full season. Because staffing commitments must be made based on enrollment, AYC JP’s enrollment fees are non-refundable.

Boat Use and Boat Credits:  Participants in the AYC JP sail Optimist Dinghies, O’Pen Bics, Stur-Dee Cats and 420’s. Parents are encouraged to own appropriate sailboats and to make them available for use by the JP.  Boat ownership by participants or their families is critical to the success of the JP and is the only way that a parent or guardian can make absolutely sure that his or her child will have a boat to sail in area regattas and the Club’s weekend and evening racing events.

The Club compensates members who make their boats available to the JP with priority status for the limited storage spots on the front float, a “storage credit”.  Prior to the commencement of the first JP session, the JP Director and Coaches inspect each boat and, if its condition is acceptable or better, approves it for use in the Program.  Owners of approved boats are not billed for storage and receive a boat credit. Credits for partial sessions will be prorated. 

Boat Use by the AYC JP: To operate a successful sailing program, it is essential that families enter their Optis, and 420’s into the program. The JP takes responsibility for repair of any unusual damage that occurs while the boats are used by the program but not for normal “wear and tear”. A full analysis of the condition of each boat is made by the Program staff before the season (and after) the boats are used. It is important to realize, though, that even under the best conditions any sailboat used by anyone will receive some degree of wear and tear. It is not reasonable to expect the Program to repair every ding or scratch that might have occurred during the summer under normal operating conditions.

Members are encouraged to make use of their boats when the Program is not in session.  If scheduling permits, the JP Director may make a boat available to its owner for use during Program hours.

Regatta Participation: Participation in sailing events sponsored by other clubs and organizations is encouraged. However, the JP assumes no responsibility for such participation. Parents are solely responsible for all aspects of their child's involvement in these events, including enrollment, transportation, housing and supervision. Exceptions, if any, to this policy will be announced in advance of the event by the Program Director.

Owners of boats in use by the Program may arrange with the Program Director to borrow their boat for a Regatta. Boats will be released only to their owners. Members loaning their boat for use by the child of another family must clarify issues of insurance and responsibility for damage directly with the family to which the boat is being loaned. The Club assumes no liabilities while the boat is outside the direct control of the Program.

Swimming: All JP participants must be able to pass the swim test as prescribed by the Program as a condition of enrollment.

Policies:  Camp policies are available for review upon request and are subject to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Minimum Standards for Recreational Camps, Chapter 105 CMR 430.000.

NOTE: In accordance with Massachusetts state law, and to ensure both the safety of the campers and highest quality staff, the Annisquam Yacht Club performs background checks on all program staff each year. Our full policies on background checks are available upon request.



Under 8 Tennis & Seamanship

Under 8 participants ages 5, 6 and 7 may receive tennis and seamanship instruction.

This program will run mornings Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 - 11:30am. Participants will take tennis lessons and participate in other age-appropriate activities.

2019 Under 8 Tennis & Seamanship Enrollment Fees

Minimum One 2-week Session:  $350
Full Season:  $1,400


Under 8 Sailing Program

Introductory Sailing Lessons are offered to increase the comfort of younger children on the water. Under 8 sailors will be in a boat with an instructor to begin to learn the basics of sailing under close supervision.  Classes meet Thursdays, 9am – 11:30am. 

2019 Under 8 Sailing Enrollment Fees

Each Thursday session can be signed up for individually. Cost will be $50 per Thursday.


Junior Program participants receive sailing, tennis and seamanship instruction based on their skill and interest.

Please refer to the JP outline available at the AYC website under the JP tab, or available in hard copy at the Front Desk for a more detailed description of the program sections.  Periodic communications will be made by the Program Director to participants and their parents. Participants in the JP shall be age 8 on or before September 1 (or entering third grade).

Participation in a JP section will be determined by a participant’s interest and an assessment of their skill by the Program’s Coaches.  Participant’s progress will be reviewed at the end of each two-week session for consideration of section changes.  The sections are:

Opti 1: (appropriate for ages 8 to 15): Opti 1 will focus on the basics of sailing for beginners up to sailors who can tack and gybe in complete control in winds up to 10 knots.  Will focus on making sailing fun while staying safe, learning boat parts, rigging, points of sail, body position, boat handling, capsizing, docking, basic navigation and seamanship. Tennis is an integral part of this section.  Schedule runs Monday through Thursdays 9:00 am until 3:30 pm.

Opti 2: (appropriate for ages 10 to 15): Opti 2 will build on mastery of Opti 1, develop advanced sailing skills which will include being able to rig and de-rig an Opti independently, master basic knots, be held to a high standard of boat care, and a clear understanding of how to power and de-power under varying conditions.  Sailors will learn to have a constant awareness of wind, body position and be able to use a tiller extension.  May join in local racing if interested and approved by coaches.  Tennis is an integral component of this section.  Schedule runs Monday through Thursday from 9 am until 3:30 pm.

Cruising Class (formerly 420-1): (appropriate for ages 13 to 16): Cruising Class will build on the mastery of basic skills, but in a two-person sloop design boat and admittance is based on ability and performance in Opti 2’s or Opti Racing. Although this class may have participants who are interested in participating in local regattas; the focus of the class is to continue to develop a passion for recreational sailing and the sea. Curriculum will include non-sailing oriented sessions and educational experiences. The Cruisers would not participate in the frequent regattas planned for the 420 Racing program. Tennis, if elected, has two options: Stroke Development or Advanced Tennis Drills for our more advanced players. Tennis players will be encouraged to compete in senior division of the parents’ tournament, and to play matches in the Friday afternoon Interclub competitions and to join other tennis-related Club activities. Schedule runs Monday through Friday from 11:30am until 4:30 pm.

Opti Racing (appropriate for ages 10 to 15) and 420 Racing: (appropriate for ages 14 to 18): Participation in Race Teams is available for participants that have demonstrated the skills necessary to participate in an advanced racing program and who have been accepted for admission by the Program Director and Coaches. Candidates may apply and admission deferred by the Director and Coaches. This course will focus on boat handling, racing rules, tactics and strategy.  Sailors are encouraged to participate in all local regattas and travel regattas during the program time. Advanced level coaching will focus on understanding and practicing racing rules, specific racing tactics, mark rounding, currents, wind shifts and team racing.  Participants must commit to full season participation. Tennis, if elected, has two options: Stroke Development or Advanced Tennis Drills for our more advanced players. Tennis players will be encouraged to compete in senior division of the parents’ tournament, and to play matches in the Friday afternoon Interclub competitions, and other tennis-relate club activities. Schedule runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 am until 4:30 pm.

Advanced Tennis Drills & Stroke Development

The tennis classes will be divided into two separate classes: Advanced Drills, and Stroke Development.


To better foster the communal nature of the AYC JP, lunch is provided as part of the tuition and participants are expected to attend the lunch session with their respective class. Daily offerings will be from the AYC’s Snack Bar. Primary lunch meal is covered by the Junior Program tuition.

2019 AYC JP Program Enrollment Fees

Two-Week Sessions
Full Season
Opti 1
Opti 2
Opti Racers
420 Racers


This four-day Safety & Certification Course will be offered occasionally throughout the summer. Upon successful completion, participants will receive US Sailing Safe Powerboating Certificate (NASBLA approved), and MA State Boating Education Certificate. Eligibility: No experience is required, but participants must be at least 12 years of age. Cost: $350 for members and $450 for non-members.

AYC STP 501(c)(3)

The AYC STP is organized for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the IRC of 1986. The AYC STP supports scholarships to the AYC Junior Program. Through this organization, fundraising and scholarships make the Junior Program experience possible for deserving youth in the greater Cape Ann community. Past fundraisers such as the Commodores Gala have raised scholarship resources from generosity of our members.  Anyone interested in donating for AYC Junior Program scholarships may make tax deductible donations to the ATC STP. The tax ID # 45-199-7718.


Members of the AJYC participate in a variety of supervised social activities. Governance of the AJYC will be made by Junior Flag Officers and a Junior Board of Governors elected by the AJYC membership and endorsed by the AYC Flag Officers. Members of the AJYC shall be children or grandchildren of members, age 13 on or before September 1 (or entering eighth grade) to age 18.