High School Sailing

Spring 2020 Enrollment Forms
Spring 2020 Regatta Schedule (as of 1/24/2020)

The Buffalo Yacht Club is proud to host one of the fastest growing high school sailing programs in the country. From just a handful of sailors in 2009, the program now hosts more than 50 sailors from Fourteen area high schools. The program includes a fleet of eighteen FJ class sailboats purchased in 2017, floating docks, and a team of experienced coaches. Many of the students participating in the BYC program have gone on to sail for college teams, and win and place in major regattas including winning the 2014 Junior Lightning North American's. Contact us if your school is interested in starting a team.




To build a strong local high school sailing program which promotes seamanship and sportsmanship while encouraging inter-scholastic competition at local and regional levels by combining the talents of student sailors from local high schools.


The program is open to full time students, girls and boys, at the local high schools in grades 9 through 12. Team sizes can be as small as one sailor. Competitors race in teams of two and single sailors will be paired with athletes from other schools. Sailors entering 7th & 8th grade who have previous race experience are eligible to register for this program. By ISSA rule, 7th & 8th graders cannot compete in official ISSA sanctioned regattas, however they can compete in our local interscholastic regattas.


High school teams practice two days a week and race one day a week from 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Teams are broken up into practice groups. Depending on a sailor’s school, he/she will be placed into either a Monday/Wednesday practice group or a Tuesday/Thursday group. All sailors come to race day on Fridays, where their team competes each week in an A/B divisional/rotational format. Results are posted online weekly so that teams can chart progress.


High School Sailing has two seasons, fall and spring. Sailors sign up for each season separately, and most do both seasons. The fall season begins in early September and runs through mid-November. The spring season begins in mid-March and goes until late May. Having seasons that extend into the colder months allows us to compete with teams in the south and in the west, which can sail year round.


Sailors are required to wear a Coast Guard approved PFD (lifejacket). A wetsuit or drysuit is required when the air and water temperature add to below 120 degrees (spring season mostly). Important gear may include, though is not restricted to, performance fleece layers, cold weather sailing gloves, winter hats, neoprene sailing boots, and foul weather gear. For more information on gear please talk to the coaches.


The Buffalo Yacht Club high school sailing program owns eighteen Club FJ sailboats, purchased summer of 2017. The boats are kept on floating docks for easy launching and hauling, creating maximum time on the water.


High school sailing practices are held at the Buffalo Yacht Club, located at 1 Porter Avenue near the entrance to the Peace Bridge. Sailors are responsible for their own rides to and from practices. Carpools are often available and strongly encouraged.


Buffalo area teams compete under in the Mid-Atlantic District (MASSA) under the national governing body ISSA (Inter-Scholastic Sailing Association). Teams register with MASSA each fall to secure eligibility for MASSA sanctioned events. To have a MASSA-registered team, a school must have at least 4 members, although at most local events, teams or individuals that do not meet this requirement can pair up with another small team.


Contact us if your school is interested in starting a team.   

2020 fall High School / Collegiate Sailing Season

Weekly Training Schedule

*Scheduling conflicts will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Talk to your coach.

Mondays & Wednesday; 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Race training for:
Buffalo Seminary
Sacred Heart

Tuesdays & Thursdays; 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Race training for:
City Honors
Orchard Park
St. Joe's 
Williamsville North
Williamsville East

Fridays: RACE DAY FOR ALL, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sailors are expected to attend practices in order to participate in races.



Program Coordinator:
Leah Trow (boatinged@buffaloyachtclub.org)
716-883-5900 x201

Program Director:  
Jonathan Johnsen

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