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BYC Junior Sailing Program

Our Sailing program here in Buffalo grew out of the initiative to share the sport of sailing with the WNY community.  We offer lessons to our community because we believe that sailing builds character and resolve.  The Buffalo waterfront provides the perfect playground for kids and adults to enjoy sailing.  Next summer take advantage of this awesome opportunity and plan to enroll your kids in the Buffalo Yacht Club sailing camp.  Conveniently located just of the 190 at exit 9 next to the peace bridge.

For more info Email: 
Call: 716-883-5900

Classes Offered: 

Beginner Prams (Ages 6 – 8 years old):
In this course, we teach the basics of rigging, boat handling, and fundamentals of sailing as well as sportsmanship and water safety all done in Prams coached by a US Sailing Certified Coach.

Adventure Sail (Ages 9 – 14 years old):     
In our Adventure Sail program, campers sail in Prams, J/22’s & FJ’s. This program is designed for sailors who love to be on the water and want to sail a multitude of different sailboats but don’t want to be intensely focused on racing. Campers in this class will be instructed by a US Sailing Certified Coaches.

Intro to Racing (Ages 9 – 15 years old): 
For Intro to Racing, our campers sail in FJ’s, expanding on their knowledge and experience and eagerness to learn racing. This class offers the opportunity to travel to Interclub regattas and compete with and against other teams. This course is coached by US Sailing Certified coaches with race team experience.

Race Team (Ages 13 – 17 years old):
Racers sail in FJ’s & 420’s. These sailors have experience and want to expand their knowledge of racing. This class offers many opportunities to travel to regattas, Interclub regattas, and compete with and against some of the best sailors in the Western NY. Sailors are led by a highly experienced US Sailing Certified race team coach.

Items to bring to Junior Sailing Camp:

  • Swimsuit (to be worn under clothes)
  • Life jacket
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Extra change of clothes 
  • Sunscreen (please apply before dropping your child off and send extra to re-apply as needed)

    In the event of inclement weather, camp will still take place. Coaches will give lessons inside and oversee sailing-related games. 

Program Mission statement:

To encourage young people to have a lifelong involvement in sailing and the sailing community by:
  • Promoting seamanship, sportsmanship and small boat handling skills from Learn to Sail fundamentals through Competitive Racing opportunities.

  • Offering a safe, educational and engaging sailing program

  • Providing an enjoyable experience that promotes camaraderie, strong friendships and an enduring interest in sailing.

  • Actively involving youth in the sailing traditions of the Buffalo Yacht Club

“The Buffalo Yacht Club is a private membership organization with a Section 501(c)(7) Federal tax exemption.
The facilities of the club are for the sole use of members and their guests. This website’s public access information shall not be construed as an invitation to the general public.”