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Junior Sailing: Video

Welcome Junior Sailors & Parents!

HYC Jr. Sailing Mission Statement:

“The mission of the HYC Junior Program is to develop sailing, seamanship, and racing skills in a safe, fun, and structured environment for our youth. HYC Juniors will demonstrate respect and care for others, care for their equipment and always be willing to lend a helping hand both afloat and ashore. We will create skilled and confident young people who will be a lifelong credit to the Hampton Yacht Club and their community.”

The Hampton Yacht Club Junior program was established by the board in 1950. Since the inauguration of the program, the club has had a rich history of producing graduates that would go on to become collegiate All-Americans, national and international coaches, and world champions. The junior program offers a variety of classes to meet the needs of a wide range of abilities throughout the entire year for sailors ages 5-18. Program enrollment is open to anyone interested in learning how to sail and is not limited to HYC members. The sailing program follows a detailed curriculum that is delivered each day to the sailors by qualified instructors and coaches. The learning model that HYC unveiled in 2020 is designed to promote lifelong sailing in a variety of sailing disciplines, including both racing and non-racing, to provide a skill development path for every sailor. US Sailing recommends that students experience a variety of boat types and sailing disciplines. The skills built at an early age lay the foundation for safe, fun, and successful sailing for a lifetime.

There is a blend of classroom training, land drills, instructor demonstration, on the water practice, and debriefs; however expect every day to incorporate something new and fun!

In addition to the instructional programs, juniors on the competitive track are encouraged to participate in regattas that are scheduled throughout the national circuit in the Optimist, Feva, c420, and other classes as they wish and/or are eligible to compete. The junior program has assets for both Optis, Fevas, and c420s that are available for parents to use for out-of-town regattas. Click here for more information on junior race teams.

Junior Sailing
Junior Sailing: About Us


At the 1949 HYC annual meeting, the Board of Directors created a youth sailing program. The first year of the Junior Program was held during the summer of 1950. Since then, the Hampton Yacht Club has fielded many fine teams of young sailors winning many Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association junior club championships. The first junior program building, the “Junior Shack”, was located on the current site of the Yacht Club. A new building was constructed in 1975 and in 1997 was named in memory of long-time racer, committee chair, and junior supporter Tom Brady. Outstanding junior members have become members of the U.S. Sailing Team, gone on to compete in the Olympic trials, coach championship collegiate teams, qualify for U.S. Bemis, Sears & Youth National Junior Championships, qualified for the North American & National Optimist Teams, and have won numerous national sailing honors. Many adult HYC members have come from the ranks of our outstanding Junior Program.



The Hampton Yacht Club offers all-year-round youth sailing including spring, summer, fall, and winter sailing for all levels of sailors from beginners to our racing team.

Summer Program (Mid-June – August)​


Fall Program (September - November)

Winter Program (December – March)

Spring Program (March – June)

  • Opti Development and Championship Race Team Saturday/Sunday

  • Private Lessons and After School Available for Opti, c420, ILCA, 29er

More info & Register


Click on the type of boat in order to see their official homepage, giving you insight to what type of boat class your student will be getting involved in.

Optimist Dinghies

These boats are perfectly designed for young sailors to gain both confidence and independence without intimidating them. They are also an International racing class with over 50,000 active members worldwide.

  • John Blais, HYC Fleet Captain

  • Morgan Johnson, HYC Junior Advisory Chair

  • Lindsey Lopez, HYC Foundation Liaison

  • Chris Pfrang, Director

  • Keith Goodwin, Director

  • Dave Chapman, Director

The Junior Advisory Committee oversees the development, promotion, and implementation of the HYC Junior Program.

Incident Report

If you witness or encounter something that violates the HYC Junior Sailing Code of Conduct, PLEASE complete an Incident Report. This includes behavior by parents, participants, coaches, etc. that demonstrates poor sportsmanship or poses a risk to sailors or their property.

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