Welcome to the Manhasset Bay Junior Yacht Club summer program.
This program is designed to provide children of members between the ages of 9 and 18 with a summer of sailing instructions and regattas, swim team practice and competition, and tennis instruction. Each separate activity is overseen by a staff which is chosen specifically for their skill and training in sailing, swimming and tennis.
The MBJYC sailing program is open to children of members, relatives of members, and on a limited basis, non-members’ children who are sponsored by a member of the Club. For details please check the MBYC website or consult the front office staff.
The sailing instruction is enhanced by a large selection of regatta opportunities for our junior sailors. Our governing body, the Junior Sailing Association (JSA) of Long Island Sound provides a schedule of regattas ranging from one-day events to three-day events. These regattas are open to varying skill levels from first time “green” sailors to the more competitive Championship events. Going to regattas gives the juniors the opportunity to see what they have learned in class and test their skills against juniors from other clubs in our area. Our junior sailors have been a great source of pride to the club through their efforts at regattas whether by winning trophies or just getting out and showing their stuff.
In the sailing program, children are grouped by age and skill levels. Novices 9-10, Advanced Opti 10-11, Intermediate 12-15 (Bluejays and Pixels) and Advanced 15-18 (Lasers and 420’s). Birthdays are as of December 31. For those just getting started in sailing, our class is a great way to learn the basics of sailing under the watchful eye of our trained instructional staff. Typically children move through a variety of boats during their sailing career beginning in Optimists, and moving up to Bluejays and then to Lasers or 420’s. Recently the JSA introduced a new class of doublehanded trainer to the mix, the Pixel, which is designed to augment and eventually replace the Bluejay. MBJYC has purchased Pixels which will be rotated among interested sailors. Whatever your child’s skill level, he or she will always be paired with children of his or her own age, though not necessarily with their special friends. Section assignments in the first week of the program are provisional and are subject to re-assessment throughout the summer.