The Sport of Sailing. Sailing is a lifetime sport which is athletic but does not require unusual coordination, size or strength. Girls and boys participate in lessons and compete in races together. Sailing is social and at the same time rewards individual initiative and learning. Sailing is low-impact and is very safe. EYC students and parents consistently comment that the student completed lessons with a great feeling of accomplishment. Sailing is also tremendous fun!
Lesson Overview. The EYC offers sailing lessons during its summer season to junior and adult members of the EYC. The EYC operates one of the oldest and largest sailing schools in the Midwest. Each year the EYC teaches hundreds of students with a US Sailing certified staff of up to 16 instructors. Our enthusiastic and well-trained instructor staff receives great feedback from parents and students! The EYC maintains a fleet of 55 sailboats (Flying Scots, 420s, Lasers and Optimists) for use in its lesson program. The EYC’s lessons include on-shore and on-the-water instruction, nomenclature, sailing theory, safety, seamanship, boat handling, sail trim, and boat care. Both group and private lessons are offered. Click here for more information on the EYC Private Lessons.
Enrollment. Advance online enrollment is required for group lessons. For private lessons, online enrollment is not available; instead, call the EYC at (920) 854-7107 during the summer, or stop by the EYC during open hours to make an appointment.
EYC Membership Required. Each student must be an EYC member in good standing. Students under the age of 25 must belong to the EYC within a family membership or as a student member. Students 25 and older must have a membership in one of the following categories — Single, Family or Senior. Please note–Student memberships are no longer available for purchase through lesson registration. They must be purchased through Club Express. Please contact the Membership Chair, Jodi Hoyerman at email@example.com for information and for a special discount code prior to purchasing a student membership.
Scholarships. Scholarships funded by the Aaron R Moore Scholarship Fund are available to students ages 7-16 who are year round residents of Door County and who would not be able to enroll but for this fund. Students granted scholarships can enroll in any EYC sailing session. The scholarship process is simple and confidential. Parents seeking scholarships should contact the EYC Scholarship Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to membership and lesson enrollment. Application should be made as soon as possible and prior to July 1.
Safety. Safety is the EYC’s number one priority. All EYC instructors undergo safety training as part of their US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor course, and all EYC staff take part in annual pre-season in-house safety training. The EYC strictly enforces its PFD rule for instructors and students engaged in sailing lessons. Safety concepts and techniques are integrated at every level of the EYC’s sailing instruction program. All EYC students must know how to swim, and must be comfortable swimming alone, in deep water, and in open water.
All group lessons meet Monday through Friday. Morning lessons meet from 9:00 AM to noon. Afternoon lessons meet from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Students are welcome to take both morning and afternoon classes during the same session (e.g., Beginner class in the mornings and Adventure Sailing in the afternoons.)
Two week classes:
Beginner An introductory course for students ages 7-17. Students will learn sailing theory and terminology, basic seamanship, helmsmanship, and sail trim. Click here to see the list of skills taught at the Beginner level. Students are divided into multiple class sections based on experience and age. The Beginner class is taught in Optimists and Flying Scots. Upon completion of the skills and testing, instructors will recommend that the student may enroll in Opti Racing, Intro to Lasers and/or Intermediate. The cost for the two week Beginner class in the mornings is $360. The same class in the afternoons is $300. Both classes require a $10 textbook, available for purchase at registration. Parents of seven year olds should consider the size, maturity and water experience of the child before enrolling him or her in this class.
Opti Racing This two week class will be offered in the afternoons three times; from June 26-July 7, July 10-July 21 and July 24-August 4. The Optimist is raced regionally, nationally and internationally by sailors through age 15, and offers a great opportunity for this age group to improve their confidence, knowledge and racing experience. The class will cover starts, upwind and downwind strategy, and the racing rules of sailing. This class is open to students up to age 15 who have skippered in an Opti series race or regatta. It can be taken multiple times, but completing the class does not qualify the student for the Intermediate class. The cost for this class is $360. No textbook required.
Intro to Lasers Students who have passed the Beginner class can continue to improve their single-handed dinghy techniques by moving directly to the Laser using the EYC’s Laser 4.7 rigs. The Laser 4.7 is a smaller rig used with the standard Laser hull, allowing students as light as 77 pounds to transition from Optis to Lasers. Students will spend time learning how to rig and sail a Laser. This class will be offered July 10-July 21 and July 24-August 4 in the afternoons. The cost for these dates will be $360. In addition, a shortened class will be offered from June 26-July 5. The cost for this session will be $288. This session’s class is shortened to allow students to participate in the Laser Clinic (details below) on July 6 and 7, should they wish to enroll.
Intermediate Students will learn double-handed dinghy sailing techniques using the EYC’s fleet of Club 420’s. Students will learn how to rig and sail a 420, including boathandling in a wide range of wind conditions as both skipper and crew. Includes an introduction to racing, including fundamental racing rules and techniques. Click here to see the list of skills taught at the Intermediate level. This class is open to students who have passed the Beginner class and have intructor approval. Students who pass the Intermediate Class are eligible for the Advanced and/or Racing Classes. The two week Intermediate class in the morning costs $360. The same class in the afternoons is $300. The class requires a $10 textbook, available for purchase at registration.
Advanced For students up to age 17 who have been promoted from the Intermediate class. This class is taught in the EYC’s fleet of nine Flying Scots with the goal of learning all the skills necessary to obtain an EYC Skipper’s License. (Persons holding an EYC Skipper’s License are able to skipper an EYC-owned Flying Scot without staff supervision.) The class emphasizes correct rigging, seamanship, boathandling in all weather, and spinnaker handling. Some racing instruction and racing-derived drills may occur, but students who wish to emphasize racing should enroll in the Racing class instead. Click here to view the list of skills taught at the Advanced level. The Advanced class is offered in the mornings and costs $360. No textbook required.
Racing For students age 12-17 who have been promoted from the Intermediate class. This class is taught in Laser Radials and Club 420s. The class focuses on racing techniques, including rules, tactics, strategy, advanced sail trim, boatspeed, and advanced boathandling. The class will feature racing-related drills and in-class practice racing. Click here to view the list of skills taught at the Racing level. The Racing class is offered in the mornings and costs $360. A textbook is required and is available for $20 at registration.
One week classes:
Beginner Full Day On both June 26-June 30 and August 7-11, students ages 7-17 may enroll in a one week, full day Beginner class. The same curriculum will be covered as in the two week, half day class. The class will run from 9 am until 4:00 pm. Students will be supervised over a (BYO) lunch break. See course description under Two Week Classes. The cost for this class is $375. There is a $10 required textbook available for purchase at registration.
Beginner In Sessions A, E and F, the Beginner class will be offered as a one week class in the morning. Session E will also have a one week afternoon option. See course description under Two Week Classes. The cost for this class (either morning or afternoon) is $180. There is a $10 required textbook available for purchase at registration.
Intermediate In Session E, August 7-11, there will be a one week Intermediate class in the mornings. See course description under Two Week Classes. The cost for this class is $180. There is a $10 required textbook available for purchase at registration.
Adventure Sailing Enjoy sailing in beautiful Eagle Harbor with trips planned to Nicolet Bay, Horseshoe Island and Ephraim Beach. Basic skills will be covered in the context of a fun and relaxing atmosphere. This class is a great option for siblings and friends of varying ages and skill levels who would like to sail together. Class will mostly be held in Flying Scots, though other EYC fleets may be used. Open to ages 7-17 in four separate, one week sessions-once in the morning and three times in the afternoons. Students may enroll in one or multiple sessions. No required textbook. The cost for this class is $180.
Powerboat Skills Learn the basics of operating a small outboard motor boat, with an emphasis on safety and maneuvering in tight spaces. The majority of class time will be spent on the water with plenty of hands on practice in starting procedures, steering and docking. The class is open to students age 12 through adult, and is a great parent/child class opportunity. We recommend that all students obtain a Wisconsin Boater Education card prior to beginning this class, but it is required for those born on or after 01/01/89. The cost for this course is $180, and there is a required textbook available from the EYC for $16.
Women’s Sailing Class Students will learn and improve on the basics of sailing in a fun, social and comfortable environment. The class will be tailored to the experience and interest of each group and will be taught in Flying Scots. Open to women age 18 and older, this class will be offered in the afternoons in four, one week sessions from July 3-July 7, July 17-July 21, July 24-July 28 and August 7-August 11. Meets 3 hours per day from 1:30 pm till 4:30 pm. No required textbook. The cost for this class is $180 per week.
Two Day Laser Clinic, Open to all Ages:
Laser Clinic This summer, Bobby Collins will once again lead his very popular Laser Sailing clinic on Thursday and Friday, July 6 & 7, 2017. Bobby has been Sailing Director at the Chicago Yacht Club, the captain of his college sailing team and was the winner of the Irish Youth National Championship. Rigging, race strategy and boathandling will be covered through chalk talks, drills and races. Bobby has a great ability to teach to and challenge students at all levels of experience. This clinic is open to adults and youth, age 12 and up, with basic sailing and racing experience. Students who are under 12, but are enrolled in the Intro to Lasers class, may take this clinic. (The Session B Intro to Lasers class will be shortened to allow students to enroll in this clinic, should they wish.) The clinic will run from 9 am until 4 pm on both days, with one hour off for a BYO lunch. The cost for the clinic is $156, with a $20 discount if sailors bring their own boats. EYC membership is not required to enroll in this clinic.
Please contact the Education Committee at email@example.com with any questions regarding the lesson program or class registration.