Junior Sailing


NFYC’s Junior Sailing program is a fun and exciting way to introduce and teach the children of club members and community members the basics of sailing and advance toward becoming racing members of the yacht club.  The Junior Program this year will offer a variety of basic beginner, intermediate, advance sailing classes. New to our program will be the introduction of our Junior Race Team.  Students in the Junior Sailing Program must be at least 8 years old on the first day of class.

Our beginner sailing program will focus on the teachings of basic sailing skills and principles. The curriculum involves learning basic nautical terms, boat parts, the rigging/derigging and sailing of an 8 foot Optimist sailboat or a larger boat for the teenagers, basic knot tying, boat handling, boat safety, docking, points of sails, finding wind direction, practicing tacking/gybing, upward/downward sailing and basic capsizing/turtling recovery.

Our Intermediate Sailing program is for students who have either successfully completed the beginner program with NFYC or has demonstrated success in basic beginner knowledge required above and is ready to advance to the Intermediate program. This curriculum builds on the sailing fundamentals learned in the beginner program. Focusing on sailing theory, sail trim, right of ways rules, sailing in varied conditions and understanding all points of sail and using different capsize recovery methods. Briefly touching into race tactics. This program allows students to gain experience in single-handed and double-handed boats.

Our Advanced sailing program is for sailors who have participated and successfully completed our beginner and intermediate program. Students advancing into this program should be able to identify starboard, port, windward, leeward; skipper a boat on all points of sail and in breezes up to 15 knots; tack and gybe correctly, passing the tiller extension behind their back while sailing single-handed.  The curriculum for this program involves basic race rules, race tactics, race rigging, spinnakers, drills for boat handling and mark rounding, roll tacks and gybes, race signals(flags & horns). Students will learn how to recognize and use weather and wind conditions to learn how to make the boats sail faster.

Our Race Team Sailing Program provides youths 8-18 years old the opportunity to reach competitive success at all levels while developing athletic skills, leadership, sportsmanship and a lifelong love for sailing. All practices will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to enjoy racing in local and out of state regattas. Program fees do not include regatta fees or associated costs. If interested please contact Carly Baumgarten, the 2019 junior sailing coordinator.

Email Junior Sailing Coordinator

For more information download the information and application below and send it to:

Carly Baumgarten, NFYC

P. O. Box 208

Somers, MT     59932

or email it to:  nfycjuniorsailing@gmail.com

2021 Junior Sailing Instructors are Nolan Schupak and Jack Slawter

Last day for members to signup-up is April 11.  After that date, classes will be opened up to the public and be first come, first served…

2021 Junior Program begins on June 21

      Beginner class will be Monday and Wednesday from 12:30 to 3:30pm

      Intermediate class will be Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 to 11:30am

      Advanced class will be Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30am

      Racing for all students on Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30am

five week class runs:  June 21 to July 30

full week classes:

first class is August 2 through 6

second class is:  August 9 through 13

2021 Junior Regatta is Saturday, July 31 The regatta will include races and games with a picnic afterward for parents and sailors.


Junior Sailing Information

Junior Sailing Program Sheet