Sailing classes

Community sailing lessons offered by the BYC Foundation

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Believe it or not, Buffalo’s sailing programs are gearing up for the 2022 sailing season. In the past, we’ve talked about a number of sailing programs that offer limitless ways to get people on the water. The Buffalo Yacht Club Foundation (BYC Foundation) is no exception.

“The Buffalo Yacht Club Foundation offers many ways for members of the Buffalo community to join us on the water,” said Leah Trow, who leads the JR Sailing program. “In the fall and spring, we offer a high school sailing program for children in grades 7-12. No experience (or membership) is required to participate in a BYCF program. Practices are Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We currently have over 60 participating sailors from 15 local schools.

If you’ve ever ventured to LaSalle Park during the summer, chances are you’ve seen the junior navigators on the water, learning the ropes. But the juniors are not the only ones to benefit from these programs.

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“During the summer we have our Summer Junior Sailing, which lasts eight weeks in July and August. We offer five different classes for children aged 6 to 17. Last summer we had an average of 50 children on the water with us every week. On Saturday mornings in July and August, we offer Adult Sailing Lessons from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants can learn to navigate boats ranging in size from 22 to 36 feet in length. In addition, from late May to October, we offer one-to-one sailing lessons lasting two hours for up to four people.

And There you go. For those who hope to better master sailing this summer, the BYC Foundation has what you need. After all, living on a body of water as glorious as Lake Erie, it would be a shame not to take full advantage of this type of aquatic activity.

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Summer Junior Sail

high school sailing

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Strollers for beginners (6 to 8 years old)

In this course we teach the basics of sailing as well as sportsmanship and boating safety. In addition, sailors learn the essential roles of skipper, mainsheet and lookout. All sailings are done in Prams with two to three sailors per boat and are supervised by a certified US Sailing trainer. No experience is required for this course.

Full week 3 – Waiting list available

Opti Race (8 to 13 years old)

The sailors of our Opti Racing Team will hone their racing skills, strategy and boat handling. In addition, these sailors will represent the Buffalo Yacht Club in local interclubs and regattas. To participate in this class, sailors must have previous sailing experience. This team will be led by an Opti Race Coach who is experienced and certified in sailing in the United States.

Full every week – Waiting list available

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Adventure Sailing (9 to 14 years old)

In our Adventure Sail program, campers primarily sail FJs and J/22s, as well as an assortment of larger keelboats. This program is designed for sailors who enjoy being on the water and want to sail a variety of different sailboats, but prefer not to be intensely focused on the race. Experience is not required for this course. A US Sailing Certified Coach will instruct participants in this class.

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Introduction to running (11 to 15 years old)

For introduction to racing, our sailors sail in FJs, expanding their sailing knowledge and experience and focusing on learning racing skills. This course is perfect for a child with some sailing experience who wants to deepen their knowledge and immerse themselves in the world of racing. This class is taught by an experienced racing coach who is US Sailing certified.

Racing team (13 to 17 years old)

Racer practice and competition in FJs and 420s. These sailors should have previous racing experience and want to hone their skills in racing, strategy and boat handling. This class offers plenty of opportunities to travel to interclubs, regattas, and compete with and against some of Western New York’s best sailors. Sailors are led by a highly experienced US Sailing Certified Race Team Coach. This course has a minimum of 2 weeks registration.

Private lessons

Enjoy a two-hour sailing lesson completely tailored to you!


You can also request information about any of the programs.

Or by email: [email protected]

Scholarship applications are available

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