2021 Junior Sailing Program   

The mission of the OCYC Junior Sailing Program is to provide a fun and educational program for youth interested in sailing and racing. We seek to impart a love of sailing as a life sport while providing the fundamental skills necessary for participants to advance in the sport of sailing as far as their desire, skill, and hard work may take them.

The Ocean City Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program is a summer season sailing program that emphasizes fun, friendship, learning, knowledge, safety and competition for young sailors ages 8 to 19. The OCYC Junior Sailing Program offers an instructional program that follows a specified sequence, with various tracks to meet the different skills, needs and interests of our Junior Sailors. .

The Optimist (www.usoda.org) is the club’s official instructional boat, and the only boat used for our introductory “learn-to-sail” instruction. Once a junior sailor masters a specified set of sailing skills on the Optimist, he or she may choose to participate in the “racing program”.  Junior sailors choosing to follow the racing track advance through a series of Optimist classes designed to prepare the “Racers” for higher-level racing when they advance to larger boats. When Racers “age-out” of Optimists and have met all of the requirements to participate in our advanced boat program, they may choose to sail either the Radial Laser or the Laser 4.7 (www.laserinternational.org) as their advanced single-handed boat, and they may also choose to sail the Club 420 (www.club420.org), the club’s official double-handed boat.

All members of the junior sailing program must be members of the Yacht Club either through their family membership or through their junior membership.

2021 Junior Sailing Program

Welcome to the Ocean City Yacht Club 2021 Junior Sailing program! We have made some changes and improvements for this coming season:

We are offering 2 options for the season along with the minnows program:

  • All day Camp program which will run 5 days a week for 8 weeks: June 21 - August 13 (Full Description). Cost $1,600.
  • All day program that will run 2 days a week for 8 weeks: June 21 - August 13 (Full Description). Cost $1,100.
  • Minnows program is a 5 day program open to 5-7 year olds to introduce them to sailing, the yacht club and the sea. The program will run 5 days beginning at 9:00 am until noon from July 5th to July 9th. (Full Description). Cost $200. All Participants must have an appropriately sized US Coast Guard approved life jacket. Parent, grandparent of club members only. Children must be 5 years old by July 5th, 2021 to enroll. Program is limited to 10 children.

Boat Ownership

We are encouraging everyone to buy their own boat prior to the start of 2021 season. Whether you have a new or used boat, owning a boat guarantees that your child will have a dependable boat for the season.

If you wish to call a boat company to discuss the purchase of a boat, please consider the following. They are located in South Jersey.

M&M Sailing, 1-609-518-0100, Info@mandmsailing.com, Skip Moorehouse and John MacCausland.

OCYC Boat Rentals:

  • The cost of renting a boat for the 2021 season from available inventory at OCYC is $400.
  • In addition, if renting a boat a damage deposit of $350 is required and will be refunded at the end of the summer if the boat is returned in a similar condition. 
  • Rental boats may be used for away regattas, as long as an OCYC coach is attending the regatta. Rental boats are limited to two years in boat.
  • C420 racers who are renting MUST register together as a team (see form). No rental will be considered until both sailors have paid. Rentals will go first to the completed and paid registrants.


Scholarships are available through the Ocean City Yacht Club Foundation at www.ocyc.org/foundation.

SJ Summer Series Transportation

  • There will be a prepaid fee of $250 (see registration form) to guarantee your son/daughter's transportation to and from the six SJ Summer Series Regattas for the 2021 season. This applies to Optis, Lasers, and Sunfish.  Please include this amount with your registration fee to guarantee that your son/daughter has transportation. This applies to Optis, Sunfish and Laser.

Please complete forms for registration as early as possible to ensure your child gets placed properly in their class. Registration forms are due no later than May 15th 2021. Season Kick-Off Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 19th.

If you have any questions about the upcoming season or the enclosed materials, please contact us at Lindasmroz@gmail.com.

Please be sure to note the registration deadline of May 15th. Link to registration process.

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