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General Information

The Rochester Yacht Club offers a beautiful venue for boating adventures on Lake Ontario off of the Genesee River. With our wide range of program offerings and trained staff, we have programs for all levels of sailors and all different types of watercraft! Whether you are looking for an introduction to sailing and the water for a 6 year old, want to cruise or race a keelboat, or want to learn how to safely operate a powerboat, we have an instructor and a program for you! We look forward to helping you find a lifetime of happiness on the water. 

Need help choosing the right class? Contact Waterfront Director Liam Faudree at (585)314-9760 or Liam@rochesteryc.com

2018 Adult Learn to Sail

The 12 hours of “Learn to Sail” are a prerequisite for “Basic Keel boat”. They offer beginners, and experienced crew members alike, hands-on sailing experience and confidence to helm a sailboat with the knowledge of the Rules of the Road. Instruction begins in the boats (Ideal 18 or Sonar), on the water, in the first lesson. After about an hour’s orientation you will sail the boat out! You can learn how to rig and secure sails, lines and gear; steer by the wind; trim sails properly; recover an overboard victim; dock and undock your sailboat. You’ll tie the few basic nautical knots, be exposed to nautical terms and can learn the Rules of the Road on the water. Note: If an experienced crew can demonstrate these skills in the first lesson, he/she may advance directly to the Basic Keel boat lessons without additional charge. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

5:30pm-8:30pm

Jun 29 to Jun 29, 2018

6pm-9pm

Jul 09 to Jul 09, 2018

6pm-9pm

Jul 18 to Jul 18, 2018

6pm-9pm

Jul 26 to Jul 26, 2018

6pm-9pm

Aug 10 to Aug 10, 2018

6pm-9pm

Aug 14 to Aug 14, 2018

6pm-9pm

Aug 20 to Aug 20, 2018

6pm-9pm

Aug 30 to Aug 30, 2018

2018 Basic Keelboat Course

Pre-Requisite: Learn to Sail, or ability to demonstrate skills listed above. More info click here: US Sailing Basic Keelboat Course The twelve-hours of “Basic Keel boat” provide the Basic Keelboat graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions. After passing the Basic Keel boat on-water evaluation and the US SAILING multiple-choice written test, you will be deemed competent to sail a small keel boat safely on your own. You earn a Basic Keel boat sticker for your official US SAILING Logbook, certifying your sailing skill level. This can help qualify you to charter sailboats from rental agencies here and abroad. You also receive one year’s US SAILING membership. Note: Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

5:30pm-8:30pm

Jun 25 to Jun 25, 2018

6pm-9pm

Jul 17 to Jul 17, 2018

6pm-9pm

Aug 22 to Aug 22, 2018

2018 Discover Sail Experience

The RYC Discover Sailing Experience Course is the perfect introduction into sailing. You can participate in a fun two hour sail with a partner, group of friends, work colleagues, or family for a minimal fee. Discover your love for the seas and sailing on this short cruise. Discover Sailing is a great opportunity to find out just how fun, safe, accessible, and affordable sailing is and enjoy the great social club environment. A qualified certified Instructor will be out on the water with you, ensuring your safety. Discover Sailing Experiences are held on a Keelboat. Our Keelboats allow you to learn to sail without the fear of capsizing. The Discover Sailing Experience is ideal for people who have never been sailing and have no sailing knowledge.

6pm-8pm

Jul 11 to Jul 11, 2018

6pm-8pm

Jul 20 to Jul 20, 2018

10am-12pm

Aug 11 to Aug 11, 2018

6pm-8pm

Aug 15 to Aug 15, 2018

6pm-8pm

Aug 24 to Aug 24, 2018

6pm-8pm

Aug 27 to Aug 27, 2018

420 Travel Race Team 2018

Prerequisites: Coach's approval and Sailor resume Monday- Friday- 9am - 4pm The 420 Travel Race Team will work to perfect advanced boat handling, tactics, and racing strategy. The Race Team will travel to local and national events around the country representing the Rochester Yacht Club. Sailors will be expected to commit time to the team including weekend travel. On most days, racers will stay out on the water all day with a dedicated race team coach! *A sailing resume should be sent to Program Director Liam at Liam@rochesteryc.com *Acceptance to this team will be based on observed skills and dedication throughout the high school program and consideration of the sailors resume. If a sailor does not participate in the high school program, please contact the program director to arrange a tryout.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

Adventure Sailing 2018

Ages 10-14 | Monday - Friday | 9am - 4pm Our adventure program is designed for the sailors who love sailing and want to be on the water, but aren't necessarily interested in learning how to race. This class will include fun and safe activities on the water. Activities may include long distance sailing, swimming, eating on the water, and fun sailing activities. Adventure Sailing includes sailing several different types of boats including; 420s, Ideal 18's, and O’Pen Bics. The class may include sailing trips to local points of interest.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

Beginner Optimist 2018

Ages 8-12 | Monday - Friday | 9am - 4pm this course is geared toward fun and learning! We call this class Beginner Optimist because we sail Optimist Dinghies also referred to as "optis". We will teach the basics of rigging an Optimist, basic boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship, sportsmanship, and water safety. Instruction is done in Optimists with 2 sailors per boat. Each day's class includes a 45 minute swim lesson at the Rochester Yacht Club pool with Red Cross Certified Swimming Instructors.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

Dinghy Demons 2018

Ages 6-8 | Monday - Friday | 9am - 12pm The Dinghy Demon experience is designed to help young sailors feel comfortable on the water, and to experience the sport of sailing in the most positive way, with close and supportive instructor involvement. The program is a half-day introduction to sailing for six to eight year old's. Instruction includes on the water sailing in Optimist dinghies with an instructor on board or close alongside and shore based boating related activities. Each day’s class includes a 45 minute swim lesson in the RYC pool with Red Cross certified Swimming Instructors. Both safety and swimming skills are stressed.Our goal is for every child to have a great time and feel comfortable on the water; promoting a life long love for sailing!

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

Laser Race Team 2018

Prerequisites: Must own boat Monday-Friday- 9am-4pm The Laser race team will work on refining boat handling skills, tactics, and strategy. This team’s goal will be to travel to local and possibly national events around the country representing RYC. Sailors will receive laser specific coaching from a race team coach.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

Learn To Sail 420 Class 2018

Ages 12-15 | Monday-Friday | 9am-4pm Our Learn to Sail 420 class provides an entry level class for older and/or more physically mature students interested in learning the basics of sailing. Using double handed club 420s, students learn rigging, basic boat handling, and seamanship (knots, weather, ect.), and water safety. This course is designed as a way for newer sailors to learn at a comfortable pace with expert instruction in a team-oriented environment. Skills covered in the program provide the foundation for students to be able to move into the 420 racing program.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

On Ramp to Racing - Wednesday Sonar Program

Sailing Sonars every Wednesday night in the RYC sailing season. RYC will provide a coach to give you some tips on gaining a competitive edge. $25/night $100/series ($25 discount) $250/season ($50 discount) *Please note these discounts will be applied to your member statement.

$25/night $100/series ($25 discount) $250/season ($50 discount) *Please note these discounts will be seen on your member statement.

Jun 27 to Jun 27, 2018

$25/night $100/series ($25 discount) $250/season ($50 discount) *Please note these discounts will be seen on your member statement.

Jul 11 to Jul 11, 2018

$25/night $100/series ($25 discount) $250/season ($50 discount) *Please note these discounts will be seen on your member statement.

Jul 18 to Jul 18, 2018

$25/night $100/series ($25 discount) $250/season ($50 discount) *Please note these discounts will be seen on your member statement.

Jul 25 to Jul 25, 2018

$25/night $100/series ($25 discount) $250/season ($50 discount) *Please note these discounts will be seen on your member statement.

Aug 08 to Aug 08, 2018

$25/night $100/series ($25 discount) $250/season ($50 discount) *Please note these discounts will be seen on your member statement.

Aug 15 to Aug 15, 2018

$25/night $100/series ($25 discount) $250/season ($50 discount) *Please note these discounts will be seen on your member statement.

Aug 22 to Aug 22, 2018

$25/night $100/series ($25 discount) $250/season ($50 discount) *Please note these discounts will be seen on your member statement.

Aug 29 to Aug 29, 2018

Optimist Green Fleet 2018

Ages 8-14 | Monday-Friday | 9am-4pm Ages This program was set up to help learn how to race an Optimist as well as fine tuning sailing skills! This course will provide an introduction to racing including boat handling, equipment, tactics, and strategy. Coaches will cover all aspects of sailing including racing. The meaning of this course is to introduce racing but to also have a lot of fun! Boat ownership is encouraged but not required as club boats are limited.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

Optimist Travel Race Team 2018

Prerequisites: Under 15 years old and Coaches approval Monday- Friday | 9am - 4pm Sailors on the Optimist travel Race Team will refine their racing skills and represent the Rochester Yacht Club in local inter-club regattas and possibly other regattas around the country. This team will constantly refine racing skills, strategy and advanced boat handling. Commitment to the team and traveling are expected. Boat ownership is strongly encouraged but not required. Club owned Optimists are available but limited.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

REACH Program (Stem and Sailing)

Age- Middle School Using the National standard in integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, this program’s goal is to foster an interest in STEM through the sport of sailing. We provide hands on learning opportunities in a natural learning environment both on and off the water. Sailing is the perfect medium to teach topics such as; physics, marine biology, weather, technology and

Aug 13 to Aug 17, 2018

Sailcation - Sailing followed with lunch on the deck

Enjoy a two hour sail with one of our adult sailing instructors. After your sail, enjoy a nice lunch with a view you won't forget!

10:30am sail 12:30pm lunch

Jun 29 to Jun 29, 2018

10:30am-12:30pm with lunch to follow

Jul 03 to Jul 03, 2018

10:30am sail 12:30pm lunch

Jul 13 to Jul 13, 2018

10:30am sail 12:30pm lunch

Jul 27 to Jul 27, 2018

10:30am sail 12:30pm lunch

Aug 17 to Aug 31, 2018

Swimming Level 1 and 2 (11:05am-11:35am)

Rochester Yacht club offers a very professional and fun swim instruction program. Instructors are fully trained through American Red Cross. Sign-up is by session only and lessons are in 30 minute time blocks. Level 1: For children ages 3-4 to better orient them to the aquatic environment and allow them to move more comfortable through the water. Students will focus on: staying in the pool for the entire lessons, floating, glides, kicking, arm action, and going underwater. Level 2: For children ages 4-5 who are ready to learn the basics of swimming strokes. Students will focus on: floating independently, Swimming independently, front crawl and back crawl basics, and jumping into the pool unassisted. (Strict Limit of EIGHT per class!) If you are interested in private classes please contact Mary Smith at mary@rochesteryc.com.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

Swimming Level 1 and 2 (11:40am-12:10pm)

Rochester Yacht club offers a very professional and fun swim instruction program. Instructors are fully trained through American Red Cross. Sign-up is by session only and lessons are in 30 minute time blocks. Level 1: For children ages 3-4 to better orient them to the aquatic environment and allow them to move more comfortable through the water. Students will focus on: staying in the pool for the entire lessons, floating, glides, kicking, arm action, and going underwater. Level 2: For children ages 4-5 who are ready to learn the basics of swimming strokes. Students will focus on: floating independently, Swimming independently, front crawl and back crawl basics, and jumping into the pool unassisted. (Strict Limit of EIGHT per class!) If you are interested in private classes please contact Mary Smith at mary@rochesteryc.com.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

Swimming Level 3 and 4 (10:30am-11:00am)

RYC offers a very professional & fun swim instruction program. Instructors are fully trained through American Red Cross. Sign-up is by session only and lessons are in 30 minute time blocks. Level 3: For children ages 5-6 who exhibit signs of water readiness for demonstration of strokes in deep water. Students are taught to coordinate front crawl and back crawl and are introduced to treading water and diving. Level 4: For children ages 6-7 who have completed level 3 and are ready for continued stroke development. Students continue to work on improving strokes previously learned while learning elementary backstroke and sidestroke.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

Swimming Level 5 and 6 (10:30am-11:00am)

RYC offers a very professional & fun swim instruction program. Instructors are fully trained through American Red Cross. Sign-up is by session only and lessons are in 30 minute time blocks. Level 5: For children ages 8 & up who show stroke proficiency. The emphasis here is on stroke refinement and endurance. Children will be swimming lengths of the pool as well as working on dives and flip turns. Level 6: For older children who show a more advanced demonstration of strokes. Children will be required to swim 250 yards without stopping before advancing to level 7.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

Swimming Level 7 (10:30am-11:00am)

RYC offers a very professional & fun swim instruction program. Instructors are fully trained through American Red Cross. Sign-up is by session only and lessons are in 30 minute time blocks. Level 7: For children ages 12 & up who are advanced in their skills. Instructors will focus on endurance as well as techniques used in competitive swimming.

Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2018

Jul 02 to Jul 06, 2018

Jul 09 to Jul 13, 2018

Jul 16 to Jul 20, 2018

Jul 23 to Jul 27, 2018

Jul 30 to Aug 03, 2018

Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2018

Women's Racing Association

The purpose of Women’s Racing Association: To create a supportive environment for women to learn to race, refine their racing skills, and have fun on the water.

May 07 to Sep 27, 2018

Rochester Yacht Club

Rochester Yacht Club

5555 St Paul Blvd, Rochester

Liam Faudree

585-314-9760