Youth and Adult Sailing Classes


Thames Yacht Club Sailing Classes are Open to the Public!
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TYC offers youth and adult sailing classes from beginner to advanced levels, setting sail from the sandy beaches of the lower Thames River within easy reach of Long Island Sound. An understanding of seamanship and sailing skills build confidence in young sailors as well as an appreciation for boating.

Youth Sailing

Whether your child is just beginning to sail or is sharpening their skills for a summer full of small boat fun or racing, the staff and facilities of the Thames Yacht Club Sailing Instruction program can enhance any young sailor’s abilities.


TYC Sailing Camp

TYC’s instructors are certified by the United States Sailing Association and the Club’s Junior Sailing Program is associated with the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association and US Sailing.  The program offers classes to introduce young children to the joy of sailing and start them off with a solid foundation in sailing theory and small boat handling skills.

The program also offers classes for more experienced junior sailors.  On water instruction is conducted in Optimist Dinghies and Club 420’s.  Optimists are sailed by sailors up to age 16.

The Club 420’s are used for the Optimist graduates and older students and are used in Team Racing events.

Thames Yacht Club 2014 Sailing Instruction


Thames Yacht Club will offer Thursday night race series for Optimist sailors who will race throughout the summer season.

1, 2, 3 or 7 week programs available: June 27-Aug 12. Full day sessions available, including a half-day of sailing, and a half day of marine science, swimming, and kayaking with supervised lunch (lunch not provided).  

Click here for information for the 2017 season!

Click here for a Youth Registration Form

We are pleased to offer a new learning opportunity in our Youth Sailing Program: Marine and Environmental Science. Knowing more about our environment will only increase the chance for safer and cleaner waterways for now and our future. This also goes hand in hand with being a responsible sailor.

Watch a video of youth sailing.

Adult Sailing

Adults, 18 and over, are offered classes to learn to sail or help sharpen their skills on the Club 420 sailing dinghies. They will be instructed by very experienced instructors. This program will help the sailors to be more comfortable on the water or prepare them to compete in the 420 Adult race series on Thursday evenings. Classes will be held on Monday or Tuesday (if needed) nights from 5:30 to 7:30 at the club house. Classes will start on June 27th or 28th and end on August 8th or 9th. We will skip the week of July 4th.

Click here for an Adult Registration Form

The cost for the program is: $115.00 for TYC members or $140.00 for non-members. If you return the registration form before June 1st you will be entitled to an additional 10% discount.

Please make check payable to TYC with the form above and send to:

Thames Yacht Club Sailing
c/o Allthings Business LLC
180 Flanders Road, Unit 1
Niantic, CT 06357

This year’s classes begin soon, so please register today!

Thames Yacht Club 2014 Sailing Instruction

Opti racing off the pier

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