Learning to sail a boat is easy at EYC, whatever your age or experience level.
Each summer we offer Sail School, a week-long camp dedicated to teaching kids the joys of being on the water. Starting at age 10, children are taught the basics of a sailboat and have hands-on experience in Zumas, Lasers, catamarans, centerboards, and even big boats.
After Sail School, each Wednesday evening,our younger (and some older) members and their guests come to EYC to practice their skills under the supervision of volunteer sailing coaches. The evening ends with pizza in the clubhouse. This summer we added a Sunday afternoon session, too.
Please note: every person—member or guest—who participates in EYC's youth sailing program must have a signed Minor Sailing Activities Agreement on file. Please download, fill out, and bring to EYC. Guests may be passengers on boats but only members are allowed to skipper a club boat.
At the end of the summer, our young sailors are invited to participate in the Jim Skeen Memorial UnRegatta, an afternoon designed for and dedicated to sailing fun.
Adults are welcome at Sail School, too! In fact, we have a high percentage of adults attend camp each summer, and we always offer a women's only class.
For those who want to learn on the race course, it's easy to find a spot to crew on a Thursday night. You can show up on the docks about 5:30 p.m. and see who needs some help or you can sign up on the Crew Finder and we'll work to find a spot on a boat for you. You can also sign up for a Tuesday Fun Race ride by visiting the Crew Finder page.
Sailing classes are also available through Eugene Parks and Recreation. Some classes are even taught by EYC members.