Breakwater's Junior Sailing program runs from late June through early September and offers one-week sessions to children ages 6 to 17; many students find it beneficial to enroll in multiple sessions. Novice sailors typically spend three to four weeks in the beginners' program before moving to the intermediate level and beyond. Breakwater also offers a junior racing program, in which sailors compete locally against teams from the North and South Forks, as well as in regional and national events.
The program utilizes Breakwater's fleet of JY-15s and Optis. Sessions run three hours daily, Monday through Friday, Morning and Afternoon. Students start by learning the basics of sailing, including how to rig a boat and what to do when it capsizes. They also learn how a boat responds to wind before they experience this concept firsthand on the water by running land drills, games, and practice in the BYC land boat.
The enduring success of the summer program can be attributed to the skill, enthusiasm, and dedication of Breakwater's instructors. Many current instructors began as Breakwater junior sailing students and are now passing their knowledge, experience, and passion for sailing on to the next generation. With an Instructor to student ratio of 1 to 4, safety is always the priority, but the instructors make sure that everyone has fun. Breakwater aims to instill a life-long love of the sport in our students, who will have opportunities to continue sailing and racing at Breakwater long after they have completed the summer program.
Each summer, Breakwater offers numerous sailing scholarships to local youth. The Scholarships are distributed through regional public schools and non-profit organizations.
Lifejackets will be provided for sailors if they do not have their own. It is advised that sailors bring a gear bag daily with the following equipment:
Change of clothes, hat, sunscreen, water shoes or flip-flops, sunglasses, sweatshirt, reusable water bottle, and a towel.