City Island Yacht Club

Incorporated 1907

Summer Program

Founded by City Island Yacht Club in 2017, this award-winning summer program teaches children how to sail through safe, supervised instruction both on land and water.

Certified by US Sailing, the program is affiliated with the Scouting BSA/Bronx Council and offers Scouts the opportunity to earn the Sailing Merit Badge. All participants also receive a US Sailing Certificate of Accomplishment upon successful program completion.

Depending on proficiency at the end of the camper’s session, students learn respect for the water, basic sailing concepts, and an understanding of their own capacity as a young sailor.

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Two Options for Sailing Lessons

Adventure Sailing Camp

Have fun learning to sail! With instructors, students take boats around City Island and other locations including Long Island Sound. No pressure, just fun.

Race Team Camp

Learn more advanced sailing techniques and racing rules. Compete in regattas at other clubs. Perfect for students who want to race, Intermediate Opti and up.

Daily Camp Schedule

Subject to change depending on weather conditions.

  • 7:45am – 9:00am Optional Extended Care ($50/week)
  • 8:45am – Student Arrival
  • 9:00am – 10:00am Landside Instruction/Rig Boats
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm Sailing
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (BYO)
  • 1:00pm – 3:30pm Sailing
  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm Wash Down/Store Boats
  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm Student Pick Up
  • 4:00pm – 5:15pm Optional Extended Day ($50/week)

Contact: (347) 692-0696 or email

Sailing Focuses on STEAM Skills

When students are not on the water, they engage in an enriching Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum which features weather, tides/currents, marine biology and ecology, and the physics of sailing.

Junior Sailing Summer Day Camp

  • U.S. Sailing-certified Instructors with First Aid/CPR training
  • Open to children ages 8-16 of all levels, beginner to advanced; instruction is given according to child’s skill level
  • Lessons include: boat handling skills, safety, weather and water conditions
  • Participants learn to sail Optis, C420 and Laser boats
  • Swimming proficiency and PFD/life jacket required.