The Shattemuc Sailing Academy is one of the top sailing academies on the Hudson River and it offers comprehensive sailing instruction and boating safety for young people ages 9–16.
From beginner sailing skills to competitive racing techniques, Shattemuc has offered young people an unforgettable summer experience on the majestic Hudson River. Since its inception in the 1960s, Shattemuc Yacht Club’s summer Sailing Academy has introduced hundreds of young people to the joys of outdoor activity on the water. The Academy’s goal is to turn novices into skillful, confident, safety-conscious sailors.
Our sailing / boating training program emphasizes personal experience, close supervision, and progressively more demanding tasks. You will be amazed at how much your son or daughter will learn after only one 4-week session.
(For enrollment, please see Junior Sailing Academy tab above)
2013 Sessions (choose one or both 4 week sessions):
Session 1: Monday, June 24 through Friday, July 19
Session 2: Monday, July 29 through Friday, August 23
2013 Open Houses; Our next Open house will be March 24th from 3pm – 5pm. Please join us!
The Sailing Academy is operated by a Director and a paid staff of experienced instructors, with administrative support from a volunteer committee of Club members and policy guidance from the Shattemuc Board of Directors. Students learn to sail in the Academy’s fleet of Club 420s, O’pen Bics and Optimist prams.Depending on wind and weather, much of the day is spent in organized sailing activities on the water, with breaks for classroom instruction and a mid-day break for lunch and a dip in the pool.
The Junior Sailing Academy runs two 4-week sessions in the course of the summer, with a one week break, if time permits, between sessions. The Sailing Academy season will be capped by a gala awards dinner on the last day of second session.
At least once in each Academy session, some of the Club members make their large,
cruising sailboats available for an Academy cruise. These ‘Big Boat Days’ are immensely popular with the Academites.
Wednesday Night Races let the Academites practice their sailing and racing skills. Parents are invited to join in the viewing of the Wednesday Night Races at 6pm, while the Academy is in session.
The Academy fleet consists of Optimist, O’pen Bic and Club 420 sailboats.
The 8 foot Optimist is the most popular sailboat for juniors.
Academites learn big boat skills as well, graduating to highly sought-after crew for HRYRA racers.