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Welcome to Youth Sailing Summer 2023!

N43° 21.5936′ • W078° 11.6248′

Oak Orchard Yacht Club is again offering multiple sessions of Youth Sailing instruction this summer for ages 8-18.
Come out to Lake Ontario and enjoy summer days on the water!
Instruction emphasizes on-the-water training with some classroom time for beginning through advanced sailors!

“Our goal is to introduce young people to sailing and teach them the skills to succeed while making it fun in a day-camp setting!"

Youth Sailing (p3)


2023 OOYC Youth Sailing Sessions are as follows

S E S S I O N  O N E
July 10 - 21, 2023

S E S S I O N  T W O
July 24 - August 4, 2023

OOYC Youth Sailing
is a day camp

Monday through Friday
from 9 am to 4 pm

Sign up for one or both
(see requirements & prices below)




  • Courses are taught by qualified coaches who have graduated from youth sailing programs in the past.
  • Lead instructors are certified Level One through the US Sailing Association.
  • Adult OOYC staff members supervise daily activities.
  • Youth Sailing Camp is held at Oak Orchard Yacht Club, 1103 Archbald Road Waterport, NY, 14571
  • On most days friends and family members can observe youth sailors racing on the lake from the east side break wall at the mouth of Oak Orchard Creek next to the light house
  • Parents and family members are invited to our Awards picnic lunch on the last day of each session. Weather permitting family members may be invited to go out on the lake to sail with your youth sailors or observe your children racing from OOYC member’s powerboats.
  • How to rig a sailboat and the important sailing knots
  • How to solo in a small sailboat 
  • How to steer the boat and adjust sails while understanding wind direction and speed
  • Rules-of-the-Road while boating to keep everyone safe
  • Basic racing skills and tactics
  • When we are not able to go out on the lake to sail we play boating games, kickball, capture the flag, go swimming and other fun activities!
  • Optimist Dinghies (Opti) - the most popular small sailboat in the world, it is a single sail and stable boat designed for use by children. The Opti is an excellent boat for beginners; most campers are sailing on their own within the first hour of instruction.
  • Club / Collegiate 420 - Designed to be sailed by a crew of two, it has two sails (a main and a jib). The 420 is fast and agile used at many colleges in their race programs.
  • Safety Power Boats - Used by our instructors and coaches during training days out on the lake.
Sam Zale

Attention all Youth Sailing Families!

Plans for Youth Sailing 2023 are underway! Our Board of Directors have voted in a new Fleet Captain of Educational Boating as John Zimmerman is using his skills and experience to take on other needed roles for our club. 

Please help us welcome S a m  Z a l e as our
new youth sailing camp director! our first
director that has himself graduated from our
OOYC Youth Sailing Program!

For camp questions please contact:
Sam Zale, OOYC Youth Sailing Director
(585) 298-8107 or email

For registration inquiries please contact:
Kim Hofmann, OOYC Membership Chair

(585) 356-9086 (call or text)



  • Must be 8 years old by the first day of camp.
  • Must be able to swim 50 yards without wearing a PFD (Personal Floatation Device/ Life Jacket). Swim tests will be given on the first day.
  • Each camper is responsible to bring their own PFD that fits properly. We will fit test PFDs on the first day.
  • Closed toed sneakers, boat shoes or water shoes are recommend.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm and water bottles are advised.
  • Towels, cell phones, dry clothes, etc. can be kept in a dry box on our safety boats.
  • Bring a lunch each day. On days camp provides lunch you will be notified ahead of time.
  • Campers will not be required to purchase any additional gear for our sail camp.
  • Campers agree to follow all Safety Rules and coaches instructions.


SESSION 1: July 10 - July 21, 2023

SESSION 2: July 24 -August 4, 2023

Single Session (10 days) $435.00
($400.00 OOYC member)

Family Discount for 2nd Sibling $385.00
($350.00 OOYC member)

Double Session (20 days) $770.00
($700.00 OOYC member)

Family Discount for 2nd Sibling $670.00
($600.00 OOYC member)

We have space constraints (20 campers/session)
apply early to secure a place!

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