The entire SCYC Junior Sailing Staff is U.S. SAILING certified. This means that they not only have been trained and tested both on-the-water and off as sailing instructors, they have also been trained and certified in CPR and First Aid. They have extensive teaching, coaching, and racing experience. The program director is Mark Newman, who is a U.S. Sailing level III certified coach who has a vast experience in high school, optimist, J70, and summer program management.
Our Sail Boats
The single-handed trainer for students up to 15 years of age is the Optimist Dinghy, sanctioned by the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association (SAYRA), and the most popular class of boats ever built.
The crewed trainer is the 420, a popular high performance centerboard sloop. These Boat's are used for introduction to the sport when instructors take beginners for their first sail and also for training intermediates and racers in crew coordination, handling of the jib, sailing "wing-and-wing" downwind, and other sloop skills.
Harbor 20 is a true one design boat that is raced here at the club every Wednesday night. It gives the sailors the ability for young sailors to experience small keelboats and work cohesively with a crew of 2 or more.
J-70 is a lightweight rocket ship that will take sailors downwind with its asymmetrical spinnaker, and will encourage sailors to understand the concepts they have mastered in Optimist, 420s, and Harbor 20s have relevance in one design keelboat racing.