Down Wind Against the Tide
Down Wind Against the Tide

Spinnaker practice with our Cape Cod Mercury.



About Junior Sailing

Welcome to Housatonic Boat Club Junior Sailing Program! We are looking forward to another great season of being on the water and introducing children to the exciting sport of sailing.

Many HBC members have been hard at work through the off season maintaining the Junior Sailing Boats to ensure they are ready for our program and look great!  We are looking forward to carrying on with the great and valuable traditions of the HBC Junior Sailing Program.


Learn to sail with us on the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound, sailing our 420’s, JY15’s, Laser, and Mercurys. Our program is for students ages 8-16 and runs for 7 weeks. Students learn tacking, jibing, sailing rules, upwind sailing, downwind sailing, capsize recovery, racing tactics, racing, and knot tying. Students can also win Seamanship Awards, Top Skipper Award and many other awards. Young sailors also enjoy our Big Boat Day.

Dates: Junior Sailing Seasons 1 & 2 are 4 week programs.
Time: Meeting Monday- Friday

Morning Class: 8:30am-12:30pm

During the break between classes, there is no program engagement and students are not supervised by instructors.

Afternoon Class: 1:30pm-5:00pm
Place:                Housatonic Boat Club

                        Shore Road, Stratford CT  06615


The Junior Sailing building is South of the main Club house.

Instructors: Our qualified, creative, and talented instructors are trained through the US Sailing Instructor’s Program, with a US Sailing Certificate.

All instructors are required to have First-Aid and CPR certifications. Instructors will cover elements of Small Boat Sailing Skills, such as understanding rigging, wind directions, tacking, jibing, capsize/recovery, knot tying, rules of the road, racing and more!

Morning Class: The Beginner Sailor will learn parts of the boat, sailing terminology, the basics of sailing, wind direction, how to tack and jibe, basic rules of the road, how to care for their boat, and communication through team work. Must be at least age 8 before our season starts.

Afternoon Class: The Intermediate and Advanced Sailor will focus on advanced boat handling skills, racing tactics, sportsmanship, seamanship, self-discipline, and respect for one another.  Must not be over the age of 16 by September 1st of the current year.

Students may register for both morning and afternoon classes, however, please note that there is no program engagement or supervision provided during the break between classes.

Please note: Preference is given to HBC Members and Returning Students, who will be accepted as a first come first served basis.

2021 Course Information, Schedule and Fees
Junior Sailing program 2021
Please email us for additional information