Southport Junior Yacht Club Sailing Foundation

SYC Sailing School Intro Video

2021 COVID-Compliant Summer Sailing Program

We are excited to announce that during the summer of 2021 the Southport Yacht Club plans to run a COVID-compliant Sailing Program. This will include modifications to the typical summer sailing classes outlined below.  We will modify the program to meet Maine state guidelines and CDC recommendations.  

There will be changes this summer. We will run two-week sessions to create pods of sailors and limit contact across classes.  Modifications to meet state guidelines include wearing face coverings ashore, fewer students per boat and no class on rainy days. 

Below is a link to the informational video held on June 23rd with Sailing Program Director Will Jacobs explaining the modifications for the summer. They are also summarized on the website in the section titled "2021 COVID Protocols."

2021 Informational Video -


The Southport Yacht Club located in Cosy Harbor offers sailing instruction to young sailors on the mouth of the Sheepscot River.  For over fifty years the Sailing Program has grown to provide its participants exceptional instruction and the opportunity to share with friends the pleasures of sailing the Maine Coast.The Southport Junior Yacht Club Sailing Foundation sailing program is open to any young person turning 8 years old this calendar year to 18 years old, with or without prior experience on the water.  Membership at Southport Yacht Club is not necessary, though warmly encouraged.  We welcome any child who desires exposure to the joys of sailing!

Beginning sailors take part in an instructional program that teaches basic sailing skills, terminology and seamanship.  They crew with more experienced sailors in Turnabouts for sailing drills, exploring the coast and fun racing. Beginners spend about two hours per class on the water except if class is held ashore in the event of poor weather. The Beginner class meets during the morning session.

Intermediate sailors build on and practice the skills learned as beginners.  They also learn to set a spinnaker, participate in inter-club races, and use their skills in a wide variety of activities. One portion of the Intermediate class sails in Turnabouts, while the other portion sails in Optimist Dinghies.  The Intermediate class meets during the afternoon session.

Advanced sailors develop their seamanship and racing skills; many compete with other yacht clubs, and represent the Southport Junior Yacht Club in regional sailing competitions.  Team racing, advanced tactics, and tuning techniques are included.  The Advanced Class sails during the afternoon session in 420's. In addition to seamanship, participants learn responsibility and teamwork. 

The program also offers nautical field trips, which may include visits to the Maine Maritime Museum, Coast Guard bases, local sail lofts and boatyards.  Day trips to area islands and beaches will be offered as “special events.” Junior sailors develop camaraderie with their fellow sailors based on shared experiences.


All youth sailing class members are automatically enrolled as members of the Junior Yacht Club.  JYC members elect their own officers and plan activities.  Past activities have included invitational regattas, ice cream socials, dances, activity nights, bingo, barbecues and field trips.  Instructors and senior club members serve as advisors to the JYC.


Program instruction is provided by an experienced staff headed by returning Sailing Program Director Will Jacobs.  Will is an alumnus of the Southport sailing program. During the rest of the year he is a 5th grade teacher at Washington Irving School in Tarrytown, NY.  Assistant Director Shannon Killian is also a veteran of Southport sailing, and a teacher at Beeman Elementary School in Gloucester, MA during the winter.



All participants, including adults, are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life vest at all times on docks, floats, and boats, regardless of swimming ability. Sailors must have their own life vests as well as appropriate clothing and footwear.  A basic swim test is required of all new young sailors on their first day of the program.


The Southport Junior Sailing Foundation has a limited amount of scholarship money available for participants requiring financial aid. Interested parents of participants must fill out the scholarship application form that can be found on the Camp Doc Registration site. 


For more information on the sailing program, or to inquire about space availability for classes, or scholarship information, write to:

Southport Junior Yacht Club Sailing Foundation, PO Box 68, Southport, ME 04576. 


William Jacobs36 Fairmont Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

Or call 914-275-3066 and ask to speak with Will Jacobs.


Turnabouts:  A safe, stable trainer with a single mainsail and a small spinnaker.  Room for several beginners and an instructor make this an ideal entry level boat.

Optimist Dinghies (Optis):  A single-handed advanced dinghy for younger racers.  The Foundation owns two Optis; most opti sailors provide their own boat.

420s:  The universal US sailing double-handed training boat used by teenage and collegiate sailors.  The 420 is used in our Advanced Class. The Foundation owns fifteen 420s.

J/80:  The J/80 is a sprit-rigged keelboat raced on the Boothbay peninsula. The J/80 introduces advanced program sailors to keelboat handling and racing, including related topics of crew coordination and additional aspects of seamanship.


The sailing program plans to start June 28, 2021 and run over an eight week period, divided into four two-week sessions, ending August 20th.  Sailors can enroll for one or more sessions, up to the full eight week season. Morning sessions begin promptly at 9:00 am and finish at 12:00 noon; afternoon sessions begin at 1:00 pm and finish at 4:00 pm.  Beginners meet in the morning session and Intermediate and Advanced sailors meet in the afternoon sessions.  Five days of instruction are planned, Monday through Friday, with Fridays doubling as “special events.”  Each student’s skill level is evaluated upon entering the Program and progress and achievements are monitored.  Because all skill levels are practiced daily, each student will have the opportunity to work at his/her skill level and progress at his/her own rate.  Discounts are provided for families who allow the use of their family’s Turnabout or Opti in the program. 

Session 1: June 28 - July 9

Session 2:  July 12 - July 23

Session 3:  July 26 - August 6

Session 4: August 9 - August 20



ADVANCED CLASS &                       J/80 RACE TEAM

1 $389.00 $464.00
2 $599.00 $684.00
3 $819.00 $924.00
4 $1039.00 $1164.00

Turnabout/Opti Discount. A new Turnabout mooring field was installed in Fall of 2011.  Annual maintenance of the moorings is funded through the slightly reduced discount given to families who need a mooring for their Turnabout.  If a family provides a Turnabout that is in good, safe working condition for use in the Sailing Program it is entitled to a $300 (if a Cosy Harbor mooring is owned for the Turnabout) or $275 (if a mooring is needed for the Turnabout) discount against its total sailing program fees. Families may also decide to donate use of their turnabout and receive a tax deductible donation form. If a family provides an Optimist dinghy that is in good, safe working condition for use in the Sailing Program it is entitled to a $75 discount against its total sailing program fees.  If a family provides both a Turnabout and an Optimist dinghy for use in the Sailing Program it is entitled to both discounts provided that the family has at least two students in the Program, otherwise it is only entitled to the Turnabout discount.  With regards to the Optimist dinghy discount, though the Sailing Program would prefer to be able to share the Opti boats with all students, if a family desires that its Optimist dinghy only be used by the family’s student(s) (e.g., the Optimist dinghy might be relatively new and used for racing purposes, and the family wishes to keep the Opti in excellent condition) the family is still entitled to the Opti discount.  A Turnabout or Optimist dinghy can only be used for the discount once by one family (i.e., multiple families can not “provide” the same boat in order to get the discount).  All Turnabouts and Optis must be made available for use in the Sailing Program at the beginning of the summer and for a minimum of four weeks in order to receive the discounted fee.  

SJYCSF Named Awards and Trophies

Information regarding the SJYCSF named trophies that are presented annually at the SJYCSF Banquet can be found here:

SJYCSF Named Awards and Trophies

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