Southport Junior Yacht Club
Sailing Foundation

2021 COVID-Compliant Summer Sailing Program

We are excited to announce that during the summer of 2021 we will run a COVID-compliant Sailing Program. This will include modifications to the typical summer sailing classes to meet Maine State Guidelines. The beginner class will be smaller with fewer students per boat. We will run two-week sessions to create pods of sailors and limit contact across classes.  The program will be based outdoors on the SYC campus and limited to students and instructors on site.  Modifications to meet state guidelines include wearing face coverings ashore, buffs on the water and no class on rainy days. 

Here is a link to the information session held on June 23rd with Sailing Program Director Will Jacobs explaining the new procedures, which are also summarized on the website in the section "2021 COVID Protocols."

2021 Informational Video Link -


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.


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.


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, bingo, activity nights, 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, who teaches 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 available on Camp Doc's registration page.


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

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

William Jacobs

36 Fairmont Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

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.

420's:  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 420's.

J/80: Advanced sailors may join the keelboat race team and campaign the sprit-rigged J/80 in races on the Boothbay peninsula.

SJYCSF Named Awards and Trophies

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

SJYCSF Named Awards and Trophies


ByLaws of the Southport Junior Yacht Club Sailing Foundation
As Amended August 17, 2009

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