Essex Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program 2024

An advanced racing program, preparing junior sailors to step into college sailing.


  • 15 sailors, ages 14 - 18
  • Sailors with prior experience and dedication to grow.


  • June 26 - August 7th 2024
  • Weekly schedule
    • (Optional) Tuesday 5-7pm: Racing with EYC sailors
    • Wednesday 5-7pm: Instruction
    • (Optional) Thursday 5-7pm: Racing with EYC sailors
    • Friday 5-7pm: Junior Sailors Racing Night


  • Starting tactics and strategies
  • Current, tide, and water flow
  • Wind shifts and using them to your advantage
  • Upwind tactics and covering/protection
  • Up-course and ladder rungs
  • Spinnaker and downwind tactics
  • Match Racing
  • Manuals will be made and handed out; including Ideal 18 specific information and advanced info.

Course Outline

  • Week 1, June 26: Ideal 18 Introduction
  • Week 2, July 3: Intro to Ideal 18 Spinnaker Flying
  • Week 3, July 10: Sail Trim: Sail shape, sail adjustments, fine tuning.
  • Week 4, July 17: Starting: Tactics, planning, analyzing the start line, the effects of current.
  • Week 5, July 24: Roll Tacking: Technique, purpose,
  • Week 6, July 31: Course Tactics and strategy: Strategy vs. tactics
  • Week 7, August 7: Current: Understanding how it changes everything on the water.


  • Sailors will get qualified to take Ideal 18 out, prior to start date.
  • Three ‘Racing Rules of Sailing’ will be covered each week.
  • Video will be taken when possible and reviewed during the debrief.


  • Essex Yacht Club
  • 13 Novelty Lane, Essex CT 06426


  • $275 for Members
  • $325 for Non-member


Emilie Blinderman, previous sailing coach at Connecticut College.


Simply fill out this short registration form and we will reply within seven days.


Please email Ryan Carson at [email protected].