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2022, Junior Sailing Program
 at Echo Bay Yacht Club

Echo Island, New Rochelle, NY

New Rochelle Municipal Marina 

22 Pelham Rd. New Rochelle, NY 10801

Student Requirements:

  • Able to swim 50 yards and pass a swim test. 

  • Little Skippers swim- 20 yards while wearing a PFD.

  • Provide a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type III Personal Flotation. Device (PFD) with a plastic whistle attached.

  • Sailing gloves, water shoes, Sunscreen and sunglasses are strongly recommended for all courses


Port Sailing has been operating Junior Sailing programs for over 14 years. We operate both Echo Bay Yacht Club and Harlem Yacht Clubs programs. Membership to EBYC and HYC is not required.  EBYC members do receive a discount. The program requires a commitment by the parent and child to participate in a sport and learn to sail. No refunds after June 15. Echo Bay Yacht Club is a member club of the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound and US Sailing. Individual membership to JSA of Long Island Sound is required if your child is participating in the racing program. 

Our Staff:

Our coaches for Junior Sailing have an average of 5 or more years of experience sailing and have completed a minimum of US Sailing Level 1 course and powerboat safety training. The US Sailing training programs are hosted by member clubs. In 2021 Echo Bay Yacht Club hosted the Level 1 course for EBYC neighboring clubs. The focus of training is on safety and fun for the kids. Our Level 2 coaches have the experience to coach kids to participate in local yacht club race events.   

Adventure Sailing
9 am to 4 pm

Ages 8 to 16  


The adventure sailing program is designed for sailors who do not have an interest in performance sailing and would like to spend their time sailing in a more relaxed environment open for both beginner and experienced sailors. Students are grouped by age and/or experience. Children have the opportunity to sail both small and larger boats with their instructors. Activities include boating safety, aids to navigation, and knot tying. Bring your lunch and a vest-type life jacket. A swim test is required with a life jacket. Boats used include Laser, Zuma, Bic Open, and Sonar sailboats.

Program Dates (two weeks) 

June 27- July 8

(limited availability)

July 11- 22

(limited availability)

July 25- August 5

(limited availability)

August 8- 19

Program Fee $1495 

EBYC Member Fee $1380

Optimist 1
9 am to 4 pm

Ages 8 to 14  

Introduction Optimus is the most fundamental sailing program that is offered. It is designed for kids who have never sailed before to learn all the necessary skills to sail their own boat. This is highly recommended for any new sailor. The Optimist is the largest sailboat class in the world. This is the sailboat that nearly all of the greatest sailors in the world learn to sail. It is an 8-foot boat sailed by just one person. Kids learn all the basics of sailing;  upwind, downwind, tacking gybing, tying knots, sail trim, steering, bailing water out of the boat, rigging, de-rigging, teamwork, safety, etc. The course introduces the student to the sport of sailing, starting from the very basics.  Opti Race Team is the next level. 

Program Dates (two or three weeks)

Session Starts

June 27 (Sold Out)

July 11 (Sold Out)

July 25 (Sold Out)

August 8 (Sold Out)

See Harlem Yacht Club for additional availability

Program Fee:

2 Weeks $1495 (EBYC members $1380)


Optimist Race Team
9 am to 4 pm

Ages 10 to 14  

This program is limited to six experienced Opti sailors that want to race in Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound events. Coaches will work closely to develop the sailing skills necessary to compete at local yacht club race events. If your son or daughter has the passion this is the next level in Junior Sailing that can ultimately lead to National events and later to college sailing.

Requirements, previous sailing experience, and desire to participate in race events. First-year sailors will participate in Green Fleet events designed to focus on sportsmanship learning to race. 

Session Starts

June 27 (Sold Out)

July 25

Program Fee:

4 Weeks $2544.

Little Skippers (Half Day Mornings)
9 am to Noon, Two Week Program

Ages 8 to 10  

This program is for the little guys that are looking for fun on the water and at the club located on beautiful Echo Island. The children have the opportunity to sail a variety of small boats. The goal of this course is to build young sailors' love for sailing in a controlled and safe environment. The class is designed to work with the children at the level that they are comfortable with. Activities build confidence and include sailing, knot tying, nautical terminology, crafts, songs, water activities, and "messing about in boats". We emphasize the importance of teamwork, respect, and safety in daily lessons. Our number one goal is to pass on our passion for the sport to the next generation of Echo Bay sailors This is a rain or shine program.

Session Starts

June 27

July 11

July 25

August 8

Program Fee:


EBYC Member $770

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Bic Open Sailboats - Easy to Sail and Fun

Junior Sailing Events

Open House

May 21 and June 11. 9 to 12 noon. Please RSVP through the EBYC website. Checkout the island and facilities.

Parents Visiting Day


Come join us at Echo Bay Yacht Club for lunch with your child at noon on the second Wednesday of each session. Launch service to the island departs from B Dock at the New Rochelle Marina starting at 11:30. Siblings and friends are always welcome. Lunch is served from 12 noon to 1:00 PM.  Fee $10 per adult, no charge for kids. Please RSVP by email.

Commodore's Cup

August 13, 2022, all experienced sailors are encouraged to participate in this EBYC race event. The races start at 10:30 am on Saturday. Skippers' meeting takes place at 9:30 am. One design class boats include Opti, Bic Open, and Pixel. The award ceremony and lunch take place at 12:30. A fee of $75 includes awards, coaches, boats, and lunch for parents and children. The spectator area is located on Echo Island at the Yacht club.

Pirate Party

August 19, 2022 Closing ceremony for the end of the Junior Sailing program. Dress in your pirate best. The ceremony runs from 11:30 to 1:00 pm and includes lunch. The fee for adults is $10 and children eat free. The pirates hold hostage of a Yacht Club officer and proclaim terms for release.  Don't miss this drama with a lesson in American history, 

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Junior Sailing Staff

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Counselor in Training (CIT)

Ages 15 and older


This program is open to students 15 years of age or older with three years prior sailing experience. Completion of ASA, YRA or US Sailing certification program is a plus. Applicants should have prior sailing experience on boats greater than 15 foot in length. Persons entering this program are preparing to become a Junior Sailing Instructor. Applicants should be mature, responsible and demonstrate leadership skills. 


During the program applicants will complete the NY State Safe Boating Program, CPR and First Aid training. This is a great gateway to a future position teaching sailing at camps, yacht clubs and sailing schools. All CITs are supervised and mentored by a Port Sailing instructor.


This is limited program requiring an interview. Port Sailing does not guarantee future employment. 

Pirate Party

Junior sailing (pirates) proclaim that they are leaving Echo Island until next year.