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New Rochelle // 2024

Jr. Sailing
Optimist 1


The Optimist 1 program provides younger kids with the perfect intro to the world of sailing, designed for those who have never sailed before to learn all the necessary skills to skipper their boat. The Optimist is the largest sailboat class in the world where all of the best sailors first learned. Optimist 1 leads into the next level, Optimist 2.


Two Weeks: $1,895

Four Weeks: $3,395

EBYC Members: Contact us for an additional 10% discount code

2024 Sessions

Session 1: July 1 - July 12

Session 2: July 15 - July 26

Session 3: July 29 - August 9

Session 4: August 12 - August 23

Basic Info

  • Ages 8 – 13

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • 22 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801

What's Included

  • Boats (no need to buy your own like other programs)

  • Lunch (new for 2024!)

  • Safety equipment

Student Requirements

  • 8 years of age

  • Can swim 50 yards and pass a swim test while wearing a PFD

  • Can exhibit an understanding of the risks involved with sailing

What To Bring

  • Water

  • Sunscreen 

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Towel

  • Life jacket (USCG Type III) – we provide if you don't have

  • Rain jacket 


We provide all safety equipment for sailing, including a USCG-certified Type III life jacket and an emergency whistle. Sailing can be dangerous due to the nature of being on the water. Our instructors are trained to teach and protect children; everyone holds a US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 instructor certification. Furthermore, all instructors are certified in CPR and first aid. On average, our instructors have four years of coaching experience and ten years of sailing expierence.

2024 Optimist 1 Instructors
Magda Martinez
Head Instructor
Taylor Ferrarone
3rd Year Instructor
Tadhg O'Brien
2nd Year Instructor
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