Junior Programs

Join us for Sailing and Tennis this Summer

The Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Junior Program provides a summer of outdoor fun with Sailing and Tennis programs available. Membership is not required for participation in the Junior Program, although members do get discounted fees. Summer Camp Scholarships are available with the support of the BHYC Junior Program Foundation.

In 2019, nine weekly Monday through Friday sessions begin June 24th and end August 23rd with special events throughout the summer. The schedules are arranged so that sailing and tennis may be pursued separately, or in combination, for a unique summer camp experience.

Make a day of it by playing tennis and staying for lunch and sailing -- or sailing then lunch then tennis! New this year, we introduce the Wings Program - supervised fun from 9:00-10:30 before tennis for our teens, or 2:30-4:00 for our younger participants. Parents save a trip to BHYC for kids on different schedules, and kids enjoy time with their friends.

Registering for multiple weeks brings savings, and members of BHYC enjoy an additional discount. See the program brochure for program discounts. 

Be sure not to miss the numerous family social events held throughout the summer in conjunction with our Junior Program. All kids participating in any session of the Junior Program and their families are welcome to join us at the club for any of the socials and events.

Junior Program
Brochure
Junior Program
Registration Form (mail in)
Scholarship
Application
JUNIOR PROGRAM
ONLINE REGISTRATION
(BHYC MEMBERS)
JUNIOR PROGRAM
ONLINE REGISTRATION

2019 Junior Program and Membership Incentives

Families with children enrolled in BHYC Junior Programs who complete their application for BHYC membership shall have a one-time reduction of dues equal to the amount of their expenditures for Junior Programs during the same season, not to exceed $500. Become a member of the club and enjoy reduced Junior Program fees for years to come, plus all the benefits of being part of the BHYC community!  Find out more about this special offer by contacting the Club and talking with our Membership Committee.

  • Summer Sailing
    • Junior Program Sailing

      From June through August, our nine week program is the longest in northern New England. We teach kids at all levels of experience to be comfortable and safe on the water. Rowing, sailing, racing, sportsmanship, and marlinspike seamanship skills are taught. For the advanced junior 14 and up we accept 2-3 people each year to be apprentice instructors with an eye towards obtaining US Sailing Instructor Certification when they turn 16 or 17.

      Special events throughout the summer liven up class time. Pirate Day, Model Boat Day, Adventure Sails, and trips to the inner harbor for ice cream are all part of the fun. Regattas, whether hosted at home like the Maine State Championships in the Opti and C420 classes, or away regattas like the Harraseeket Youth Regatta and Junior Olympics help our young sailors learn about themselves and racing as a team.

      Registering for multiple weeks brings savings, and members of BHYC enjoy an additional discount on Junior Program sailing and tennis programs. See the program brochure for program discounts.

      Make a day of it by playing tennis and staying for lunch. New this year, we introduce the Wings Program - supervised fun from 9:00-10:30 before tennis for our teens, or 2:30-4:00 for our younger participants. Parents save a trip to BHYC for kids on different schedules, and kids enjoy time with their friends.

      Want to explore? New in 2019 BHYC is offering two-week programs: Keelboat semi-private lessons (limit 4 students per session), Model Boat Sailing & Science and Remote Operated Vehicle Sailing & Science.

      Participants in the Junior Sailing Program are grouped by age and experience. The Sailing Director may move sailors to their appropriate level to enhance learning.

      Each participant in the sailing program will bring their own life jacket and whistle. Close-toed shoes that can get wet (old sneakers are fine). Sunscreen, a towel, reusable water bottle, sunglasses and or a hat, and a light jacket are all part of the sailors 'kit' that should be brought every day to class to adapt to changing weather conditions.

      Life jackets are worn at all times on the docks and on the water - no exceptions.

      Morning programs are from 9:00 - 12:00; afternoon sessions from 1:00 - 4:00. Join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00. Bring your own or eat with us for $30/week.

      At BHYC we will teach your youngster to sail right. All BHYC Instructors have US Sailing Level 1 or above Certification, Safesport, Concussion, First Aid and CPR training. These are basic certifications every instructor should have -and all of ours do.

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      Junior Program
      Brochure
      Junior Program
      Registration Form
      Scholarship
      Application
  • Summer Tennis
    • Join us on the courts with weekly Monday through Friday sessions and special Junior Program events throughout the summer. The schedules are arranged so that tennis and sailing may be pursued separately or in combination.

      Make a day of it by playing tennis and staying for lunch and sailing -- or sailing then lunch then tennis! New this year, we introduce the Wings Program - supervised fun from 9:00-10:30 before tennis for our teens, or 2:30-4:00 for our younger participants. Parents save a trip to BHYC for kids on different schedules, and kids enjoy time with their friends.

      Registering for multiple weeks brings savings
      , and members of BHYC enjoy an additional discount. See the program brochure for program discounts.

      The Junior Program tennis staff consists of a USTA certified pro and two or more instructors and teaching apprentices. The emphasis is on learning sportsmanship and tennis skills in a fun environment.

      The Junior Program includes numerous intra-club matches, as well as interclub competitions with area teams for the advanced players, scheduled throughout the summer. Friday is tournament day for children at all levels who wish to participate.

      In the event of inclement weather, tennis classes may be held at the Boothbay Region YMCA at the regularly scheduled time. On rainy days, please call the BHYC tennis office (207-633-5750) to confirm class location.

      Each participant in the tennis program must wear tennis shoes and have a tennis racquet.

      Youth Beginner

      Ages 6 through 12
      Daily from 1:00 - 2:30

      Intermediate/Advanced

      Ages 10 through 18
      Daily from 10:30 - 12:00 or 2:30 - 4:00

      Junior Program
      Brochure
      Junior Program
      Registration Form
      Scholarship
      Application
  • Youth Regattas
    • Maine State Opti & C420 Championships

      August 1-2
      The Maine State Optimist (MSO) Championship brings together Opti sailors from around New England and Canada. The top sailor from a Maine based program wins the coveted Maine State Opti Champion title. There is also a Green Fleet course for the novice racer with great shoreside viewing. The Championship Course will be held in the outer harbor with age defined classes: White (10 and under), Blue (12 and under), and Red (15 and under) with prizes for 1st through 3rd in each Fleet. Older Opti sailors may also join us this week for the Maine State C420 Championship. 

      The Maine State C420 Championship has recently rotated between Kollidgewidgewok, Harraseeket, and the winner's host club. Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club, whose team placed second in the 2018 State Championship, volunteered to host the 2019 event when 2018's winner's home club chose not to host the event. The top boat from Maine-based programs is awarded the perpetual Maine State C420 Championship trophy.

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Explore 2019 Junior Program Activities

  • Racing & Adventure Day Schedule
    • Note that youth must be enrolled in the Junior Program for the week in order to participate in regattas (home or away) or tennis tournaments.
      July 3 - Intraclub Tennis Tournament at Juniper Point
      July 11-12
      – Harraseeket Youth Regatta
      July 11-13 - 420 distance race in CT, previously called Volvo SECOR 420 (BHYC participation TBD)
      July 17-18 – Junior Olympics Sailing Festival, Camden Yacht Club
      July 21-24 – Marblehead Junior Race Week (BHYC participation TBD)
      July 31 - Adventure Day at BHYC (other clubs invited)
      July 31 - Intraclub Tennis Tournament at Christmas Cove Improvement Association (CCIA)
      August 1-2 - Maine State Opti Championship and 420 Championship at BHYC
      August 12-13 - Battle of the Bay at BHYC
      August 14 - Intraclub Tennis Tournament with CCIA at BHYC
      August 15 - Adventure Day at BHYC (other clubs invited)
      Additional interclub tennis tournaments schedule TBD

  • Social Events
    • All participants and their families are welcome to any Junior Program social event throughout the season. Visit the BHYC website for the latest information. We hope to see you for a variety of fun events over the summer, including ice cream socials, bingo night, junior ping pong tournaments, Wednesday evening races (4:30 harbor starts, weather permitting), our end of the season awards, and more to be scheduled.

      Mark your calendars now for the Blessing of the (Junior) Fleet on June 27

  • New this Year
    • 2 Week Sailing Programs

      Special pricing for 2-week programs:
      $450 Members, $550 Non-Members

      Advanced Keelboat
      9:00 – 12:00 daily (ages 10+) – Two-week programs beginning 8/5. ***SOLD OUT*** Limit 4 students per session.

      Coming in 2020: Ocean Discovery - Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV)
      1:00 – 4:00 daily (ages 10-14).

      Coming in 2020: Ocean Discovery - Model Boat
      1:00 – 4:00 daily (ages 8-12)

      Wings

      Join us for a full day at BHYC by adding on a morning or afternoon supervised session on the BHYC campus. Discounts for families

  • Pricing
    • Total Number of Weeks Sailing (AM or PM) Tennis (AM or PM) Lunch - $30/week
      Member Non-member Member Non-Member Wings
      1 week $250 $325 $200 $250 $50/week for 1 child
      2 weeks $375 $475 $300 $375 $75/week / family
      3 weeks $500 $625 $375 $475
      4 weeks $600 $775 $445 $550 2-Week Keelboat Program
      5 weeks $675 $925 $495 $625 Member Non-Member
      6 weeks $725 $1075 $545 $700 $450 $550
      7 weeks $775 $1225 $595 $775 2-Week Ocean Discover
      8 weeks $825 $1375 $645 $850 Member Non-Member
      9 weeks $875 $1525 $695 $925 $450 $550
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    West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
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