Sailing School

Cornavirus Update: The Sailing Program and staff are following all state and federal mandated guidelines as well as extra precautions to ensure student safety.

2022 Season!

Stay Tuned for the 2022 Class Schedule


Our Programs:

Port Jefferson Harbor’s longest running sailing school for youth, adults and families.

All Skill Levels | Ages 7 to 17 | Adults & Families

The Port Jefferson Yacht Club has been teaching sailing to young people and adults for over 30 years in Port Jefferson Harbor on Long Island’s North Shore. The success of our programs is best measured by the accomplishments of our graduates.

Participants in our programs have gone on to lead high school and college sailing teams and become certified U.S. Sailing instructors, while others are leaving their mark in club racing all over Long Island Sound.

Our experienced instructors are certified through U.S. Sailing and many have started their careers in our program. Our classes are tailored to meet the needs of the students appropriately by experience.

Young sailors start with the basics of safety and fun in Optimists before advancing into the racing and more advanced program. Our 420 dinghy program prepares young teens for high school and college sailing.

We now have a 5-day a week program and are developing exciting waterside and summer activities to expand our educational offerings. We’re also focused on providing adult and family sailing lessons to get more of our Port Jefferson community out on the water.


Beginner and novice sailors age 7 – 10 learn and practice basic seamanship including rigging, capsize-recovery, basic boat-handling, sail-trim and points of sail while building confidence to skipper an 8-foot Optimist alone.  As students advance through the program, they will build self-reliance and are introduced to racing and intermediate sailing. Sailors are grouped by skill level.  All students must be able to pass a swim test.

For 2021: Opti Groups will be limited to twelve students per AM and PM session.  No full day sessions this year. Staff members will remain with their same students throughout the week to reduce contact. Participants will be assigned their own boat at the beginning of the week and will use it all week. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own lifejacket, or will be assigned one for the week. Optimists will be cleaned 3 times a day at the beginning of the day, between the AM and PM sessions, and at the end of the day. Participants and staff will be required to wear a face covering while on land and while in close contact with others. They will not be required to wear it while sailing in their individual boats.

Weight: 50 – 100  lbs
Age: 7 to 10 years
Monday to Friday
Sessions: Morning 9am to 12pm or Afternoon 1pm to 4pm
One Week Sessions, sign up for as many as you would like!

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420 Dinghy Program

As one of the most widely used dinghies in the world, our 420 program prepares students for higher level racing. Intermediate and advanced sailors build upon the foundation skills learned in the Optimist Program or from prior experience.  For novice, intermediate and advanced sailors, practices are skill-based and dynamic, providing the perfect opportunity to build racing skills and sailing confidence.  Sailors are grouped by skill level.  All students must be able to pass a swim test.

For 2021: The Introduction to 420 program has been modified for 2021.  It is only available to students that have participated in previous years and/or are advanced students.  Please email for consideration for participation. Advanced students will be able to participate in the program with the approval of sailing school leadership, under the assumption that they will not require an instructor to be in a boat with them and can be coached from a coach boat.

Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation.
Weight: 50 – 130 lbs
Age: 11 to 17 years
Monday to Friday
9am to 12pm/1pm to 4pm/ Full Day Options
One Week Sessions, sign up for as many as you would like!

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Adult & Family Private Sailing Lessons

This program is open to Adults 16 years of age and older, or families with children from 8 to 18 years of age.  Open to all skill levels, from novice, to seasoned sailors seeking to advance their skills. This program uses group instruction on our Hunter 31 where each session is customized to the needs of the participants. Maximum 4 Participants to 1 Instructor.

For 2021: Adult/Family Sailing programming will be modified this year to ensure staff and participant safety. Please contact the School Director if interested.

Available Monday afternoons, Thursday Evenings, and Sunday Afternoons.

Register Here after Speaking with the School Director!


Questions? Contact Us!

Email: | Phone: 631-805-3343

Sailing School Location:
Port Jefferson Yacht Club
1 Pass Way, Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Just past the big red PJ Village Center and Harbor Park, on the water.