Lewes Yacht Club Sailing

2019 Sailing Camp Schedule


Weeks begin June 17 and run through August 12

(last day of camp is August 16)


Please read below for session descriptions and what to bring to camp



Cape Critters Program

The Cape Critters Program is designed for children ages 5-7 years old that have no sailing experience. It is a ½ day program that begins at 9 AM and concludes at 12 PM, Monday through Wednesday. The class size is limited to 10 and the student instructor ratio is 5:1.  Students learn the fundamentals of water safety and sailing in one of our 420's. The program emphasizes teamwork and fun while sailing as a group with one instructor. Students will learn basic sailing terminology, how to rig and de-rig the boat, steering and sail control and what to do in emergency situations. Campers also participate in fun team building relays and beach activities. When on the water, the instructor will rotate campers throughout a series of jobs; including steering and sail trim.


Morning/Afternoon/All Day Program

Students can attend a 3 hour morning or afternoon session, or they can attend a 7 hour all day clinic with a one hour lunch included. There are three levels; beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students are placed in groups based on previous experience and instructor assessments. Once in a group, students are placed in boats based on their size.  Students will sail Opti’s, Sunfish, Lasers and 420’s.  Throughout each program, students are taught basic seamanship, water safety, proper sail trim and steering, rigging and de-rigging,  launching and landing, and capsizing and recovery.  Each day includes a brief pre and post sail chalk talk, with the majority of the time dedicated to being on the water.


Junior Sailing Team

The LYC Junior Sailing Team is a travel team for any child ages 7-16 who have already completed at least one week of LYC sailing school. The team enters between 4 and 6 regattas throughout the Chesapeake Bay in four different fleets; Opti Green (Beginner), Opti, Laser and 420. The team practices on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1-4 PM, with the team traveling to regatta’s on Thursdays. The team has two coaches, one who works with the Opti and Laser skippers and the other who works with the 420 crews.  The season begins with practices in mid June and ends in mid to late August.


Day Clinics

LYC hosts Saturday clinics geared towards helping members learn to sail or enhance sailing skills. Clinics include ladies, junior/senior and adult as well as seminars on racing techniques and windsurfing.

Cape Critter Program (morning only, 3x/wk)   Member $170/ 3 day camp               Guest $210/ 3 day camp

        Ages 5-7 with NO SAILING EXPERIENCE.

•        Monday to Wednesday

•        9 AM to 12 PM

•        Boats: 420's


Morning Session                                    Member $220/ 1 week camp          Guest $265/ 1 week camp

        Ages 6-16

•        Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced groups

•        9 AM to 12 PM

•        Boats: Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420


Afternoon Session                                 Member $220/ 1 week camp          Guest $265/ 1 week camp

       Ages 6-16

•        Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced groups

•        1 PM to 4 PM

•        Boats: Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420


All Day Session                                      Member $300/1 week camp           Guest $370/ 1 week camp

        Ages 7-16

•        Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced groups

•        9 AM to 4 PM (12-1=lunch/swim break)

•        Boats: Opti/Sunfish/Laser/420




Steve Nieblas, LYC Sailing Chair - nebulousinde@comcast.net

Q: What should my sailor bring to summer sailing lessons?

A: Sunglasses, Hat, Water bottle, Swim outfit, Sunscreen, Towel, Lunch (for Full day), Life Jacket, Closed Toed shoes that can get wet


Q: Does my sailor need a life vest?

A: YES! Sailors need to bring their own life jacket. Your PFD should be Coast Guard approved and the right size for your sailor. We have a bin of life jackets that students can borrow if they occasionally forget.


Q: Where can I drop off/pick up my sailor from LYC Sailing School?

When you arrive in the Regatta Room Monday morning, you can find your class table. For the safety of your sailor, please check in and out. Drop off and pick up starts at 8:50 am. Please find the Sailing Director to approve contact information!  The AM and Cape Critters end at noon and Full and PM lessons end at 4pm. The kids will be waiting for you in the Regatta Room to pick them up. Please confirm pick-up with the Sailing Director or an Instructor so that we know your child has been picked up safely. All AM/Cap critters need to be checked out before 1pm


Q: Will there be a swim check?

A: Instructors give a swim check Monday morning. We are just checking sailors comfort in the water with a life jacket on.


Q: What happens when the weather is too bad to sail?

A: Safety is our #1 priority. If the weather does not permit us to sail we will bring class inside to do S.T.E.M Reach activities. Your child will be busy connecting sailing to science, technology, engineering and math.


Q: What if we have to cancel?

A: Students who cancel three weeks prior to the program start date receive a full refund. Within two weeks prior to the start date, the student receives a 50% refund. Inside of two weeks there will be no refund.