Ages: 6-10

Class Time:

8:45 am - 11:30 am     (M/W/F)

Boat Type(s):

  • Beetles, Typhoons, Rowing.
    *3-5 students in a boat together with an instructor.


Pogies are young beginners. Less independent sailors have the option of staying in Typhoons and Beetles with an instructor for a longer period of time. We encourage students to try Optis, but if they don’t want to sail by themselves, they can stay in this class until they’re ready for Optis. Within the class, we can try to break kids up according to age groups –older sailors in one boat, younger ones in another.


(3rd Mate)



Ages: 8-10

Class Time: 

9:00 am - 11:45 am    (M/W/F)

Boat Type(s):

  • Optis with another sailor or by themselves.
    Sometimes in other boats, just for fun.


Scups are beginning Opti sailors and are expected to master Opti rigging, docking, helming, basic right of way rules, terminology, knots and safety concepts.  All sailors should have their own Opti. Boats may sometimes be rented from club members or older sailors, but used boats are widely available around the Cape for purchase. Sturgis Boatworks is the premier Optimist dealer in our area.



(2nd Mate)



Ages: 9-11

Class Time:

8:45 am - 11:45 am     (T/Th)

12:45 pm - 3:45 pm     (F)

Boat Type(s):

  • Optis. Sometimes Sunfish and/or other boats.


Next level of Optis. Includes longer destination sailing series. Intro to Sunfish.

Jr. Commodore Cup encouraged

Intra Club Racing takes place every Wednesday 1:00-3:30 pm (sailors should arrive at 12:30 to rig)


All Intermediates participate in an intra-club destination adventure series to places like Kalmus, Egg Island, and the West Beach Club. Racing will be introduced. We will introduce Sunfish sailing.



(Opti Advance / Race Team – 1st Mate / Skipper)



Ages: 11-13

Class Time:

9:00 am - 12:00 pm     (T/Th)

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm     (F)

Boat Type(s):

  • Optis. Sometimes in Sunfish and/or other boats.


Advanced speed and performance in Optis and Sunfish – sail-surfing, team racing, racing, long adventure sails.

Jr. Commodore Cup expected:

Intra Club Racing takes place every Wednesday 1:00-3:30 pm (sailors should arrive at 12:30 to rig). 


If there is interest, we can compete in a regatta or two. At the Advanced level, we’ll encourage participation in HPYC Saturday Sunfish races, but emphasizing the FUN parts of racing rather than pushing the full-day regatta model. If COVID guidelines permit, we will travel to (or host) other yacht clubs weekly for added fun and competition.



(Adventurers – 3rd Mate / 2nd Mate)



Ages: 11-17

Class Time:

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm    (M/T/Th)

Boat Type(s):

  • Sunfish, Beetles, Typhoons, Wianno Seniors
    *2-5 students per boat, sometimes with instructors.


​Kids who believe that sailing should be about having fun on the water while hanging out with friends. They may or may not sail with an instructor. This class primarily uses Sunfish and Cape Dory Typhoons to explore the Hyannis Port area, including excursions into Lewis Bay, and, on calmer days, out into Nantucket Sound. Typhoons can comfortably hold 4-6 sailors. They are relatively easy to sail and provide students the opportunity to practice driving the boat and working both the mainsail and jib. Adventurers will learn basic navigation and seamanship – including anchoring, making a mooring, docking, boat care, and knots –but will also sail to local destinations for swimming, beach exploration, and occasional picnics. As weather and student interest dictate, we may also use Wianno Seniors.



(1st Mate / working towards Skipper)



Ages: 12-17

Class Time:

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm     (M/T/Th)

Boat Type(s):

  • 420's & Sunfish. Wianno Seniors (if available).


  • Permission of Program Director.

  • Opti Advanced (or Opti Intermediate, if size dictates).

  • ​This class is for kids who enjoy sailing, enjoy some thrills, and want to try out more high-performance boats. They’ll learn to sail and race 420's, Sunfish and Seniors. 420's students will learn to plane in their boats, to surf the waves out in the Sound, and to sail as fast as possible. When ready, they will use trapezes and learn to fly spinnakers. While the pure thrill of adrenaline sailing is one goal of this class – depending on COVID guidelines for the summer –students will race in local regattas and we will host / travel to local yacht clubs weekly. 


Introduction to more high-performance boats. Focus on speed and fun.


Have a question?


Reach out to a member of Jr. Sailing staff via the Jr. Sailing Inquiry Form.