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Sailing begins after Commissioning Day (May 19h, 2018) and will continue until boats come out of the water.

Youth Sailing Program
SHYC has recently started an Youth Sailing Program on the Club’s fleet of Optimists, 420's, and O'pen Bics run by experienced sailing instructors. Classes are available for beginners as well as those with racing experience. Click HERE to be directed to the Youth Sailing Program Information and Registration.

Monday Ideal 18 Fun Sailing and HarborQ Cookout

Every Monday June 26th through Aug 14th. Friends and families of all abilities are welcome to set sail for an evening of social, Ideal 18 fun afloat in Stonington Harbor.  Participants of all ages and abilities will be paired according to skill. We’ll meet on the bricks at 5:00, assign boats and head out for about 1.5 hours.  Those just wanting to enjoy the cookout may gather on the bricks starting at 6:00.  You may bring your own food to cook or enjoy Club provided protein, salads and desserts.  The regular menu is not available on these evenings.  Full bar and beverages are available. This is the most casual of evenings at SHYC and a true DIY gem.  Reservations are suggested. Certified Ideal 18 volunteers skippers are always appreciated.

  • Tuesday:

           Our fleet is being offered to the Special Olympic Program so there are no club activities in the evening,            but boats can be used throughout the day.

  • Wednesday at 5:30pm:

          Stonington Harbor Dingy Club Wednesday Night Races in the harbor

          All boats 20’ and below can race. Individual Ideal 18s can be reserved for the entire series for $250; first           come first reserved.

          Womens Sailing: Sail the Ideal 18s with a wonderful collection of ladies of all ages (8-80) and abilities who           both enjoy sailing and each other’s company. Group happy hour and dinner with spouses and friends at the club           follows. The goal of the program is to promote sailing skills in a supportive and social environment. We do           not go out if there are high winds or storms, but instead gather in the clubhouse to work on knots or other           sailing related topics.
          Special events throughout the season include a destination sail/picnic, the 3rd Annual Ladies Challenge           Regatta at Essex YC and the end of the season celebration.

  • Summer PHRF "Vespers" Racing Series on Fisher's Island Sound
All Handicapped Yachts Welcome to Participate
Every Friday Evening Beginning June 30, 2017 at 1700 Hours at Stonington Harbor Entrance
All Participants Welcome after Race for Drinks and Dinner for at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club
Separate Start for Ideal 18s
$35 Series Participation Fee

Open Sailing:
On our Ideal 18s is available Monday -Friday 9AM to 3PM, and Saturday - Sunday 9AM-noon and 4pm-sunset. Those members who are qualified* can take out a boat on their own for a three hour period.

Lessons with an experienced coach are available on weekends and during the week by appointment.  The fee is $50 per two-hour lesson.

Public Access Sailing:

Available to all experienced Sailors on our fleet of Ideal 18 Keelboats.
3 Hour Time Blocks
Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 11:00-5:00pm
Prequalification and Reservations Required.
For Reservations call 860.535.0112 ext. 104, please ask for Katie Canning

Public Access Sailing Program 2017 Pricing
Initial Qualification Fee $75.00
Annual Requalification Fee $50.00
Weekday - 3 hour rental
(Charitable Organizations)
Weekend - 3 hour rental
(Charitable Organizations)
Weekday - 3 hour rental
(Non-Charitable Walk-ins)
Weekend - 3 hour rental
(Non-Charitable Walk-ins)

There is a one-time, initial certification fee of $75.00, incurred during the checkout sail with an approved SHYC examiner. This fee covers the current sailing season. On subsequent seasons, a previously certified skipper will pay a $50.00 re-certification fee for that particular season.

With all of this activity planned, we hope to see you and your entire family out on the water!

*In order to be qualified as a skipper in either the Ideal 18s or Optimists, a person must successfully pass the SHYC qualification evaluation. Please call the office to make your reservations: 860.535.0112 ext.104