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SHYC • NESS Youth Sailing Alliance
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The Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Youth Sailing Committee is especially excited to welcome the 2018 sailing season. This summer SHYC will offer on-site private and adult instruction, jr ECSA regatta and Wednesday Evening Dinghy Club race coaching and on-water support as needed or requested for families and members of all ages. Additionally we are excited to announce the expansion of our Youth Sailing Program by teaming up with our neighbors at NESS (New England Science and Sailing) to form the SHYC • NESS Youth Sailing Alliance.  The SHYC • NESS synergy will take advantage of the best instructional staff available and benefit from the strengths of each of our facilities and staff. 

Below please find details concerning the SHYC • NESS Youth Sailing Alliance.


Within the combined SHYC • NESS format our member children will take advantage of two amazing waterfront entities. 

At the beginning of each day SHYC staff will meet our young sailors and parents at the SHYC clubhouse, review relevant daily details and discuss the week’s on-water and social schedule and related logistics and then accompany the kids to NESS for instruction.  At the end of each sailors’ day, staff will retrieve the sailors and return them to SHYC to discuss daily strides and / or setbacks and await parents’ pickup. 

Additionally we SHYC will offer private or small group instruction for member sailors needing extra assistance or coaching in the form of private lessons or assistance at regattas and coaching the Stonington Dinghy Club Wednesday Night Races.


• Beginner - Intermediate Optimist Instruction

• Optimist Racing

• 420 Developmental & Racing Team

• Mixed Craft: Sailing Adventures & Just For Teens

• Wednesday Racing Night Clinics

Click HERE to view NESS’ Complete roster of classes.

Please contact Jordan at JSlocum@nessf.org  / 860-535-9362 with specific curriculum inquiries


Registration is considered complete when each of the below items has been received.  No child will be assigned to a class until a complete registration package and payment is received.

A registration package consists of:

1 .)  Completed SHYC • NESS Alliance Registration Form
Please Click HERE

2.) Completed NESS Registration, Participation & Medical Form
Please contact Jordan via Phone or email:  JSlocum@nessf.org   860-535-9362. 

NESS Participation Agreement and Medical Form

(NOTE: Registration for NESS classes in the SHYC • NESS Alliance Program must be initiated via contacting Jordan.)

3.)  Completed SHYC Child Medical Information / Consent Form
Please Click HERE

4.)  Adult Instruction Participation Agreement Form
Please Click HERE

5.)Volunteer Form
We can’t do it without help! This year more than ever we will need to organize our Youth Sailing Committee to coordinate youth and family events that keep our member children feeling that special SHYC sense of family.
Please Print Volunteer Form HERE

6.) Payment (in the form of a check)
Please be sure child's (or adult) name and session date are in the memo portion of the check
Printed Materials (#s 1, 3, 4, 5, 6) and payment should be mailed to the below address.

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club
Attention Youth Sailing
PO Box 87
Stonington, CT  06378

Our greatest efforts will be made to accommodate a consistency with this information.

The SHYC • NESS Youth Sailing Alliance reflects and supports the evolving “One Harbor” initiative between SHYC, NESS and the Wadawanuck Club. This on-water collaboration of assets, expertise and activities will prove beneficial for all.