The mission of Huguenot Yacht Club is to promote proficiency in management of boats, seamanship and sociability.
With this in mind, HYC participated in the 1924 founding of the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound to support junior sailors and to encourage them to experience the joy of sailing and learn about and appreciate the complexities of the marine environment.
The mission of HYC’s Junior program is to introduce children to the sport of sailing not as just an isolated skill but as a way of life that can be enjoyed from childhood to the retirement.
What does all this mean?
First of all sailing is fun! The more you sail, the better you sail; the better you get, the more fun you’ll have sailing.
Who cares about sailing? I want to go fast!
Did you know that sailboats can go over 75 mph? Sailrocket runs 65.45 knots (75 mph) to smash World Speed Sailing Record
How old do I have to be to do that?
In New York kids have to be over 18 to operate a motorboat, at least 14 to operate a jet ski, and at least 10 to operate a motorboat if there is an adult onboard.
Kids can take out a sailboat alone, with no adult to tell them what to do, at any age. At Huguenot, kids start as young as 8 in our program. Taking out an opti at that age solo is an experience of independence and adventure you will never forget.
What are these "benefits" of a boating lifestyle?
Well, lets see … 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water ... boating is fun ... it is good excise ... there is always something new to learn ... you can travel all over the world by water ... there are hundreds of yacht clubs and boating organizations in this country, thousands around the world. Whether you fall in love with sailing or decide to take up fishing or other water sports, learning to sail is a great start.
OK, so what are the benefits of the Junior Sailing at Huguenot as opposed to someplace else?
Good thing you asked. When you sign up for Junior Sailing you and your family are invited to attend social activities and use of the Club House, food from the caterer, the use of the picnic area and grills. The club grounds are a pretty nice place to visit, however you must remember you are subject to the same Rules and Regulations as another member.