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Sailing Foundation


The sailing program will start June 24, 2023 and run over an eight week period, divided into one-week sessions, ending August 17th.  Sailors are encouraged to enroll for two or more sessions, up to the full eight week season. Morning sessions begin promptly at 9:00 am and finish at 12:00 noon; afternoon sessions begin at 1:00 pm and finish at 4:00 pm.  Beginners meet in the morning session and Intermediate and Advanced sailors meet in the afternoon sessions.  Five days of instruction are planned, Monday through Friday, with Fridays doubling as “special events.”  Each student’s skill level is evaluated upon entering the Program and progress and achievements are monitored.  Because all skill levels are practiced daily, each student will have the opportunity to work at his/her skill level and progress at his/her own rate.  Discounts are provided for families who allow the use of their family’s Turnabout or Opti in the program.


All youth sailing class members are automatically enrolled as members of the Junior Yacht Club.  JYC members elect their own officers and plan activities.  Past activities have included invitational regattas, ice cream socials, dances, bingo, activity nights, barbecues and field trips.  Instructors and senior club members serve as advisors to the JYC.


Program instruction is provided by an experienced staff headed by  Sailing Program Director Shannon Killian.  Shannon Killian is a 15-year veteran of Southport sailing, who teaches school in Gloucester, MA during the winter.


All participants, including adults, are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life vest at all times on docks, floats, and boats, regardless of swimming ability. Sailors must have their own life vests as well as appropriate clothing and footwear.  A basic swim test is required of all new young sailors on their first day of the program.


The Southport Junior Sailing Foundation has a limited amount of scholarship money available for participants requiring financial aid. Interested parents of participants must fill out the scholarship application form available on Camp Doc's registration page.


For more information on the sailing program, or to inquire about space availability for classes, or scholarship information, please contact:

Southport Junior Yacht Club Sailing Foundation 
PO Box 68
Southport, ME 04576

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