Lake Champlain Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program



2790 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 Visit Website | 802-878-1207 |


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Lake Champlain Yacht Club runs a junior sailing program, teaching kids how to sail and race. Their head instructors are US SAILING Certified* Level 1 Instructors, and they are assisted by instructors who are in the process of being certified. The program uses Flying Juniors and Optimist dinghy's for training and regional races. They are located on Shelburne Bay.


  • Beginner: 8 -17 who can swim and wants to learn to sail.
  • Intermediate:11-17 who has some sailing experience and wants to improve their sailing ability.
  • Advanced developed the basic skill of sailing and would like to perfect their sailing technique.
  • Racing Team: anyone who has interest and qualifies to compete.



Lake Champlain Yacht Club has a limited number of scholarships available for their junior sailing program. This scholarship is intended to provide a Shelburne-area youth full tuition to attend a two-weeks of half-day sailing camps or one week of a full day sailing camp. Please note that camp sessions fill up quickly and are first-come first-serve. Every effort will be made to accommodate the scholarship winner in their preferred session. Early registration is encouraged. 


2 reviews
  • August 18, 2011
    "My daughter loved this camp. She participated in the 2 week, morning session. While we own a sailboat and she was not new to sailing, she still learned a lot! The counselors were fun and really gave them a great deal of handson experience. They did it all! My daughter's favorite part was capsizing and shooting the other boats with water guns! We'll definitely go back next year."
    - bdempsey
  • July 30, 2010
    "Our 11 year old son participated in a one week, Intermediate Sailing Camp at the beginning of this summer. He had a great time and as parents we couldn't have been happier with the program. Prior to camp starting we were invited to the Yacht Club on Saturday evening for a get together to meet the counselors and hear about the program as well get all of our questions answered. For example, how far out do they sail?, what happens if they can't get back?. It was a great way to reassure all of our fears about letting young kids sail alone. During the week our son learned so much about sailing. Prior to heading out on the water they spent time learning sailing terminology, boat and water safety and how to rig their own boats. They also required each kid to take a swim test my son's least favorite part because of the dead minnows in the water. After that the days were spent sailing. Until age 12 kids sail on the smaller Optis 9' ft after that they can move up to the larger FJs 16' ft. He has already said this is a camp he wants to return to next year."
    - missmagpie

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