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2017 Season Starts Monday! Be Prepared…

Parents & Junior Sailors, here’s what you need to remember to bring to class on Monday.

Junior Sailors and Parents, we’re right on the edge of starting the 2017 Junior Sail Season! I can’t wait to meet you and your children as we make our way through the summer.
The staff and I wanted to take this opportunity to send out a quick reminder of the things students should bring to class during our time together this year.
Life Jackets/Vests:
WYCYF Junior Sail provides life jackets for use, but many of you might prefer getting your own. Life Jackets must be US Coast Guard-approved Type II or Type III(recommended) personal floatation devices. Life Jackets are required to be worn at all times when on the dock, in a boat, and any place in between.
Drinking water/Refillable water bottle:
Please bring your own – We have committed to not using disposable bottles to help keep them out of our lake.
Sunscreen / Sunblock / Rash guards / Under Armor / Performance long-sleeve shirts and or leggings:
Protect yourself and your skin from the sun – you can still burn even when the sky is overcast.
You will more than likely get wet at some point or another during the day – you should have something to dry off with.
Swimming Suit:
Swim/water comfort test on the 1st day and Swim suits are very comfortable to sail in all season.
Dry Change of Clothes:
The ride home after class is a lot more pleasant in dry clothes.  
Closed-toe & rubber sole shoes:
I can’t stress this enough – NO FLIP-FLOPS –
Good traction makes sailing easier. Plus, feet are crucial to what we do…You’ll want to keep them protected!
Windbreaker/Foul weather gear:
We sail rain or shine, hot or cool weather – please have clothing options that will protect you for potential weather conditions.
Sunglasses with retainer strap: (Croakies…etc)
Protect your eyes and protect your sunglasses.
— Full Day Students —
Don’t forget to bring your lunch and/or a snack or money to buy lunch and/or snack – Instructors will chaperone students to Dock Side for Lunch or Ice Cream..
Any questions? Contact me directly and I will be happy to explain.
We’re looking forward to a great season with you!
Colin Classen, Program Director
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Give the Gift of Sailing!

WYCYF Junior Sail has been making sailors for more than 50 years. We offer programs for youth ages 5 to 17 that teach boating safety, basic seamanship, racing, sportsmanship and respect for the environment.

Give your child or grandchild the gift of sailing & experiences that last a life time!

Price Details:

Gift Certificates for the 2017 season are $160/week for HALF Days or $320/week for FULL Days, and this will

Lock in the 2016 discount rate for the 2017 season! (limit 6 weeks per student)

Under the tree – or forward via email:

When purchase is confirmed, you will receive a printable gift certificate file.

Student Family will choose dates:

The 2017 season runs weekly sessions from June 5 to August 18

Visit gift certificate page or email for details.

Offer ends December 31. Payment must arrive by Jan 15, 2017 for certificate to be valid.

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Junior Sail Picnic & Awards Ceremony – July 29 4:30 – 7 PM


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Attention Junior Sailors, Parents, Alumni, and Friends of Junior Sail:

Please join us on Friday, July 29, at the Waukegan Yacht Club for our annual End-of-Season Picnic and Awards Ceremony from 4:30 to 7 pm.

In the early evening, Junior Sailors take their siblings, parents, or anyone with a sense of adventure for a sail in our harbor.

We then eat a picnic meal together on the dock and share thanks for the multitude of volunteers and organizations that support our program through the year, many of whom have supported us through 50 seasons!

Finally, our instructors will present six awards to deserving Junior Sailors and give each sailor a gag gift (a long time Junior Sail tradition!) to remember the season.

Please join us! (E-mail to let us know how many will attend)

On the menu: hot dogs, hamburgers, and sides.

If weather becomes an issue, we will move festivities into the Waukegan Yacht Club building

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Give Junior Sailing a Try!


Try Junior Sailing!

Join us for our “Give Junior Sail A Try” event at the Waukegan Yacht Club dock on Saturday, July 9th from 11:00am to 2:00pm. – map –

Learning to sail teaches:
Safety, Self-confidence, Responsibility, & Teamwork!

Come see if it’s right for your kids!

*adult guardian must be present to sign waiver & there will be a small fee.