Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Do I have to be a Yale affiliate to join YCYC?

A: No, you do not need to be associated with Yale to become a member of YCYC.

Q: Do I have to be a member to take lessons or enroll my child in the Junior Program?

A: No, you do not need to be a member to take adult or junior lessons.

Q: If I am a member, may I bring friends out sailing?

A: All memberships include guest privledges.  There is no charge for guests who are taken out as crew by a member.  Guests are not allowed to take boats out on their own.

Q: Do you offer private lessons?

A: Yes, private lessons are available.  Contact the summer manager for scheduling and pricing details.


Q: Do you have showering and changing facilities?

A: Yes, we have both mens and womens locker rooms, (showers, lockers, restrooms) in addition to outdoor showers.

Q: What do I do with my wallet or other valuables while I'm sailing?

A: We are not responsible for any lost (or stolen) items.  There are lockers for general use in the locker rooms, which can be locked with a combination lock. 


Q: Do I need to take lessons at YCYC before going sailing on my own?

A. We recommend that new YCYC members take the 420 Level 1 before sailing; it includes an orientation as well as a demonstration of how to rig a 420 Dinghy.  If you have substantial prior sailing experience, we only require that stewards give you a rigging/sailing test before your first sail.

Q: Do I need to wear a life jacket when sailing?

A: YCYC requires everyone in a boat, (or on the dock) to wear a lifejacket. Everyone under the age of 12 is required by law to wear a life jacket.  We have lifejackets available for use.

Q: Do I need to be able to swim?

A: YES.  Each sailor under the age of 21 must pass a swim test.  Each card holder 21 or older is required to sign a document at the clubhouse affirming that he/she can swim 100 yds and tread water for 10 minutes.

Q. I'm bringing my little brother along with me. Does he have to pass the swim test?

A. Any YCYC member who signs out a boat is responsible for ensuring that her guests can swim.

Q. What should I wear to the lessons?

A. You should wear clothes that you don't mind getting a little wet. There is always the chance you will capsize, so you may want to bring along a dry change of clothes. Please wear shoes that provide full coverage, (ie. sneakers) with a good rubber sole. If you wear glasses, please tie them on with string from the front desk or with your own sports leash.




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