For information about the
2014 Sailing Program
please contact Yamaris Donis at (212) 767-7160.


Junior Sailing

NYAC Junior Sailing Program at Travers Island

The NYAC Junior Sailing Program is launching the seventh season of summer fun on the water.

NYAC Junior Sailors will experience the joys of sailing while participating in activities designed to allow each sailor to develop their sailing skills and boat handling confidence through a combination of individual instruction and group drills which encourage teamwork and the camaraderie of sailing.

Our sailors can safely enjoy outdoor fun through sailing activites designed to foster the development of interpersonal skills including: personal responsibility, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior that together celebrate and promote the Corinthian spirit of sailboat racing.  Sailing is often described as a life-long sport and NYAC Junior Sailors will begin their journey by learning the fundamentals of sailing through on-shore demonstrations, games, and on-the-water practice.

No prior experience is necessary, as classes are designed for all skill levels to allow every beginner, intermediate, and experienced sailors an opportunity to shine.  NYAC Junior Sailors are encouraged to go on to race sailboats competitively in local regattas on Long Island Sound, but it is our intention that every sailor has a fun, safe and positive sailing experience at Travers Island.

Our Fleet & Leadership

The NYAC Junior Sailing Program is growing in exciting ways under the leadership of Junior Sailing Chairman Alex Helfand. NYAC Junior Sailors will get to experience sailing in one or more of three different dinghy classes each considered one of the ultimate training tools for young sailors. Whether your sailor is looking to learn how to sail or is eager to begin honing his or her advanced racing skills, the Optimist, 420, and Laser classes each boast mass recreational appeal and competitive racing opportunities at venues across the globe.

This year’s team of instructors will be lead by Program Director, Terry Steimer. Terry has an extensive background in sailing. She is an avid sailor and racer on both large and small boats and has done many offshore races including Newport-Bermuda. She has been a member of both the Cedar Point Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Clubs. She graduated from Boston College. Terry is delighted to be spending her summer at the New York Athletic Club with the talented Sailing staff and the Junior Sailors of the NYAC.

This year we have a great group of enthusiastic instructors: Jack Hogan, Captain of Trinity College Race Team, Dublin, Ireland, will be heading up our Racing Program.   Alison Brett will head up the beginner program and Peter Duncan the intermediate program. They both have a solid background in the sport of sailing. Alison has experience teaching at the American Yacht Club and Orienta Beach Club. Peter has experience sailing and teaching at the American Yacht Club and has been a top performer in many local regattas. Together they share their love of the sport with the Junior Sailing Program.


Safety is the NYAC’s Junior Sailing Program’s top priority and the Program strictly observes the safety guidelines set forth by both US Sailing and the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound. Staff members are certified by US Sailing and trained in both CPR and First Aid.

Expectations for NYAC Junior Sailors

Every Junior Sailor will be expected to observe the NYAC Junior Sailing code of conduct by demonstrating, respect, responsibility, and cooperation at all times. Each participant should prepare daily for changing weather conditions by arriving equipped with the following essential items:

- Lifejacket: properly fitting US Coast Guard approved Type III lifejacket, with attached whistle.  Lifejacket must be worn at al times when on the dock or in any boat.

- Sun protection: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses (with an Eyewear Retainer to prevent loss)

- Towel, rain gear, bathing suit and a change of dry clothes

- Proper sailing footwear (closed toe shoes): preferably a boat shoe or water shoe. It’s often a good idea to have additional dry sneakers or sandals on shore.

- Sailing gloves are encouraged, especially on windy days.

- Water bottle

Contact Information

The start of the 2013 season is just around the corner and at this time your questions are both warmly welcomed and encouraged by the NYAC Junior Sailing Program Staff. Please do not hesitate to direct your inquiries to NYAC Junior Sailing Chairman, Alex Helfand: (917) 488-3234 or


For more information you can also contact Yamaris Donis in the Athletic Office at (212) 767-7160 or

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