Nautical Day Camp – Teaching Kids to Sail
This program is open to children and teens between the ages of 8 and 18. We will take kids without any sailing experience and over the course of one summer week – Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM, and make them into a beginning sailor. In addition, a teen that has already completed one or more weeks of this program may continue on their learning experience – bringing them to the next level of sailing, including racing, and leadership!
HR 25, Four Boats: The HR 25 is our main training boat. Is a perfect fit for sailing on Lake Erie. It was designed by George Hinterhoeller in the late 1960’s as a larger version of the Shark 24. As both a fun and fast boat, the HR 25 is a perfect weekend cruiser and club racer for the novice to the experienced yachtsman.
- Hull Type: Fin Keel
- Rig Type: Fractional Sloop
- LOA 25’1″
- LWL 19’10”
- Beam 8′
- Draft 4′
- Ballast 1100 lbs.
- Displacement 3200 lbs
But, we also teach important life lessons.
Each class, we start by teaching theory.
Every morning, we begin with a classroom session which goes over theory and explains what they will practice that day. Then sailors head out into the harbor and turn theory into practice. Over the week, the kids learn terminology, rigging, hoisting, trimming, steering, tacking, jibing and much, much more!
Sailing is also great for teaching life lessons. Simple duties like coiling the ropes, washing down the boat and making everything ship-shape can spill over into every day life. “Oh, that’s why I should clean my room!”
Sailing also teaches self-confidence. It’s easy to learn to tie a figure-8 knot. But then suddenly, you know how to tie it and you can show other people. You are now a leader. Over the course of each week, teens will learn how to rig and sail a boat. Back at school in the fall, your kid will have a special skill which makes them unique and a stand-out.
Sailing for one week on a boat creates teamwork and camaraderie. You can’t raise a sail without several hands working in unison. The skipper can’t chart a course without getting his or her crew to adjust the sheets. Lasting friendships are created by sailing together on boats.
And it’s not just the sights which the kids experience, they also experience nature. They feel the fresh cooling sea breeze blow up from the Great Lakes. They feel the summer sun on their faces, providing a glow to their cheeks. They see and learn about a variety of birds which fly above the harbor.
Each day when they come back to shore, our students bring a little harbor magic with them.
Inside Historic Lighthouse Park, 2 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo NY 14203
Junior Sail Camp runs weekly for 8 weeks over the summer from Monday – Friday from the end of June until the end of August, except over the July 4th holiday (Tues. – Fri.)
- Sign Up for the June 27 – July 1 Session
- Sign Up for the July 5 – July 8 Session
- Sign Up for the July 11 – July 15 V
- Sign Up for the July 18 – July 22 Session
- Sign Up for the July 25 – July 29 Session
- Sign Up for the Aug 1 – Aug 5 Session
- Sign Up for the Aug 8 – Aug 12 Session
- Sign Up for the Aug 15 – Aug 19 Session
Please fill out this waiver for each student and have it ready for the first day of camp.
- 10% Discount for Multiple Weeks
- 20% Sibling Discount
- Friends of Sail Buffalo get an Additional $50 off of the first week!
All discounts will be applied on the first day of camp and after the initial reserve of $147 is payed.
Scholarships are Available
Cazenovia Community Resource Center provides scholarships to kids which show great potential in the sport of sailing and who might go on to become instructors themselves, limited availability). For scholarship consideration, the student must write an essay and submit it in letter form. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this scholarship.
We work hard to make the Junior Sailing Program super fun. In addition to the education, we engage our students in lots of fun activities during the week such as:
Pizza Party – on Friday’s at 3:00pm, all kids and their parents are invited to join their instructors for a free pizza party after sailing. The party is held at the sailing club’s docks.
Foul Weather Field Trips – in the event of bad weather preventing sailing (such as rain or high winds), the education continues with field trips. Teens and their instructors travel over to the Naval Museum for some historical education or watch movies inside the new Science Pavilion, walk along the shoreline, watching the whole harbor and compare the various buoys and navigational aides with a chart of the harbor. We may also choose to stay inside our Floating Pavilion, the coolest floating classroom there is!
Club Racing– If weather permits, the instructors may call for Racing between the teen boats. The starting and finishing line are determined by mutual agreement. To win, you will need to understand the currents and how they relate to wind. Depending on these factors, It always gets exciting.
Graduation Ceremony (Parents Invited) – Fridays at 4:30 p.m. is the graduation ceremony for the “Future Sailors of Buffalo.” Parents, relatives, friends and siblings are all invited. Each kid is recognized and presented with a “Kid Sailing Program Commemorative Certificate.”
We have Additional Boats!
- 3 Walker Bay (literally impossible to capsize)
- 2 Sun Fishes
- 1 Hobie Cat 14
- 3 Wooden Dinghies made by the cadets from WNY Maritime Charter School.