Sailing Programs

Sailing Programs

Summer Recreational Programs at the McNay Center

The Yale Corinthian Yacht Club (YCYC or “yic-yic”) is a public sailing facility available to the Yale community and residents of New Haven and surrounding communities. Located on Short Beach in Branford, Connecticut, YCYC is the nation’s oldest collegiate sailing organization, dating back to 1881, and home to the Yale sailing team. Today, the yacht club boats a fleet of twenty-four high perfomance 420s (a 14 foot, two-person sailboat). The club’s sailing area is the Short Beach Cove, a well-protected inlet of the Long Island Sound. YCYC runs a weekday youth sailing program for Children aged 9 to 18. Weekend group lessons for adults are offered throughout the summer. The warm and shallow waters of Short Beach allow students to enjoy sailing in no time. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced youth sailors will enjoy learning from our experienced staff of top collegiate sailors. 

Every course provides classroom instruction, but has an emphasis on on-the-water instruction.  Classes vary in size, scope, and length to suit individual needs.  Private lessons and clinics are also available upon request. You do not need to be a YCYC summer member in order to take lessons or enroll your child in the junior program.

All equipment, with the exception of foul weather gear and personal clothing, is provided.

Contact Information

For inquiries and more information, please contact

For more information, please see the Summer Sailing Programs website here.