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In the Fall and Spring, the Junior Fleet provides coaching for Annapolis High School, Severna Park High School, and St. Mary’s High School. Practice takes place during the week to prepare for JV and Varsity regattas on the weekends. Schools training at AYC are regular competitors in the Mid-Atlantic Championships as well as the High School Nationals in Team Racing and Fleet Racing.
During this time, we also host a full-time Optimist training program for advanced racing and Green Fleet. Practices run weekdays and weekends with the team competing several times a season and participating in specialized clinics.
During the winter, our race teams travel to warmer climates for midwinter events in the C420 and Optimist Fleets.
Summer is the busiest time of year for us, with instruction starting at age 5 with learn to sail and running all the way through advanced racing at 18. These programs are designed to provide something for all levels of sailor.
Contact the Junior Office via phone (410) 263-9267 or email.
Lt. Cmdr. Carl Menneken first proposed a Junior Fleet in the Race Committee meeting of March 13, 1946. Presented to the Board in April, it was tabled for details and discussed at various meetings until the Board meeting of June 9, 1948 when $2,000 were allocated for the purchase of 6 Dolphins which would be used by the newly created Junior Fleet.
In 1951, just three years later, there were 37 active members. At a party in October of that year, a Junior Fleet Penguin Fund was started and funded by a raffle where pieces of a lamb-shaped cake were bid upon and $26 was raised. By 1952, the Junior Fleet, having found the Dolphin to be unsatisfactory as a junior boat, replaced the Dolphins with Penguins at the advice of Fleet Captain Jack Martin. Chairman James Sindall commissioned four new Penguins that were added to the fleet. This addition marked the beginning of organized activity and Junior Sailor Nancy Scofield was awarded the first Fleet Trophy in 1953. Penguin activity continued until the 1960s when 420s were introduced. AYC's Junior Fleet continues to sail 420s today.
In 1969, land on the Eastport side of the Bridge was purchased and the Junior Fleet continued to expand. Practices have been held on this site since 1969, but the first Junior building was not completed until 1995. This first building was renovated and expanded to the current design in 2008.
The Junior Fleet has come a long way since its inception in 1948. While the development of new sailors and sailing as a life-long sport are important, the AYC Junior Fleet is also a nationally recognized program for the long-standing excellence in racing it has fostered. On a regional level, the Club has generated numerous Chesapeake Bay Junior Champions, Bay Midget Champions, the Middle Atlantic Midget Title, Victory in the North American Junior and Senior Penguin Championships and the Sears Bowl. Most recently, three teams of 420 sailors were awarded first, second, and third place in the Inaugural Triple Crown Championship. Graduates of the Junior Fleet Program have won the Men's Championship of the Bay and the Single Handed Championship of the Bay.
In 2008, AYC purchased 6 29ers to augment the Club's Junior Fleet boats and programs, and hosted the first ever 29er Mid-Atlantic Championship.
Today, our Junior Fleet has one of the most active year-round programs in the country. Our Juniors are on the water more than 250 days of the year during all seasons.
The Junior Fleet maintains a popular and nationally-recognized Optimist team. These young sailors travel around the country and world representing AYC. This team consistently qualifies sailors for the US Optimist Team Trials, and provides an avenue for sailors to develop through the AYC program; from intro, to Green Fleet, to racing.
A fleet of I-420s was purchased in summer 2009 to provide an additional training platform for our advanced sailors. Since then, AYC has hosted the I-420 Atlantic Coast Championship, providing a lead-up event for the Youth World Qualifier held in I-420s in the winter.
Beginning in 2010, all sailors involved in the program will be AYC members, with the exception of Creek Critters and sailors in the high school program. This was made possible with the institution of the Junior Associate Member category or JAM. Today, JAM is a membership that not just allows for a sailor to take part in our programs, but that also allows for limited use of the clubhouse and facilities.
The Annapolis Yacht Club Junior Fleet will provide a fun and educational program for youth interested in sailing and racing.
We seek to impart a love of sailing as a life sport while providing the fundamental skills necessary for participants to advance in the sport of sailing as far as their desire, skill, and hard work may take them.
Our coaches shall provide a curriculum with current and effective techniques to create skilled and confident youths who will respect others, care for their equipment, and be willing to help fellow sailors on and off the water.
Our sailors will be expected to conduct themselves in the Corinthian Spirit during practice and in competition.
All Junior Fleet sailors, whether their interest be in cruising or racing, should emerge with an enhanced sense of self-reliance, knowledge of seamanship and a solid foundation in the sport of sailing.