Sailing 2024

2024 Sail School Information

Gareth Bunney-Youle, Sail School Director

SCC is looking forward to a great spring and summer sailing program. Registration begins on Friday, March 1st at 9am for our membership and on Friday, March 15th at 9am for non-members. If you are curious what class your sailor should be in, feel free to reach out to our Sail School Director at the below email address!

Spring sailing will begin on May 6th. It will take place on Tuesday 3:30-6 pm, Thursday 3:30-6pm, and Saturday 12-4pm. These sessions are for our intermediate and advanced/racing sailors who have at least one session of intermediate complete. If you are curious if your sailor fits into this group please reach out!

We will be running two sessions of sail school as we have in years past. First session of Sail School will be a four-week program beginning on July1st and will run until July 26th. The second session of Sail School will be a three-week program and will begin on July 26th and will run until August 16th

We have added a new program for our sailors this summer, called Adventure Sailing! This program is geared towards our older sailors, ages 11-18, who may be more interested in learning about different types of sailing other that racing. It will be a super fun program that will include sailing, STEM, powerboating and paddle boarding. 


Key dates for Sailing 2024:

March 1st registration for members opens

March 15th registration for non- members opens

May 6th Spring sailing begins 

June 21 Parents Meeting 

(There will be a learn to sail session as well as a racing team meeting).

July 1st First day of SCC Sail School Session 1

July  4th NO CLASSES for SCC Sailing 

July 29th First day of SCC Sail School Session 2

August 15th Sailing awards banquet 

We look forward to having your sailor join us for spring and summer sailing! If you have any questions, please reach out to our Sailing Director Gareth Bunney-Youle at

Sailing at SCC

In 1854, the first sailing club took to the waters of the lake: The Skaneateles Model Yacht Club, “a model of excellence.” Its time was short; the club held its last race in 1857. Decades later, the Skaneateles Yacht Club was formed. In 1905, it held a race followed by a shore dinner, which proved more popular, and soon the “Yacht Club” was land-locked and concentrating on clam feasts and smokers. Organized sailing returned to the lake in 1931, when the Skaneateles Sailing Club was formed with E.N. Trump – a founder and the first President of the Skaneateles Country Club – as its Commodore. The new club held its first regatta on Labor Day. In 1933, its sailors joined with our golfers, and in 1935 the Skaneateles Country Club hosted its first regatta.

A fully staffed Sail School is offered to our members and the community ages 7-18 during six summer weeks using Club owned sailboats. Our Sail School Program includes on the water drills and games, boating safety, boat rigging and care, knot tying, capsize and rescue, and racing. Sailboat racing enthusiasts may participate in a season long race series or periodic regattas hosted by the Club. Private evening and weekend lessons are also available. Our Sailing Program has something for every level of sailor.