Junior Sailing PAYC

Junior Sailing Camp promotes personal growth through responsibility on the water. Using sailing as the vessel, we help campers develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Our four-day camp accepts applications from students aged 8 to 18. We teach campers to sail on three classes of boats depending on age and experience:  Optis, Sunfish, and Lasers.  

Like any sport, when done properly, sailing is safe and fun. Therefore we have a large number of experienced sailors and counselors at each camps who assist. Thanks to our many volunteers and the personal attention each student receives, by the end of camp, every student can rig, launch, and sail a boat independently. While every activity is necessarily weather dependent, a typical camp will include a swim test with PFD, classroom instruction, a knot tying competition, docking training, race training, righting flipped boats, man-over-board drills, and many other fun activities.  Advanced students are able, by invitation only, to become Counselor’s in Training, and upon graduation, can become Counselor’s at future camps.


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Race Days prepare Junior Sailors who wish to improve racing skills on the water and compete at regional sailing events.  Each year we hope to escort students to competitions to show off the racing skills they learned in Junior Sailing Camp and Race Days.   This requires both time and financial support from the parents as well as PAYC.  PAYC can supply the boats and race training to students whose parents are interested in taking their kids on the circuit.


Sea Scouts are supported by the PAYC team as well as the Port Arthur Parks and Recreation.  Together we supply the grounds, fleet, facilities and slips to support numerous Sea Scout weekends on premises.

If you have any concerns or questions please either reach out 


IMPORTANT. We have TWO camps this year, June 10-13, 2021, and June 24-27, 2021. List your preferences on the application. If you absolutely can’t make one date, leave the second choice blank. We will try to accommodate all applications, but this application does not assure you a slot in either camp. We must balance the camp numbers, the sexes, the ages, and the boat assignments so we cannot guarantee your date choice and we urge you to list both dates to increase the odds that your child can attend one of the two camps. You will be notified by email of acceptance date along with a link for on-line payment of $150 once accepted.


Camp will be limited to the first 25 completed, paid applicants.

April 19th - The camp is full, however you may still register

and we will place you on a waiting list.

Questions? Cathleen Cole at 409.466.1235 or Ted Mahavier at 409.338.8908

In the future, before the camp has been organized this page will be updated.

Once accepted,  you will soon be sent an email that will include a link for billing.  There will be another e-mail that will go out that will include forms that will need to be printed and brought to camp. These are the covid-release form, the liability waiver, the medical insurance information, and food allergies. Thank you and look forward to another wonderfull  Junior Sailing Camp.

Approximate Camp Schedule

All schedules variable due to weather

Speckled Trout (new campers) start at 8:30.

Redfish (repeat campers) start at 4:00. 


Day 1  


Speckled Trout Sign In.  8:30am-9:30am.


9:30 – 12:00  Set up PAYC for camp and classroom, Introduction of instructors and classmates, Camp rules, Discussion of boat parts and proper handling of the boats

12:00  – Lunch 

1:00 – 5:00  Knot lesson (in preparation for evening knot competition), Split into groups and walk around the marina, Rigging boats, Afternoon break, Life jacket check, Swim test, Rig boats, Righting boats, First sail, Showers, Dinner, Evening activity, Lights out


Redfish Sign In.  4:00.


Day 2, 3


Dress for morning walk/jog, Breakfast, Classroom, Break, Points of Sail, Knots, 

Rig boats, Lunch, Classroom, Sail, Break, Sail, Showers, Dinners, Evening activity, Lights out!


Day 4


Dress, Breakfast, Sail


9:00 Kids rig and launch

10:00 Parents arrive and watch kids sail!

11:00 Boats away

12:00 Lunch for everyone (parents and guests included)

12:30 Awards

1:00  Dismissal