MRYC Junior Sail Program

Welcome to the Miles River Yacht Club Junior Sail program! The program is for 6 to 18 year olds with instruction for beginning, intermediate and experienced sailors. The primary training boat is the Optimist dinghy. The "Opti" is a world-class training boat. See the Opti web site at for more information.

Did you know that we are in our 7th year of being designated as an official camp in the state of Maryland? What does this mean? This means that we meet the standards required by the State including health, safety, staff qualifications, instructor/student ratios, and we successfully pass yearly unscheduled inspections. We are providing a fun, safe, and educational environment for your children!

Our program includes multiple full-day sessions which run from mid-June to the beginning of August. You can sign up for as many sessions as fit your schedule. Each day includes a lunch break and swim break.

All of our coaches are highly qualified and we enjoy a low student to instructor ratio. Most of our instructors are certified by US Sailing to teach while all have come up through junior, High School, or college sailing programs.

There are many opportunities for students to participate in regattas if they choose. One major regatta is  held at Miles River, the MRYC Junior Sail Regatta.

The Club has a limited number of boats for use in the program and these generally are reserved for beginners. Students that have progressed beyond the Opti Green Fleet are encouraged to bring their
own boats.

For more information about the Junior Sail Program contact:

Larry Robinson: (email), (c) 703-244-2414

Bob Foley: (email), (c) 301-785-5658

Marshall Patterson: (email), (c)410-829-3157

To keep up to date on what's happening with Junior Sail, please subscribe to our email list ( Also, feel free to "Like" us on Facebook and "Follow" us on Twitter!

Also check for information on the CBYRA ( and the US Sailing ( web sites.

Thanks, Bowie!

Many thanks to Bowie Rose for being the official photographer of the Junior Sail Program. He took a lot of great pictures of the Junior Regatta, the Regatta Awards ceremony, and the Junior Awards Dinner.