The Ithaca Yacht Club provides a youth sailing program for children from 8 to 17 years of age. The program is open to all, but IYC family members receive a discount.
Sailors are required to be competent swimmers. They must demonstrate the ability to swim 50 yards before engaging in the program. Swim tests are given on the first day of each program week at IYC.
Younger children sail single-handed Optimist dinghies then graduate to two-person 420's. All training is done on Lake Cayuga within view of the Yacht Club. Optional racing competition occurs at IYC and nearby sailing clubs.