News Flash: Sachem’s Head YC is Hiring a Race Coach!!
Sachem’s Head Yacht Club (SHYC) is located on the Connecticut shore of Long Island Sound, in Guilford, Connecticut. The clubhouse near the Thimble Islands, serves an active racing fleet and is a summer base for families and juniors involved in sailing, swimming and tennis. The club was founded in 1896.SHYC’s JR Sailing Program is a successful sailing program with approximately 60 sailors from ages 6 to 15. The program’s strengths are in fostering a love of sailing and respect for the water; teaching sailing, seamanship, and racing; and inspiring kids through fun, learning, and growth.
Our classes include sea-squirts, beginner sailing, adventure sailing, intermediate sailing, and Opti and 420 racing. Our fleets include 30 privately owned Opti, 10 OpenBICs, nine c420s, paddleboards, and a strong adult racing fleet of Lasers and Sonars. We are exploring the option of adding RS Fevas for summer 2018. Our Junior Sailing Coaching team is comprised of six paid instructors and a five volunteer “junior instructors in-training”. STEM/REACH modules are integrated into many of our classes. Our coaching motorboat fleet includes RIBs and 13’ Whalers.
Our program runs for 8 weeks, from late-June to mid-August. We offer housing on-site at our yacht club for up to 4 instructors each summer. Pay is competitive and based on experience.
Photos from summer 2017 can be viewed here: https://kerryschutzphotography.pixieset.com/shycsummer2017/
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SACHEMS HEAD YACHT CLUB
Whenever two sailboats meet , there is always a race , even if it is only in one of the cockpits. Such was the case in those formative years in the late 1800’s. The Club was founded in 1896, and the flag was designed in1897. The SHYC Corporation was founded in 1898 in order to fund and build the Clubhouse. Building activity went on with additions till 1901. In 1902 a windmill and ‘water tower’ were added. Various races ,regattas, and cruises were held from Rhode Island to New York. The breakwater was started in 1908 , “and the rock sunk into the mud as fast as it was dropped overboard”. The Hurricane of 1938 took off the top floor of the Clubhouse , and gave us the structure we basically have today. There have been any number of classes raced at the SHYC. There were the ‘Sachem Headers’ , a gaff rigged boat. There have been Zips , Stars , Eastern Interclubs , Lightnings , and the many classes racing today. The Sachems Head Yacht club prides itself on being a sailing club with a great ‘junior program’ to continue this tradition.
-Past Commodore Peter Johnson