2020 Newport Yacht Club Marine Adventure Camp

Registration opens 1 February 2020. Information is below regarding dates and how to sign up.

COVID-19 Updates

We are thinking of you and your family and hope you are healthy and hunkered down. In this time of uncertainty, we are still planning a fun-filled summer of sailing. We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds and we will observe the CDC recommended guidelines and procedures for children’s programs. We will be sending updates on a bi-weekly basis over the coming months to all parents registered regarding any change in plans, policy, scheduling, or refunds in the event of cancellation. At this time, we are remaining optimistic that camp will go on, and no changes will be made. 

Stay positive! Remember, this too shall pass. We will pull through.


In 2015, Newport Yacht Club launched its first ever NYC Marine Adventure Camp with huge success and we continued to grow into 2019. Over 180 campers join 6 instructors over 8 weeks for fun on the water each year.

The mission of the Camp is to provide access to sailing, sailboat racing, and marine education for ages 8-15 from any level or background. (Please note we have had an age change our policy this year from past year.) Due to proximity to some of the best sailing resources in the world, NYC is in a unique position to provide quality nautical and sailing instruction for the youth of the Narragansett Bay. 

The focus of the program is fun and of course, safety. The Camp aims to be an alternative to a racing focused program. 

So for the fifth year, our Marine Adventure Camp will be broken into FOUR 2-week full day sessions and a combination of activities unique to meet the mission.

  • Introduction to basic sailing skills in dinghies (Optis, 420s, and Open BICs) and big boats (2 Ensigns, a J-22, and NYC Member Yachts)  to learn concepts like steering, sail positions, and wind awareness.
  • Exposure to beginner marine navigation skills – charts, weather, docking, anchoring
  • A focus on Marine Education – conservation, local geography, and sustainability
  • For Intermediate and Advanced Sailors, including returning MAC Campers, we will be breaking the groups into different levels throughout the camp to differentiate learning and continue to grow their skills

2020 Schedule & Rates

The Summer will be broken into 4 two-week sessions.

  • June 29 – July 10
  • July 13 – July 24
  • July 27 – August 7
  • August 10 – 21

Sessions will be 9am-3pm Monday-Friday for ages 8-16. (Note we do not have half day sessions anymore)

  • $510 per session 
  • Prices include 2-Week Junior Membership (This program is open to anyone however a Newport Yacht Club Junior Membership is required for all participants for our insurance, this fee is rolled into Registration Fees)

Registration Opens 1 February

Applications are received on a “first-come, first-serve” basis – early registration is highly recommended as the classes fill up quickly. You can see the number of available spots left on the registration page. Registration will automatically close if there are no spots left but you can register for the Waitlist and will be automatically informed if a spot opens up. 


If the information on this page does not answer your question, please feel free to email juniors@newportyachtclub.org. Please note the Junior Program is coordinated by volunteers so responses are handled as quickly as possible by email only. You may request a phone call response and we will respond as soon as we can. Email is preferable. Thank you for your cooperation and patience in this matter.

Members: Interesting in bringing sailors out on your boat or sponsoring a child?

Members interested in taking out Junior Sailors this summer as part of the Marine Adventure Camp, please fill out this form. If you are interested in sponsoring a young sailor through a tax-deductible donation, please contact juniors@newportyachtclub.org


If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please click here . We want to thank the generous donations from our community who have made it possible for local children to get out on the water. If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact Kate Wilson, Kate.wilson@me.com