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Rules and Regulations

In accordance with the By Laws of the Annisquam Yacht Club, the Board of Governors has established the following Rules & Regulations governing membership rights and responsibilities. These Rules & Regulations are subject to periodic revision and members are encouraged to review them with the Board of Governors.


The objectives of the AYC STP Junior Program are to:

  • Instill in children a love for sailing and the sea, an ease and confidence in handling of boats, and enjoyment of waterfront recreation;
  • Promote awareness and observance of safety principles, equipment care and maintenance, and sportsmanship in all phases of seamanship;
  • Develop racing skills and an aptitude for competitive sailing, according to interest and ability;
  • Introduce children to tennis and develop their skills according to their interest and ability;
  • Inspire respect for the outdoors, for sport, and for sportsmanship as a way of life;
  • Provide an opportunity for children to develop a broader sense of community.

Organization: The AYC STP provides sailing, tennis, and seamanship education to children 5-18 years of age.  The AYC STP Junior Program is organized for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the IRC of 1986.

Eligibility: The AYC STP is open to children of the appropriate age and requisite skills.  Members, and parents or guardians of non-member participants are responsible for the conduct of and all liabilities incurred by that child/participant.   Continued participation in the program is subject to each participant following the rules of the AYC STP as interpreted by the Program Director, subject to review by the AYC STP Governor.

Application and Acceptance: All candidates interested in participation must complete application forms and payment through the online registration and payment system by June 1.  Acceptance into the AYC STP will be made based on several factors, including availability, skills, prior applicable experience and prior experience with the program. Please note any applications received after June 1st will be subject to space available in the AYC STP at the discretion of the Program Director

Enrollment Periods: The AYC STP runs for 2 week sessions commencing on Monday, June 25, 2018.  Note minimum participation requirements for enrollment are as follows: Minimum enrollment for the Under 8 program is participation in at least 1 two-week session.  Minimum enrollment for the other sections of the AYC STP is participation in at least four consecutive weeks (2 two-week sessions in any consecutive combination).  Minimum enrollment for Opti Racing or 420 Racing is for a full season. Because staffing commitments must be made based on enrollment, AYC STPs enrollment fees are non-refundable.

Boat Use and Boat Credits:  Participants in the AYC STP sail Optimist Dinghies, O’Pen Bics, Stur-Dee Cats and 420’s. Parents are encouraged to own appropriate sailboats and to make them available for use by the AYC STP.  Boat ownership by participants or their families is critical to the success of the AYC STP and is the only way that a parent or guardian can make absolutely sure that his or her child will have a boat to sail in area regattas and the Club’s weekend and evening racing events.

The Club compensates members who make their boats available to the AYC STP with priority status for the limited storage spots on the front float, a “storage credit”.  Prior to the commencement of the first AYC STP session, the AYC STP Director and Coaches inspect each boat and, if its condition is acceptable or better, approves it for use in the Program.  Owners of approved boats are not billed for storage and receive a boat credit. Credits for partial sessions will be prorated.

Boat Use by the AYC STP: To operate a successful sailing program, it is essential that families enter their Optis, and 420’s into the program. The AYC STP takes responsibility for repair of any unusual damage that occurs while the boats are used by the program but not for normal “wear and tear”. A full analysis of the condition of each boat is made by the Program staff before the season (and after) the boats are used. It is important to realize, though, that even under the best conditions any sailboat used by anyone will receive some degree of wear and tear. It is not reasonable to expect the Program to repair every ding or scratch that might have occurred during the summer under normal operating conditions.

Members are encouraged to make use of their boats when the Program is not in session.  If scheduling permits, the AYC STP Director may make a boat available to its owner for use during Program hours.

Regatta Participation: Participation in sailing events sponsored by other clubs and organizations is encouraged. However, the AYC STP assumes no responsibility for such participation. Parents are solely responsible for all aspects of their child's involvement in these events, including enrollment, transportation, housing and supervision. Exceptions, if any, to this policy will be announced in advance of the event by the Program Director.

Owners of boats in use by the Program may arrange with the Program Director to borrow their boat for a Regatta. Boats will be released only to their owners. Members loaning their boat for use by the child of another family must clarify issues of insurance and responsibility for damage directly with the family to which the boat is being loaned. The Club assumes no liabilities while the boat is outside the direct control of the Program.

Swimming: All AYC STP participants must be able to pass the swim test as prescribed by the Program as a condition of enrollment.

Policies:  Camp policies are available for review upon request, and are subject to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Minimum Standards for Recreational Camps, Chapter 105 CMR 430.000.


NOTE: In accordance with Massachusetts state law, and to ensure both the safety of the campers and highest quality staff, the Annisquam Yacht Club performs background checks on all program staff each year. Our full policies on background checks are available upon request.



This four-day Safety & Certification Course will be offered occasionally throughout the summer. Upon successful completion, participants will receive US Sailing Safe Powerboating Certificate (NASBLA approved), and MA State Boating Education Certificate. Eligibility: No experience is required, but participants must be at least 12 years of age. Cost: $350 for members and $450 for non-members.

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