If a golf club has a golf pro and a tennis club a tennis pro, why shouldn't a yacht club have a sailing pro? Indian Harbor was among the first clubs to bring aboard a full-time sailing pro to coach adult sailors. Coaching ranges from learn to sail to advanced team racing.

Focus on Sailing

In existence for 25 years, Indian Harbor Yacht Club’s Ideal 18 program offers full-time and summer members and their families easy access to recreational sailing, sailing instruction, and competitive racing in the club's fleet of Ideal 18 sailboats. Activities are overseen by the Sailing Director and the Focus on Sailing Committee.

The Ideal 18 is an open keelboat which is easily operated single-handed with its self-tacking jib, or competitively raced with two or three people using its spinnaker. The boat can seat up to four adults or two adults and several children, making it perfect for family daysailing. The program is designed for all sailors, from absolute beginners to experienced racers, to learn and enjoy one-design racing and sailing generally.

If you are not a member of Indian Harbor but are interested in the Club, the Focus-on-Sailing program can be an outstanding way to get to know members and help give you the information you need to decide whether to pursue membership. The program is open to non-member individuals and families through summer membership. Applications are submitted in the spring and there are numerous open houses to introduce prospective summer members.

For further information, please contact Elizabeth Shaw O'Toole, Sailing Director.

Women's Sailing

Indian Harbor has a proud tradition of supporting women's sailing. In 1927, Lorna Whittelsey won the first of her five Adam's Trophies. Since that time other women have excelled including Betty Foulk who won the Adams Trophy in 1967 with clubmates Dorothy Preston, Sue Ann Shay and Sue Whitmore. And Carolyn Nye, daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter respectively of Commodores Karin, Richard B. and Richard S. Nye, who was inducted into the Collegiate Sailing Hall of Fame in 2008 for her service to the sport.

Women's Sailing Program

The Women's Sailing Program at Indian Harbor is all about getting women out on the water, meeting other IHYC women, and improving one's overall IHYC experience. Whether you used to sail, are currently sailing, or watched from ashore and always wanted to give it a try, the Women's Sailing Program will give women the opportunity to go sailing. There will be learning sessions and racing clinics, Women's Sail-Around-Sundays, casual no-spinnaker supper series with other clubs and women's racing events on Long Island Sound plus introductions into big boat sailing. It's also a great way to learn about what's going on, both socially and sailingly :-) at IHYC.


Ladies Sunfish Sailing

Open to all women members, Ladies Sunfish sailing takes place every Tuesday beginning in June and ending in August. The ladies meet on the West porch at noon to lunch, then spend the afternoon racing until approximately 4 pm. Libation and camaraderie follow at our namesake bar - where afternoon races (and everything else!) are discussed. Old salts and new can join a variety of Sunfish events that are fun and good exercise. For those interested, club boats are available: remember: you're the captain and the crew!

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