West Dennis Yacht Club

41° 39′ 12” N, 70° 10′ 26” W

Course Description


Sailing School programs are open to members only.

The WDYC offers a broad range of classes designed for children from age 5 –18. If you have any additional questions regarding which class is right for your child, please contact the WDYC Sailing School at 508-398-9757 or by email: [email protected].

Download a copy of the Sailing School Information Packet containing information and registration materials for sailing classes.

Below is a listing of the classes offered:

  • Pre-Sailors: Offers children ages 5 to 7 a well-rounded experience that emphasizes safety, fun, and a love of sailing. Sailors are taught by professional instructors and longtime sailing enthusiasts. Pre-Sail maintains a low ratio of sailors to counselors, which will enhance your child’s learning and development.
  • Beginner Opti: This class is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 8. This is an introductory class that seeks to get them comfortable with boats and terminology. Seamanship and learning-based games are strongly stressed.
  • Intermediate Opti: For children at least 9 years old who will sail Optimists. This class is where they learn the basics to sailing. Becoming comfortable with skippering, crewing, knot tying, rigging, basic rules of ways and safety are just some of what will be taught. (Must own an Opti)
  • Advanced Intermediate Opti: This class is for children that have taken Intermediate Opti for one year. To improve their skills in skippering, crewing, knot tying, rigging, basic rules of ways and safety before they move on to the Opti race team or beginners 420. (Must own an Opti)
  • Cruising: This class is designed for sailors who are not interested in racing, and have finished 2 full seasons of sailing classes and are at least 12 years old for the 420 Cruising class. This class is a time for the sailors to experience a fun day on the river, Sunfish, 420s, or another type of boat.
  • 420 Beginner: For older children at least 12-13 years old who will sail mainly 420s. This class will cover the basics to sailing along with skippering, crewing, knot tying, rigging, basic rules of ways, and safety.
  • 420 Intermediate: This course builds on what sailors have learned in the Optimist groups and 420 Beginner group. Sailors will sharpen their skills with advanced drills and enhance their knowledge of right of way rules, spinnaker/trapeze, and navigation.
  • Intro to 420 Racing: This class is for sailors that have successfully completed the Intermediate 420 class and are new to 420 racing. The class will begin with working on mastering racing techniques and maneuvering around a course.
  • Race Team 420 B: This class is offered in either the Optimist or 420. This is where sailors sharpen their boat handling and are introduced to racing tactics. Here they will learn the basics of racing and improve their knowledge of racing rules.
  • Race Team 420 A & Opti: This class is offered in either the Optimist or 420. Sailors will be assigned to the WDYC Race Team according to ability. Entrance into this level is only per the Sailing Director. Sailors must sign up for Race Team B and must be a member of the WDYC.

Family Friendly Club Right on the Water

The West Dennis Yacht Club is a family friendly club right on the water with some of the most beautiful sunsets in the area. The sailing club is fantastic and two of our grandchildren have participated.

–Michael Healy Sr.

Outstanding Views, Views, Views!!

ALWAYS a beautiful venue for a wedding or a private function! As a local professional, it’s always a joy to go to a gathering there as it’s always comfortable decor;coastal but not kitchy, polite & welcoming waitstaff, great food and outstanding Views, Views, Views!!!

–Lisa Griffin

WDYC is a huge part of our Summer fun!

Great club! We have made many friends here! WDYC is a huge part of our Summer fun!

–Suzanne Cataldo

Perfect Location for our Wedding Reception

West Dennis Yacht Club was the perfect location for our wedding reception! The location is to die for. You cannot go wrong having your wedding/reception here!

–Lisa Baker

West Dennis Yacht Club


PO Box 422
West Dennis, MA 02670

Phone: (508) 398-9757
Fax: (508) 394-2553
[email protected]


259 Loring Avenue
West Dennis, MA 02670

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