High School Sailing

High School Sailing

Our Purpose

To host a competitive High School Sailing Program that promotes seamanship and sportsmanship while encouraging competition at local, regional, and national levels by combining the talents of students from local high schools.

Important Dates for Fall 2023:

Fall 2023 High School Sailing Dates: September 6th - November 9th, 2023.

Fall 2023 NYISA-NW Schedule

Date Regatta Name Location
September 9th Back to School Regatta  Rochester YC
September 16-17th MASSA Cressy Qualifier NJISA Lavalette
September 23rd Fall Jamboree Regatta Buffalo YC
September 30th NYISA-NW Fleet Qualifier Chautauqua Lake Comm. Sailing Foundation
October 7th Fall JV Regatta Chautauqua Lake Comm. Sailing Foundation
October 7-8th MASSA Keelboat Qualifier TBD Annapolis YC
October 14th Mic and Match 2v2 Team Race Regatta CLCSF
October 14-15th MASSA Team Race Championships VISA NYCC/ODU
October 21st Great Pumpkin Regatta Buffalo YC
October 28-29th MASSA Gold and Silver Championships Gold-St. Mary's College of Maryland
Silver-Buffalo YC
November 5th Daylight Savings Regatta Rochester YC
November 11-12th SSA Fall All Girls Invite TBD  
December 9-10th Fall 2023 ISSA Keelboat Championships  St. Pete YC Florida

Host Clubs: Addresses

Rochester Yacht Club – 5555 St Paul Blvd, Rochester, NY 14617
Chautauqua Lake Community Sailing Foundation - 2 West Lake Street, Lakewood NY 14750
Buffalo Yacht Club – 1 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201

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Frequently Asked Questions

Current School Practice Days

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday (Practice Times 3:30-6:30 pm)

  • Pittsford Schools
  • Fairport
  • Brighton
  • Penfield
  • Victor
  • Bishop Kearney
  • Aquinas
  • Rochester City Schools
  • Mercy/McQuaid
  • Webster Schools
  • Irondequoit Schools
  • Harley Allendale-Columbia
  • Honeoye Falls-Lima
  • Hilton
  • Greece Schools
  • Pal-Mac

*If your school is not listed, please contact the program director to assign practice days*

High School Sailing has grown tremendously over the last decade both nationally and locally. The Rochester Yacht Club is proud to host one of the largest programs in the district. With the sailing school's fleet of twenty 420s and an impressive Jr. Sailing facility, the RYC program has been able to host 80 high school students a season. Rochester High School Sailing teams are part of the NYISA-NW (North West Interscholastic Sailing Association) league of the MASSA district (Mid-Atlantic Sailing Association). This district stretches all the way down to Virginia. The MASSA district is part of the national organization for High School Sailing called the ISSA (Interscholastic Sailing Association). For more information please visit the MASSA Website at ww.massa.hssailing.org and the ISSA Website at www.hssailing.org.

Travis Odenbach
Sailing Director
5555 St. Paul Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14617
[email protected]

High School Sailing Accordion


This program is open to any students grades 7-12 interested in sailing! There is no prior experience required and you do not need other students from your school to participate.


High School teams will practice on a 3 day a week track. Each sailor will practice Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday. Wednesday is a race day where each boat will be put into either A or B division. A and B division will be chosen each Wednesday and may be different each week! Race results will be posted weekly so that teams can chart their progress! All practices start at 3:30PM and end at 6:30PM.

Wednesday Race Days

Each Wednesday we will have a race day in which all schools will come down and race! 


The Fall Season starts in early September and runs through mid November. The Spring Season starts mid March and runs well into May.


Current Rochester Teams:

  • Irondequoit Schools
  • Pittsford Mendon
  • Pittsford Sutherland
  • Mercy/McQuaid
  • Penfield
  • Victor
  • Honeoye Falls-Lima
  • Brighton
  • Webster Thomas/Schroeder
  • Fairport
  • Livonia
  • Harley Allendale-Columbia

Sailing Waiver

Sailing Waiver

THIS AGREEMENT MUST BE READ AND SIGNED BEFORE ANY STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN ANY ROCHESTER YACHT CLUB (RYC) ACTIVITY. BY AGREEING TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE PARENT/GUARDIAN AFFIRMS HAVING READ IT. I hereby give permission to the above named child to participate in all programs and activities of the Rochester Yacht Club, including transportation to and from events, if needed. I understand that my child must pass any test necessary to participate in a program. I understand that there are risks inherent in water-based and land-based programs and that accidents can occur in the water as well as on land during any RYC program. Such accidents can result in serious injury or death. I do for my child, myself, and our personal representatives, family, heirs and assigns, knowingly and freely waive all claims against and release and discharge RYC and its officers, directors, agents, employees and volunteers from any and all liability, loss, damage and expenses which may result from participation in RYC programs. RYC reserves the right to photograph program participants for publicity purposes.

Form Designer

Sailing Waiver