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 2024:

Winter High School Practice:  Starting December 9th we will practice, weather dependent.  Registration for this is now open.  Click here to register.  Contact Travis Odenbach for more information.

Spring High School Sailing: Coming soon!

Click here to register

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

Do you have used gear/boats that you would like to sell? Are you looking for used gear or a used boat? Please use the link below to share with us!

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Click here for the Rochester Community Foundation Grant Request Form

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.  New is our Winter Season where we will hold practice on the weekends throughout the winter, weather depending.


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