Founded in 1928 Noroton Yacht Club is dedicated to the furtherance of sailing and family participation in sailing.
Through successive generations, members of Noroton have followed a tradition in establishing high marks of personal participation and competitive success, as well as contributing to the advancement of the sport, particularly in one design boats. Over the years, Noroton has produced many accomplished sailors, all contributing to a robust heritage of adults and juniors who have found their sport and calling off the shores of Noroton and become life-long participants.
In 1946, the directors unanimously passed a resolution that has served as our mission since. It reads:
“The operation of the Noroton Yacht Club can be entirely successful only if predicated on a clearly defined objective:
Therefore, be it resolved that:
- The primary objective shall be yachting;
- Swimming, tennis and other sports shall be included as secondary activities only;
- Furtherance of yachting shall be the principal consideration in determining the composition of the Club membership and the nature of the physical facilities provided on the Club premises.”
Currently we have the largest, most competitive fleet of Sonars in North America, an outstanding Team Racing Program, a diverse Cruising fleet, and a strong Junior Sailing Program. We welcome new members into this family sport with expanded on-water offerings including a new Adult Learn-to-Sail program, a thriving Women’s Sailing Program, a fleet of club-owned Ideal 18s for member use, new Viper and JY/15 fleets, “adventure” fleets within the Junior Program, a kayak program, and several powerboat rendezvous. Our members share a love of boats and being on the water, and are engaged in club activities year-round.
Programs that are offered to non-members from the public include:
Women’s Sailing Program (WSP)
WSP has been designed to offer flexibility for all experience levels from beginners to racers. The program runs for eight weeks coinciding with Junior Sailing.
All women are welcome; we hope to see you on the water.
On Wednesdays, we invite all levels to come out and sail in the evening. If you are a new or aspiring sailor, come join us to learn the basics and meet some new friends. If you’ve never flown a spinnaker, you will after this summer. Our goal is to learn, have fun and improve our sailing skills no matter how long you have
On Mondays, we run an evening Learn To Race program for those interested in honing your racing skills. We practice starts, mark rounding, strategy and much more.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS – WSP PRE-SEASON (5 wks)
May 22 to June 19, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
A refresher program for all levels. Come out and sail while your kids are in school.
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS – ALL LEVELS | MENTORING PROGRAM (8 wks)
June 26 to August 14, 6 PM to dusk
This class is for all levels. Each boat will have an experienced sailor to work alongside beginners, or you can sail with your crew and sharpen your skills in a low stress environment. The goal is to get out on the water, learn the basics, and improve your skills. This year we have a dedicated instructor who will conduct a chalk talk session before we sail.
MONDAY EVENINGS – LEARN TO RACE — NOW CO-ED (8 wks)
July 1 to August 12, 6 PM to dusk
This class is for sailors who know how to sail, and are ready to learn to race, or are currently racing. Previous racing experience is not necessary! This year we have a dedicated instructor who will offer racing instruction for the group. All are welcome: women, men, couples, grandparents, children, grandchildren...
Adult Learn to Sail
Whether you have no experience or you want a refresher in the basics of small keelboat sailing sign up for one of our two Sessions that run on Saturday mornings 9-12pm. Get experience with an on-board instructor on an Ideal 18. You will learn how to rig, sail upwind and downwind, leaving and returning to the mooring, as well as VHF radio etiquette.
Junior Sailing is one of the longest running and strongest programs at the club and runs 8 weeks through the summer. It offers all levels of sailing, from beginners to advanced racing and recreational sailing for non-racers. Boats include the Optimist, C420, Laser, RS Feva, and O’pen BIC. Noroton offers participation in its Junior Sailing Program to children of members and to children of non-members based on availability and if approved by the Junior Committee. Non-member junior sailors become “Summer Member Program Members” and may participate in all Junior Program activities including junior tennis, sailing, social and instructional events.