Community Sailing


Anyone in the Knoxville community can enjoy sailing at CYC. Programs are offered for both the general public and CYC club members.

Non club members can receive training through organized programs such as Sail Camp for area youth, Adult Learn to Sail classes and high school sailing. CYC also has an agreement with the University of Tennessee Sailing Club whereby CYC provides boats and facilities for UT’s educational and competitive racing programs. All programs are directed by instructors who have met rigorous U.S. Sailing certification standards.

In addition, boats are available to CYC members who want the benefits of boat ownership with minimal expense and upkeep. The club offers a wide variety of boat types to choose from and, for a small annual fee, members may sign out boats on an “as available” basis after receiving proper boat handling certification. This is also a great option for any up-and-coming sailor who wants to sample a variety of sailing experiences before committing to a boat of their own.

The following fleets of boats are included in the programs.

Optimist Pram

Measuring just under 8-feet in length, the “Opti” is the smallest sized boat class in the training fleet. Designed for training the youngest sailors on the basics of the sport, the Optimist also has the largest youth racing class in the world. For more information on the Optimist class see the official Optimist web site.

Sunfish Dinghy

Quite possibly the world’s most recognizable small sailboat, the Sunfish has a rich history in providing great sailing to beginners and experts alike. The simple design and lateen (triangular) rig make it a mainstay to our training fleet. For more information on the Sunfish class see the official Sunfish web site.

JY15

This two-manned boat has the ability to catch a gentle lake breeze on the calmest of days or handle a strong, consistent breeze. The JY15 fleet is used by the UT Sailing Club and other youth programs for training and racing. For more information on the JY15 class see the official JY15 web site.

Club 420

Known commonly as the “420,” this fleet is used for advanced racing training throughout our youth and college programs. Having a high sail area-to-weight ratio, the 420 can also be outfitted with a spinnaker and trapeze for advanced 420 sailors. The 420 fleet is owned in part by the University of Tennessee and used by the UT Sailing Club for training and racing. For more information on the 420 class see the official Club 420 web site.

Catalina 22

Measuring at just under 22-feet in length, this small keelboat provides the ultimate day-sailor experience. The two-sail design can be easily sailed by two or three beginning sailors or a single experienced sailor looking for a quiet evening on the water. The Adult Learn-to-Sail program at CYC uses the Catalina 22 fleet for training and certification. For more information on the Catalina 22 class see the official Catalina 22 web site.

Member Fleets

CYC proudly hosts a number of other one-design fleets, including Thistles, Windmills, Solings, Lasers, and Holder20s among many others. Fleets like this allow members to race identical boats against each other, as well as against mixed fleets or simply for sharing notes on boat handling and tuning practices.