Youth Sailing

Coordinator: Don Busby 517-416-0600


Concord Sailing Center offers a fall sailing program for youth taught by US Sailing certified instructors at the Concord Sailing Center. Below are details and a registration link for this program. Please call Don Busby at 517-416-0600 with any questions.

Youth Sailing Program for Ages: 8-14 (up to and including 8th grade)

Program fee: $90 for Fall semester
Classes will be held on Thursdays from 4:30 till 6:30
Classes begin Thursday, September 21st and end October 19th(5 classes). 
Location: Concord Yacht Club, 11600 South Northshore Dr.

Register before class on Thursday or follow the registration link: Click here to register for Youth/Middle School Sailing

Items to bring to class:

Tuesday, April 11th will be our first meeting for Youth Sailing. We will be meeting at 4:30 in the breezeway next to the clubhouse at the Concord Yacht Club, 11600 South Northshore DR, Knoxville TN 37922. You may drop your student off as early as 4:15. You will need to sign your student in and sign a Waiver Form.  For this first meeting we will be conducting a swim test as well as performing capsize drills with the sailboats(weather/water temp. permitting). Below is a list of items that your student will need to have with them for all of the meetings. I also recommend bringing a set of dry clothes to change into.

Bathing suit and towel – Your child will be in and out of the water so have them wear clothing that will be comfortable when wet.
Life Jackets/Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) – Every sailor and Instructor must provide and properly wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times while on the water and docks. The jacket must be in good condition and fit properly (too big is as bad as too small). A boat cushion is NOT acceptable. Mark the jacket with the name on the outside.

Sun Protection – Sunglasses, hats, sunscreen and drinking water(water bottle) are strongly recommended for all sailors. Sun block should be applied liberally. Sunglasses with full UV protection and hats are highly recommended.

Shoes – Appropriate footwear is required at all times. Shoes need be closed-toed and have non‐marking soles. They must be designed to stay on while swimming, as well as on the docks and in the boats.  Flip‐ flops are not appropriate footwear.

Bug Spray is also recommended.

Please call with any question, Don Busby 517-416-0600.


Youth Sailing is an educational sailing program for ages 8 though 14(up to and including 8th grade) run by Concord Sailing Center (CSC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The Youth Sailing Program is administered by the Concord Sailing Center (CSC), which is one of several ‘Special Membership’ Programs that serve CYC members and non-members under the direction of the CYC Commodore and Board of Directors. Certified (US Sailing) sailing instructors who assist the Youth Program are drawn as needed from the ranks of the University of Tennessee Sailing Club (UTSC) and from the regular CYC membership.

Program Mission Statement
  • To provide the next natural step in continuing sailing education for young sailors who have already gained an interest in sailing.
  • To offer a safe, structured and engaging program through which youth from our local community can learn the basics of sailing for the first time without obliging their families to make a large initial financial investment.
  • To introduce the sport of sailboat racing to young or novice sailors to improve their sailing skills and to teach them the Racing Rules of Sailing.
  • To provide experienced sailors with advanced training and exposure to highly competitive racing against schools from other areas, to expand the scope of their skills and experience, and to promote friendships with sailors outside of the Knoxville area.