Small sailboat on lake with student learning to sail.

Youngsters learning to sail during an earlier sailing camp.

Young people starting at age 8 have several opportunities to learn to sail this summer on Lake Lanier. Two groups, Lake Lanier Sailing Club and University Yacht Club Maritime Foundation are offering classroom and on-the-water multi-day sessions in June.

“We like to start young students on Optis so that they can master basic sailing skills,” said Susan Reddaway, Junior Sailing director with the University Yacht Club/UYC Maritime Foundation Program. “Youth can sail Optis for several years, but often our students come back in subsequent years to learn to sail on BICs, Lasers, Sunfish and C420s.”

Reddaway’s sister-in-law Carol Reddaway is Junior Program Director at Lake Lanier Sailing Club.

“Our three weeks of junior summer sessions are quickly filling up, but there are limited spaces available for non-member youth between the ages of 8 and 16,” said Carol Reddaway. “They may be learning on Optis or C420s if they are beginners. We hope that people will register early to have a chance to participate.”

Both programs are open to a limited number of non-member youth.

To register for LLSC, visit

To register for the UYC Maritime Foundation Junior weeks, visit

Photo: courtesy UYC Maritime Foundation