The CYC Foundation supports high school programs such as the
Rickover Naval Academy racing team, the Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic for
accomplished junior sailors, and provides grants and scholarships for a variety
of youth involved in local and national competitive sailing events.
For nearly a decade, CYC Foundation has partnered with the Rickover
Naval Academy, a Chicago Public School (CPS) located within Senn Public
High School in the Edgewater community to promote the nautical arts. Originating as as a sail safety and training program in 2008, this relationship has
introduced sailing at all levels to well over 200 students. In addition to
traditional Sonar and 420 training programs, the program has provided
sailing opportunities on Etchell's during the 2008 Worlds, the J-105
fleet, Farr 40's, a Volvo 70 and a few Wednesday night "soda pop"
Having evolved to be more than a sailing program, the CYC Foundation has
enabled CPS students to learn about local nautical history, discover
the science involved in the manufacture and operation of sail boats, enjoy the
yacht club environs during Fleet Reviews and annual Military Balls
(Belmont and Monroe) and connect with yacht club members. One of the
major programs involves sending young women on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure
on a tall ship during the summer. Over the past seven years, 29 girls
have been provided grants to crew a working tall ship on the waters of
both Lake Michigan and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Rickover Racing Sail Program follows a strong format of consistent
curriculum, instruction and scheduling. Through a partnership, CYC Foundation
supports the Rickover Academy NJROTC racing team by supplying safety equipment,
sail training and transportation. There are two distinct teams within this
program. The Development Team teaches beginning and intermediate sailing to the
cadets. If Development Team members progress and want to move to the next
level, they are promoted to the Race Team. The race team focuses on advanced
sailing techniques and racing tactics that they apply on the racecourse against
other Midwest high school teams. With this structure, the cadets are able to
mingle with students from other high schools and go back to their school with
unique experiences and expanded horizons.
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Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic
The Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic, sponsored by the CYC Foundation, is a
high-level educational opportunity for the country’s most accomplished junior
420 and Laser sailors who are working hard to elevate their racing skills to
the next level. The clinic is named for Tom Neill, who was an avid Chicago
Yacht Club sailor and competitor locally and nationally.
The program recruits top-level college coaches from around the country
to work with up and coming high school sailors. The Clinic consists of lectures
and on-the-water drills including tactics, strategy, sail trim and boat speed.
Coaches use daily video footage, archival footage, chalk talks, land demos and
on the water exercises. The experience is rounded out with nightly guest
speakers, presentations, and Chicago sight-seeing to show the sailors new
avenues of sailing and a little of the amazing city of Chicago.
Click here to read a letter of appreciation from a junior sailor to the
Chicago Yacht Club Foundation.
Click here for
the Clinic application website.