Long Island Sound One Design hub seeks Racing Coaches for its Junior Program

Sail1Design Editor
Cedar Point Yacht Club, located in the Saugatuck section of Westport CT, boasts an enviable position in the sailing community at large. Cedar Point is known for its emphasis on small boat one design sailing, the active participation of its members, and its outstanding race management team and event execution. In any summer season, Cedar Point Yacht Club will host a major One Design North American Championship, a Junior sailing festival, a large One Design Race Week, all the while supporting thousands of races for its 8 One Design Fleets every year.
On the shore the club has eschewed the traditional pool, tennis court and dining facilities to focus on promoting participation and community. A few years ago the club approved and built an all weather Pavilion to host events. The Pavillion protects events from wind rain and sun and allows for regatta and event parties. Do not be fooled by the laid back modern approach. The club prides itself on an outstanding professional staff that manages all aspects and makes sure the details are taken care of. Not only is the race management superior, you can rest on the modern teak furniture under the pavilion with a cool beverage while watching the boats from the regatta come in during the late afternoon, or dance to the music as the twilight settles in. For its members and guests to relax and enjoy camaraderie with fellow friends and guests after racing or a day of sailing is indeed what the membership cherishes, time on the water and time with family and friends. Members, coaches and sailors alike all know about the dynamic club on the sound that emphasizes sailing, a low key attitude, strong participation and fun without the frills of traditional yacht club.

Instead the club focuses on promoting lifelong love of the sport through One-Design racing at a competitive level. Cedar Point recieved the US Sailing One-Design Yacht Club of the Year for 2018, having won the award 3 times in recognition of administrative excellence, fleet growth, creative programming, regatta support, member contribution — at regional, national and international levels.

Indeed, there is a strong history of excellent sailors – Tom Whidden learned to sail at the age of 10 at Cedar Point Yacht Club in a Blue Jay. Since then he has become one of the most prolific sailors on the planet, winning the America’s Cup 3 times, writing highly influential books on wind, water and winning and making sail-making his career of choice. Whidden is the current CEO of North Technology Group, the prolific business that has built sails for America’s Cup Winners for nearly every Cup all the while becoming the leader in the One Design sailing that Whidden began his journey in at Cedar Point Yacht Club.


On any weekend, you might find local sailors mixing it up with visiting National Champions. You might see junior sailors beginning to tack and gybe, Current Lightning(Ched Proctor) & Aero(Marc Jacobi) North American Champions, rigging in the yard, or current Foiling Waszp National Champion (Samuel Blouin) promoting the cutting edge of the sport from the beach launch area. Join the women’s sailing night, or the themed adventure sails of the junior programs.

Whatever the case, Cedar Point Yacht Club is an active avid sailing club that seeks to promote the sport for generations to come.

Cedar Point is currently seeking instructors for its well known junior sailing program. This position offers the opportunity to guide the newest generation of sailors at the club, to experience daily and weekly One-Design racing during our peak season and to be exposed to the sailors of the club and the area, the various sailing venues on the East Coast with short drives to all the local sailing venues (2.5 hours to Newport, RI). Our philosophy is to build great generations of sailors with a lifelong love of the sport, within the casual yet serious racing philosophy.

We are particularly looking for experienced College sailors, Jr Sailing Coaches or International Applicants to apply as advanced racing coaches for our 420, RS Feva, Laser and Opti programs. We are looking for coaching, racing, and regatta success and a hard working attitude. Housing provided on an as needed basis, competitive hourly rate. Please contact Brian Joyce, Jr Sailing Director at Cedar Point jrsailingdirector@cedarpointyc.org with a cover letter and a resume, and we look forward to speaking with you.

To learn more, see our job ad, and to apply, please click HERE