Mentor Program

Be Part of the Mentor Program

The Manhattan Yacht Club Mentor Program is designed to help prepare members who want to become club-certified skippers. Under their mentor’s guidance, participants hone their sailing and boat handling skills and ready themselves for the responsibility of commanding a boat in our busy harbor.

Becoming a skipper has many rewards, but it also demands a serious commitment.  To be fully aware of what will be expected of you as a skipper, read over the skipper certification test and the skipper agreement.  If you wish to be considered for the program, you should already have advanced sailing and boat handling skills; a good knowledge of our harbor, club and safety rules; and a detailed understanding of the J/24 boats we sail.  And don’t forget about those knots you should know how to tie!  If you aren’t sure about your readiness, we recommend that you participate in some Fleet Captain sails and ask the skippers for their feedback.

When you do feel ready to join the mentor program, please email details of your sailing experience (500 words or less) to the head of the program, Patty Bryan, at You will then be asked to do an evaluation sail with one of the mentors. Evaluation criteria will include:

  • Ability to rig (including choice of foresail) and de-rig a J/24
  • Knowledge and demonstration of all points of sail
  • Confidence and competence in tacking and jibing from all points of sail
  • Ability to tie basic knots and understanding of when and where to use them
  • Conversant with rules of the road
  • Knowledge and demonstration of basic safety procedures under normal and adverse conditions

If you pass the evaluation sail, you will  be accepted into the mentor program and be on your way to becoming a MYC Club Skipper.

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