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The Pettipaug Sailing Academy (PSA) is an instructional sailing program for juniors, ages 8 and up. It is conducted from late June to mid-August at the Pettipaug Yacht Club. There are two sessions during the season; each session is divided into morning and afternoon classes. Morning classes typically are for beginners and junior sailors ages 8 to 11, when the winds are the lightest. Afternoon classes are for older returning sailors.

PSA is all about FUN on the water and teaching many important life lessons along the way – sailing/racing skills, adapting to the forces of nature, personal responsibility and sportsmanship to name a few.

Classes are conducted in: Optimist dinghies, C/C 420s, O'pen BIC and Lasers. Boat ownership is not required.

The PSA Director is supported by certified US Sailing instructors trained in first aid and CPR. Eight instructors will make up the Pettipaug Team this year. >> 2019 Instructor Bios

Registration opens February 1st and is on a first come first served basis. A student is not considered “enrolled” until full payment has been made and a complete application received by the Registrar. The link for the PSA application is below. (The application is an interactive PDF that can be filled out in Acrobat.) Instructions for submission are on the bottom of the application.

Paul Risseeuw Memorial Jr. Regatta. This is PSA's biggest event held at the end of the academy's season for Opti, Club 420 and O'pen BIC sailors, and named in honor of PSA's revered and beloved director. Date: August 4th. >> Dedication to Paul.

2019 PSA Schedule
Session 1: June 24 – July 12
Regatta Week: July 15 – July 19
Session 2: July 22 – August 9
No class 4th of July

2019 PSA Application
Click to download

A complete application and full payment must be received by the PSA Registrar for a sailor to be considered enrolled in PSA.


2019 PSA Boat Policy


2019 PSA Calendar of Events


Junior Instructor (JI) Information

PSA Clubhouse Phone & Email
(July and August only)

PSA Officer 2

Any amount is sincerely appreciated.

2019 PSA Tuition
One payment per student
  • Session 1 or 2 ($450)
    Discount for 2nd & 3rd Child ($20)
  • Both Sessions ($800)
    Discount for 2nd & 3rd Child ($40)
  • Privately owned boat discount ($100/session)
  • PayPal Service Fees:
    Session 1 or 2 ($7); Both Sessions ($12)
If mailing the application and a check the address is:
  PSA Registrar
  P.O. Box 372
  Essex, CT 06426
  (Checks should be made out to PSA).

If using PayPal, use directions at bottom of application for submitting.



Both Sessions