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Pettipaug Sailing Academy (PSA) 2021 registration is open.   >> 2021 Application Information

We are very excited to share we intend to run PSA this summer. As we all have experienced, terms and conditions for any programming are very fluid. 

PYC and PSA will monitor and follow all state, local and CDC COVID-19 regulations and guidelines as they pertain to our program. The state, local and CDC list of requirements may be increased or relaxed overtime. We will adjust accordingly. 

Precautions we currently plan to take are: 
• Social distancing 
• Efficient controlled drop off, pick up and group attendance 
• Small sailing groups that will maintain separation from one another 
• Staggered launch and landing of boats 
• Face masks or buffs 
• Encourage single handed sailing 
• Require permission and a commitment from doublehanded sailors 

Specific policies and requirements will be determined and shared with PSA sailors and their families at the beginning of the 2021 PSA sailing season. Once determined and shared families will need to sign the Junior Program and Covid Rules Agreement. 

Families providing their own boat should plan on a “Safety Check In” before the start of the program.

It has not yet been determined if and/or how rain dates and regattas will be handled. 

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 three two-week 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, 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. Many returning instructors will make up the Pettipaug Team this year: Serena Eldredge, Kate Ryan, Maggie Wisner, Jake Klin.   >> 2021 Instructor Bios

Enrollment will be considered when payment has been made and a complete application received by the Registrar. If necessary, a waitlist will be maintained. 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, 420 and O'pen BIC sailors, and named in honor of PSA's revered and beloved director. Date: TBD >> Dedication to Paul

Some 2021 Regatta Dates:
ECYC & EYC Jr. Invitational (Ideals): July 27

2021 PSA Schedule
Session 1: June 28 – July 9
Session 2: July 12 – July 23
Session 3: July 26 - August 6

2021 PSA Application
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A complete application and full payment must be received by the PSA Registrar for a sailor to be enroll in PSA. If necessary, a waitlist will be maintained.

IMPORTANT! Fill out the form offline with the Acrobat application located in your Application folder. Do not fill out online in your browser.

SUBMIT by either attaching it to an email addressed to or mailing to P.O. Box above (include check if not using PayPal).


2021 PSA Boat Policy

2021 PSA Calendar of Events

Junior Instructor (JI) Information

PSA Clubhouse Phone & Email
(July and August only)

PSA Chair
Amy Gordon Pullin
2021 PSA Tuition
One payment per student per session:
  • Each Session ($375)
  • Privately owned boat discount ($75/session)
Payment by Check
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).

Payment by PayPal
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for all payment options:


PayPal Service Fees included:
• Each Session ($7)

Any amount is sincerely appreciated.