Ideal 18 -AS

Ideal 18, Founder's Cup 2010

Get all the benefits of one-design sailboat ownership, without any of the hassles of maintenance!
Norwalk Yacht Club's Ideal 18 / Adult Sailing Program offers Program Members a full range of sailing activities; from recreational day sailing to competitive one-design racing as well as social activities and clinics taught by first rate sailing instructors.

Our location in Wilson Cove, South Norwalk affords easy access to Long Island Sound and the scenic Norwalk Islands.

All skippers, for recreational and competitive usage, need to be certified by a member of the club on how to operate the 18's and navigate the local waters. For more information, please email

Non-member Participation
Norwalk Yacht Club allows non-club members with previous sailing experience, to become certified and participate in the program for two years. We encourage you to join the program as a way to get to know the club, its members.
Again, just email and we'll be happy to provide further information.

2014 Calendar of Events
**Recreational sailing is available from 8 am to sunset everyday**

Thursday, May 15 @ 6:30 pm – Familiarization clinic
* How to sign out, rig, and derig the Ideal 18s properly (30 minutes with lots of hands on)
Saturday, May 17 @ 10:30 am – Familiarization clinic
Monday, May 19 @ 5:30 pm – Women’s sailing (WOW) at Pequot Yacht Club
* Please contact Ellen Bobka ( for more information and to confirm you are coming
Thursday, May 22 @ 5:45 pm – Non-spinnaker racing
* Meet on the deck, first race at about 6pm, all experience levels welcome to participate as crew
Friday, May 23 @ 1:30 pm – Casual Friday
* Skip out of work and do some VERY informal racing & group sailing before Memorial Day
Sunday Series begins, May 25th - 3:00 pm
Thursday, June 5 - Team Racing @ Larchmont YC
Gillespie Regatta - Saturday, August 9th
Founder's Cup -- Sunday, September 7th

Weekly Events
Monday: Women's sailing (3:00 pm)
Thursday: Non-spinnaker racing (5:45 pm)
Friday: Casual Racing - no scores kept (1:30 pm)
Saturday: Clinics and Cruises - check the calendar for specifics
Sunday: Spinnaker Racing series: (2:45 pm)

Recreational Sailing
Boats can be reserved in 4-hour blocks, except when in use by another area of the Program. The Norwalk Islands and surrounding coastal areas offer many opportunities for the casual sailor and our location in Wilson Cove provides easy access.

The Racing calendar accommodates a range of skills and experience levels. Racers can compete in the Thursday night non-spinnaker series, Friday afternoon casual racing, and the more competitive Sunday spinnaker series culminating in the Founder's Cup regatta at the end of the season. We also have a Tuesday evening Team Racing series in June with New York YC and other local Ideal 18 clubs.

All races are followed up by a round of camaraderie and discussion on the deck of the Club, where we exchange views about what happened out there with your fellow competitors. You'll find our schedule for the 2014 season below.

Sailing Clinics
These coed classes are for people already acquainted with sailing. The goal is to learn and practice racing strategies in addition to give less experienced sailors the chance to gain the skills needed to become a certified Ideal 18 skipper. Chalk talks, hands-on practice and debriefing are part of every lesson taught by a first rate instructor.