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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 three-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 usually 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 Skiffs and ILCAG's (Radial Lasers). Boat ownership is not required.

The PSA Director is supported by certified US Sailing instructors trained in first aid and CPR.
We currently have openings for Sailing Instructors and Junior Instructors. >> see requirements

The link for the PSA application is below. The application is an interactive Google Form that needs to be completed online. Payment of the fees via PayPal only. At the end of the registration form you will be directed to the PayPal website. Enrollment will be considered when payment has been made and a complete application received by the Registrar. If necessary, a waitlist will be maintained.

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: July 29, 2023 >> Dedication to Paul

2023 PSA Schedule
Session 1: Jun 26 Jul 14
Sunday Funday: Jul 16
Session 2: Jul 17 August 4
Paul Risseeuw Memorial Jr. Regatta: Jul 29
Awards & Dance Party: Aug 3
(raindate: Aug 4)
Morning Class: 8:30 am to noon
Afternoon Class: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Click to link to 2023 PSA Registration

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.

PSA Boat Policy

2023 Sailing/Racing Instructors

Junior Instructor (JI) Information

PSA Clubhouse Phone & Email
(July and August only)

PSA Chair - Amy Gordon Pullin
and Megan Uiling

PSA Director - Mark Kondracky

2023 PSA Tuition
One payment per student per session:
One Session ($725)
Two Sessions ($1435)

Privately owned boat discount ($100/session)

Any amount is sincerely appreciated.
Make check out to PSA and mail to:
  PSA Registrar
  P.O. Box 372
  Essex, CT 06426

Tax-deductible charitable contributions can be made to the Pettipaug Sailing Academy being a tax exempt charity as described in section 501(c)(3). Pettipaug Yacht Club is not such an organization.