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PJSA 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.

PJSA 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 ILCA6's (Radial Lasers). Boat ownership is not required.

The PJSA 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 PJSA 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 PJSA's biggest event held at the end of the academy's season for Opti, 420 and O'pen Skiff sailors, and named in honor of PJSA's revered and beloved director. Date to be confirmed>> Dedication to Paul

2024 PJSA Schedule
Session 1: Jun 24 Jul 12
Session 2: Jul 15 August 2
Paul Risseeuw Memorial Jr. Regatta ... to be confirmed
Awards & Dance Party: Aug 1
(raindate: Aug 2)
Morning Class: 8:30 am to noon
Afternoon Class: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Click to link to 2024 PJSA Registration

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

PJSA Boat Policy

Instructor Jobs

Junior Instructor (JI) Information

2024 Paul Risseeuw Junior Regatta registration

PJSA Clubhouse Phone & Email
(July and August only)

PJSA Chair - Amy Gordon Pullin
and Megan Uiling

2024 PJSA Tuition

One payment per student per session:
One Session ($750)
Two Sessions ($1485)
Students automatically become a Junior Member of Pettipaug Yacht Club for the season.

Privately owned boat discount ($100/session)

A limited number of scholarships is available to families in need. For more information, please send an email to or write to Pettipaug Junior Sailing Academy, P.O. Box 372, Essex, CT 06426. All scholarship inquiries will be kept confidential.

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

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