Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program

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We welcome all area youth

Thousands of young people have learned the skills and joys of sailing in and around Camden Harbor for over 100 years.


The Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP) teaches 5- to 17-year-olds about the power of wind and water, safety measures, basic navigation, and more. Our program provides over 500 student-weeks of instruction.


We serve students of all ability levels. Novice sailors hone their skills in Optimists and RS Quests and use this experience to enjoy casual sailing throughout their lives. More experienced young sailors venture out in Optimists and 420s for racing or non-racing expedition sailing. CAYSP has hosted the Sailing Junior Olympics twice, and many of our students have sailed in college.


We welcome all young people from the Camden area, whether Camden Yacht Club members or not, and regardless of their ability to pay.

The Curtis land gift to the town calls on CYC to provide this type of opportunity

In gifting land for a yacht club to the Town of Camden in 1906, Cyrus Curtis called on the club to provide this type of educational opportunity to the community. 

Today, as a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, CAYSP receives over $50,000 from Camden Yacht Club to deliver affordable sailing instruction for everyone — and scholarships for those who need financial assistance.   


Camden's rich sailing history began with the town's original settlers, and CAYSP keeps that tradition alive and passes it from one generation to the next. 


Mark Scheffer

Program Director
Alexander Gardullo

Head Instructor
Eliza Strout

Head Race Team Coach
Calvin James



PO Box 204

68 Bay View Street

Camden, ME 04843


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