Old Cove Yacht Club is an association of over 130 families and individuals who share a love for sailing and other waterfront related activities.
Old Cove has been a part of the New Suffolk community for over 75 years and is organized as a New York, tax exempt, not for profit corporation. Old Cove actually started as a youth sailing program and to this day its primary mission continues to be to teach young people how to sail and to give them access to our local waters. Since its inception, Old Cove has been dedicated to the promotion of recreational sailing, racing, cruising, sailing instruction, boating safety and youth sailing instruction. Old Cove works hard to grow the sport of sailing, and make it equally accessible to everyone.
Old Cove welcomes and encourages everyone to participate in our activities regardless of age, gender, race, creed, place of origin, financial status or physical ability. Our membership is open to anyone who supports our mission and goals.
Because we want to be accessible to as wide an audience as possible, yearly membership fees at Old Cove are kept as low as possible: a Family Membership runs $315, an Individual Membership is $265 and Junior Memberships (for 21 to 30 year olds) is $100. As of 12/2015, Old Cove had 122 members of which 93 were family members. Old Cove is entirely member and volunteer run.
Our mission is to provide, with the use of Old Cove's boats, access to sailing and instruction to the general public at affordable rates and we offer a series of learn-to sail programs, including a Junior Sailing Program for children and youths ages 5 and up.
During the summer of 2015, almost 150 young people participated in Old Cove Junior Sailing Program.. In addition to the Junior Sailing Program, Old Cove also offers Adult Programs, including learn-to-sail, learn-to-race and a Women's Only course. We offer both private and group instruction.
Old Cove owns and maintains a fleet of over 40 boats for the participants of its Junior Sailing and Adult Sailing Program. Our young sailors, aged 6-15, sail in Optimist dinghies, while our older youth and adult sailors sail in Lasers, 420s and J24s. The 24 Optimist Dinghies and 12 420s are made available to the participants of Old Cove’s Junior Program at no cost or for a nominal fee. The 6 Lasers and the 2 J24s are made available both to the Old Cove Junior and the Old Cove Adult Sailing Program. Old Cove also offers its members dinghy storage.
Through the Old Cove Youth Sailing Foundation, Old Cove’s charitable arm, we also offer a Junior Sailing Scholarship Program and each year gives up to 3 young sailors the opportunity to participate in the Old Cove Junior Program at no cost. The Foundation owns a series of Optimist dinghies, and 420s which are made available scholarship recipients at no charge. In our ongoing effort to make the sport of sailing accessible to the community at large Old Cove works with the East End Youth Sailing Foundation to assist the High School sailing teams from the east end of Long Island (primarily the Mattituck-Cutchogue, Southold- New Suffolk and Greeport school districts).
In the Spring, Old Cove organizes and hosts a number of instructor training courses such as US Sailing Instructor Certification courses, First Aid & CPR, and safe powerboat handling courses.
Old Cove is an active member of US Sailing (the national governing body of sailing in the United States) and follows many of their procedures and guidelines. Old Cove is also a member of the Eastern Long Island Sailing Association and one of the founding members of the Peconic Gardner Junior Sailing Association.
Old Cove organizes and hosts a number of competitive sailing events, including the Old Cove Invitational Youth Regatta which attracts some 250 young sailors every year, the East End Laser Regatta which saw almost 30 Lasers from all over Long Island, the Round Robins Island Laser Regatta, and for the bigger boats, the Fisher Cup, The 4 of July Regatta, the Labor Day Regatta and the Brooklyn Cup. During the season, the Old Cove Laser Fleet (around 15 - 20 boats) meets on Saturdays for club racing and informal get-togethers afterwards.
In 2008, Old Cove Yacht Club, and the Chinese Yacht Club of Greenport resurrected the Brooklyn Ocean Challenge Race and cosponsors this event every year. This is a race for larger racing boats that takes them from Greenport Harbor around Block Island and back to Greenport. The Brooklyn Cup is the second oldest trophy in sports history.
Old Cove also has an active Laser fleet where about 20 adult and youth Laser sailors (in many cases with teenagers competing against their parents) meet on weekends for club racing and social activities.
Old Cove hosts a few social events during the course of the season, such as the July 4th Party, the Labor Day Party (which takes place on the same day as the Cutchogue Fire Department Barbecue), and the Summer Family Dance. Twice during the summer, Old Cove places its Junior Sailors on boats competing in the Wednesday Night Race and hosts a barbecue party for all sailors and their families after the race. The Old Cove Junior Program also organizes a few events for the children such as Bingo Parties and Car Washes, all of which are fund raising events for charities selected by the Junior Sailors. Last, but not least, Old Cove is an annual participant in the New Suffolk Fourth of July Parade and the floats built by our Junior Sailors have won first prize in many years.