About HdG Youth Sailing

Who We Are:

Havre de Grace Youth Sailing Program Inc  is a 501 (c)(3) community oriented charitable organization, We offer maritime safety instruction, basic introductory through competitive dinghy sailing instruction, and access to on the water personal development, confidence,  and character building opportunities for youth in greater Harford County on the upper Chesapeake Bay.

We are operate from the Havre de Grace waterfront at the mouth of the Susquehanna River.  We sail these waters from mid-June through mid-August.  We provide on and off the water special events to encourage interest, develop community engagement and educational advancement. Our programs are available to the entire community and we promote active outreach to make this happen.


To be a preeminent youth sailing instructional program serving all interested young people ages 7-18.

Mission Statement: 

Develop youth sailors on the Upper Chesapeake Bay using recreational and competitive dinghy sailing as an educational platform to build character and confidence and to teach water/boating safety, boat handling, maritime skills, local nautical history and environmental responsibility.


2016 – Inaugural week long program session which taught 6 kids from the grounds of a local condominium property using 4 leased MacLaughlin SailCube Opti style trainers.

2017 – First full seven session season program sailing from Hutchins Park through cooperation with the Municipality of Havre de Grace. A total of 59 kids were taught using US Sailing Certified Instructors under Maryland oversight as a day camp. The instructional fleet was a mixture of SailCubes and Optimist prams.

2018 – Follow on seven session season program from Hutchins Park taking advantge of donated use of commercial space adjacent to the park for boat storage and maintenance. The Municipality of Havre de Grace installed floating dock improvements to facilitate using Hutchins Park for our program as well as other water front recreational activities. We taught 138 campers with 19 receiving some level of scholarship support from donations provided for that purpose. The instrutional fleet was expanded to include Lasers, Club 420’s, Hunter Xcites, Optis, and SailCubes.