From Sport to Passion

Sail with us

Preservation and Culture Since 1934

A Place Like No Other

Our Story

Two young racers who were not able to receive their trophies because they were not yacht club members. Since 1934, Wet Pants members have been bringing home trophies.

Our Values and Traditions

It had to be inexpensive and self-supporting, allow for boats of different types and sizes to participate on equal footing, and encourage inexperienced sailors to learn to sail while racing

Sailing with WPSA

Our Sailing School

  • BEGINNER CLASSES: Ages: 8+ Learn the parts of the boat, how to put sails on, wind direction, move safely in the boat, control the sails, steer the boat with guidance from the instructor, tie square, stopper, and bowline knots, be able to start and stop, and come back to rescue someone who falls overboard.

  • INTERMEDIATE CLASSES: Ages 9+ Review what was taught in the beginner course. Learn to sail figure 8 and hotdog courses, trim the sails, reef, get out of irons, rules of the road, weight distribution, tie a cleat hitch and a clove hitch, sail on just a main, just a jib, anchor, and sail safely without the instructor on board.

  • CRUISING CLASSES: Ages 10+ with prior sailing experience. This is an advanced class. Review of the skills taught in the beginner and intermediate classes. Students learn how to right a capsized sailboat, leave and return to the dock, rescue a person who falls overboard, trim the sails for the most power, heave to, sail backwards, anchor, read a navigational chart, use a compass to find where the boat is, reef the sail, sail on just the main or jib, and how to call for help. Knots taught include cleat and clove hitches, reefing knot, bowline, sheet bend, rolling hitch, & 3 strand rope eye splice for anchor and dock lines.

  • RACING: Ages 11+Review of the skills taught in the beginner and intermediate classes. Learn how to use sail tails to adjust sail trim, use the centerboard to adjust weather helm, adjust sail draft to increase the Bernoulli effect, adjust the opening between the jib and main to increase the Venturi effect, determine if another boat is on a collision course and what to do about it, strategies for starting, sailing upwind, passing boats on a reach, & mark rounding, learn the racing rules & use them to advantage. Tie cleat & clove hitches, reefing knot, bowline, sheet bend, rolling hitch, & 3 strand rope eye splice for anchor and dock lines. Racing with the club on Wednesday nights and going to junior regattas on Fridays is encouraged.

  • OPTI I: Students should be able to sail before taking this class. This class is designed as an introduction to sailing an Opti in a fun, safe and controlled environment. Sailors will learn how to rig their Opti, tie Opti specific knots, tell wind direction, tack, gybe, capsize recovery and sail trim. Sailors will gain the confidence to sail a boat by themselves.

  • OPTI II: Students should be comfortable sailing alone. This class is an introduction to racing the Opti for sailors who want to build upon the skills learned in Opti I. Sailors will learn to sail the Opti efficiently and independently. This will help build their self-confidence and increase their social skills. They will learn advanced boat handling skills and be introduced to the basics of racing the Opti.

  • ADULT LESSONS: Ages: 18 + Learn parts of the boat, parts of the sail, sensing wind direction, points of sail, capsize recovery, tacking, gybing, docking, reefing, anchoring, tying square, stopper, and bowline knots, and chart reading.

Sayville, NY

Sayville was founded by John Edwards (b. 1738) of East Hampton, New York. He built his home, the first in Sayville, in 1761, located at what is now the northwest corner of Foster Avenue and Edwards Street.

Until 1837 Sayville was known informally as "over south." Because of an error the name of the town remained "Sayville", as there were many "Seaville"s in the world but no "Sayville"s.

At Port O' Call there is a large pier with plenty of benches for relaxing, fishing, and looking out at the beautiful scenery.

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Community Ambulance

American Legion

Wet Pants Sailing Association

PO Box 484
Sayville, New York 11782

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