Our Mission Statement:
To teach and develop young people sailing and seamanship in a safe, fun and structured environment.
CHYS sailor's will develop and demonstrate respect for others, the environment and always be willing to lend
a helping hand to others on and off the water. Along with the goal to create skilled and confident young people
who will be a lifelong credit to the community.
Charlotte Harbor Youth Sailing (CHYS) began in 2008 as a youth sailing program for members of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. In an effort to introduce sailing to youth outside of the Yacht Club membership, CHYS, Inc. was established several years later as a separate 501(c)(3) Non Profit School in 2010 and was opened to any youth age 8 years and up.
Charlotte Harbor Youth Sailing is located on the grounds of the beautiful Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club at 4400 Lister Street. Port Charlotte, FL 33952. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defines the relationship between these two separate orgainzations.
The Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club sits on picturesque Charlotte Harbor, one of the top 10 sailing destinations in the United States. Charlotte Harbor water depth and usually gentle winds make it the perfect place to teach sailing.
Charlotte Harbor Youth Sailing, Inc. offers educational programs to youth 8 years of age and older, striving for equal opportunities for all Officers, Directors, Volunteers and Employee’s and is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment free of discrimination without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected status. All CHYS Board Members, volunteers and instructors have undergone Florida mandated background checks.
Charlotte Harbor Youth Sailing, Inc. is a registered organization member of US Sailing. Through this membership, CHYS takes advantage of the US Sailing/Chubb Burgee liability insurance program.