One thing that sets CSYC apart from other clubs in the region is its commitment to sailor education, training and instruction. In addition to its youth sailing programs, CSYC also runs a very popular adult instructional program. Over the years, CSYC's AltS Program has received a number of accolades, including recognition by US Sailing, and has been featured in the Grosse Pointe News numerous times. By using club Flying Scots and Cal 20s, 5 days a week, the 12 week AltS program transitions adults (many who have never sailed) from beginner to small boat competency, with those who successfully complete the program receiving their coveted “skippers card.” To support after class completion, graduates of the AltS Program are invited to join CSYC as crew members, entitling them to use of the Club-owned Flying Scots on a regular basis.
At CSYC we are not only committed to, but fully embrace sailing education, training and instruction. The educational and training arm of CSYC, Crescent Sailing Association (CSA), was formed as a 501 c.3 non-profit entity in 2000 with the sole intent of being able to provide any and every person who has a desire to learn to sail and become a participant in our sport with the ability to do so. This means you do not need to be a CSYC club member to participate in sailing. We understand that the future of sailing and our club is directly linked to the ease by which one can enter the sport. At CSYC, with the help of CSA, we work hard in making sure our programs are open and welcoming to all new-comers, be it adult or youth.
In addition to adult instruction, CSYC also runs a multitude of diverse and vibrant youth sailing programs. From a philosophy perspective, CSYC and CSA both embrace the notion that “sailing's future lies in its youth.” We understand first hand that the future stars of sailing, be it Collegiate All-Americans or Olympic contenders, potentially lie within the ranks of each and every grass roots program speckled throughout the nation. With that said, CSYC is a committed partner in youth sailing on a number of levels.