Ideal 18

The 2021 Sailing Season is here!

What you joined a yacht club and don't know how to sail?  Worse yet, your kids know how to sail and you don"t. No problem, join the Ideal 18 program.

Become an Ideal 18 sailor. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced sailor, our family friendly program has something special for you. Ideal 18 sailing is an easy and inexpensive way to get you and your families on the water this summer. The Ideal 18 Program is a perfect way for new members to enjoy sailing on Manhasset Bay. But the best kept secret at MBYC is that most people who join the Ideal 18 program have been members of our club for several years, several even own other boats, and many program members are some of the best sailors in the club. They join the program because they have fun sailing, mentoring new members, cruising and racing on Manhasset Bay, Program members have priority on the use of the boats and for regattas such as MBYC Race Week and the New Year's Regatta.

As an added benefit, the boats are quick to rig, are maintained by the club, and are available to program members seven days a week from commissioning to decommissioning and on Sundays from November to April for frostbiting.

New MBYC Members and those “old salts” unfamiliar with the Ideal 18 are asked to make arrangements for an orientation sail with Tom Powers before signing out a boat.

Program members can reserve one of our eight boats and go out for a sail, and can also participate in the many exciting Ideal 18 activities which include:   

PERSONALIZED SAILING INSTRUCTION  Sailing lessons with our Sailing Director, Luke Salditt ( or Ideal 18 Program Director Tom Powers by appointment to suit your schedule -- Just email Luke or Tom (

WEDNESDAY Evenings  women’s racing clinic from 6pm to 8pm.   The group is casual and supportive of all sailing levels and a great way to learn some sailing basics and racing skills. (Skippers must be MBYC members)

FRIDAY Evenings Casual Sailing.  We sail around the bay and sometimes race but nobody keeps score. It is very relaxed, a great chance to learn and just have fun. It’s a perfect opportunity for beginners to crew and then take the tiller for themselves. Better yet, it’s a perfect excuse for some apr├Ęs  sailing adult refreshment in the Grill Room!

SATURDAY Mornings  from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Basic/Intermediate Sailing.Tom Powers will start with a chalk talk and we will then go out on the water for a sailing clinic. (All MBYC Members Welcome)

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY Afternoon Bay Racing--2 pm start at the Worry Wart.

RACE WEEK August 27-29

ASA BASIC KEELBOAT CERTIFICATION COURSE email for information and details.

WHENEVER YOU LIKE Day sailing at your own pace.

All programs are rain or shine, wind or no wind!

It’s easy to join the Ideal 18 program and join in the fun: all you have to do is call the Front Desk and say “I want to be an Ideal 18 sailor.”

See you on the water,
Rita Syracuse
Ideal 18 Committee Chair

For more information Sail onto the Ideal 18 Handbook:
Ideal 18 Handbook (click here)
Ideal 18 Class Rules (click here)