The Little Cranberry Yacht Club Community Sailing and Education Foundation (LCYC-CSEF) -- locally known as simply the LCYC -- is a traditional community-based organization serving the five Cranberry Islands since its origin in 1964. The LCYC has perennially offered rowing and sailing classes for juniors as well as adults, focusing on achieving a greater level of confidence on the water through a better understanding of proper boat handling and the importance of water safety and seamanship.
For generations of Little Cranberry summer and year-round residents, the LCYC has been a foundation in teaching the enduring skills critical to island living and has helped to provide the sense of place that brings families back to this summer program year after year.
In the summer of 2018, the LCYC will launch a new on-water program, expanding its general curriculum focus on sailing, boat-handling, water safety, and seamanship to add a deeper exploration of our unique island environment and its marine traditions. Hands-on, experiential classes will focus on island skills: fishing with nets, traps, and lines; marine species identification; tidepool exploration; handcrafts including bait bag knitting, splicing, and other ropework; navigation; and aquaculture. With these expanded offerings, in combination with our existing classes, we hope to increase access to, confidence on, and knowledge and enjoyment of the water.
How do we maintain such a program?
Through generous donations!
We charge fees for our classes, but those fees do not cover all the costs of maintaining this small, non-profit organization. We have eleven sailboats to maintain, as well as a motorboat for our instructors, floats for the boats in the summer and winter storage for the boats in the off-season. Please be generous with your donation so we can keep teaching our youth who will be the next generation of Cranberry Isles sailors.