Youth Sailing at SYC
Program and Class Descriptions
Sausalito Yacht Club’s programs are designed to teach all levels of sailing in a fun and safe environment. This year we plan on continuing our tradition of helping kids find a love for the bay and sailing while having fun with friends. We will accommodate all abilities from those who are new to sailing to those who have ample race experience.
Come have fun on the water at Sausalito Yacht Club!!!
Summer sessions run Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm each day. These sessions target a variety of skill levels from introduction to the sport all the way up to advanced boat handling and racing technique. Below are descriptions of the different classes:
Sea Urchins **New Class**:
This class will be offered to children age 6-8 with no prior boating experience. Class will run Monday-Friday from 9am-12:00pm. The class will focus on getting children comfortable around the water and boats. Daily activities will include sailing related art projects, teaching the beginning concepts of sailing, group sailing with instructors, and local field trips to beaches on motor boats.
The beginner Opti class will be an introduction to sailing and seamanship for our youngest students ages 8(with prior experience)-11. Students will be introduced to the water, some for the first time, in a fun and comfortable environment. They will be sailing 2 per boat in one of our 6 trainer Optis. The ability to sail upwind and gain confidence is the main focus.
Intermediate – Advanced Opti:
The Intermediate->Advanced Opti class will be geared for younger sailors ages 10-15 who are ready to sail an Opti single-handed. Our coaches will be teaching more intricate sailing skills and towards the end of the class, racing will be introduced. They will review past skills and build new confidence in the sport.
Beginning & Intermediate Double-hand CFJ:
The beginner CFJ class is a fun introduction to sailing and seamanship for our older students (or those who are too big for the Opti). Students will be introduced to sailing in depowered CFJ’s which are double handed youth sailing boats. At first instructors may sail with their students with as many as 3 per boat. Eventually the students will be sailing double-handed. Upwind sailing and basic seamanship are the main focus.
The Intermediate CFJ class will be geared for our older sailors who are ready to sail at a slightly higher level. More advanced skills and racing will be introduced by our coaches. This is a perfect class to build skills needed for our new Race Team.
Advanced Racing Team:
SYC race team targets more advanced sailors looking to focus on improving their boat handling and racing strategy. In addition to weekly practices, race team sailors compete locally (sometimes regionally) throughout the summer and rest of the year. We will attend BAYS (Bay Area Youth Sailing) regattas. The BAYS regatta schedule can be found here.
The fall session runs mid September through October and the spring session runs early April though mid May. These sessions are divided into beginner and advanced groups, and are intended to help kids maintain what they have learned over the summer and continue to develop skill and technique throughout the school year. Dates/times are TBD based on interest.
SYC race team targets more advanced sailors looking to focus on improving their boat handling and racing strategy. We focus our attention on sailing 420s, Lasers, and CFJs. A large portion of sailors on our Race Team also belong to the Tam High Sailing Team. In addition to weekly practices, race team sailors compete locally (sometimes regionally) throughout the summer and rest of the year. We will attend BAYS (Bay Area Youth Sailing) regattas and other regattas hosted in Southern and Northern California. The BAYS regatta schedule can be found here. The Southern Youth Yacht Racing Association (SCYYRA) schedule can be found here.
Opti Race Team (OR):
The Opti Race Team is geared towards those who want to focus on racing and local regatta participation. Students will begin competing in the Optimist Green Fleet which is designed for first year racers. Sessions will be 4 weeks long and participation is encouraged throughout the entire summer and beyond. Team members will be able to continue practicing and competing throughout the fall, winter, and spring. 5 members will be allowed for each summer session.
420/Laser/CFJ Race Team (DR):
The 420/Laser Race Team is geared for those who have graduated from the Opti and want to focus on racing and local regatta participation. Members will learn how to sail with spinnaker and trapeze on C420′s. Those who are interested will also be able to sail Lasers. 2 CFJ’s will be rigged with spinnakers this summer. 8-10 members will be allowed for each summer session.
High School Program:
Sausalito Yacht Club hosts the Tamalpais High School sailing team. For more information about high school sailing at SYC click here!
For more information about our programs contact:
Renee DeCurtis: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Keep Our Youth Sailing!
Help this program by making a donation (even a small one) and learn about our Silent Auction fundraiser—have fun, get something you like and donate all at the same time. Learn about our involvement in the Sausalito Art Festival and how you can participate.