Youth Sailing at SYC
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!!!
2017 Summer Sessions:
Summer Sailing Registration CLICK HERE
Summer sessions run Monday through Friday with half day classes for younger students and full day classes for those 9 years and older. 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:
*Those hoping to take the second week of a 2 week session only will be charged a $200 penalty fee.*
|What Class Should My Child Participate In?|
|I took this class in 2016…||You should take this class in 2017…|
|Sea Urchins||If under 8 years of age you should repeat this class. If over 8 you should move to beginning sailing|
|Beginning Sailing||Adventure/Intermediate Sailing|
|Adventure/Intermediate||Adventure/Intermediate unless you have interest in racing an Opti|
|Double Handed class||Unless you plan to advance into the racing world of sailing you should repeat this class. This class is ideal for someone planning to sail on their high school team.|
|Advanced Racing Team||Continue to participate in the Monday-Thursday advance racing 420 classes.|
|I am new to the program||Call the Youth Sailing Director to discuss your option. Class placement is dependent on age, prior experience (not required), and size.|
This class will be offered to children age 6.5-8 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 sailboats and motor boats. Students will not be in a sailboat without an instructor.
If at the end of a one week session your Sea Urchin wants to continue their sailing experience arrangements can be made for them to join the second week of a Beginning Sailing Session. Contact the Youth Director for details.
The beginner Tera class will be an introduction to sailing and seamanship for our youngest students ages 8-11. Classes run Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. We offer 1 week and 2 week sessions. 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 trainer Optis. The ability to sail upwind and gain confidence is the main focus.
The syllabus for this class is based on a two week session and therefore we strongly encourage your child to join us for a full two weeks. If your only option is to take the 1st week of a class you must contact the Youth Director for permission.
Intermediate – Adventure Sailing:
This class is for sailors ages 10-14 who have prior sailing experience but do not wish to race competitively. Classes run Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. Students will continue to learn about general sailing skills and seamanship. The class will use our fleet of RS Teras with 2 sailors as they go on adventures around Richardson Bay. Main goals of the class are to promote confidence on the water and independence while venturing away from the yacht club.
The syllabus for this class is based on a two week session and therefore we strongly encourage your child to join us for a full two weeks. If your only option is to take the 1st week class you must contact the Youth Director for permission.
Opti Race Class:
Advanced Opti class will be geared for younger sailors ages 10-15 who are ready to sail an Opti single-handed. Classes run Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. 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.
The syllabus for this class is based on a two week session and therefore we strongly encourage your child to join us for a full two weeks. If your only option is to take a one week class you must contact the Youth Director for permission.
High School/Double-hand CFJ:
Our Double Handed class is a fun introduction to sailing and seamanship for our older students or those who plan to sail on their High School team. Classes run Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. Students will be introduced to sailing in de-powered 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 syllabus for these classes are based on a two week session and therefore we strongly encourage your child to join us for the full two weeks. If your only option is to take a one week class you must contact the Youth Director for permission.
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:
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.Team members will be able to continue practicing and competing throughout the fall, winter, and spring. Six members will be allowed for each summer session.
420 Race Team:
The 420 Team is geared for those who have graduated from the Opti/CFJ and want to focus on racing and local regatta participation. Members will learn how to sail with spinnaker and trapeze on C420′s. Six 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.