Summer Sailing Camp Classes


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Summer Sessions:

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.


Session 1:    June 9 – 13 **ONE WEEK

Session 2:   June 16 – 27

Session 3:   June 30 – July 11 **NO CLASS JULY 4th

Session 4:   July 14 – 25

Session 5:   July 28 – Aug 8

Session 6:   Aug 11 – 15 **ONE WEEK

For a list of classes: click here!

 *Sailors wishing to participate in ONE week of a TWO week session may only do so IF:

-That session is not yet full

-It is the FIRST week of a session

-It has been discussed and agreed upon BEFORE the start of the session with the Sail Training Manager

*There will be NO refunds within one month of program start date: JUNE 10, all deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE

 *Private lessons are available for $75/hour



2 Week Session:

Member-  $750

Non-member-   $850

1 Week Session:

Member-   $375

Non-member-   $425

*There will be NO refunds within one month of program start date: JUNE 10

*We do NOT provide lunch, please bring your own


*Spots will not be saved until payment is received. Either full payment or a $100 non-refundable deposit check payable to ‘Sausalito Yacht Club’ should be mailed to the club upon signing up!


Summer Camp Classes:

Beginner Opti (O1):

The beginner Opti class will be an introduction to sailing and seamanship for our youngest students. 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 Opti (O2):

The Intermediate->Advanced Opti class will be geared for younger sailors 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.

Double-hand (D1):

The beginner CFJ class is 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.

Intermediate Double-hand (D2):

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.


Race 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.

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.

Fall/Spring Sessions:

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.

High School Program:

Sausalito Yacht Club hosts the Tamalpais High School and the Marin School sailing teams.  For more information about high school sailing at SYC click here!