Summer Sailing School 2019

Open to non-members

Registration opens March 20, 2019


Seattle Yacht Club has a long-standing tradition of providing an outstanding Junior Sailing School program for children in the Seattle area. We offer classes for children from 7-18 years of age with a wide variety of class options. Over 600 young sailors participate in a total of 39 classes over a ten-week period each summer. The hand-selected instructional staff is trained through US SAILING, and are CPR and First Aid certified.

Programs Offered

Lil' Luffers

Ages: 7-9
Boats: Vanguard 15 (V-15) and 420
Description: Lil’ Luffers is the perfect choice for our youngest sailors. Students sail in Vanguard 15 or 420 sailboats with one or two peers and an instructor. The low student-to-instructor ratio places an emphasis on safety and learning! This course is designed to be a fun and unintimidating introduction to sailing and water safety.
Prerequisite: Must be 7 years old, and be able to pass a basic swimming test.
 

Overboard Optis

Ages: 8-12
Boats: Optimist
Description: The Opti sailor will learn a wide variety of skills, from sailing fundamentals to beginning racing. At the beginning of the session, the class may be broken up into groups based on skill level. In some segments of the class, all skill levels will sail together so they can have fun and learn from their own peer group.
 

Junior Jibers

Ages: 10-13
Boats: **Vanguard 15, **Laser, and **420
Description: The Junior Jibers class is suitable for all levels of experience. Students will have the opportunity to sail with a friend in a two-person V-15 or 420, or sail individually in a Laser. A wide variety of skills will be covered, from sailing fundamentals to beginning racing.
 

High School 

Ages: 14-18
Boats: Vanguard 15, Laser, and 420
Description:The High School class is suitable for all levels of experience. Students will have the opportunity to sail with a friend in a two-person V-15 or 420, or sail individually in a Laser. A wide variety of skills will be covered, from sailing fundamentals to beginning racing.
 

Learn-to-Race Camp

Optimist: Ages 9-13
​**Laser: Ages 13-18
​**Vanguard 15: Ages 10-18

Description: This one-week session will run from JULY 8 - 12, 2019. This course is intended to be an unintimidating introduction to racing sailboats. Students will learn boat-handling techniques, starting, rules, tactics, and more, with a fun regatta on the last day of the class.

Prerequisites: Students must have had at least one class of Sailing School at SYC, and/or be comfortable demonstrating basic sailing maneuvers, i.e. steering, tacking/jibing, and docking.

**Weight recommendation: Minimum 100 lbs.
 

Optimist

Vanguard 15 (V-15)

Laser

420

The Optimist (Opti) is an eight foot, kid-sized single-handed dinghy that is easy to manage and fun to sail.

The Vanguard-15 (V-15) is the primary training boat at SYC. This stable, double-handed boat with a main and jib is the national standard for novice and advanced sailors to master the basics and to develop teamwork.

The Olympic-Class Laser is a high performance single-handed dinghy for intermediate and advanced sailors. It is a great platform to build boat-handling and racing skills. This boat has two different size sails, allowing us to tailor the boat to the weight of the sailor.

Advanced sailors can learn to rig the spinnaker in the double-handed 420.


For more information or questions, please contact Catie, Sailing Programs Coordinator, at catiep@seattleyachtclub.org.