High School Sailing Program

**Program is under way and enrollment is closed for Spring 2021**

Spring sailboat racing program for kids from 8th through 12th grade.

The High School Sailing program at Seattle Yacht Club is open to the public for all boys and girls in 8th through 12th grade with no experience necessary. Practices will be held at Seattle Yacht Club two times a week.

About High School Sailing

The High School Sailing program at Seattle Yacht Club gives boys and girls in the Seattle area the opportunity to learn how to sail and race. This is an introductory program intended get more high schoolers introduced to the sport of sailing.

The boats sailed in High School Sailing are double handed (two person) sailboats that are 15 feet long and have two sails. Flying Juniors (FJs) and Vanguard 15's (V15's) are the most common type of boat sailed. SYC has a fleet of 13 V15s that we use for our practices and hosted events. These types of boats are used in local, regional, and national High School and Collegiate competitions. They are also some of the best boats for learning the fundamentals of sailing and racing.

Many different high schools participate in the SYC program. The goal is to have at least four sailors from each represented high school. Teams can be formed from multiple high schools when schools do not have enough representation (except at district qualifier events). 


Program runs from March 9th to May 6th.

Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.. All practices are held at Seattle Yacht Club.

The regatta schedule for Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association can be found here.  Regatta coaching is not part of the SYC program.

Sailors who want to participate in regattas must inform the coach at least three practices ahead of time. Most regattas can be attended by SYC sailors. Sailors interested should work with the coach to organize and plan for these events. SYC does not provide transportation to or from regattas.

Benefits of High School Sailing at SYC

  • Supervised access to SYC facilities, boats, sails and equipment necessary for sailing.
  • 18 Scheduled practices at SYC
  • Sailing is an active sport, building strength, agility, and coordination
  • Sailing is a collegiate, co-ed, and lifelong sport
  • Top level coaching
  • Providing sailors lots of opportunity for the future!


  • Complete Registration forms are required before a sailor can participate in any aspect of the program 
  • Sailors need to know how to swim
  • Sailors will show respect to the coaches, boats, SYC facilities, and members
  • Sailors should be enthusiastic, positive, and committed to being part of a team!

Clothing & Gear

Sailors will need to wear clothing that they can get wet in. Examples are wet suits, synthetic long underwear/undergarments with shorts, rain jacket/pants, and fleece jacket or other clothing that is non-cotton. Bring a change of clothing because you will get wet!



High School Team dues are $250. Fees are seasonal and by registering for the spring season you agree to pay the full amount. Scholarships are available (contact the coach for details).

Travel and regatta expenses are not included in the seasonal dues.

Still not sure? Want to try it out?

Feel free to come to a practice to check it out - no payment up front. However, you must have a signed Registration Form.

Call the SYC Sailing Office at (206) 926-1011 or email Coach Cameron Hoard.