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San Francisco Bay Area Youth Sailing Programs

Looking for a new way to inspire and entertain your kids this year? 

The Bay Area boasts dozens of youth sailing and sailing-related programs, listed below. Many offer scholarships, and with rare exceptions, you don’t need to have your own boat. Unless noted below, club membership is not necessary.

High school sailing for students in grades 9-12 takes place around Northern California in the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association. If your high school doesn’t have a team, or enough students to field a team, don’t fret. Most programs allow students from several schools to form a single team.

Alameda Community Sailing Center

Location: Encinal Boat Ramp in Alameda
Contact: Emily Zugnoni, ACSC Program Director
Phone: 510-629-9282

Description: ACSC is a non-profit community sailing center and a US Sailing Siebel Sailors Program. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for all programs. Extended Care available. All sailors welcome!

-After School Sailing Club: Ages 7-17. All levels. Six-week sessions in Spring & Fall.
-Spring Break Camp: Ages 7-12. April 11-15.
-Two-Week Summer Camps: Ages 7-17. All levels. June-August. Staggered starts approximately 9 a.m.-4p.m.
-Adult/Family Weekend Dinghy Courses: Ages 7-99. Beginner and Intermediate. Spring, summer, fall. $280 for first in your group; $130 for subsequent guests.
-Open Sailing Days: Every Saturday. Spring, summer, and fall. $30/boat

Bay View Boat Club & Mariposa Hunters Point YC (San Francisco)

Email: [email protected]
Location: 489 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco, CA

Description: Entry-level youth sailing on club boats for 8 to 15 years old.$35 per day and scholarships available. Dates TBA Saturday and Sunday

Benicia YC
Contact: Dan Carnahan
Phone: (707) 747-1808
Email: [email protected]  
Location: Benicia Yacht Club, Benicia, CA

Description: Dates TBA in late March. YC member discounts, sibling and multiple-camp discounts, and scholarships are available for all programs.

-Half-Day Camps: Ages 8-12 with no sailing experience. Cost: $275.
-Full-Day: One-week camps, ages 10-18 or young sailors with experience. Cost: $375.

Blue Water Foundation (San Francisco)
Phone: (415) 392-2018
-Thursday Sails: Afternoon sail programs with San Francisco schools and SFPD to build relationships and provide experience to at-risk youth in the City.
-Ocean’s Gate Program: Working with Alameda County Probation Department; convicted youth are given the opportunity to make their way back to society; offering both daysails and a multi-month intensive sail-training program.
-Community Sail Programs: Community group sails, ranging from science programs and SF Rec and Park programs to Project Avery and Edgewood Kinship, organizations for children of incarcerated parents. Weekdays and weekends.
-Probation Dept. Sails: With various youth probation departments throughout the Bay Area and Nevada City/El Dorado County foothills, taking their incarcerated students and students on probation on repeat sails. Emphasis on building teamwork and self-confidence; mentor system is utilized. Sails are usually on weekends.

Call of the Sea (Sausalito) Youth Programs

Contact: Sylvia Stompe
Phone: (415) 331-3214
Email: [email protected]
Location: Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito. Access via Marinship Way

Description: We sail on a 132-ft brigantine called the Matthew Turner & an 82-ft schooner, Seaward. Other fun activities include: sailing, marine life exploration, crafts and building projects

-Youth Summer Day Camps: M – F, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Session in June (13-17, 20-24) & August (1-5, 8-12)
-Bay Explorations, for school groups: Fall & Spring (age 8-14)
-Voyages – 4-5 days of overnight trips: June 28- July 22;
-Matthew Turner 4 day overnight: July 14-1, age 13-17
-Aloft program (half & full days) ages 12+: Starting April 30th, 1 camp per month
-Camp Sea Lab: July, Seaward goes to Monterey to partner with Camp Sea Lab
Half Day Tall Ship Sailing Camp: Saturday Mornings, 8am- Noon. Dates TBD
-Overnight Voyages for Youth age 12+:
2022 Dates TBD on Matthew Turner & Seaward

Coyote Point YC (San Mateo)

Email: [email protected] 

Description: Youth sailing for kids who want to learn & improve their skills. We off nine 8-ft Optis, and 2Lasers for the more advanced sailors.

Weekly sailing camp: ages 8 – 13, Summer Sessions run M – F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $450 per session. 15% off for second child.
Session 1: June 18-22; Session 2: June 25-29; Session 3: July 9-13; Session 4: July 16-20; Session 5: July 23-27; Session 6: July 30-Aug. 3; Session 7: Aug. 6-10.

Encinal YC (Alameda)
Phone: (510) 769-0221
Email: [email protected]
Location: Encinal Yacht Club, Alameda, CA
Description: Scholarships are available through the Encinal Sailing Foundation. Learn to race on Optimists, Lasers, C420s.

-Summer Sailing Program: ages 5-18, all skill levels. Three-week summer sessions  Monday – Thursday (June 13-30, July 5-21, July 25-Aug 11) Optimists, CFJs, J/22s provided.
-Advanced Race Team: ages 9-18 by application only. All year, application/tryout period during spring.
-High School Program: grades 8-12. Weekends and after school September-April. CFJs provided.

Half Moon Bay Yacht Club (Pillar Point Harbor)
Phone: (650) 728-2120
Email: [email protected]
Location: Half Moon Bay Yacht Club (

Description: Located on the protected waters of Pillar Point Harbor using club boats
Non-members and members are welcome. No experience is necessary; beginners are welcome! Campers do need to be able to swim and be comfortable in the water while wearing a life jacket and wetsuit.

Dates TBA. Check our website and calendar for the scheduled classes

-Award-Winning Summer Youth Camps: Ages 8-162 on club boats: Optis, Lasers and FJs. Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Inverness YC
Email: [email protected]
Location: Tomales Bay, Inverness, CA

Youth Sailing Camp: ages 10 (as of 6/1) to 18.
Two three-week sessions: Session 1 6/22 to 7/10; Session 2 7/13 to 7/31
When: Daily 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., depending on tides.
Registration for Youth Sailing opens at 7 p.m. on January 15 and fills quickly.
Fee: $975 per session. Scholarships are available.

Monterey Peninsula YC 

[email protected]

-Varsity Sailing Team: grades 8-12. When: Practices twice weekly, September-June.
-Junior Sailing Team: grades 6-7. When: Practices twice monthly, September-June.
-Summer Sailing Camp: ages 8-17. When: Weekly sessions from June through the end of July. See website for more info.

Oakland Parks & Recreation

Contact: Gabriel Gipson
(510) 238-2196
Email: [email protected]
Location: Lake Merritt Boating Center, Oakland, CA

-Sailing into Science: Fifth graders (teachers may sign up their classes). Offered during the school year. $350 per class per day (up to 32 students)/non-Oakland schools $420.
-After-School Learn-to-Sail Program: ages 10-17. Weekday afternoons during the school year. $250 for week, for 10 weeks.
-Basic & Intermediate Summer Programs: ages 10-17. One-week sessions, June-August.  $250/Oakland residents; $300/nonresidents. Scholarships available for Oakland residents.

Pegasus Project (Berkeley)
Phone: (510) 717-4439

Description: The mission of the Pegasus Project is to enable youth to become productive members of a sustainable society through positive outdoor environmental education and by reinforcing life skills.

Objectives: Life skills sails aboard Pegasus for youth including youth at risk; to provide youth participants (and adult crew) with a basic environmental understanding and appreciation of the San Francisco Bay; to provide a multi-year track for underprivileged youth that will enable them to experience their backyard Bay through on-the-water activities.

Peninsula Youth Sailing

Contact: Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer, Executive Director
Email: [email protected]
Location: 1200 Chesapeake Dr, Redwood City, CA & 101 Westpoint Harbor Drive,
Redwood City, CA

Programs: Check in for more information!

Richmond YC

Contact: Dan Brandt
Phone: (510) 237-2821
Email: [email protected]
Location: Richmond Yacht Club, Richmond CA

Description: Bring your own boat or sail club boats. High School programs available October- February. Juniors don’t have to be a RYC member initially (junior membership is added to registration cost). Inquire for more details!

-RS Feva/420/Laser Summer Camp: ages 14-18, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
-420/Laser/Byte Summer Camp: ages 14-18, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Summer Junior Camps (Opti/El Toro/RS Tera): ages 8-18. Register mid-January for camp in mid-June to Mid-August. Two-week sessions.
-Winter Sailing:  ages 8-18. Register August 1.
-420s/RS  Tera/RS Feva/ Lasers/ Optis/El Toros/J22s: October-March. Club boats available.

Sailing Education Adventures (San Rafael)

Contact: Megan Hartnett
Phone: (415) 775-8779
Email: [email protected]
Loch Lomond Marina,  San Rafael

Description: Inquire for more details. Scholarships available!

Sail SEA Programs
-Mini Camp: ages 8-10. One-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. Catalina 16.5 keelboats,
Capri 14.2s, RS Quests. Cost: $340.
-Summer Camp Basic/Intermediate: ages 11-18. Two-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Boats: Laser Picos, Lasers. RS Quests and Quba. Cost: $750.
-Advanced/Intro Race Camp: ages 14-18. One-week sessions, Monday-Friday, noon – 4 p.m. Catalina Capris, RS Quests and Quba. Cost: $390
-SEA Explorers: ages 10-18. One-week session, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Laser Picos, Catalinas, RS Quests and Quba. Cost: $440.

San Francisco YC (Belvedere)
Contact: Youth Office
Phone: (415) 435-9525
Email: [email protected]
Location: SFYV, Belvedere, CA

Description: Pricing listed on website, subject to change. Scholarships available through the Belvedere Cove Foundation.

-Summer Learn-to-Sail Program: ages 6-16. Two-week full-day sessions, June 13 through August 5,
Session 1 (June 13-24), Session 2 (June 27-July 8), Session 3 (July 11-22), Session 4 (July 25-August 5) Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Boats: Optis, JYs, CFJs, J/24s (provided).
-Race Teams: ages 8-18, all levels. Offered year-round
Boats:Optis, Lasers, C420s

SF Sea Scouts (Aquatic Park)
Contact: Tamara Sokolov
Phone: (415) 517-3943
Email: [email protected]

Year-Round Program:  Ages 14-21. Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Weekly sailing and rowing, weekend overnight cruises, summer day camp,
and an annual two-week sailing trip. Cost: $200 per year.

St. Francis YC (San Francisco)
Contact: Brent Harrill
Phone: (415) 820-3729
Email: [email protected]
Location: St.FYC, San Francisco, CA

-Learn to Sail Program: ages 8-16.
When: Saturday mornings, September-November and March-May.
Boats: Optimists, RS Teras, 420s (provided).
-Foiling Fridays:March 18, April 1, 8, 15, 22. 3:30pm – 6:30pm. Registration opens Wednesday, Feb.23
-No Strings Attached Regatta: StFYC is hosting the first wingfoil regatta. March 12-13. Features two days of course racing on San Francisco Bay. Test your wing skills with some of the best on the Bay.
-Spring Dinghy Regatta: The NOR is posted and registration is open for our Spring Dinghy Regatta, March 19-20. All 5o5, C420, ILCA 4, ILCA 6, ILCA 7, RS Feva & RS Tera sailors are invited to compete. Sign up by March 13 to avoid the late entry fee.
-Cityfront Summer Sailing Camps: ages 7-16.
When: One-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Check website for dates.
Boats: RS Teras, C420s, windsurfers (provided).
-Tinsley Island Summer Overnight Sailing Camps: ages 8-15.
When: One-week sessions, Monday-Friday. Check website for dates.
Boats: RS Teras, Bytes, Lasers, windsurfers, kayaks, paddle boards (provided).
-Introduction to Racing Program: ages 9-16.
When: Sundays, September-November and March-May.
Boats: and 420s (provided). Cost: See website

Santa Cruz Yacht Club

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 831-425-0690

-Summer Sailing Program: ages 8-18, Beg-Int., Week-long sessions June- August
School Year Program: ages 8-18, Beg- Adv., Weekly sessions Sept- May
Boats: Optimists, CFJs, Lasers, El Toros, C420s
Scholarships possible through Santa Cruz Sailing Foundation

Sausalito Yacht Club
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 415.332-7400
Fax: 415.332-9058
Location: 100 Humboldt Avenue,  Sausalito, California 94965

Youth Sailing Classes Ages 8-18
Learn To Sail, Adventure Sailing, High School Teams, and Advanced racing programs
Fall, Spring, and Summer Programs

Sequoia YC (Redwood City)
Email: [email protected]
Location: Redwood Creek

Description: Beginner and Intermediate Sailing: ages 8+. Winter/Spring Session starts in February. Fall Session starts in September. We have El Toros, Lasers, and more. Scholarships available.

Advanced Sailing: ages 12+. Boats: Lasers. Saturdays.
Cost: $350

Shoreline Lake Youth Sailing

Contact: William Gardner,
Phone: (650) 965-7474
Email: [email protected]
Location: Shoreline Lake Boathouse, Mountain View, CA

Description: Shoreline Lake holds the highest US Sailing standards as our own with priorities encompassing Safety, Fun and Learning.

What To Bring: Students should bring comfortable clothes, a jacket or fleece, a towel and change of clothes, lots of sun protection, a lanyard to secure their glasses around their heads, a bottle of water, and shoes that stay on your feet and can get wet. (Personal lifejacket highly recommended.)
Important: Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your class to check in.

Beginner Sailing – The First Step for Kids: Want to get your kid enthusiastic about sailing? In this youth-inspired Laser performance dinghy, your kid will find the perfect balance of safety, speed and camaraderie. Each Bug holds 2-3 students ages 8-10 as they work together to maneuver through the water and harness the wind. The enclosed nature, responsive controls, and compact design allow kids to feel empowered and safe while learning a lifelong skill. In this week-long course, students will learn fundamental boating to prepare them for a lifetime of fun opportunities.

Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Find options to pair with other camps from a full day of activities during registration.
You’ll learn the following skills:
• Weather & Water Safety
• Vocabulary, Boat Handling
• Navigation and Steering
• Sail Trim, Right of Way
• Beach Launching, Capsizing and more…

Price: $450
Prerequisites: Ability to swim, minimum of 60 lbs.

“Sailing and Kayaking” package extends time frame to 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. w/lunch period and kayaking instruction for an additional $250 (extended care extra)

South Beach Yacht Club

Contact: Wendy Hanrahan
Email: [email protected]
Location: Pier 40, San Francisco

Description: One week programs are for experienced sailors to focus on double handed sailing and racing. Registration is open. We provide the boats: RS Teras, Laser 4.7s, FJs. RS Feva XL. Scholarships are available for families who qualify. For all programs, inquire for most current pricing.

SBYC Summer Camp: 9am to 4pm M-Th, 9am to 2pm F. (Session 1 June 6- June 17; Session 2 June 20-July 1; Session 3 July 11-July 22; Session 4 July 25-August 5; Session 5 August 8-12)
Weekly sessions: 1 week session July 5-8.
2022 Summer Junior Program: Pages 10-17, able to swim.

Spaulding Marine Center (Sausalito) Youth Programs
Contact: Jay Grant, Education Director
Phone: (415) 332-3179
Email: [email protected]
Location: Spaulding Marine Center, Sausalito, CA

Description: Spaulding Marine Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Fleet includes SF Pelican sailing dinghies (rentals available); we offer Sailing aboard the gaff-rigged Freda (Built in 1885). All other sailing programs and marine-servicing classes can be found on our website.

Youth Summer Programs: June – July – August. Following activities offered: Sailing, Exploring, Kayaking, Hands-on Woodworking & boatbuilding

Tahoe Community Sailing Foundation
-Bryce Griffith, Sailing Director, (775) 772-2428
-Denise Springsteel, Recreation Superintendent, (530) 583-3796
-Pete Brewster, Program Coordinator, (802) 777-2030

Description: This joint venture partnership provides Youth Sailing Programs June- August at Obexers Marina and Lake Forest Boat Ramp.

Treasure Island Sailing Center
Phone: (415) 421-2225

-Youth Progression Program: June 8 – August 21 Scholarships Available.
-Harbor Seals (age 6): Entry-level, exploratory program focusing on water-safety and wind/sea awareness. Summer Camp (one week). Cost: $350
-Explore Sailing (ages 7-12): Entry-level, exploratory program instilling confidence on the water, building sailing skills and enhancing respect for a clean ocean. Summer Camp (one week) Cost: $350
– Beginner Youth (ages 7-12): Fun introduction to beginner-level sailing fundamentals through the excitement of small sailboats. Spring, Fall Cost: $350, Summer Camp (two weeks) Cost: $600
-Intermediate Youth (ages 7-12): Continuation of small dinghy skills, introducing more subtle boat handling techniques and sailing conditions. Spring, Fall Cost: $350, Summer Camp (two weeks) Cost: $600
-Advanced Youth (ages 7-12): Introduction to racing and strategy for students with a strong understanding of advanced boat handling. Spring, Fall Cost: $350, Summer Camp (two weeks) Cost: $600
-TISC Opti Race Team (ages 9-12): Building on skills learned in Advanced Youth, this six-week class will introduce students to racing including the Rules of Sailing, starting sequences, course management, mark rounding techniques, boat handling, and race strategy. This class is designed for the most advanced youth sailors who will participate in planned regattas throughout the season. Sailors interested should contact the Program Manager for more details.


  1. Alice Cochran 1 year ago

    MORE – looking again I see that SEA is listed but it’s mixed in with RICHMOND YACHT CLUB. Scroll Down 16 lines to
    Sailing Education Adventures (not in bold, blue or set apart). The dates are posted on the website and camps are filling up fast.

    • John Arndt 1 year ago

      Alice – thanks for catching our mistake. Now fixed. Happy sailing.

  2. David Cohan 1 year ago

    I don’t see Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation listed. Based in Redwood City, they have kids and youth sailing and racing programs:

    • John Arndt 1 year ago

      How could we miss that? Molly runs a fantastic program in the South Bay and we know hundreds of enthusiastic new and skilled sailors emerge from the program every year. We’ll make sure it’s updated.

      Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  3. Al Groh 1 year ago

    Sausalito Yacht Club has a active youth Sailing program which is not listed ?

    • John Arndt 1 year ago

      Once again we thank you for the ‘heads up’ and we’ll make sure to correct our omission.

  4. Sylvia Stompe 1 year ago

    Hi John,

    Here is another camp!

    Call of the Sea (Sausalito) Youth Programs
    Youth Summer Camps
    Where: Bay Model Visitors Center, Sausalito
    When: June 14th – July 2nd / July 5th – July 23rd / July 26 – August 13th, 2021
    Time: M – F 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Activities: Sailing, Exploring, Kayaking, Crafts and building projects
    Boat: 82′ schooner Seaward
    Contact: (415) 331-3214, [email protected]

    • John Arndt 1 year ago

      Thank you Sylvia and everyone who’s pointed out what we’ve missed. We’re practically neighbors of Call of the Sea in Sausalito but somehow didn’t have their information. It’s now posted:

      More kids sailing is a good thing. Thanks to Call of the Sea and all the programs, instructors and volunteers who make youth sailing happen.

  5. Emily Zugnoni 1 year ago

    Hiya! Thanks so much for spreading the word about ACSC! Looks like our 2019 schedule/pricing weaseled its way into this page though. Here’s the 2021 info:
    After School Sailing Club: Ages 7-17. All levels. Eight week sessions in Spring & Fall.
    Spring Break Camp: Ages 7-12. April 5-9 and 12-16
    Three Week Summer Camps: Ages 7-17. All levels. June-August. Staggered starts approximately 9 a.m.-4p.m.. Extended Care available. Full and partial scholarships available.
    Adult/Family Weekend Dinghy Courses: Ages 7-99. Beginner and Intermediate. Spring, summer, fall. $280 for first in your group; $130 for subsequent guests.
    Open Sailing Days: Every Saturday. Spring, summer, and fall. $30/boat

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