San Francisco Bay Area Youth Sailing Programs
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The Bay Area boasts dozens of youth sailing and sailing-related programs. 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
Located near Encinal Boat Ramp, Alameda
After School Sailing Club: Ages 7-17. All levels. Spring & Fall sessions. One day/week for 6 weeks.
Spring Break Camp: Ages 7-13. March 30-April 3. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Extended Care available.
Two Week Summer Camps: Ages 7-17. All levels. June-August. 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. $275 for first in your group; $125 for subsequent guests.
Open Sailing Days: Every Saturday. Spring, summer, and fall. $15/boat.
Private Lessons: Ages 7-99. All levels. Please contact to register.
(510) 629-9282, info@SailAlameda.org, www.SailAlameda.org
Bay View Boat Club & Mariposa Hunters Point YC (San Francisco)
Entry level youth sailing on club boats for 8 to 15 years old.
Dates TBA Saturday and Sunday
$35 per day and scholarships available.
489 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco, email@example.com.
Derith Lutz, (707) 746-0739, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates TBA in late March. YC member discounts, sibling and multiple-camp discounts, and scholarships 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)
(415) 392-2018, www.bluewaterfoundation.org
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
Youth Summer Camps: https://callofthesea.org/sail-with-us/youth-day-camp/
Where: Bay Model Visitors Center, Sausalito
When: June 14-18, June 21-25, June 28-July 2
In July. Seaward goes to Monterey to partner with Camp Sea Lab.
August 2-6, August 9-13, August 16-20Time: 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@example.com
Coyote Point YC (San Mateo)
Weekly sailing camp for children ages 8 to 13 who wish to learn to sail and/or improve their skills. Nine 8-ft Optis; two Lasers for the more advanced sailors.
Summer Sessions: Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m..
Cost: $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)
(510) 769-0221, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.encinal.org
Summer Sailing Program: ages 6-18, all skill levels.
When: Three-week summer sessions (June 10-27, July 1-18, July 22-Aug 8)
Monday-Thursday, AM, PM, or all day available. All summer available.
Boats: Optimists, CFJs, J/22s (provided).
Encinal YC (Alameda) Continued
Advanced Race Team, ages 9-18 by application only.
When: All year, application/try-out period during spring.
Boats: Optimists, Lasers, C420s (provided).
High School Program, grades 8-12.
When: Weekends and after school September-April.
Boats: CFJs (provided). Scholarships available through the Encinal Sailing Foundation.
Youth Sailing Camp: ages 10 (as of 6/1) to 18. On Tomales Bay (Marin County)
Two three-week sessions: Session 1 6/22 to 7/10; Session 2 7/13/2020 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 available.
Los Gatos – Saratoga Recreation Vasona Boat Center
Evening Spring Parent/Child Classes (ages 5-12): Mondays & Fridays, 5:00pm-7:00pm starting April-May. Cost: $138
Evening Spring Same Household Classes (ages 13 and up): Mondays & Fridays, 5:00pm-7:00pm starting April-May. Cost: $121
Evening Summer Parent/Child Classes (ages 5-12): Days varied from 5:00pm-7:00pm starting June-August. Cost: $138
Evening Summer Same Household Classes (ages 13 and up): Days varied from 5:00pm-7:00pm starting June-August. Cost $121
Recreation Coordinator Melody Cheng, (408) 354-8700,
Monterey Peninsula YC
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
Gabriel Gipson, (510) 238-2196, www.sailoakland.com
Sailing into Science: Fifth graders (teachers may sign up their classes).
Where: Lake Merritt Boating Center. When: School year.
Cost: $350 per class per day (up to 32 students)/non-Oakland schools $420.
After-School Learn-to-Sail Program: ages 10-17.
Where: Lake Merritt Boating Center. When: Weekday afternoons during the school year.
Cost: $250/10 weeks.
Basic & Intermediate Summer Programs: ages 10-17.
Where: Lake Merritt Boating Center. When: One-week sessions, June-August. Cost: $250/Oakland residents; $300/nonresidents. Scholarships available for Oakland residents.
Pegasus Project (Berkeley)
(510) 717-4439, www.pegasusvoyages.org/project.html
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
PYSF Director & Head Coach
Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer
Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation (PYSF)
101 Westpoint Harbor Drive,
Redwood City, CA 94063
Camp information to be advised.
(510) 237-2821, www.richmondyc.org
Juniors don’t have to be a RYC member initially (junior membership is added to registration cost).
Summer Junior Camps (Opti/El Toro/RS Tera): ages 8-18. Register mid-January.
When: Mid-June to Mid-August. Two-week sessions.
29er Summer Camp: ages 14-18, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Bring your own 29er. Some club boats available.
420/Laser/Byte Summer Camp: ages 14-18, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m..
Bring your own boat. Some club boats available.
Winter Sailing: ages 8-18. Register August 1.
420s: October-March. Club boats available.
High School: October- February Club boats available.
29ers: October-May. Club boats available.
Lasers: October-March. Some club boats available.
Optis: October-March. Some club boats available.
El Toros: October-March. Some club boats available.
J/22s: October-March. Some club boats available.
Sailing Education Adventures (San Rafael)
(415) 775-8779, www.sailsea.org/camps
Mini Camp: ages 8-10. Where: Loch Lomond Marina.
When: One-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. Boats: Catalina 16.5 keelboats,
Capri 14.2s, RS Quests. Cost: $340. Scholarships available.
Summer Camp Basic/Intermediate: ages 11-18
Where: Marin YC.
When: Two-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Boats: Laser Picos, Lasers. RS Quests and Quba.
Cost: $750. Scholarships available.
Advanced/Intro Race Camp: ages 14-18.
Where: Loch Lomond Marina.
When: One-week sessions, Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m.
Boats: Catalina Capris, RS Quests and Quba.
Cost: $390. Scholarships available.
SEA Explorers: ages 10-18.
Where: Marin YC. When: One-week session, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Boats: Laser Picos, Catalinas, RS Quests and Quba.
Cost: $440. Scholarships available.
SF Maritime National Park Association (San Francisco)
Program Manager Catelyn Kindred, (415) 292-6664, email@example.com,
School Year Programming: The Age of Sail, overnight living history program aboard Balclutha, takes place in 1906. The Gold Rush, day living history program aboard Balclutha, takes place in 1849.
Summer Programming: June to August.
Maritime Summer Camp: Week-long summer camps including rowing and sailing dinghies, marine biology, a beach day, open Bay sailing, and more.
Overnight Camp on a Tall Ship: economical, streamlined overnight program aboard Balclutha.
San Francisco YC (Belvedere)
Youth Office, (415) 435-9525, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sfyc.org/youth
Summer Learn-to-Sail Program: ages 7-16.
When: Two-week half-day, part-day and full-day sessions, mid-June through mid-August,
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Boats: Optis, JYs, CFJs, J/24s (provided).
Race Teams: ages 8-18, all levels. When: All year.
Boats: Optis, Lasers, C420s (privately owned).
High School Program: grades 9-12 from Marin Academy, Marin Catholic, Branson
or Redwood. When: September-May, Wednesday-Thursday, after school.
Pricing listed on website, subject to change.
Scholarships available through the Belvedere Cove Foundation.
SF Sea Scouts (Aquatic Park)
Tamara Sokolov, (415) 517-3943, email@example.com,
Year-Round Program: Ages 14-21.
When: 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 2-week sailing trip. Cost: $200 per year.
SF Maritime Explorer Scouts (Aquatic Park)
Louise Hendzel, (415) 624-7734, firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Once a week
Sailing, rowing, maritime-based field trips and STEM related activities
Cost: $200 per year.
St. Francis YC (San Francisco)
Brent Harrill, (415) 820-3729, email@example.com, www.stfyc.com
Learn to Sail Program: ages 7-16.
When: Saturday mornings, September-November and March-May.
Boats: Optimists, RS Teras, 420s (provided).
Cityfront Summer Sailing Camps: ages 7-16.
When: One-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Check website for dates.
Boats: Optis, 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: Optis, RS Teras, Bytes, Lasers, windsurfers, kayaks, paddle boards (provided).
Introduction to Racing Program: ages 9-16.
When: Sundays, September-November and March-May.
Boats: Optis and 420s (provided). Cost: See website
Sausalito Yacht Club
Youth Sailing Classes Ages 8-18
Learn To Sail, Adventure Sailing, High School Teams, and Advanced racing programs
Fall, Spring, and Summer Programs
100 Humboldt Avenue
Sausalito, California 94965
Sequoia YC (Redwood City)
Beginner and Intermediate Sailing: ages 8+. Boats: El Toros.
Advanced Sailing: ages 12+. Boats: Lasers.
Where: Redwood Creek. When: Saturdays.
Winter/Spring Session starts in February.
Fall Session starts in September.
Cost: $280, scholarships available.
Shoreline Lake Youth Sailing
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 allows kids to feel empowered and safe while learning a lifelong skill.
Shoreline Lake holds the highest US Sailing standards as our own with priorities encompassing Safety, Fun and Learning. In this weeklong course, students will learn fundamental boating to prepare them for a lifetime of fun opportunities.
Find options to pair with other camps from for 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…
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.
Prerequisites: Ability to swim, minimum of 60 lbs.
|2021 Dates: 1 Week (Monday-Friday)|
“Sailing and Kayaking” package extends timeframe to 10:30am-4pm w/lunch period and kayaking instruction for an additional $250 (extended care extra)
South Beach YC (San Francisco)
Junior Program: ages 8-17, able to swim.
When: One-week sessions, June-August, M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m..
Boats: RS Teras, Laser 4.7s, FJs (boats provided). Cost: $380/week. Registration opens mid-January. After 4/15 the cost will increase $20. Scholarships available for kids in need.
Spaulding Marine Center (Sausalito) Youth Programs
Youth Summer Programs 2-week camps
Where: Spaulding Marine Center – Boathouse
When: During June, July, Aug, 2021
Time: M – F 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Sailing, Kayaking, Hands on Woodworking, boatbuilding
Boats: SF Pelican sailing dinghy’s & sailing aboard Freda .
Full details to be announced shortly.
Spaulding Marine Center is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.
Contact: Jay Grant, Education Director, (415) 332-3179, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stockton Sailing Club
Learn to Sail Program: ages 8-21 (24 if FT student). When: One-week classes,
June-August. Boats: Optis and FJs (provided).
Summer Sleepover Sail Camp: (with RYC & SCYC), www.sailcamp.org
When: July. Boats: El Toros, Optis (limited number of club boats available to rent).
Cost: Contact club. Scholarships available.
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 This joint venture partnership provides Youth Sailing Programs June- August at Obexers Marina and Lake Forest Boat Ramp.
Treasure Island Sailing Center
Travis Lund, (415) 421-2225, www.tisailing.org
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 (1 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 (1 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 wks) Cost: $600
TISC Opti Race Team (ages 9-12): Building on skills learned in Advanced Youth, this 6-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.