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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 at the Encinal Boat Ramp in Alameda,
ACSC is a non-profit community sailing center and a US Sailing Siebel Sailors Program.
Spring & Fall After-School Sailing Clubs: Ages 7-17. Six-week sessions.
Spring Break Camp: Ages 7-14. All-day for one week.
Summer Camps: Ages 7-17. Two-week sessions. June-August 9AM-4PM.
Adult/Family Learn-to-Sail Courses: Ages 7-99. Two full weekend days.
Open Sail: Every Saturday 11am-2pm, April-November. All sailors welcome.,

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,

Benicia YC
Derith Lutz, (707) 746-0739,
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,
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:
Where: Bay Model Visitors Center, Sausalito
When: June 13-17, June 20-24, August 1-5, August 8-12
M – F, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In July. Seaward goes to Monterey to partner with Camp Sea Lab.
Activities: Sailing, Marine Life Exploration, Crafts and building projects
Boat: 82′ schooner Seaward
Half Day Tall Ship Sailing Camp for Ages 12+. 
Saturday Mornings, 8 AM- Noon.  Dates TBD 
Boat: 132′ brigantine Matthew Turner
Overnight Voyages for Youth age 12+:
2022 Dates TBD 
Boat: 132′ brigantine Matthew Turner & 82′ schooner Seaward
Contact: (415) 331-3214,

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,,
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 are available through the Encinal Sailing Foundation.

Half Moon Bay Yacht Club (Pillar Point Harbor)
Half Moon Bay Yacht Club (  (650) 728-2120 
Located on the protected waters of Pillar Point Harbor using  club boats
Non-members and members are welcome
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
When: Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 3:30
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.

Inverness YC
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 are available.

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,
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,
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
Sailing Location:
Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation (PYSF)
101 Westpoint Harbor Drive,
Redwood City, CA 94063
Camp information to be advised.

Richmond YC
(510) 237-2821,
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,
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,,
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,,
Summer Learn-to-Sail Program: ages 6-16.
When: 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. When: All year.
Boats: Optis, Lasers, C420s
Pricing listed on website, subject to change.
Scholarships available through the Belvedere Cove Foundation.

SF Sea Scouts (Aquatic Park)
Tamara Sokolov, (415) 517-3943,,
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,
Year-Round Program:
Ages: 10-13
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,,
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

Santa Cruz Yacht Club

Email:, website:  
Phone: 831-425-0690
Summer Sailing Program: ages 8-18, Beg-Int., Weeklong 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
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
Phone: 415.332-7400
Fax: 415.332-9058

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: $350, 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.
Monday-Friday 10:30am-1:30pm
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.
Price: $450
Prerequisites: Ability to swim, minimum of 60 lbs.

Times Ages Capacity Price
10:30am-1:30pm 8-10 9 campers $450
2021 Dates: 1 Week (Monday-Friday)
  • June 14-18
  • June 21-25
  • June 28-July 2
  • July 5-9
  • July 12-16
  • July 19-23
  • July 26-30
  • August 2-6
  • August 9-13

“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 Yacht Club
Pier 40, San Francisco
2021 Summer Junior Program:  ages 10-17, able to swim.
When:  3 three-week sessions, June 7-25, June 28-July 16, July 19-August 6, M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Boats:  RS Teras, Laser 4.7s, FJs. RS Feva XL (boats provided). Cost:  $1475/3 weeks. Registration is open. Scholarships are available for families who qualify.

Spaulding Marine Center  (Sausalito) Youth Programs
Youth Summer Programs
Where: Spaulding Marine Center – Sausalito
Activities: Sailing, Exploring, Kayaking, Hands on Woodworking & boatbuilding
Fleet: SF Pelican sailing dinghy’s (rentals available)
Sailing aboard the gaff rigged Freda (Built in 1885).
All other sailing programs and Marine servicing classes can be found on our website.
Spaulding Marine Center is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.
Contact: Jay Grant, Education Director, (415) 332-3179,

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),
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,
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.


  1. Alice Cochran 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

  2. David Cohan 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

    • John Arndt 8 months ago

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

  4. Sylvia Stompe 8 months 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,

    • John Arndt 8 months 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 8 months 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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