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St. Francis Yacht Club Offers Spring Sailing Education Opportunities

St. Francis Yacht Club has announced four 2023 spring sailing education courses. The classes include Women’s J/22 Spring Race Instruction Team, Match Racing Clinic Series, Get Your Feet Wet — an introduction to sailing — and the J/80 Ladies. Program information is as follows:

Women’s J/22 Spring Race Instruction Team
All participants attend a classroom lecture March 8, 6–7:30 p.m., that will get them conceptually primed for high-caliber, short-course club racing on the Cityfront. Then they will share an entry in the 2023 StFYC J/22 Spring Series and race with volunteer coaches on one or more Wednesday nights, March 15, 22, 29, and April 5, 12, 5–8:30 p.m. This program is designed for experienced women sailors who want to learn strategy and tactics and experience competition with coaching support. Up to 10 spots are available, first come, first served to qualified applicants. Registration opens for StFYC members today, all others February 24. Program fee per individual: $50.

Match Racing Clinic Series

Accomplished match racer Nicole Breault will lead classroom sessions from 6–7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 21, 28, and April 4, focusing on key aspects of the match-racing game and briefing participants for Thursday practices, 5:30–9 p.m. March 23, 30, and April 6. The ideal candidate is one with solid fleet-racing experience who is ready for intense boat handling in close quarters with another boat while being tested in the tactical nuances of this advanced discipline. Having J/22 (or other small-keelboat) experience highly recommended. Both juniors and adults are encouraged to sign up. Up to 16 spots available, with four skipper spots going to qualified applicants on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens for StFYC members today, all others February 24. Program fee per individual: $130.

St. Francis Yacht Club Women's match racing
Women’s match racing in J/22s on the San Francisco Cityfront.
© 2023 Chris Ray

Get Your Feet Wet
This program introduces people to the joys of sailing aboard the club’s J/80! Volunteer coaching, organized this year by StFYC member Alex Salogub, will provide instruction for members and guests who consider themselves beginner- to intermediate-level sailors who are new or rusty at handling a small boat on San Francisco Bay. Up to three spots are available for each class, first come, first served, $60 per individual. Stay tuned for scheduled dates, starting in April.

J/80 Ladies
Ladies’ morning spring classes will be offered to StFYC members on Thursdays from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. twice per month. All levels welcome! Instruction is flexible based on the skill level and interests of participants. The first two classes will be March 16 and March 23 — thanks to Katie White and Pam Healy for volunteering to coach. Up to three spots are available for each class, first come, first served, $60 per individual.

The first two programs opened for StFYC members today, and will be available for others to register starting next Friday, February 24.

For full details go to: St. Francis Yacht Club/Sailing Education.

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