Instruction and Summer Camps

St. Francis Yacht Club offers year-round youth sailing instruction.


New sailors start with the Learn to Sail program and grow into Learn to Race. Our youngest sailors (8-11) sail in Optis and RS Teras and around age 12, they switch into the C420. All boats are excellent training vessels, provided and maintained by the Club.

In the summer, StFYC offers multiple weeklong sailing camps, including overnight camps at Tinsley Island and day camps at the San Francisco clubhouse. All camps and clinics are open to members and non-members.  



Learn to Sail

  • Opti/Tera (Ages 8–12)

    • Fall 2017 Beginning Tera & Optimist

      Dates: Sept 30, Oct 14 & 28, Nov 4 & 18
      Times: 8:30am–2:00pm
      Ages*: 8-12
      Fees: $400 for Members, $475 for non Members 
      Register HERE
      Complete Paperwork HERE

      *This course is designed for beginners and for sailors looking to build confidence. This course should likely be taken several times before sailor is ready to advance to “Learn to Race”

      Scholarships are available. Contact the Sailing Director for a scholarship application or more information. Sailing Director: Brent Harrill; 415-820-3729; junior@stfyc.com


      About the Course

      Sailors:
      Beginners age 8-12 who are not yet confident in their solo sailing; sailors who can sail singlehanded but wish to improve and gain confidence sailing on the Bay. 
      Curriculum: Capsize recovery, sail trim, boat terminology, points of sail, upwind sailing, tacking, gybing, on-water safety
      Goal of the Class: Have fun, gain new skills, grow confidence

      The Opti:
      The world’s most popular boat, this 8-foot pram is the gateway to sailing for hundreds of thousands of kids around the world. The Opti is a great learning platform for sailing fundamentals through advanced racing.

      The RS Tera: This light and durable boat makes sailing fun. The Tera’s radial-cut sail can be easily roller-reefed around the mast to increase safety and decrease rigging and de-rigging time. The boat has a spacious cockpit with room for two sailors. The hull is rotomolded with a foam core for rigidity. The enclosed transom keeps water from coming in, while the self-bailing cockpit drains water out. The rudder and daggerboard both float (a huge plus!).

      More Information: All camps and courses are open to members and non-members. Scholarships are available. Contact Sailing Director Brent Harrill for more information at 415-820-3729; junior@stfyc.com.
  • 420 (ages 12–15)

    • Fall 2017 Beginner 420

      Dates:
      Sept 30, Oct 14 & 28, Nov 4 & 18
      Times:
      8:30am–2:00pm
      Ages*:
      12-17
      Fees:
      $400 for Members, $475 for non Members
      Register HERE
      Complete Paperwork HERE

      *This course is designed for beginners and for sailors looking to build confidence. This course should likely be taken several times before sailor is ready to advance to “Learn to Race”

      Scholarships are available. Contact the Sailing Director for a scholarship application or more information. Sailing Director: Brent Harrill; 415-820-3729; junior@stfyc.com

      About the Course 

      Sailors: 
      Beginners age 12-15 who want to improve their skills and gain confidence sailing on the Bay
      Curriculum: Teamwork, capsize recovery, sail trim, boat terminology, points of sail, upwind sailing, tacking, gybing, on-water safety. Sailors will learn both the role of skipper and crew.
      Goal of the Class: Have fun, gain new skills, grow confidence
      Schedule: Saturdays 8:30am–2:00pm in September, October and November

      The 420: This is the most versatile and popular doublehanded junior boat on the continent. 420s are sturdy and safe, just under 14 feet long, and ideal for learning doublehanded sailing. 

      More Information: All camps and courses are open to members and non-members alike. Scholarships are available. Contact Sailing Director Brent Harrill for more information at 415-820-3729; junior@stfyc.com.



Learn to Race

  • Opti (Ages 8–12)
    • Fall 2017 Learn to Race

      Dates:
      Oct 1, 15, & 29, Nov 5 & 19
      Times:
      8:30am–2:00pm
      Ages: 
      8-13
      Fees: 
      $400 for Members, $475 for non-Members
      Register HERE
      Complete Paperwork 
      HERE 

      *Learn to Race and Intermediate course participants must have Sailing Directors approval

      **Sailors on average need to have sailed several weeks over the past year; demonstrate hiking out, using the tiller extension and sailing close hauled upwind.

      Scholarships are available. Contact the Sailing Director for a scholarship application or more information. Sailing Director: Brent Harrill; 415-820-3729; junior@stfyc.com

      About the Course

      Sailors: Intermediate sailors age 8-11 who can sail with confidence and want to learn to race

      Curriculum: Boathandling tactics for racing, race terminology and strategy, sail trim, boathandling, body positioning, tacking, gybing, mark-rounding, starts and finishes, reading the wind

      Goal of the Class: Prepare sailors for a regatta, have fun

      Schedule: Sundays, 8:30am–2:00pm in September, October and November

      The Opti: The world’s most popular boat, this 8-foot pram is the gateway to sailing for hundreds of thousands of kids around the world. The Opti is a great learning platform for sailing fundamentals through advanced racing.

      More Information: All camps and courses are open to members and non-members alike. Scholarships are available. Contact Sailing Director Brent Harrill for more information at 415-820-3729; junior@stfyc.com.
  • 420 (Ages 12–15)
    • Fall 2017 Learn to Race

      Dates:
      Oct 1, 15, & 29, Nov 5 & 19
      Times:
      8:30am–2:00pm
      Ages: 
      12–17
      Fees: 
      $400 for Members, $475 for non-Members
      Register 
      HERE
      Complete Paperwork 
      HERE

      *Learn to Race and Intermediate course participants must have Sailing Directors approval

      **Sailors on average need to have sailed several weeks over the past year; demonstrate hiking out, using the tiller extension and sailing close hauled upwind.

      Scholarships are available. Contact the Sailing Director for a scholarship application or more information. Sailing Director: Brent Harrill; 415-820-3729; junior@stfyc.com


      About the Course 

      Sailors:
      Intermediate sailors age 12-15 who can sail with confidence and want to learn to race

      Curriculum: Boathandling, sail trim, safety, rules of sailing, race terminology, race strategy, tacking, gybing, mark-rounding, starts and finishes. As sailors gain experience, they will practice trapezing and flying spinnakers.  

      Goal of the Class: Prepare for a regatta, become a confident racer, prepare for future racing or high school sailing

      Schedule: Sundays, 8:30am–2:00pm in September, October and November

      The 420: This is the most versatile and popular double-handed junior boat on the continent. 420s are sturdy and safe, just under 14 feet long and ideal for learning doublehanded sailing. 

      More Information: All camps and courses are open to members and non-members alike. Scholarships are available. Contact Sailing Director Brent Harrill for more information at 415-820-3729; junior@stfyc.com.


Advanced & Intermediate Junior Sailing Programs


Summer Sailing Camps

  • Tinsley Island
    • This once-in-a-lifetime sleepaway sailing camp experience is designed for beginner and intermediate sailors. Sailors will spend the week learning to sail Optis, RS Teras, Bytes, Lasers and Windsurfers. Other camp activities and games will include kayaking, paddle boarding, land games and pool time.

      Tinsley Island camp runs Monday through Friday. Girls and boys sleep in separate bunkhouse rooms with instructor supervision. Camps enjoy three gourmet meals per day, prepared by the camp chef.

      2018 Summer Sailing Camp: Registration Opens Spring of 2018... 

      Required Documents
      Helpful Information

      Summer Camp Cancellation Policy
      Notice of cancellation must be made in writing at least six (6) weeks prior to the start of the session to receive a full refund (minus the $100 nonrefundable registration fee).  There will be no refunds within six (6) weeks of the start of a session.

      More Information
      All camps and courses are open to members and non-members alike. Scholarships are available. Contact Sailing Director Brent Harrill for more information at 415-820-3729; junior@stfyc.com.

  • City Front

    • Each San Francisco clubhouse camp session is designed for beginner and intermediate sailors between the ages of 8 and 16. Classes are taught on RS Teras, Optis and Club 420s. Beginning classes cover topics including rigging, points of sail, capsizing, tacking, gybing and safety. Intermediate classes move on to topics such as sail trim, weight placement, tactics, starting and the Racing Rules of Sailing.

      2018 Summer Sailing Camp: Registration Opens Spring of 2018...

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