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

  • J/22 (ages 13-18)

    • J/22 Sailing - $325

      Thursday only from February 6 - April 20
      3:30pm–6:30pm
      Ages: 13-18
      24 spots available

      Sign Up


      The J-22 Thursday classes will be run from 3:30-6:30pm. Sailors will learn how to sail the J-22, a small four person keel boat.  The skills they will learn in this class will translate into both Dinghy Sailing as well as sailing larger keel boats. Sailors will learn how to fly a spinnaker. This class is open to all skill levels. Ages 13-18 years.  Coaches will pair the sailors into teams of four.  The goal of this course is to give sailors the confidence to sail on a keelboat, opening them up to many racing opportunities in the SF Bay on keelboats of all sizes

  • Open Sail (ages 13-18)

    • Open Sailing - $325

      Fridays only from February 6 - April 20
      3:30pm-6:30pm
      Ages: 13-18
      18 spots available

      Sign Up


      Friday Open Sailing (3:30-630pm) is another opportunity for beginning and intermediate level sailors to log some hours on the water. Sailors will be given the opportunity to sail various different boats; FJ, C420, Optimist, Tera and Lasers. This course is good for young sailors who want to practice more, for crews who want to learn to skipper, skippers who want to have some time to practice advancing their skills. This course will allow sailors some supervised sailing and self-discovery time in the boats. Recommended for all crews, JV sailors, Optimist Sailors, and teens who want to spend more time in the boats.



Learn to Race


Advanced & Intermediate Junior Sailing Programs

  • Advanced Junior Sailing Programs
    • Coming in Winter 2017-18...

  • Intermediate Junior Sailing Programs

    • Intermediate C420 - $650

      Tuesday & Wednesday from February 6 - April 20
      3:30pm-6:30pm
      Ages: 13-18
      16 spots available

      Sign Up


      This class is open to intermediate level sailor between the ages of 13-18 years of age.  Sailors will learn how to trapeze and fly a spinnaker in this course.  This course will elevate sailor’s skills and understanding of teamwork, boat setup and tuning. If more sailors sign up than spots available, the coaching staff will pick the sailors.  We need to make sure that we have enough skippers who are able to drive the boats.  The goal of this class is to introduce sailors to the C420 with the hope that during the summer they will be able to race the boats during the Summer BAYS Series.


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.

      Registration Opens February 15, 2018.

      Session 1 (3rd-7th Grade, at least age 8):
      June 18-22
      Session 2 (7th-10th Grade):
      July 9-13
      Session 3 (3rd-7th Grade, at least age 8):
      July 16-20

      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 from 9am to 4pm. 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.

      Registration Opens February 15, 2018

      Session 1:
      June 25-29
      Session 2:
      July 23-27
      Session 3:
      August 6-10
      Session 4:
      August 13-17

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