Advanced Sailing Clinics

StFYC’s Youth Sailing program offers advanced sailing clinics throughout the year, equipping our sailors to compete at state, national and international levels.


March 16-17, 2019

Nacra High-Performance Clinic

Come to the St Francis Yacht Club and raise your game in the Nacra 15. We will train hard on the San Francisco City Front and in the classroom. Two full days of clinics with an amazing coaching staff, guest speakers and daily video debriefs will open a pathway to higher achievement. The 2018 clinic was epic; 2019 will be what you  make it. 

2019 Coaches:

Olympian Helena Scutt has speed in her genes.  As a competitive youth she raced 29ers on the US Sailing Youth Development team, went on to Stanford University for four years of varsity sailing and had the honor of being team captain for two years.  She earned an engineering degree from Stanford before moving into the 49er FX.  She represented the US in the 2016 Olympics in the 49er FX Class, finishing 10th overall.  After the Olympics, she teamed up for a while with fellow Olympian Bora Gulari in the Nacra 17, and she brings all of that experience to us in 2019.
Bryan Paine is a Catamaran guru, Youth Sailing Expert and creator of a youth multihull development program in Sarasota, FL. He was a member of the Canadian C Class Sailing Team for the 2013 Little America’s Cup Campaign. Now a sailmaker in San Diego, he races catamarans and other boats as often as possible. We welcome Bryan back to StFYC after leading our clinic in 2017 and 2018.

Sailors must come as a team and supply their own boat.  Each sailor must sign up individually.

Cost per sailor $125

This clinic is made possible with support from the St. Francis Sailing Foundation. 

May 25-27, 2019

C420 Heavy Weather Clinic 2019 

With support from the St. Francis Sailing Foundation, the 2019 advanced Heavy Weather C420 Clinic will develop sailors’ skills in three days of coaching from a keenly-talented coaching team. We’ll focus on advanced boat-handling techniques, sail trim and go-fast tactics. We look forward to pushing sailors to the next level on our windy San Francisco City Front. Participants in 2018 hailed from the Bay, the East Coast and Southern California—including Ansgar Jordan who went on to win the 2018 C420 National Championship. We expect more good things in 2019.
Boats are available for charter from StFYC.  For information contact Sailing Director Brent Harrill at

August 12-16, 2019

Hit the Accelerator: High School Sailing Boot Camp on Tinsley Island 

In August we offer a focused week of training that will boost the skills of any high school sailor. We call our accelerator BOOT CAMP, because you go in one way, and you come out another. We sail more hours in that week than we do in the whole fall semester on the city front, and we get results. It’s invaluable for the high school student who needs to reboot after being away from the sport for the summer. Skills slide when they’re not used. This week at Tinsley is also ideal for the incoming freshman looking for an edge. High school team tryouts lead off the fall semester, and they measure skills on tryout day. If you want to be on top of the tryout game, this is your chance to hit your own accelerator. Everything you learn will be there for you when the whistle blows for that first race of the season. 


Summer Advanced C420 Mini Clinics

Come join the StFYC coaching staff for some advanced training in the C420.  These morning clinics held from 9:00am - 1:00pm allow sailors light wind in the morning to work on spinnaker work while the afternoon will give the sailors time to practice trapezing.  The clinic will also focus on boat setup, tuning and boat handling techniques. This is not a beginner level clinic. In order to participate, you must have taken Intermediate 420, Race Optimists in the Championship fleet and/or have the coaches permission. There will be 5 mini clinics over the summer.  Sign up per session.  Cost 3 day clinics: $300 member/ $350 non member.
Session 1: July 16 - 18   
Session 2: July 23 - 25
Session 3: July 30 - August 1
Session 4: August 6 - 8
Session 5: August 13 - 15       

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