Year-Round Sailing and Summer Camps 

We teach kids as young as eight years old, in boats sized just for them. For the older and more accomplished, we offer trapeze sailing with spinnakers, keelboat sailing and anything that pops up when opportunity strikes. You do not have to be a St. Francis Yacht Club member for your child to participate in these programs, and we find time for giggles so a kid can be a kid.  

New sailors start with the Learn to Sail program and grow into Learn to Race. Sailors ages 8 - 11 sail our very manageable Optis and RS Teras. At about age 12, they grow into the C420, a two-person dinghy that our more ambitious teenagers race in national championships. Our J/22 programs are popular for teens who want to sail with friends, friends and more friends and get a grip on handling keelboats. All of these are excellent training vessels, provided and maintained by the Club.


Weekend

  • Beginning Sailing

    • Beginning: Tera - $400/members; $475/non-members

      Saturdays: October: 5, 19
        November: 2, 9, 16 Times: 8:30am–2:00pm
      Ages: 8-12
       
      Register HERE

      *This course is designed for beginners, for sailors looking to build confidence sailing single handed and for sailors looking to have fun in boats.  This course should likely be taken several times before sailor is ready to advance to “Learn to Race."


      Beginning: Flying Junior - $400/members; $475/non-members

      Saturdays: October: 5, 19   
            November: 2, 9, 16
      Times: 8:30am–2:00pm
      Ages: 12-17
       
      Register HERE

      *This course is designed for beginners and for sailors looking to build confidence and learn the fundamentals of double handed sailing.  This is a great course for middle school sailors and for sailors wanted to learn to sail for their high school sailing teams. This course should likely be taken several times before sailor is ready to advance to “Learn to Race.” 

  • Learn to Race

    • Learn to Race: Opti - Ages 8-13

      $400/members; $475/non-members

      Sundays: October: 6, 20                            November: 3, 10, 17            
      Times: 8:30am – 2:00pm

       
      Register HERE

      *Learn to Race 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. 


      Learn to Race: Flying Junior - Ages 12-17

      $400/members; $475/non-members

      Sundays: October: 6, 20                           
      November: 3, 10, 17      
      Times: 8:30am – 2:00pm

       
      Register HERE

      *Learn to Race 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. This is an ideal course for middle school sailors who wish to learn to race and for beginning HS sailors looking to log more time in sailboats.


Spring After School Sailing

  • Intermediate 420

    • Intermediate C420 - $650 members; $700 non-members

      Spring 2020 Dates: Early February  - End of  April    No Class
      Tuesdays and Wednesdays
      3:30pm-7:00pm
      Ages: 13-18
      24 spots available

      Sign Up


      The St. Francis Yacht Club's Intermediate 420 program features the most versatile and popular double-handed junior boat on the continent. 420s are sturdy and safe racing dinghies, just under 14 feet long and ideal for learning double-handed sailing. This class is open to intermediate level sailors between the ages of 13-18 who will learn how to set and trim a spinnaker for a downwind blast and how to make mojo on the trapeze wire. The learning process will elevate each sailor’s skills and understanding of teamwork, boat setup and tuning. Class emphasis is on building the sailor’s skill sets and confidence regarding trapeze work, spinnaker use and race strategy, and it’s a great option for those interested in joining our 420 Race Team in the future. Sailors must be in 8th grade or older to participate.  

      If we are oversubscribed, coaches will select participants to ensure that we have not only crews, but enough capable drivers for each boat. If you’re afraid that you might not be a capable driver, but you want to be, three words: We. Want. You. Let us help you to become a complete sailor. The hope is that our graduates will develop the skills and desire to race in BAYS* competitions, including the BAYS Summer Series.  

      *BAYS is the umbrella organization of youth sailing in Northern California. With representation from the clubs and foundations that host youth sailing, BAYS organizes the calendar and regional regattas while nurturing the development of young sailors. 

  • J/22

    • J/22 Sailing - $325 members; $350 non-members

      Spring 2020 Dates: Early February - End of April 
      Thursdays
      3:30pm - 7:00pm
      Ages: 13-18
      24 spots available

      Sign Up


      The J/22 is a four-person keelboat. You will be paired up with other sailors of your ability level and we will train each boat to reach their potential. This is a great course for sailors who would like to race on larger keelboats over the summer.  Learn the basics of sailing a keelboat, including skippering, trimming, mast position and being the bow person. Sailors must be in 7th grade or older to participate and all ability levels are welcome. Some of the boats will have a coach on board.

      For additional information, contact Brent Harrill at junior@stfyc.com or 415-820-3729.

  • Free Sail Fridays

    • Free Sail Fridays - $325 members; $350 non-members

      Spring 2020 Dates: Early February - End of April 
      Fridays
      3:30pm-7:00pm
      Ages: 12-18
      18 spots available

      Sign Up


      Free Sail 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; FJs, C420s, Optimists, Teras and Lasers. This course is good for young sailors who want to practice more, for crews who want to learn to skipper, and 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. Sailors must be in 7th grade or older to participate and all ability levels are welcome. 


May After School Junior Sailing Programs

  • FJ Match Racing Week
    • Dates and Times May TBD; 3:30-7:00PM 

      Class Requirements and Information We will be sailing our Fleet of CFJ’s and learning to Match Race.  A match race consists of two identical boats racing against each other.  Think America’ s Cup.  This is a one- on -one duel of strategy and tactics and the objective is simple- to be the first to cross the finish line.  This course will teach sailors about basic match racing principles, strategies and lots of rules.  Having everyone in CFJ dinghies will increase the sailors comfort level and will also help sailors to improve their boat handling.  

      This class is open to 12 boats/24 sailors.  Skippers and Crews can come together as a team, we will allow them to sail together for the duration of the class.  If you do not have a partner, we will pair you up when you come down. 

      This class is open to sailors between the ages of 13-18 years old, who have an intermediate level of sailing skills. 

      Cost- $150 members $175 non-members.

  • Intermediate 420
    • Dates and Times May TBD;  3:30PM-7:00PM

      Class Requirements and Information The St. Francis Yacht Club's Intermediate 420 program features the most versatile and popular double-handed junior boat on the continent. 420s are sturdy and safe racing dinghies, just under 14 feet long and ideal for learning double-handed sailing. This class is open to intermediate level sailors between the ages of 13-18. Sailors will learn how to trapeze and fly a spinnaker and this course will elevate the sailor’s skills and understanding of teamwork, boat setup and tuning. Class emphasis is on building skill sets and confidence regarding trapeze work, spinnaker use and race strategy. This class is a great option for those who are interested in joining our 420 Race Team in the future.

      Sailors must be in 8th grade or older to participate. 20 spots available in the class.

      Cost- $250 members $275 non-members       
             
  • J/22 Keelboat Week
    • Dates and Times May TBD; 3:30PM-7:00PM

      Class Requirements, Expectations and Information The J-22 is a four-person keelboat. You will be paired up with other sailors of your ability level and we will train each boat to reach their potential. This is a great course for any sailors who would like to race on larger keelboats over the summer. Learn the basics of sailing a keelboat, including skippering, trimming, mast position and being the bow person. 

      Sailors must be in 7th grade or older to participate and all ability levels are welcome.  Some of the boats will have a coach on board.

      Only 24 spots are available for this program.   

      Cost- $150 members $175 non members


Summer Sailing Camps

From June through August we offer week-long camps on the city front and sleepover camps in the Delta at our own Tinsley Island. At Tinsley, the days are warm, the fare is hearty, and there’s a bonfire every Thursday night. Memories are made at Tinsley. Sailing time is maximized. At “the island” you can really grow.  
Download a PDF of our Summer Sailing Camps Brochure.

  • 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.

      Tinsley Island Camp Information Packet

      Registration Opens February 15, 2020.


      Session 1 (3rd-7th Grade, at least age 8):
      June TBD
      Session 2 (7th-10th Grade):
      TBD
      Session 3 (3rd-7th Grade, at least age 8):
      July TBD
      Cost:  $950 Members  $1100 Non- Members

      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 from 9am-4pm daily and 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 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.

      City Front Camp Information Packet


      Registration Opens February 15, 2020


      Session 1: TBD

      Session 2:
      July TBD
      Session 3:
      August TBD
      Session 4:
      August TBD
      Cost $600 Members $700 Non - Members


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