Junior Program Mission

Whether it be across the bay or across the United States, San Diego Yacht Club sailors participate in sailing and racing events throughout the year and have excelled in local, regional, national and international competition. SDYC has made a commitment to the Junior Program and has successfully recruited the highest level of instruction available anywhere. Instructors and coaches are certified by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing) complete with CPR and First Aid Certificates.

Our Mission

The Mission of the SDYC Junior Program is to develop knowledgeable youth sailors and to instill in them a love for the sport of sailing that will serve as a foundation for the future of the Club.


This means setting goals and taking responsibility.  For example, you have to show up on time at the starting line.  They are not going to wait for you.


It takes perseverance – you must work every day to excel, be it family, business, or sailing.

Hard Work

The winners in yacht racing today have been at it for some time.  When I was growing up I did all the sanding, painting, and rigging with my own hands.


It’s important to spread the load.  I have never accomplished anything favorable or positive in my life by myself.  I have always been part of a team.  Sometimes I have been the head of a team, other times the middle, and even the caboose.

Follow Through

You have to put things in motion and keep going until you are successful.

Playing By The Rules

One of the most important things in life is playing by the rules, and not cutting corners.  We have so many ethical problems in the world today, in our own society, in our business.  Ethics is very important.  This should be taught up front so it stays with us our entire lives.

Planning Ahead

You must have both short and long term goals.  Once I got out of junior sailing I had to think ahead, what I wanted to do next.  I think it is just as important to think out the next 20 minutes, as it is to plan out the next 10 to 15 years.  I picked that up in sailing.



SDYC Junior Memberships

The San Diego Yacht Club Junior Program which is ranked best in the United States is a year round, internationally recognized program developing youth sailor athletes for the future.

Events are scheduled throughout the year for sailors of all ability levels including field trips, special racing clinics and a very active after-school program. During the summer months, the Junior Program employs the finest instructional staff, recruited from around the globe, to teach an eight-week sailing and racing program. Members of the Junior Program have access to the Junior Charter Fleet including an impressive myriad of boats.  A full program of learning, racing or day sailing has led to the San Diego Yacht Club Junior Program’s success and serves to reinforce the members’ dedication to the Corinthian principle and tradition of yachting.

Junior memberships are for ages 12-20 and are renewable annually. Please visit our membership page for additional information on the membership application process.

Danielle Carreón
Membership Secretary

Employment Opportunities

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The San Diego Yacht Club Junior Program is committed to maintaining a staff of the nation’s most talented sailing instructors and racing coaches. We offer competitive compensation, as well as a truly outstanding work environment in a year-round sailing venue.

SDYC is always looking for motivated, experienced coaches for part-time work throughout the year. Additionally, we hire 15-20 exceptional individuals from around the country and globe for our Summer Program, which runs from mid-June through mid-August. Housing may be arranged for summer staff.

US SAILING Certification or equivalent, as well as current CPR and First Aid are required for most positions.

Interested and qualified individuals should send a resume with references to Junior Director, John Fretwell.