Junior Summer Sailing 2019

Click here for what's new in 2019, and what you'll need for online registration!

San Diego Yacht Club is looking forward to an amazing Summer Program in 2019! With classes for all experience levels, a fleet of 24 CFJ sailboats, as well as Club-owned Sabots, C420s, and J22s, and a calendar of events like the famous Dutch Shoe Marathon, this will be a perfect summer to start or expand your adventures under sail!

Class Descriptions

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For 6 - 8 year olds who have completed Kindergarten and can swim.


The class that's launched generations to a lifetime of sailing! Kids will sail with two or three of their peers and an instructor in a 14 foot dinghy and learn through demonstrations and practice. The game-inspired curriculum covers sailing terminology, finding wind direction, learning to steer with the tiller, and fundamental seamanship skills. The class familiarizes kids with water safety and dinghy sailing, while enabling them to feel comfortable around the club and on the water.

Since Sea Urchins may start two years before the minimum age for Sea Horses, it is very common and appropriate to repeat this class over one or more summers.

Take Sea Urchins if:

  • You like water sports and want to try sailing
  • You like working together as a team.
  • You like pirates!

Class Times:

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Beginner Sabots is for 7-10 year olds who can swim and are comfortable on boats. 7-8 year olds should be Sea Urchins alumni, 9-10 year olds may take Beginner Sabots as a first class.


The class titles of Sea Horses and Sea Otters are being replaced by one Beginner Sabot class. This class will still accept 24 sailors, the same capacity of the former Sea Horses and Sea Otters classes combined. The goal of this class is to allow for stronger and more fluid skill advancement while coaching to more evenly skilled sailors.

Beginner Sabots will teach students to sail solo in an SDYC Sabot, while deepening their understanding of rigging, boat handling, seamanship and safety. Each day we will meet as a large group to cover topics for the full class, and for fun with friends. On most days, we will split into smaller groups for drills, with groupings decided by our coaches, based on their observations of individual progress. On some days, especially Fridays, we will aim for full-group sailing adventures, for maximum fun with all classmates.

Skills covered will include launching, basic sail trim, body positioning, tacking and gybing, and navigating a course. And as always, the emphasis is on fun!

This first venture into solo sailing can often be a little scary, but as long as you are ready to learn and listen we are excited to help you reach your solo sailing goals. It is common and totally appropriate for many sailors to repeat Beginner Sabots over one or more summers until they feel they have mastered the necessary skills have the confidence to build on them. Coaches will help track skills and make future class recommendations for Summer and Afterschool Sailing at the conclusion of the session. Charter of an SDYC Club Sabot is included.

Take Beginner Sabots if:

  • You've completed Sea Urchins or Sea Horses, one or more times, and feel confident.
  • You're ready to fly solo!
  • You'd like to learn to skipper your own boat to Kellogg's Beach, get ready for Intermediate Sabots/Novice racing,  and have fun!

Class Times:

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

NEW! - for 2019 we're also offering this popular class during Spring Afterschool Sailing, Fridays, 3:30-6 pm, Mar 15 - May 31. This is a great way to beat the summer rush, and potentially start your Sabot racing career, THIS SUMMER, as an afternoon sailor! Click here to register for Spring Beginner Sabots in Afterschool Sailing.


11 - 15 year olds


This class is all about having fun while spending time on the water and improving sailing skills. Adventure Sailing is designed for the pre-teen or young teenage sailor with little or no sailing experience, or those who would prefer to emphasize recreation rather than racing.

Sailors will cover all the basics while sailing doublehanded in Flying Junior dinghies, and occasional outings on other sorts of boats for fun and variety of experience. Topics and activities such as destination sails in the bay and ocean, navigation, and field trips to local sailing industries and attractions will keep participants engaged while promoting a broader knowledge of our sport.

Take Adventure Sailing if:

  • You like being outdoors with friends
  • You prefer the idea of sailing without competition
  • You want a ton of variety in your sailing experience

Class Times:

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


For alumni of Sea Otters/Beginning Sabots, or equivalent with Junior Office approval. Sailors should be able to rig and launch, and travel functionally on all points of sail.


In its new two-week format, this class prepares sailors for the Sabot Racing Fleets. Students will be introduced to the Racing Rules of Sailing, typical race courses, and basic racing procedures. Instructors will emphasize physical skills including using the tiller extension, hiking, and roll tacking, while also introducing mental aspects of the sport such as planning a start, windshifts, and sportsmanship. Charter of an SDYC Club Sabot is included.

Take Novice Sabot Racing if:

  • You enjoy sailing and want to get better
  • You're ready to join the amazing legacy of competitors at SDYC
  • You want to minimize the stress and maximize the fun

Class Times:

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


For alumni of Novice Sabot Racing, or equivalent with Junior Office approval.


Congratulations, you've made it to the big time! Sabot racers sail an available club charter boat, or their own. They practice for, and compete in regattas at the Club, around San Diego, and as far away as Newport Harbor and Long Beach. All Sabot racers begin competing in the C3 Fleet, and are promoted to C2, C1, B and A based on success, rather than age, which has proven over the years to be an outstanding system for developing skills and confidence. Sabot Racing Fleet registrants should indicate their current fleet, though practices will often combine adjacent fleets depending on attendance and topics being covered. While always keeping it fun, C3 sailors will be encouraged to finish every race, while A Fleeters will actively prepare to try and win the Sabot Nationals in August.

For SDYC members who are "all in" and plan to race all summer, please consider the E Ticket option in Advanced Racing, which covers all sessions.

Take Sabot Racing Fleets if:

  • You're a good sport
  • You think sailing faster is fun
  • You're ready to try travelling to "away" regattas in So-Cal
  • "Sabot Nationals Coaching Only" is required for Nationals Racers not enrolled in Session IV

Class Times:

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Approval by Junior Director or Head Coach, and sailing partner where applicable. Typically for sailors aged 13 and over.


SDYC Summer Advanced Campaigns are the heart of training for our top competitors.  Our vision is that the Summer E-Ticket will be the best value and first choice for most Advanced Racing SDYC members. Individual campaign pricing will also be offered to allow participation on an a la carte basis, and to facilitate non-member sailing partners where necessary.  Sailors who have the E-Ticket option will be able to attend any and all training programs, including Sabot practices and regatta coaching. E-Ticket pricing is only available to SDYC members. E-Ticket pricing will not increase when Early Member pricing expires, and SDYC racers may upgrade to the E-Ticket at any time, if they decide to increase participation.

Below is a listing of developing and potential 2019 Advanced Race Classes. Some details may change slightly as sailor participation becomes known. In general, Advanced Race sailors should be rigged and ready to sail at 1pm, in order to maximize practice time. Sailors, including Team SDYC coaches teaching morning classes, will be expected to rig without support during the summer program lunch break.

  • Advanced Warm-Up
  • Intro to Club Doublehanded Sailing
  • Junior Olympics Regatta Campaign
  • Ida Lewis Prep Clinic
  • CFJ Nationals Campaign
  • HS Sailing Boot Camp

Please check back for final details soon!

2019 Junior Summer Sailing Class Schedule

Morning Classes (8:30 - 12:00 Mon-Fri)

SEA URCHINS (morning)
Dates Early SDYC Price Price
June 17-28 $525 $660
July 1-12 (no July 4-5) $420 $530
July 15-26 (no July 19) $475 $600
July 29-Aug 9 $525 $660
BEGINNER SABOTS (formerly Sea Horses/Sea Otters, morning)
Dates Early SDYC Price Price
June 17-28 $525 $660
July 1-12 (no July 4-5) $420 $530
July 15-26 (no July 19) $475 $600
July 29-Aug 9 $525 $660

Afternoon Classes (1:00 - 4:30 Mon-Fri)

Dates Early SDYC Price Price
June 17-28 $525 $660
July 1-12 (no July 4-5) $420 $530
July 15-26 (no July 19) $475 $600
July 29-Aug 9 $525 $660
Dates Early SDYC Price Price
June 17-28 $420 $530
July 1-12 (no July 4-5) $345 $435
July 15-26 (no July 19) $380 $480
July 29-Aug 9 $420 $530
Aug 5-8 (Nationals Coaching Only) $200 n/a (SDYC members only)
E Ticket (see Advanced Racing) $1290 n/a (SDYC members only)
Dates Early SDYC Price Price
June 17-28 $525 $660
July 1-12 (no July 4-5) $420 $530
July 15-26 (no July 19) $475 $600
July 29-Aug 9 $525 $660
ADVANCED RACING WARM-UP (fleets by demand, tbd)
Dates Early SDYC Price Price
June 17-21 $260 $330
Dates Early SDYC Price Price
July 1-3, 8-14 $525 $660
Dates Early SDYC Price Price
July 15-18, 23-28 (Full Campaign, req'd for new CFJ Nats teams) $525 $660
July 23-28 (Express Campaign- CFJ Nats vets and Ida Lewis sailors only) $315 $395
E TICKET - BEST VALUE!, all Advanced offerings
Dates SDYC Members Only
June 17 - Aug 9 $1290 n/a
Dates Early SDYC Price Price
June 24-28 $260 $330
IDA LEWIS PREP CLINIC (C420s and 29ers, afternoon)
Dates Early SDYC Price Price
July 15-18 $210 $265


2019 Registration Dates and Policies

  • MAR 6, 1200 PST
    Discounted Early Registration begins for SDYC Members (membership number required), thru March 19th.
  • MAR 20, 1230 PDT
    Open Registration and Pricing begin.
    Must be submitted to juniors@sdyc.org
    Will be accommodated based on availability.
    Cancellations prior to March 20 will be granted a full refund. Cancellations on or after March 20 will receive a 50% refund.

Tuesday Family Nights

Summer Tuesdays, 6:00 PM

Every Tuesday during the Summer Program we hold a Family Night Dinner in the Pavilion (by the pool) at 6:00pm. All participants are encouraged to attend these fun BYO social events. This is also a great chance to meet your child's instructors by signing up to host one or more for each Family Night.

Equipment Checklist

One of sailing's greatest lessons is learning the importance of being prepared and keeping checklists. Please review the recommended list below and make sure to label all that nice gear with your name!

PFD (lifejacket)
US Coast Guard Approved, Type III. Brands like Extrasport and Gill are the most popular and comfortable. Fit is important, so please choose the
appropriate size for THIS summer.

Every sailor must have their own tube. The more protection the better. Ideally choose a waterproof variety that won’t hurt the eyes.

Even better sun protection.

Important protection for the only eyes you have!

"Every sailor brings a bailer" which can easily be fashioned by cutting the bottom off of a big OJ or laundry soap jug.

Waterproof Watch
With a countdown function for racing sailors.

Change of Clothes
Besides wearing clothes to get wet in, every sailor should have extra dry duds and a towel.

Staying hydrated is imporant for a safe, fun, learning experience!

Lunch / Money
Please bring one or the other if you'll be here over the lunch break. SDYC's Snack Bar is famous for its great lunch! Unfortunately, we cannot offer refrigeration.

Good Attitude
Well rested, well fed, happy, and ready to HAVE FUN!

Participation Requirements

Every sailor will be required to:

  • Pass a relatively easy swim test on the first day of each session.
  • Wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times on the water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answering basic questions about the program from what to bring, rules on parent involvment, swim requirements, etc.

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Summer Boat Descriptions

The Sabot is an 8 foot, kid-sized individual dinghy that is easy to manage and fun to sail. Sailor Weight range: 60-135 lbs. SDYC owns 26 Club Sabots that serve or beginner classes and are perfect for newer racers. Active racers generally own their own Sabot.

The CFJ (Club Flying Junior) is the high school doublehanded dinghy of choice. Can be sailed with or without a spinnaker. Weight range: 220-300 lbs combined. SDYC took delivery of 24 brand new CFJs from Zim Sailing in 2017!

The Laser is a fun, single-handed racing dinghy, and is the most internationally popular boat we sail. Weight range: 125-160 (Radial), 160-185 (Full). Teenagers are very encouraged to include Laser sailing in their path, however the competitive standard for equipment in typical Laser racing requires that sailors own their own boat.

Advanced sailors can learn to sail with a spinnaker and trapeze in the double-handed C420. Weight range: 220-300 combined.