Junior Sailing

Mission Statement:
To Instill Understanding & Appreciation of Sailing

Not a Member? Not a Problem!

No Membership Needed to join the Junior Program or Summer Camps.

 The California Yacht Club Junior program offers year-long youth recreational programs for ages 8 to 18

Learn to Sail & Summer Camps

The 2017 Spring and Fall Learn-to-Sail programs run on week-ends:

  • Spring, from March 18 to May 28
  • Fall, from September 16 to November 19.

The Summer Program is innovative, with 3 main sessions (June 26-July 7, July 10-28 & July 31-August 11) and 2 one-week Ocean-Adventure Weeks (June 19-23 & August 14-18). Each Camp runs Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 3:30pm. This year, we added After-Camp care, until 6pm.

Registration for the Summer Program is now OPEN!

Priority given to California Yacht Club members until April 15

Junior Racing Team

Cal Yacht Club’s year round Junior Sailing Program has its emphasis on racing. Our program utilizes the single handed Optimist Dingy for our younger participants and the double handed Club Flying Junior or spinnaker equipped Club 420 for our older teen sailors. The Program meets on weekends and attends local, regional, and national regattas throughout the year.
The program emphasizes focus on personal responsibility and the principles of Corinthian yachting excellence. These skills are highly valued at private high schools with sailing programs and the best Colleges and Universities.

Opti Race Team

Green Fleet

The Optimist Green Fleet is for members (8-15) who have completed CYC summer camp or a similar program, or are beginner racers. In the Green Fleet, young sailors are taught sail trim, sailboat racing, rules, tactics, and basic strategies. Expect to attend approximately one regatta per month mostly within an hour’s travel time from the Club.

Championship Fleet

Optimist Championship Fleets are age groups that Green fleet sailors move to once having become proficient at racing. White Fleet is for skippers under the age of 10. Blue fleet is for skippers who are 11 or 12. Red fleet is for skippers aged between 13 and 15. Sailors are coached in small groups and are supported with coaches and motorboats at designated regattas.

Team Racing

For experienced Opti sailors who are ready to compete at the highest level. All share the same passion for sailing, and this format allows them to improve their tactics and strategy. The sailors become exposed to a strong team atmosphere.

Laser Race Team

The Laser Race Team and the Double Handed Team are the placement options for the more accomplished Optimist Race Team sailors who have aged out of or are too big for the Optimist class. Sailors must show competence in boat-handling and have knowledge of rules and tactics.

The Laser Team is made up of individuals who are already experienced racers, and are looking to improve on their skippering skills in single-handed boats. Sailors on the team use their own boats, practicing and competing in either the Laser Radial or Full Rig classes at local, regional, and national events. Emphasis is put on advanced boat-handling and strength, two vital components to successful sailing in a Laser.

Double Handed Race Team

The Double Handed Race Team places emphasis on the development of racing skills and teamwork in competition while using a trapeze and spinnaker. The sailors travel to local, regional and national events, including the Junior Olympics, Youth Championships and US Sailing Championships in the Summer, and Orange Bowl and 420 Midwinters in the Winter.

For more information, contact:
Guillaume Rasse,
Junior Program Director
Ph: (310) 822-1908

Power Fleet
Regattas & Race Results
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