Junior Sailing Program

Sailing back to the dock with the O'Neill catamaran in the background

Summer Junior Sailing Classes

All junior dinghy sailing classes are coed, hands-on courses for kids, taught in RS Quests, RS Visions and Lasers.

These classes start out in the protected Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor at the UCSC Community Boating Center Dock and eventualy venture into channel and then the bay, weather permitting.

Good attendance is strongly recommended in order to achieve best results.

  • Online registration will start on:
    • March 15, 2017
    • Click here to register
  • Summer class refunds will be subject to a $30 service charge.
  • Class sizes range from 10-15 students.
  • Swimming ability required for all classes.
  • There will be a swim test at the end of the first class and a capsize drill at the end of the second class. Please send towels, bathing suits, wetsuits and a change of clothes with your child/children both days. There are bathrooms available to change in.
  • Please read the class description before enrolling to make sure it is the best fit for your child.
  • Please do not be hesitate to contact us with any questions.
  • For Advanced Dinghy only, wetsuits are required. West Marine has kindly sponsored this class to help get all our students wetsuits at reasonable prices. Please contact us for further details.

Classes

Super Junior Basic Dinghy Sailing

Ages 8-10

This class is geared towards our younger sailors with a smaller class size, more games, and a slightly slower pace than the Basic Sailing Class.

Students Learn

  • Boating safety and Sportsmanship
  • Launching & Rigging the boat
  • Basic knot tying
  • Docking
  • Proper boat balance for skipper and crew
  • Sail trim
  • Tacking and Jibing
  • Steering with a tiller extension
  • Right of Way and Rules of the Road
  • How to right a capsized boat

Junior Basic Dinghy Sailing

Ages 11-16

Students master the basics inside the protected Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, then venture out onto the beautiful Monterey for further practice, weather permitting.

Students Learn

  • Boating safety and Sportsmanship
  • Launching & Rigging the boat
  • Basic knot tying
  • Docking
  • Proper boat balance for skipper and crew
  • Sail trim
  • Tacking and Jibing
  • Steering with a tiller extension
  • Right of Way and Rules of the Road
  • How to right a capsized boat
  • Rigging for strong vs. light winds
  • Tiller extension and main sheet hand exchange during a Tack or Jibe
  • How to steer while under tow

Junior Intermediate Dinghy Sailing

Ages 11-16

This course begins with a review of the skills acquired in the Junior Basic Dinghy Sailing Class. After a review on the first day, the emphasis of this course shifts towards further development of boathandling skills.

Students Learn

  • Boating safety and sportsmanship
  • Review of basic dinghy sailing skills
  • How to sail in stronger wind
  • Improvement of boat handling, boat balance, sail adjustment, and steering
  • Sail theory, sail trim, angle of heel, points of sail, powering up vs. depowering, and reefing
  • Dinghy sailing drills and racing
  • Basics of the US Sailing racing rules and vocab

Junior Advanced Dinghy Sailing

Ages 12-16

This course begins with a review of the skills acquired in the Junior Intermediate Dinghy Sailing Class. After a review the class focuses on better boathandling skills and racing.

Students Learn

  • Boating safety and sportsmanship
  • Review of intermediate dinghy sailing
  • How to rig RS Visions and Lasers
  • Emphasis on sailing drills and games
  • Boathandling
  • Mark rounding and racing
  • Racing rules