Youth Sailing

The St. Augustine Yacht Club is proud to offer Youth Sailing to its members and non-members. Since 2012, SAYC has offered on-water instruction to local youth and has grown into a multifaceted program reaching over 400 kids a year. Currently, SAYC uses a nonprofit, SAYC Sailing Center, to run all youth sailing operations. The SAYC Sailing Center building (adjacent to SAYC on Salt Run) is currently under construction and will be open in 2024. Please visit our SAYC Sailing Center website for all information on year-round our youth sailing programs:


A brief overview on youth programming is explained below:

Youth Sailing at SAYC is comprised of multiple programs designed to accommodate all levels of experience and aimed to build skills and confidence both on and off the water through the sport of sailing.

We have an established Summer Sail Camp program that is open to all children aged 6 – 17, operating annually from June through August with a weekly Monday through Friday schedule from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. It is designed to both introduce the basics of sailing and seamanship and build on existing sailing skills. Children learn to sail on Optimist, Laser, and 420 sailboats, as well experience sailing on a multi-hull Hobie Cats and a Flying Scot. In addition to Sail Camp, we offer an Adventure Camp for kids aged 8 – 17, and a half-day Little Skippers Camp for children aged 6 – 7 (9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.). Led by US Sailing Certified Sailing Instructors, our Summer Camp is not only affordable, but is the most fun and educational experience for youth in our community.

In addition to our Summer Camp programs, we also have a Sail Team, with two seasons operating annually in the Spring and Fall. The Sail Team is comprised of a Development Team, an Opti Green team, an Opti Advanced team, a 420 team, and a Laser team. The SAYCSC race team is a unique experience and has been growing in momentum since the sport has increased in popularity over the years. As a member of the SAYCSC race team, your child will attend multiple practices a week under the coaching and supervision of US Sailing Certified Sailing coaches, and participate in 3-5 regattas per season. SAYC is also host to youth regattas each year.

SAYCSC also offers after school sailing programs in the spring and fall, including Little Skippers, an RB Hunt program, and Adventure Sailing. 



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