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 200 kids a year.

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 5 – 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 sailboats and 420 sailboats, as well experience sailing on a multi-hull Hobie Cat 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 5 – 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 SAYC 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, and a 420/Laser team. The SAYC 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 SAYC race team your child will attend multiple practices a week under the coaching and supervision of US Sailing Certified Sailing Instructors, and participate in 3-5 regattas per season. SAYC hosts one regatta per season, the Nights of Lights Regatta in the fall, and the Wendy Thompson Memorial Regatta in the spring.

SAYC also offers development clinics during the summer, spring, and fall. For those who have attended camp or who have an interest in furthering their sailing skills, and would like to learn to race, the clinics offer a nice bridge between Sail Camp and Sail Team. We also offer racing clinics and adult clinics. 

If you would like information about our youth sailing programs, please visit SAYCSC.ORG