PYSF Fall Programs

Learn-to-Sail

Learn the basics of sailing while developing skills to prepare for sailing with others at PYSF and in the Bay Area. While no experience is necessary, sailors must be comfortable in the water while wearing a life jacket. Boats provided (Cubes). Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages 8-11. Saturdays Cost: $850. (PYSF Scholarships are available as part of PYSF’s mission to be a community sailing program that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.)

  • Saturdays 11am-4pm
  • Dates: Sept 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13

*Some kids pick up the sport quickly, while others may repeat learn-to-sail multiple times before advancing to Opti Green. Your instructors will update you on the sailor’s progress towards the end of the course. This class does not compete in regattas.*

Intro-to-Race

For sailors with less than a year sailing in Cubes/Optimists (or equivalent), who understand the basics of sailing and want an introduction to racing skills. This class is great for the sailor who has completed learn-to-sail but needs a refresher on proper boathandling and an introduction to the basics of racing. Boats provided (Cubes). Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages 8-12. Fridays September 17-Nov 12 (8 days). Cost: $850 (PYSF Scholarships are available as part of PYSF’s mission to be a community sailing program that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.)

  • Fridays 3:30-6:30pm
  • Dates: Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12

*No practice Oct 8

*At the culmination of the course, those ready will be invited to join the Race Team: Green Fleet. This class does not compete in regattas.*

Opti Race Team: Green Fleet

For sailors who have completed Opti Intro-to-Race or equivalent and seek to refine their racing skills in a single handed boat. Boat ownership is mandatory after your first season on the team. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages 8-13. Every Tuesdays Sept 14-Nov 2. Cost: $850. (PYSF Scholarships are available as part of PYSF’s mission to be a community sailing program that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.)

  • Tuesday 3:30-6:30pm
  • Dates: Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5,12, 19, 26, Nov 2
  • Regattas
    • BAYS Winter Series #1 @ Santa Cruz YC Oct 30-31
    • BAYS Winter Series #2 @ TBD Dec 4-5

Opti Race Team: Development Team

For sailors who have excelled in the Green Fleet and are almost ready for Champ Fleet. Boat ownership is mandatory after your first season. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages 8-13. Wednesdays and Saturdays Sept 15-Nov 6. Cost: $1500. (PYSF Scholarships are available as part of PYSF’s mission to be a community sailing program that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.)

  • Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm
  • Saturdays 11am-4pm
    • Dates: Sept 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, Oct 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, Nov 3, 6
  • Regattas
    • BAYS Winter Series #1 @ Santa Cruz YC Oct 30-31
    • BAYS Winter Series #2 @ PYSF Nov 20-21

Opti Race Team: Champ Fleet

For sailors who have graduated out of Development (or equivalent) and seek to refine racing skills in a single handed boat. Boat ownership is mandatory. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages 10-15. Wednesdays and Saturdays Sept 15-Nov 6. Cost: $1500. (PYSF Scholarships are available as part of PYSF’s mission to be a community sailing program that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.)

  • Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm
  • Saturdays 11am-4pm
    • Dates: Sept 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, Oct 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, Nov 3, 6
  • Regattas
    • BAYS Winter Series #1 @ Santa Cruz YC Oct 30-31
    • BAYS Winter Series #2 @ PYSF Nov 20-21

Girls FJ Intro

This class will be taught by girls, for girls! While learning how to sail a double handed boat, curriculum will also be focused on Environmental Impact Awareness. This class serves as an introduction to FJ sailing and Fleet Racing. While no experience is necessary, sailors must be comfortable in the water while wearing a life jacket. Ages 11-15. Boats provided. Mondays Sept 13-Nov 1. Cost: $900 (PYSF Scholarships are available as part of PYSF’s mission to be a community sailing program that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.)

  • Mondays 3:30-6:30pm
  • Dates: Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1

FJ Intro (11-13yo)

This class serves as an introduction to FJ sailing and Fleet Racing. While no experience is necessary, sailors must be comfortable in the water while wearing a life jacket. Ages 11-13. Boats provided. Fridays Sept 17-Nov 5. Cost: $900 (PYSF Scholarships are available as part of PYSF’s mission to be a community sailing program that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.)

  • Fridays 3:30-6:30pm
  • Dates: Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5

*If this session is oversubscribed, potentially adding a second class on Sundays

420 Intro/Intermediate

Sailors who have completed FJ Intro, 420/Laser Summer Course, or equivalent, but not quite ready for 420 Race Team practice. Looking to improve trapeze work, spinnaker handling, skippering and crewing. No partner needed. Boats provided. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages: 13-18. This class precedes invitation to the 420 Race Team. Mondays Sept 13-Nov 1. Cost: $900 (PYSF Scholarships are available as part of PYSF’s mission to be a community sailing program that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.)

  • Mondays 3:30-6:30pm
  • Dates: Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1

*At the culmination of the course, those ready will be invited to join the 420 Race Team. It is common to take the Intermediate Class multiple seasons before advancing to the Race Team.*

Keelboat Intro/Intermediate

Learn the basics of sailing a keelboat! This class serves as an introduction to keelboat sailing using Ideal 18s. Sailors will be learning basic maneuvering on a keelboat, including spinnakers. Sailors must have taken FJ Intro (or equivalent) and are confident skippering smaller boats prior to taking this class. Boats provided. Ages 13+. Mondays Sept 13-Nov 1. Cost: $900. (PYSF Scholarships are available as part of PYSF’s mission to be a community sailing program that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.)

  • Mondays 3:30-6:30pm
  • Dates: Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1

*If this session is oversubscribed, potentially adding a second class on Sundays

High School Race Team

8th-12th graders. No experience needed. No pre-existing team needed! Attendance at every practice is preferred, but not mandatory. Regattas happen within the Bay Area, as well as throughout CA. Must be comfortable in the water. Boats provided. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Practice is Tues, Wed and Thursdays Sept 14-Nov 4. Cost: $1000. (PYSF Scholarships are available as part of PYSF’s mission to be a community sailing program that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.)

Many sailors will be doing BOTH High School Race Team and another class. Cost for a combo classes:

  • Combo w 420 Race Team: $2,000
  • Combo w Opti Race Team: $2000
  • Combo w 420 Intro/Intermediate: $1800
  • Combo w Keelboat Intro: $1800

*Regatta participation is based on ability level and team size. No Team? Sail for the season, keep recruiting friends, and continue learning and meeting new friends from the Bay Area! Two kids from the same school? You can attend most local HS events. Team of 4+ kids from the same school? Based on ability level, you can attend all events up and down the coast! Sailors that enroll as 8th graders are assigned by the Director to the school they plan on attending for the following year. Pairings for regattas are done by the coaching staff and coordinated through the Parent Reps for each school.

  • Season: Sept 14-Nov 4
  • Every Tues, Wed, Thurs: 3:30-6:30pm

*No practice Oct 5

Regattas

  • Sept 18: NorCal 1-Day #1 @ RYC
  • Sept 19: NorCal 1-Day #2 @ RYC
  • Oct 2-3: Keelboat Pacific Coast Champs @ StFYC (National Qualifier)
  • Oct 9-10: PCISA #1 (Sea Otter) @ Monterey Bay
  • Oct 16-17: PCISA All-Girls Regatta @ SDYC
  • Nov 6-7: NorCal Divisional @ EYC
  • Nov 13-14: PCISA #2 (Anteater) @ Newport Harbor

C420 Race Team

C420 Race Team members will be practicing twice a week and are expected to participate in local, Bay Area regattas. Regattas outside of the Bay Area will be coordinated with team coaches with an additional cost of $100/sailor/day. (Orange Bowl in Florida for example). Practice is Friday and Sundays Sept 17-Nov 5. Cost: $1500 ($1300 for boat owners). Most sailors will be doing BOTH C420 Race Team and High School Race Team to further enhance their skill set. Cost for the combo class: $2,000. (PYSF Scholarships are available as part of PYSF’s mission to be a community sailing program that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.)

  • Season: Sept 17-Nov 5
  • Fridays: 3:30-6:30pm
  • Sundays: 11am-4pm

*No practice Oct 10, 24, 31

Regattas

  • Fall Dinghy Regatta @ St Francis YC Oct 23-24
  • BAYS Winter Series #1 @ Santa Cruz YC Oct 30-31
  • BAYS Winter Series #2 @ PYSF Nov 20-21