PYSF | Summer Programs

SUMMER SAILING 2024

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  • Boats are provided for all introductory level classes
  • All sailors must wear a US Coast Guard approved life-jacket, and helmet
  • Safety boats are present for all sessions
  • Classes will be run out of both venues: PY-Westpoint and PY-Chesapeake
  • Cancellation Policy: $50 service charge for cancellation outside of 2 weeks prior to class. No refunds within 2 weeks of class start.
  • 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.
  • We encourage our sailors to “intern” as Junior Instructors. If your sailor is interested in this opportunity, please contact [email protected]

Guppies

This is a fun camp for those that are not quite old enough for our learn-to-sail class, but would like to get in a boat and see what it is all about! Time will be spent both on land, and on the water learning basic sailing info and increasing kid’s comfort level on boats. Kids will be getting in a variety of boats: 8′ cubes, 18′ keelboats, coachboats. Although no experience is necessary, sailors must be comfortable in the water while wearing a life jacket. Camp is Mon-Thur 9am-3pm. Ages 6-7.

  • Boats are provided
  • Ages 6-7
  • Registration fee $600
  • Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • Camp 1: June 17-20 1 spot remaining
    • Camp 2: July 1-3 *$500 Reg Fee 2 spot remaining
    • Camp 3: July 22-25 Full

Guppies 2.0

This is a follow-up camp to our Guppies group. For those that are not quite old enough for our 2-week learn-to-sail class, but would like to get in a boat and see what it is all about! Time will be spent both on land, and on the water learning basic sailing info and increasing kid’s comfort level on boats. Kids will be spending time sailing each day. Completion of Guppies and/or approval from Director needed prior to registration. Camp is Mon-Thur 9am-3pm. Ages 6-7.

  • Boats are provided
  • Ages 6-7
  • Registration Fee: $600
  • Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm
    • Camp 1: July 1-3 *$500 Reg Fee
    • Camp 2: July 29-Aug 1

Learn to Sail

This is a fun, in-depth camp that teaches the basics of sailing. Time will be spent both on land, and on the water learning wind direction, boat nomenclature, knots, and basic sailing techniques. Although no experience is necessary, sailors must be comfortable in the water while wearing a life jacket. Camp is Mon-Thur 9am-3:30pm. Ages 8-11.

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

  • Boats provided
  • Ages 8-11
  • Registration Fee: $1300
  • Monday-Thursday 9am-3:30pm
    • Camp 1: June 10-20 1 spot remaining
    • Camp 2: June 24-July 3* ($1200 Reg Fee) FULL
    • Camp 3: July 29-Aug 8 FULL
    • Camp 4: August 5-15

Learn 2.0

This is a fun, in-depth camp that continues instruction of the basics of sailing. Time will be spent both on land, and on the water learning wind direction, boat nomenclature, knots, and basic sailing techniques. Sailors must have completed Learn to Sail (or equivalent). Camp is Mon-Thur 9am-3:30pm. Ages 8-11.

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

  • Boats provided
  • Ages 8-11
  • Registration Fee: $650
  • Monday-Thursday 9am-3:30pm
    • Camp 1: June 10-13
    • Camp 2: June 24-27
    • Camp 3: July 29- Aug 1 FULL

Opti Green Team

For sailors who have completed Opti Intro to Race or equivalent and seek to refine their racing skills in a single handed boat. Sailors will work on opti specific body mechanics as well as introduce rigging and technical boat set-up. Boats provided (Optis). Camp is Mon-Thur 9am-3:30pm. Ages 8-12.

*This class can compete in the BAYS regattas with instructor approval.

Regattas (Bay Area Youth Sailing “BAYS” sponsors the local Summer Series)
  • BAYS Summer #1 @ RYC
  • BAYS Summer #2 @ EYC
  • BAYS Summer #3 @ SFYC

*Sailors can stay on the Green Team for more than one season. Your instructors will update you on the sailor’s progress towards the end of the course. The next steps would be Opti Development Team or Doublehanded Intro.

  • Boats provided
  • Ages 8-12
  • Registration Fee: $650
  • Monday-Thursday 9am-3:30pm
    • Camp 1: June 24-27
    • Camp 2: July 22-25

Opti Development Team

For sailors who have graduated from our Opti Green Team or equivalent and seek to refine their racing skills and technical knowledge. Sailors could be racing in either Green or Champ fleet while on the Development Team. Coaches will determine what is appropriate for the sailor. Boat ownership is suggested but not mandatory. Camp is Mon-Thur 9am-3:30pm. Ages 8-13. Cost: $650. Camp Dates: June 24-27

Regattas
  • BAYS Summer #1 @ RYC
  • Opti Heavy Weather @ SFYC
  • BAYS Summer #2 @ EYC
  • BAYS Summer #3 @ SFYC

Opti Champ Team

For sailors who have graduated out of our Development Team (or equivalent) and seek to refine their racing skills. Boat ownership is mandatory. Ages 10-15. Race Team members are expected to participate in local Bay Area regattas which are included in the class fee. Regattas outside of the Bay Area are an additional cost of $125/sailor/day. Camp is Mon-Thur 9am-3:30pm. Ages 8-13. Cost: $650. Camp Dates: June 24-27

Regattas
  • BAYS Summer #1 @ RYC
  • Opti Heavy Weather @ SFYC
  • BAYS Summer #2 @ EYC
  • BAYS Summer #3 @ SFYC

Double-Handed Intro

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. This class serves as an introduction to double-handed sailing and Fleet Racing. Class Sessions are divided by age (11-13yo and 14yo+). This class precedes 420 Intro. Boats provided. Camp is Mon-Thur 9am-3:30pm.

*Sailors may repeat Double-Handed Intro before advancing to 420 Intro and/or High School Race Team. Your instructors will update you on the sailor’s progress towards the end of the course. This class can compete in the BAYS regattas with instructor approval.

  • Boats provided
  • Ages 11-18
  • Registration Fee: $650
  • Monday-Thursday, 9am-3:30pm
    • Camp #1: June 10-13 (14yo+)
    • Camp #2: June 17-20 (11-13yo)
    • Camp #3: July 22-25 (11-13yo)
    • Camp #4: July 29-Aug 1 (11-13yo) FULL
    • Camp #5: Aug 5-8 (14yo+)

Keelboat 101

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. Boats provided. Ages 13+. Camp is Mon-Thur 9am-3:30pm.

  • Boats provided
  • Ages 13+
  • Registration Fee: $700
  • Monday-Thursday, 9am-3:30pm
    • Camp #1: June 17-20
    • Camp #2: July 1-3 *Reg Fee $550
    • Camp #3: Aug 5-8

420 Intro

Sailors who have completed FJ Intro, 420 Summer Course, or equivalent. For those looking to learn/improve trapeze work, spinnaker handling, skippering and crewing in the 420. No partner needed. Sailor needs to be confident in skippering and understand basic sailing concepts and maneuvers. Boats provided. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages: 12-18. This class precedes 420 Development offered during the school year. Camp is Mon-Thur 9am-3:30pm.

*This class can compete in the Bay Area Youth Sailing (BAYS) regattas with instructor approval.  

  • Boats provided
  • Ages 13+
  • Registration Fee: $700
  • Monday-Thursday 9am-3:30pm
    • Camp #1: June 10-13
    • Camp #2: June 24-27
    • Camp #3: July 1-3 *Reg Fee $550 3 spots remaining
    • Camp #4: July 22-25 2 spots remaining
    • Camp #5: Aug 5-8 4 spots remaining

420 Race Team

C420 Race Team members are expected to participate in local, Bay Area regattas which are included in the class fee. Regattas outside of the Bay Area are an additional cost of $125/sailor/day. Class dates to be confirmed.

  • Camp 1: June 11-15: Tues-Fri 4-8pm, Saturday 9am-9pm
  • Camp 2 (BAYS 1): Sunday 6/16 10am-8pm, Tues-Fri 6/18-21 4-8pm, Sat-Sun Regatta $700
  • Camp 3 (North Americans): Sunday-Thur 7/7-7/11 10am-6pm $700

Regattas

  • Heavy Weather Clinic @ StFYC (TBD)
  • BAYS Summer #1 @ RYC 
  • BAYS Summer #2 @ EYC
  • C420 Nationals
  • C420 Girls Nationals
  • C420 Girls North Americans @ PYSF
  • C420 North Americans @ PYSF
  • BAYS Summer #3 @ SFYC