Seattle Yacht Club

Summer Sailing School 2019


2019 Youth Summer Classes

  • Ages 7-18
  • Learn to Sail
  • Improve Sailing Skills
  • Learn to Race
  • Weekly Classes take place Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Lil’ Luffers

Ages: 7-9
Boats: Vanguard 15 and 420
Description: This class introduces our youngest sailors to fun and safety on the water in an unintimidating way. Students sail with one or two peers and an instructor in a Vanguard 15 or 420 sailboat, allowing for hands-on learning with instructor guidance close at hand. This class covers sailing terminology, indicators of wind direction, rigging basics, steering with a tiller, and other foundational boating skills through fun games and activities. Honing skills learned throughout the week, students may earn the chance to sail an Opti on the last day of class.

 Prerequisite: Must be 7 years old, and be able to pass a basic swimming test.

Overboard Optis

Ages: 8-12
Boats: Optimist
Description: Our most popular class, Overboard Optis offers students a chance to expand their knowledge of sailing as well as gain confidence in a single-handed boat. Throughout the week, students learn more about rigging, basic sail trim, launching & docking, tacking & gybing, righting a capsize, beginning racing, and good seamanship through a variety of fun activities. While Overboard Optis is many students' first time sailing solo, instructors are often experienced Opti racers themselves and can offer advanced instruction.

Junior Jibers

Ages: 10-13
Boats: **Vanguard 15, **Laser, and **420
Description: This class is an excellent opportunity for students to improve their abilities as a sailor in different boats. Students sail with a friend in a Vanguard 15 or solo in a Laser, and may switch between boats depending on availability and experience. A wide variety of skills will be covered, from sailing fundamentals to beginning racing. Weight minimum: 100 lbs.

**Weight minimum: 100 lbs. 

High School

Ages: 14-18
Boats: Vanguard 15 or Laser
Description: This class is similar to Junior Jibers, but catered towards students in or entering High School. Students sail with a friend in a Vanguard 15 or solo in a Laser, and may switch between boats depending on availability and skill level. A wide variety of skills will be covered, from sailing fundamentals to beginning racing. This class is suitable for all levels of experience.


Optimist: Ages 9-13
​**Laser: Ages 13-18
​**Vanguard 15: Ages 10-18

Description: For one week each summer, sailing school focuses on introducing students to sailboat racing in an unintimidating way. Classes are divided by boat type, each covering rules of racing, typical race courses, starting, basic racing tactics, and more. The week concludes with a fun regatta. Must have taken at least 1 class at SYC Sailing School, or be comfortable demonstrating basic sailing maneuvers including steering, tacking/gybing, and docking.

**Weight minimum: 100 lbs.

2019 Youth Class Schedule

Lil’ Luffers
Class Code Dates
LL1 June 17-21
LL2 June 24-28
LL3 July 8-12
LL4 July 15-19
LL5 July 22-26
LL6 July 29-Aug 2
LL7 August 5-9
LL8 August 12-16
LL9 August 19-23
LL10 August 26-30
Overboard Optis
Class Code Dates
OO1 June 17-21
OO2 June 24-28
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OO3 July 15-19
OO4 July 22-26
OO5 July 29-Aug 2
OO6 August 5-9
OO7 August 12-16
OO8 August 19-23
OO9 August 26-30
Junior Jibers
Class Code Dates
JJ1 June 17-21
JJ2 June 24-28
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JJ3 July 15-19
JJ4 July 22-26
JJ5 July 29-Aug 2
JJ6 August 5-9
JJ7 August 12-16
JJ8 August 19-23
JJ9 August 26-30
High School
Class Code Dates
HS1 June 17-21
HS2 June 24-28
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HS3 July 15-19
HS4 July 22-26
HS5 July 29-Aug 2
HS6 August 5-9
HS7 August 12-16
HS8 August 19-23
HS9 August 26-30
*Learn-to-Race Camp (1 week) July 8-12
Class Code Boat Ages
ORC Optimist 9-13
**V15RC Vanguard 15 10-18
**LRC Laser 13-18

*Prerequisite: Students must have had at least one class of Sailing School at SYC, and/or be comfortable demonstrating basic sailing maneuvers. 
**Weight recommendation: Minimum 100 lbs. 


The Seattle Yacht Club employs 12-15 summer sailing instructors each week. The instructors are all experienced sailors, with Level 1 Instructor Certification from U.S. Sailing, and First Aid and CPR training through the American Heart Association.

Kick-Off Barbeque

Monday, June 24th 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. See the boats the students will be sailing and meet the instructors! Burgers, hot dogs, and salad will be served on the lawn at SYC. The summer sailing staff will be on hand to introduce themselves and answer questions about the SYC sailing programs. Cost is $15 per person.


SYC Members
Weekly Class Fee $430
Weekly Life Jacket Rental $10
Kick Off BBQ (June 24) $15

Member prices apply to Members’ Children, Grandchildren, or Junior Members. An SYC Membership number will be required.

Weekly Class Fee $450
Weekly Life Jacket Rental $10
Kick Off BBQ (June 24) $15

Class fees shall be paid in full and accompanied with completed application forms to guarantee registration in the desired class(es).

There will be a $100 charge for CANCELLATIONS up until one week prior to the class, after which there will be no refunds.

Once registration has been processed, there will be a $50 charge for class CHANGES.


Participation Requirements

Every sailor will be required to:

  • Pass a relatively easy swim test on their first day of each session.
  • Wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times on the water and dock.
  • Wear shoes at all times. Sailing shoes, Aqua Socks or Teva-type sandals are OK. Flip-flop sandals are not recommended.
  • Bring a lunch or plan to purchase lunch from the SYC Snack Shack.

Every Student will Receive:

  • Photos commemorating their experience.
  • Certificate to recognize course completion.
  • T-shirt with 2019 Summer Sailing School design.
  • Little Red Book. This book is part of  U.S. Sailing’s certification system. As the sailors progress, instructors will sign off on the skills mastered.

What they’re saying ...

"Thank you for providing such great sailing programs for the kids - it is a true pleasure to see them so happy and excited by the sport." - Kristin S.

"Not only did they have a fantastic time, but I was AMAZED at their sailing abilities when we went sailing. They really made great progress and are looking like real sailors!!" - Robin T.

Boat Descriptions

The Optimist (Opti) is a kid-sized individual dinghy that is easy to manage and fun to sail.

Students will sail with a friend in the Vanguard 15. Sailor weight minimum 100 lbs.

The Laser is a fun, single-handed training boat. Sailor weight minimum 100 lbs.

Advanced sailors can learn to rig the spinnaker in the double-handed 420.

2019 Adult Summer Classes

Seattle Yacht Club membership not required

  • Learn how to sail
  • Refresh your sailing skills
  • Learn how to race

2019 Adult Class Schedule

Sessions are two weeks each (6 classes): 

Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm 

2019 Adult Class Schedule
Session Dates
Session 1:

July 8/10/11
July 15/17/18

Session 2:

July 22/24/25
July 29/31/ Aug 1

Adult Summer Sailing Courses

In 2019, Seattle Yacht Club offers two adult sailing sessions. The two-week classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The classes will cover the basics of sailing, including rigging, points of sail, sail trim, boat-handling, and boating safety. Students will have the opportunity to try different boats, and will develop their skills through on-the-water sessions, classroom discussions, and the US Sailing textbook, Learn Sailing Right.

Private lessons are also available.

SYC Member $275
Non-member $325
Life Jacket Rental $10
Private Lessons $75/hour

Students should anticipate getting wet and bring appropriate clothing for the weather.

Prerequisites: Basic swimming skills required. The boats are small and require a medium level of physical agility.

The Fleet at SYC

Students will have the opportunity to sail with a friend in a two-person Vanguard 15 (V-15).

The Laser is a fun, single-handed training boat. This boat has two different size sails, allowing us to tailor the boat to the weight of the sailor.