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The Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation is pleased to present the 2017 Summer Sailing Program. Five 2-week sessions, run Monday-Friday, from June to August are designed to offer sailing opportunities for new and returning sailors from 8-18 years old. Morning classes, when the wind is lighter, are held for introduction to sailing and less experienced sailors. Afternoon classes are held for advanced sailors and racing. The 2-week sessions during the 2017 Summer Semester begin on June 12th and end on August 18th. SBYSF provides sailboats for participants and a substantial discount is available if you choose to sail throughout the summer or you can sign up for individual 2-week sessions.

NOTE: Each sailor requires a registration. If you are registering more than one sailor, please fill out a registration form and pay for each sailor individually.

Detailed descriptions of the classes and a schedule appear below. Please contact the Program Director at 805-965-4603 or at sbysf.director@gmail.com for additional information.

Please make sure you bring a signed Liability Release Form and a signed Sailor Code of Conduct to the first day of each new, two-week session.

MORNING SESSIONS

Novice Optimist SailCube

Prerequisites: None! This is our introductory, learn-to-sail class for sailors 8-11 years old. We recommend that sailors coming over from SeaShells who have limited experience sailing start here. It is also recommended sailors restart here if they have not sailed since last summer.

Description: This is our introductory sailing class geared towards first-time sailors and first-time program participants. Sailed in 8’ pram style dinghies, known as Optimist SailCubes, sailors gain hands on experience under the supervision of certified instructors. This class has a linear progression that teaches and builds on fundamental skills such as; rigging your boat, steering, body placement, sail trim, tacking/gybing, sail theory and much more! Sailors sail in pairs to gain confidence on the water.  It is common for participants to repeat this class more than once.

Sign Up for Novice Optimist SailCube 
9am-noon Morning Session: 

  • Session 1: 6/12-6/23 - $375
  • Session 2: 6/26-7/7 - $375
  • Session 3: 7/10-7/21 - $375
  • Session 4: 7/24-8/4 - $375
  • Session 5: 8/7-8/18 - $375
  • All 5 Sessions: 6/12-8/18 - $1125

Intermediate Optimist SailCube

Prerequisites: If you were enrolled in the SBYSF Spring or Fall, Novice or Intermediate Optimist Fleet or if you have had prior participation in last summer’s Intermediate Optimist SailCube class, this is the summer class for you.  Alternatively, experience sailing in another program’s novice or intermediate sailing program such as Sea Shells would prepare you for the Intermediate Optimist SailCube class.

Description: The Intermediate Optimist SailCube class is meant to be a launchpad from Novice to Green Fleet Racing. Sailors continue to build strong fundamentals such as; accurate steering, weight placement, sail trim, sailing on all points of sail and boat maintenance. Additionally, this class offers a light introduction to sailboat racing in a fun constructive manner! Sailors spend their time “solo” in their Optimist SailCube.

Sign Up for Intermediate Optimist SailCube
9am-noon Morning Session: 

  • Session 1: 6/12-6/23 - $375
  • Session 2: 6/26-7/7 - $375
  • Session 3: 7/10-7/21 - $375
  • Session 4: 7/24-8/4 - $375
  • Session 5: 8/7-8/18 - $375
  • All 5 Sessions: 6/12-8/18 - $1125

CFJ Adventure Sailing

Prerequisites: None! CFJ Adventure Sailing is designed for pre-teen and teenage sailors with little to no sailing experience. Sailors learn the fundamentals of sailing in our 13’ CFJ dinghies.

Description: This is our introductory class for sailors between the ages of 12-18. Held in CFJ’s, class of boat commonly raced through the United States, sailors will gain familiarity with sailing in a fun environment. Skills covered include; parts of the boat, rigging, steering, sail trim, tacking/gybing and loads more!

Sign Up for CFJ Adventure Sailing
9am-noon Morning Session: 

  • Session 1: 6/12-6/23 - $375
  • Session 2: 6/26-7/7 - $375
  • Session 3: 7/10-7/21 - $375
  • Session 4: 7/24-8/4 - $375
  • Session 5: 8/7-8/18 - $375
  • All 5 Sessions: 6/12-8/18 - $1125

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Green Fleet Optimist Racing

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the SBYSF Spring or Fall  program in the Optimist Intermediate,/Light Green or Optimist Green Fleet Racing  is an ideal precursor for this Summer Session class.  Alternatively, a strong command of the following skills; rigging/derigging one’s boat, sailing on all points of sail and confidence on the water.

Description: Welcome the the world of youth sailboat racing!  This exciting step is aimed to have sailors gain knowledge and skills necessary to start racing.  Topics covered include; basic rules of racing, starting technique, race course familiarity, more advanced boat handling, introduction to boat speed and more.  Sailors are encouraged to participate in our Thursday Night, Twilight Racing series.

Sign Up for Green Fleet Optimist Racing
1pm-4:30pm Afternoon Session: 

  • Session 1: 6/12-6/23 - $375
  • Session 2: 6/26-7/7 - $375
  • Session 3: 7/10-7/21 - $375
  • Session 4: 7/24-8/4 - $375
  • Session 5: 8/7-8/18 - $375
  • All 5 Sessions: 6/12-8/18 - $1125

Champ Fleet Optimist Racing

Prerequisites: Current participation in SBYSF’s Optimist Champ Fleet and/or approval by SBYSF Program Director and Head Optimist Coach is required for this Summer Semester class.  Racing at a similar program is also subject to approval.

Description: SBYSF’s Optimist Champ Fleet is a high-level training group working towards success. The class is aimed at providing sailors the skills necessary to compete at the regional, national and international level.  Many participants are actively racing at the USODA National-level.  Coaches follow a programming model which is tuned toward addressing and working on sailors weaknesses and strengths.  Many topics are covered including; advanced boat handling, boat speed work, improved training processes, starting technique, strategy/tactics, team racing and racing rules. Sailors are encouraged to participate in our Thursday Night, Twilight Racing series.

Sign Up for Champ Fleet Optimist Racing
1pm-4:30pm Afternoon Session: 

  • Session 1: 6/12-6/23 - $375
  • Session 2: 6/26-7/7 - $375
  • Session 3: 7/10-7/21 - $375
  • Session 4: 7/24-8/4 - $375
  • Session 5: 8/7-8/18 - $375
  • All 5 Sessions: 6/12-8/18 - $1125

CFJ Racing

Prerequisites: CFJ racing is  appropriate for active participants in SBYSF’s High School Sailing Program or those wanting to sail the CFJ in regional regattas such as the SCYYRA Shadden Series.  Alternative experience in other racing dinghies or experience sailing in SBYSF’s Champ Fleet Optimist Program go hand-in-hand with this class.

Description: SBYSF’s CFJ Racing class is an advanced training program geared towards sailors planning to race regional and national regattas. This program is sailed in CFJ’s with spinnakers.  Areas of focus include; advanced boat handling, tuning, spinnaker trim, tactics/strategy and advanced racing techniques.  Sailors are highly encouraged to attend Junior Olympics (July 14-16th at San Diego YC) and CFJ Nationals (July 27-30 at Coronado YC), two premium SoCal regattas this summer, and the CFJ Racing  summer program is designed to help those sailors ramp up their preparation for these regattas.

Sign Up for
1pm-4:30pm Afternoon Session: 

  • Session 1: 6/12-6/23 - $375
  • Session 2: 6/26-7/7 - $375 (Junior Olympics Campaign #1)
  • Session 3: 7/10-7/21 - $375 (Junior Olympics Campaign #2)
  • Session 4: 7/24-8/4 - $375 (CFJ Nationals Campaign)
  • Session 5: 8/7-8/18 - $375
  • All 5 Sessions: 6/12-8/18 - $1125

Please contact the Program Director at 805-965-4603 or at sbysf.director@gmail.com for additional information.