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The Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation is pleased to present the 2017 Summer Sailing Program. Five 2-week sessions 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.

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

After you register, please make sure you bring a signed Liability Release Form and a signed Sailor Code of Conduct.

It is important that you sign up each sailor from sign up to checkout separately as a separate registration is required for each attending child.

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 CFJ Racing 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

SUMMER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

How do I register my child? What forms do I need to sign or bring with me?
Registration is completed under “Sign Up” at www.sbysf.com or use the convenient links above. Space is available on a first paid, first reserved basis. To secure a spot in one of the classes, the online registration form needs to be filled out completely and full payment is required through PayPal or Stripe.

After you register, please make sure you bring a signed Liability Release Form and a signed Sailor Code of Conduct for each sailor on the first day or your child will not be allowed to participate. Alternatively, you can mail the forms prior to the beginning of the class to the following address:

Program Director
Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation
130 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

How old does my child have to be to participate?
SBYSF suggests an age range from 8 to 18 years old. No prior sailing experience is needed to participate. We have classes for beginners to advanced sailing and racing.

Does my child need to know how to swim?
Yes. Although swimming is not a part of our program, everyone is required to participate in a swimming exercise to help us assess the comfort of each sailor in the water while wearing a life jacket. On the first day of class the sailor is required to swim to a coach boat anchored a short distance offshore (less than 100 feet), don a lifejacket while in the water and swim back to shore.

Do I need to own a sailboat or do I have to purchase a sailboat to participate?
No. SBYSF has sailboats the sailors will use.

What type of sailboat will my child be sailing?
SBYSF uses one-person, 8' pram style sailboats called Optimist SailCubes and fiberglass Optimists for younger children. These sailboats are widely used all over the world for learning to sail and more advanced racing. More children learn to sail in an Optimist than any other boat. It’s weight, sail size and stability allow it to be sailed in all wind conditions. The Optimist Class is the largest youth sailing/racing class in the world with over 150,000 Optimists registered. Also, we use CFJ’s for older kids to learn to sail and to race. The CFJ is a light, maneuverable boat at 13 feet long, 4 feet wide and weighing in around 220 lbs. and it is often used in youth sailing, high school and collegiate programs. Both of these boats are widely sailed in Southern California.

What are the hours for the sessions each day?
The classes are held either from 9:00 am - 12 noon or 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Please check on the class you are registered in for the appropriate time.

Is lunch provided for my Child?
Lunch is not provided. Please pack a nutritious lunch, snacks that are portable and easy to eat and send plenty of water.

Where do I park?
Limited parking is available in the harbor area next to the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. Parking at the Yacht Club is reserved for members only. Additional parking for a nominal cost is available to the left as you enter the harbor from Cabrillo. Turn left immediately after you enter the Santa Barbara Harbor and receive a ticket at the kiosk. From the parking area you can walk over to the Santa Barbara Yacht Club.

Where do the classes meet?
Day 1: On the first day of class sailors and parents will meet on the downstairs back porch at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club in the Santa Barbara Harbor at 130 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. They will meet their coaches and receive a brief introduction from the SBYSF Program Director.

Subsequent Days: After day one parents will drop off their sailors at the SBYSF dock. The dock is located near the beginning of the breakwater and down the ramp at the entrance to Marina One in the Santa Barbara Harbor. During orientation on Day 1 you will be given directions to the SBYSF dock. Our coaching staff will be available about 15 minutes prior to the start of class also.

What do the sailors wear each day?
Each sailor is required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket while they are on the water and sailing. Comfortable clothes and a hat that will protect the sailor from the sun and that they can get wet are important. Closed toe, non-marking shoes such as Keens, water shoes, old-sneakers (canvas sneaker such as Converse All-Stars work well). No Tevas or flip-flops.

What do I bring?

  • Life jacket: US Coast Guard Approved, Type III. Brands like Extrasport and Gill are the most popular and comfortable. Fit is important, so please choose the appropriate size for right now. Also, West Marine has a selection of very good house brand life jackets at their South Calle Cesar Chavez Street location. SBYSF has a limited amount of life jackets available to borrow.
  • Sunscreen and Hat: We will spend a lot of time in the sun!
  • Sunglasses: Eye protection is critical in our sport. Please opt for polarized lenses for maximum protection.
  • Sailing Clothing: Recommended gear includes: quick drying shorts, rash guards or “tech” shirts (long sleeve is preferred), closed toe shoes. Cotton clothing is not suggested.
  • Change of clothing and towel: Dry clothes for after sailing and the ride home.
  • Snack and refillable water bottle

Can parents watch?
Yes! Our sailing takes place either in the Santa Barbara Harbor basin or on the Pacific Ocean. Viewing is best from Stearns Wharf, West Beach or the Santa Barbara Harbor breakwall depending on the wind direction and schedule for the day..

How do I drop off/pick up my sailor
Parents must sign their sailors in and out at the beginning and end of each day. A staff member will be on hand to take attendance. At the end of each day a staff member will walk your class up to the front gate of Santa Barbara Yacht Club. This will allow for easy pick up. We ask parents to arrive on time (12:00 pm or 4:30 pm). Most of our staff have afternoon classes at 1:00 and have a short opportunity to have lunch.

My sailor had a great time! What next?
Our classes progress in a logical, linear manner at SBYSF. The flow is: Novice → Intermediate → Green Fleet → Champ Fleet or beginning FJ sailing to High School FJ sailing Each class builds upon the previous and adds skills necessary for success at the next level. For those interested, youth sailing has become an accessible sport for all sailors.

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