High School Sailing Program
Spring sailboat racing program for kids from 8th through 12th grade.
February 14th through May 4th
The high school sailing program at Seattle Yacht Club is open to the public for all boys and girls in 8th - 12th grade, no experience necessary. Practices will be held at Seattle Yacht Club two times a week from February 16th through May 5th. Sailors will race in local regattas.
About High School Sailing:
The high school sailing program at Seattle Yacht Club (SYC) gives boys and girls in the Seattle area the opportunity to learn how to sail, race and compete in a regional regatta circuit. The boats sailed in high school sailing are double handed (two person) sailboats that are 15 feet long and have two sails. Flying Juniors (FJs) and Vanguard 15's (V15’s) are the most common type of boat sailed. SYC has a fleet of twelve V15s that we use for our practices and hosted events. These types of boats are used in local, regional, and national High School and Collegiate competitions. They are also some of the best boats for learning the fundamentals of sailing and racing.
Many different high schools participate in the SYC program. The goal is to have at least four sailors from each represented high school. Teams can be formed from multiple high schools when schools do not have enough representation (except at district qualifier events). More information on high school sailing regionally can be found HERE and nationally HERE.
Informational meeting February 9th from 6:00-7:00 at Seattle Yacht Club (MAP). Parents are welcome!
Practices: Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-6:30pm. All practices are held at Seattle Yacht Club.
Practices run from 2/14 - 5/4.
The regatta schedule for Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association can be found HERE these regatta dates along with the practice schedule are also on the SYC Race Team and High School Calendar (click here to view).
The SYC High School Program will support the following events with coaching:
North Regionals - Saturday, March 4th (Anacortes)
Combined Division Regatta - Saturday, March 11th (Sail Sand Point)
SYC Open - Saturday, April 1st (Seattle Yacht Club)
Sailors that want to participate in these regattas must inform the coach at least three practices ahead of time. Events not listed can still be attended by SYC sailors and supported with coaching. Sailors interested should work with the coach to organize and plan for these events. SYC does not provide transportation to or from regattas.
Benefits of High School Sailing at SYC:
Supervised access to SYC facilities, boats, sails and equipment necessary for sailing
24 scheduled practices at SYC
Sailing is an active sport, building strength, agility, and coordination
Coaching at some of the local and regional events
Sailing is a collegiate, co-ed, and lifelong sport. Providing sailors lots of opportunity for the future!
Complete registration forms are required before a sailor can participate in any aspect of the program
Sailors need to know how to swim
Sailors will show respect to the coaches, boats, SYC facilities, and members
Sailors should be enthusiastic, positive, and committed to being part of a team!
Clothing and Gear:
Sailors will need to wear clothing that they can get wet in. Examples are wet suits, synthetic long underwear/undergarments with shorts, rain jacket/pants, and fleece jacket or other clothing that is non-cotton. Bring a change of clothing because you will get wet!
Check out West Coast Sailing for gear and clothing!
High school team dues are $250. Fees are seasonal and by registering for the spring season (2/14 – 5/4) you agree to pay the full amount. Scholarships are available (contact the coach for details).
Travel and regatta expenses are not included in the seasonal dues.
Still not sure? Want to try it out?
Feel free to come to a practice to check it out, no payment up front. You must have a signed registration form.
Questions? Contact the Sailing Office: (206) 926-1011. Or email the coach at choard @ gmail.com