Summer Sailing School

Open to Non-Members

Youth sailing classes have ended for 2017. Please check back in February for 2018 information!

(Looking for Adult Sailing Info? Please scroll down.)

2017 Registration Dates

         March 20 - 21: Registration begins for Seattle Yacht Club Members

         March 22: Registration opens to Non-Members

The Seattle Yacht Club has a long-standing tradition of providing an outstanding Junior Sailing School program for children in the Seattle area. We offer classes for children from 7-18 years of age with a wide variety of class options. Over 600 young sailors participate in a total of 39 classes over a ten-week period each summer. The hand-selected instructional staff is trained through US SAILING, and CPR and First Aid certified.

The 2017 program will run from June 19th through September 1st.
No classes held the week of July 3 - 7.

Classes run from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Students can sign up for a week at a time.

Answers to Frequently asked questions can be found in the Summer Sailing School menu to the left.
Click HERE for a list of what to bring and where to go.
Thinking about lunch for your sailor? Click HERE for a sample Snack Shack menu.
Please contact the Sailing Office with all other questions.

Summer Sailing School Instructors

Summer Sailing School Refund & Cancellation Policy:

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

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

Opti Green Fleet Program

Open to Non-Members

Interested in taking the first step to becoming a racer? The Opti Green Fleet is the best place to start for kids ages 8-13. Using the club boats, learn the basics of racing, advanced rigging, and boat-handling.

Click here for more information. 

Adult Sailing Courses

Open to Non-Members

Adult sailing classes have ended for 2017. Please check back in February for 2018 information!

Seattle Yacht Club’s adult sailing sessions offer an excellent way to get out on the water and learn the basics of small boat sailing. Using the club’s Vanguard-15’s and Lasers, the classes start with the basics including rigging, points of sail, sail trim, boat-handling, and boating safety. Students develop their skills through on-the-water sessions, “chalk talk” discussions, and work in textbooks. Classes are open to all levels, and advanced sessions may be offered for more experienced sailors ready to learn racing tactics.
Please note: Adult Sailing Courses at SYC take place on small one or two-person sailboats. A medium level of agility is required.

Click HERE for a list of what to bring and where to go.

Private Sailing Lessons

We are not offering private sailing lessons at this time.

The Fleet at SYC

Optimist                                                                        Vanguard 15 (V-15)


 Laser                                                                            420

The Optimist (Opti) is an eight foot, kid-sized single-handed dinghy that is easy to manage and fun to sail.

The Vanguard-15 (V-15) is the primary training boat at SYC. This stable, double-handed boat with a main and jib is the national standard for novice and advanced sailors to master the basics and to develop teamwork.

The Olympic-Class Laser is a high performance single-handed dinghy for intermediate and advanced sailors. It is a great platform to build boat-handling and racing skills. This boat has two different size sails, allowing us to tailor the boat to the weight of the sailor.

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

Contact Information:

Sailing Office phone: (206) 926-1011
Address: 1807 E. Hamlin St., Seattle, WA 98112

Brian Ledbetter, Sailing Director:

Angela Frost, Sailing Programs Coordinator:

Cameron Hoard, Race Team Coach:

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