2019 Adult Sailing Lessons


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2019 Adult Program Brochure

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.


All classes...

Run 5:30-8:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday for two weeks
Sail Vanguard 15s or Lasers
Are taught by US Sailing Level 1 Instructors
Are suitable for beginner sailors
Require basic swimming skills
Require a medium level of physical agility
Focus on fun & safety while boating

*Member registration opens March 18, non-member registration opens March 20

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Vanguard 15

The Vanguard-15 (V-15) is the primary training boat at Seattle Yacht Club. 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 sized sails, allowing us to tailor the boat to the weight of the sailor.

2019 Dates & Pricing


Session 1

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

Session 2

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

All classes run 5:30 - 8:00 pm


All classes
$325 Non-Members
$275 Members
$10 Life jacket rental (optional)



Pricing, fees, and cancellations

  • Each class is $325 for non-members and $275 for Seattle Yacht Club Members.
  • $10/week life jacket rental (optional with registration).
  • Class fees must be paid in full and accompanied by complete application forms to guarantee registration in desired class(es). $50 charge for cancellations up to one week/the Monday before class starts.
  • No refund if you cancel less than one week/the Tuesday or later before class starts.


  • Classes can and will sail in the rain. Students should bring a jacket for those days.
  • The sailors will not go out on the water if there is thunder or lightning in the area, or if winds are dangerously strong. If weather or wind-speed prevents the students from sailing, the instructors are prepared with other on-land sailing-related games and activities to keep class fun and educational.
  • Classes will sail in smoky conditions. Students may want to bring N95 face masks on smoky days.
  • There are no refunds for adverse weather conditions, unless sailing school is canceled by the Sailing Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact if I'm running late?

Please contact the Sailing Office at 206-926-1009 or your Instructor ahead of time if you will be absent, are running late, or have to leave early. 

What do I wear/bring?

Suggested items to bring:
  • Life jacket - required on boats (bring your own or rent for $10 for the length of the course)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Athletic-type clothing that dries quickly and allows you to move (no jeans!)
  • Fleece or non-cotton jacket
  • Change of clothes (sometimes you will get wet)
  • Shoes that won't fall off, such as Chacos or Tevas (no flip flops; tennis shoes okay but will get wet.

Where will we sail?

Most sailing takes place on Portage Bay, located between Lake Washington and Lake Union.

All classes launch from Seattle Yacht Club's Mainstation on Portage Bay.

Seattle Yacht Club
1807 East Hamlin Street
Seattle, WA 98112

Questions? Please contact Catie Plourde, Sailing Programs Coordinator, at catiep@seattleyachtclub.org or 206-926-1009.