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What is High School sailing?

What is high school sailing?

An opportunity to learn to race and compete against other high school teams and travel to regattas. At the highest level, high school sailing leads to national competitions.

How is it organized?

Currently 90 schools in California and Hawaii are registered in the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association (PCISA). Eligibility is open to boys and girls in ninth through twelfth grades. The northern California region runs ten regattas each school year and PCISA holds five regattas spread throughout the state.

What is the local scene?

The San Francisco Yacht Club supports Redwood, Marin Academy, Marin Catholic, and Branson High Schools. This support includes boats, coaches, trailers, hot showers and much more. Currently practice is three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday, from 3:30pm (leaving the dock at 4pm) to 6 or 7pm (depending on daylight length), with all teams practicing together. Teams travel to one or two regattas each month.

What boats are sailed?

Most HS sailing is “fleet” racing. It is done in double-handed dinghies called the Flying Junior, or “FJ”. There is also a single-handed regatta in Lasers and Laser Radials, and one team race in FJs.

What happens at a high school regatta?

High school teams arrive at the host club early in the morning towing trailers with up to six FJs on them, and with cars full of kids and their sailing gear. Racing proceeds for most of the day (wind permitting). Races are short and many are sailed each day.

Are there opportunities to sail on my team this year?

YES! Both skipper and crew positions are needed in fall and spring.

When does it start?

SFYC youth calendar 

How much does it cost?

The fee to sail is $800/semester. Regatta entry expenses and travel are additional.

High School FJ Development

The SFYC will host a JV development team when the high school varsity team needs to be cut down in size to work within the parameters of our facility. If the JV team does not reach capacity, 7th and 8th graders in feeder schools, may be invited to participate on the JV team. The club hosts JV practice on Friday afternoons from 3:30-6:45pm. This is not a learn-to-sail program, sailors are expected to have experience sailing FJs prior to participating in this program.

What are the benefits of joining the sailing team?

  • Sailing is a co-educational competitive sport. 
  • Colleges actively recruit talented sailors for their college teams. 
  • Sailing not only involves a high level of physical strength and agility but it teaches students about navigation, physics, the marine environment, SF Bay and the importance of teamwork. 
  • Sailing is a worldwide activity that literally can take you around the globe.
  • Sailing is a sport that you will enjoy throughout your life. 
  • Supervised use of SFYC facilities, offering the highest standard of safe, quality access to the water. 
  • Supervised use of a fleet of FJs. 
  • Safety and rescue boats on the water at all times. 
  • Professional coaching during regattas and practices. 

Requirements:

  • Completed Registration Forms
  • Proof of swimming ability
  • Enthusiasm and a desire to race
  • Commitment

STILL WANT TO KNOW MORE...

For more information, contact: the SFYC Youth Office at (415) 435-9525 or email youth@SFYC.org

PCISA website: www.PCISA.org, includes the latest regatta schedule.