High School Sailing


SFYC supports Marin County High Teams through individual annual agreements with each team.  Schools that regularly practice at the SFYC facility are: Redwood, Marin Catholic, Marin Academy, Branson, San Domenico.
Each team has a Parent Board that organizes the team and facilitates the agreement with SFYC. These teams represent their schools at regattas, and are solely organized by their Parent Boards.
High School Sailing Teams' structure at SFYC

Please contact your school's team leader for more information about that specific school's team. 
2019-20 Team Leaders' contact information:
Patty Young - pattyyoung@gmail.com
Matthew Sessions - MCSessions@gmail.com

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 eighth through twelfth grades. The northern California region runs ten regattas each school year and PCISA holds five regattas spread throughout the state.

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.

How much does it cost?
The fee to sail is negotiated by each school's Parent Board at the beginning of the season. Please contact your Team for more details.  Regatta entry expenses and travel are additional.

High School FJ Development
The may SFYC host JV development practices for  schools who desire them, run by either the varsity sailors or a hired coach. The practices on Friday afternoons should run from 4:00-7:00pm. 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 a high school 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.

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

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