Post Office Box 612, Vero Beach, FL 32961-0612                                                                                                                 
.....The Kids Build The Boats..The Boats Build The Kids.....
….Welcome!……….Fall semester sailing classes begin on Saturday, September 20th at 9 AM with a parent/student orientation session and the new student swimming tests…Contact Dan at 772-978-1701 with questions………More details under “Latest News”……………YSF’s Annual Chili Cook Off will be held on Saturday, September 20 beginning at 5 PM at the Power Squadron Bldg.……Call 772 567-9000 to volunteer or to Enter your Best Chili for great prizes!...More details under “Latest News”………..CPR/First Aid Class on Wednesday, September 10th at 7 PM at YSF….$10.00/person………….Power Squadron’s ABC Boating Class on Saturday, September 13th at 9 AM at the Power Squadron building ……..Passing ABC Course gives you a NASBLA card which is required in FL to operate a 10 HP or larger motorboat if you were born after 12/31/1987……More details under “Latest News”……….
 

ABOUT YSF

 

Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County, Inc. is an ALL VOLUNTEER, 501(c)(3) organization funded solely by donations.   Our activities are open to Indian River County children ages 8 and older who can pass a swimming test.

Why sailing?  Our program takes children outdoors, away from computers and cell phones while providing the physical activity so lacking today.  Sailing often provides a way for children with limited athletic skills to compete equally with children who are more athletically inclined.

 Our progress in the 4 years since inception is amazing.  Much of this growth is the result of partnerships with the Vero Beach City Marina, the Vero Beach Power Squadron, the Moorings Yacht Club and the Vero Beach Yacht Club.  We now have a total 30 Optimist sailboats, 20 of which were donated to be used by children who cannot afford their own boat.

Youth Sailing Foundation is all about the children.  As our children grow in the confidence that comes with rigging and piloting their own sailboat, completing races, learning the sailing language, and interacting not only with children but with adults, we see our goals being fulfilled.  Our success is measured in the positive changes in our children.

 Our program has three parts:

1.     Free children’s sailing instruction by certified US Sailing Instructors; in the classroom and on the water.  Optimist sailboats are used for beginning sailors between the ages of 8 & 15.  

2.     Summer Sailing Camp held at the Moorings Club.  (There is a fee to participate in Summer Camp.)

3.    Assembly of eight foot wooden Optimist sailboat kits by parents and children under the supervision of trained YSF volunteers.  The kits cost $1700.00

     4.    Club 420 Program; free lessons on our Club 420 sailboats which are larger, 2-person sailboats for our older, more experienced sailors.