Youth Sailing Programs
Opti Learn to Sail
The optimist is a 7'9" long single-handed sailboat. Sailors 8-13 years old and under 110lbs. Sailors are taught to sail with a partner, then independently, and once proficient in the boat can move over to our racing program, if they choose to do so. The opti is the biggest youth racing class in the world.
Beginner sailors meet typically two days a week, options below:
- Tuesday and Friday afterschool from 4 to 6 p.m.
This entry program does not have a fee, however we do ask for donations
After completion of the beginner class, sailors move into an intermediate Opti class.
- Homeschool Intermediate Opti -Wednesday and Friday mornings from 11 - 2 p.m. for homeschool sailors.
This program has a nominal fee of $200. No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.
Sailors coming out of Beginner Opti that would like to be competitive can join our Intermediate/Advanced Opti Class. This class is geared towards entry level racers. Sailors will practice with the integrity to be competitive in the Florida East Coast Series. This series is local and sailors can expect to travel from Palm Beach up to Melbourne on four Sundays throughout the season.
Intermediate/Advance Opti meets on Saturday afternoons from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Thursdays afterschool from 3:30 - 6 p.m.
This program has a nominal fee of $250. No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.
After completing the Advanced Racing Class sailors can be chosen to be a part of our Shelby Racing Team. This is a competitive Opti Racing Program that competes in the Florida East Coast series and in other high-level regattas across the state of Florida.
Shelby Racing Team meets on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30 - 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 - 4 p.m.
This program has a nominal fee of $400. No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.
This program focuses on the skills and fundamentals needed for both single and double handed sailing. These classes are offered in a fun and recreational environment, catering to beginner and intermediate sailors. This program is perfect for sailors that are interested in learning how to sail but are too big for the Opti, or are not interested in joining a racing focused program at this time.
This program will use the RS Feva, pictured to the right, Optis, Hobies and Lasers
Practices held Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 - 2 p.m. for homeschool and 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. afterschool.
This program has a nominal fee of $150. No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.
High School and Middle School C420 Sailing
The C420 is a double handed boat that is perfect for beginners and highly competitive sailors a like. Here at YSF we offer C420 classes at 3 different levels, Beginner, Intermediate, and Varsity Racing.
Middle school and High School aged beginner sailors, who are looking to be on the Vero Beach High School Sailing team down the road, can join our beginner 420 class. This class will teach sailors the fundamentals of sailing.
After completing the Beginner 420 class, Adventure sailing, or for sailors coming out of Advanced Opti and Racing programs, sailors can join the JV 420 Class. This class is geared towards preparing sailors for the competitive format of High School Sailing.
Beginner 420: Wednesdays 3:30-6:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm. This program has a nominal fee of $150.
Intermediate/JV 420: Classes meet Wednesday and Friday 3:30-6:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm - 3:00pm This program has a nominal fee of $250.
Varsity/Racing 420:Wednesday, Friday 3:00 - 6:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm - 4:00pm. This program has a nominal fee of $400.
No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.
We also ask for donations as these nominal fees do not cover the cost of our programs.