Youth Sailing Programs

Register for Spring 2024

All programs have a limited number of spots available - you will be automatically added to our waitlist and notified by email of your child's enrollment status.

Sailing Parent Handbook

Code of Ethics

Scholarship Application

No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request. When registering, please select pay in person to avoid fees and then complete scholarship form separately.

We also ask for donations as these nominal fees do not cover the cost of our programs.

five sailboats racing

Opti Learn to Sail

The optimist is a 7'9" long single-handed sailboat. Sailors 8-13 years old and under 115lbs. 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 two days a week, class options below:

  • Afterschool Beginner Opti #1
    Tuesdays & Fridays 3:30pm - 6:30pm. Runs from January 22 - May 5th.
    *Transportation provided from select schools.
    Age range: 8-14 years old
    Weight Requirement: 115 lbs MAX
  • Afterschool Beginner Opti #2
    Wednesdays 3:30pm - 6:30pm & Saturdays 9am - 12pm. Runs from January 22 - May 5th.
    *Transportation provided from select schools.
    Age range: 8-14 years old
    Weight Requirement: 115 lbs MAX
  • Homeschool Beginner Opti #1
    Wednesdays & Fridays 11am - 2pm. Runs from January 22 - May 5th.
    Age range: 8-14 years old
    Weight Requirement: 115 lbs MAX
  • Homeschool Beginner Opti #2
    Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am - 2pm. Runs from January 22 - May 5th.
    Age range: 8-14 years old
    Weight Requirement: 115 lbs MAX

These entry programs do not have fees if it is your first term sailing, if it is your second term sailing there is a nominal fee of $150. No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.

After completion of the beginner class, sailors move into an Intermediate Opti class, options are below.

  • Afterschool Intermediate Opti meets on Thursdays 3:30pm - 6:30pm & Saturdays 12:30pm-3:30pm. Runs from February 7th - May 5th.
    Age range: 9-14 years old
    Weight Requirement: Under 115lbs
    Runs from February 8th - May 5th.
    *Transportation options from select schools.

This program has a nominal fee of $300. No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.

Opti Racing

After completing the Intermediate Opti 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
    Fridays 3:30 - 6:30 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 - 5:00 pm. Runs from January 19th - May 5th.
    Age range: 9-15 years old
    Weight Requirement: Under 120 lbs
    This program has a nominal fee of $450.
    No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.

Shelby Racing
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Regatta Financial Aid Form

Shelby #1 Broad Reaching

Adventure and Feva Sailing

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 and the sailors are not interested in joining a racing focused program at this time. This program is for sailors who have completed 1 year of sailing (2 semesters). Ideal weight for this class ranges 100-200 pounds.

This program will use the RS Feva, pictured to the right. Adventure programs may also use the Hobies and Lasers throughout the season.

  • Homeschool Adventure: Advanced
    Wednesdays & Fridays 11:00am - 2:00 pm. Runs from February 7th - May 5th.
    No Weight Requirement

These programs have a nominal fee of $300. No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.

Fevas
sailboats approaching a buoy

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 may have interest in joining 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 Intermediate 420 class. This class is geared towards preparing sailors for the competitive format of High School Sailing.

  • Homeschool Beginner 420:
    Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am - 2pm. Runs from February 6th - May 5th.
    Age range: 12-18 years old
    Weight minimum: 115lbs

These entry programs do not have fees if it is your first term sailing, if it is your second term sailing there is a nominal fee of $150. No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.

  • Intermediate 420:
    Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30pm - 6:30pm. Runs from February 6th - May 5th.
    Age range: 12-18 years old
    Weight Minimum: 115lbs
    *Transportation is provided from select schools.
    This program has a nominal fee of $300. No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.
  • Homeschool Intermediate 420:
    Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am - 2pm. Runs from February 6th - May 5th.
    Age range: 12-18 years old
    Weight Minimum: 115lbs
    This program has a nominal fee of $300. No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.
  • Varsity/Racing 420: Wednesdays, Fridays & Staurdays 3:00 - 6:00pm. Runs from January 17th - May 5th.
    Age range: 12-18 years old
    Weight Minimum: 115 lbs
    Transportation is provided from select schools.
    This program has a nominal fee of $450. No fee should prevent a sailor from sailing, scholarships are available upon request.

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