GGYC sailing programs postponed until further notice. We hope to have an update on all youth programs after May 18th.
Waterfront Director: Chris Johnson
Program Manager: Sharmaine Ramasamy
CFJ: Alberto Rivera
C420: Dylan Ale
Opti: Alex Salogub
Feva: Chris Childers
Assistant Coaches: Brett Bastien, Henry Pease, Mills Forni, Brett Davis, Sarah Davis
The GGYC Youth Sailing Foundation’s mission is to provide safe and fun youth sailing programs for all Bay Area kids. Our ethos is teaching Life Skills through Sailing. Our goals are to provide youth sailing programs that are fun, educational, and accessible. GGYC waterfront is a great place for student sailors to learn sailing, racing, and build lifelong friendships.
GGYC hosts four primary sailing programs: Opti Kids, Siebel Sailors Program, High School Racing and ClubSails.
Opti Kids is designed for 8-14 year old youth members sailing the Optimist dinghy. Beginner lessons are held in the Fall and Spring. Experienced youth sailors can participate in ClubSails and race in the Bay Area Youth Sailing (BAYS) regattas.
GGYC is proud to announce a new partnership with US Sailing and the Siebel Sailors Program, together we will launch a landmark community sailing program at the GGYC for all Bay Area youth on the RS Feva XL. This Siebel Sailors program is designed for kids 10-15 years old, prior sailing experience is not required and scholarships are provided for those that qualify.
US Sailing Coach Chris Childers and the GGYC staff are working hard to determine if we can host a Siebel Sailors summer camp in July, currently we are planning for a 3 week camp with 6 sailors max. More information will be posted in July.
Fall: Dates TBD.
GGYC Summer Camps: Mon-Fri, 10-4pm.
July 27th – Aug 14th. (Intermediate)
The High School Racing Program is open to the public and currently hosts teams from Lowell, School of the Arts, Drew, Galileo, and Riordan Archbishop. Junior Varsity students learn basic boat handling skills and racing rules on the collegiate flying junior (CFJ). Varsity sailors learn racing tactics on the double-handed CFJs and more advanced C420. When not training on the CFJ, GGYC youth members are encouraged to train on the club’s fleet of C420s, RS Fevas, Lasers and J22s.
Youth ClubSails are fun recreational sailing days for GGYC youth members and their guests. ClubSails are hosted by GGYC’s certified coaches and GGYC High School sailors on the 2nd Sunday in Jan, Apr, July, Oct. To learn more about GGYC youth membership or sign up for the next youth ClubSail follow us at Golden Gate Yacht Club-Waterfront.
Over the past 25 years, GGYC coaches have coached and mentored hundreds of bay area youth and students from the School of the Arts, Mission, Lowell, Galileo, Gateway, Lycee Francais, French American, Drew, Riordan Archbishop and City Arts & Tech. GGYC is committed to building a diverse sailing community and welcomes students from all backgrounds. We are very excited about our programs in 2020 and look forward to a great year of sailing!
High School Race Team
The ability to swim 50 yards is required. Enthusiasm, commitment and a sincere desire to learn to race in regattas are essential. Students need to have their own wet-suit, sailing boots, gloves, lifejacket, and a bailer (aka Arizona Ice Tea jug). The following forms are required before sailing:
- Student Information
- Medical Information and Directives
- Liability waiver (parents please print, sign and bring to first practice)
Spring season runs Jan 11th – Mar 29th and is limited to 15 students. Registration fee is $525 per sailor. This fee offsets coaching fees, sailing expenses, travel costs and boat maintenance. Parents are required to pay registration fees for regattas, normally $25 per day. Scholarships are available to qualifying students. For more information about scholarships email the waterfront director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regattas provide great opportunities for students to build confidence racing, working on their leadership skills and life long sailing friends. Coaches, students, and parents collectively decide which regattas to attend. Parents are responsible for student regatta registration, transportation, and daily lunches. A GGYC coaches will attend each regatta on the GGYC coach boat for safety and coaching.
Spring 2020 Regattas
– PCISA 4, Feb 22-23, Treasure Island Sailing Center
– NorCal Divisional Championships, Mar 28-29, TBD
– Pacific Coast Championships, Apr 18-19, Encinal Yacht Club
Support the Students
The GGYC Youth Sailing Programs are only possible through the great volunteer efforts of our club coaches, parents, sponsors, members and donors. We believe youth sailing provides today’s youth with invaluable life skills in teamwork, confidence, trust and friendship. If you would like to become a volunteer or donate to the GGYC Youth Sailing Foundation, please contact the Waterfront Director at GGYCWaterfront@gmail.com. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to the upcoming sailing season!