FALL 2018 Classes

Fall Registration will be open August 15-31st

  • LINK to Registration
  • Classes run from September 8 to December 16.
  • Boats are provided for all introductory level classes. Boat ownership needed for Race Teams.
  • Professional coaching
  • All sailors must wear a US Coast Guard approved life-jacket
  • Safety boat is present for all sessions
  • Cancellation Policy: $100 service charge for cancellation two weeks prior to first date of class. No refunds within two weeks of class start date. Those not removed from the wait list due to over-subscription will be refunded class fees.
  • PYSF Scholarships are available to help PYSF achieve its mission to be a community sailing group that teaches sailing regardless of ability to pay. To apply for a scholarship, complete the PYSF Request for Scholarship. Contact treasurer@pysf.us if you have any questions.
  • Mark your calendars: Mandatory Info Night for all sailors and parents will be August 30th at Sequoia YC. Your sailor and/or one parent needs to be in attendance.

Opti Learn-to-Sail

Learn the basics of sailing while developing skills to prepare for sailing with others at PYSF and in the Bay Area. While no experience is necessary, sailors must be comfortable in the water while wearing a life jacket. Boats provided. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages 8-11. (12 students max per class) Cost: $700

  • Sat 10am-2pm, (8 Days):
    • Sept 22, 29
    • Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
    • Nov 3, 10

*Some kids pick up the sport quickly, while others may repeat learn-to-sail multiple times before advancing to Opti Green. Your instructors will update you on the sailor's progress towards the end of the course. This class does not compete in regattas.*

Opti Intro-to-Race

For sailors with less than a year sailing in Optimists (or equivalent), who understand the basics of sailing and want an introduction to racing skills. Boats provided. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages 8-11. Cost: $550

  • Sun 10am-4pm, (5 Days):
    • Sept 23, 30
    • Oct 7, 14, 21

*At the culmination of the course, those ready will be invited to join the Race Team: Green Fleet. This class does not compete in regattas.*

Opti Race Team: Green Fleet

For sailors who have completed Opti Intro-to-Race or equivalent and seek to refine their racing skills in a single handed boat. Boat ownership is mandatory after your first season on the team. Charters available. Storage included in class fee. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages 8-13. Cost: $900

  • Season: Sept 8-Dec 16
  • Every Wed 3:30-6:30pm, and
  • Sat 10am-4pm, (4 Days):
    • Sept 15, 29
    • Oct 20
    • Nov 10

Regattas

  • Oct: BAYS Winter #1 (TBD)
  • Dec: BAYS Winter #2 (TBD)

*For those current Race Team members unable to register for the season due to school/other sport schedules, we offer a per regatta fee. This can be used at one event over the season. Our intention is to build a team that works and improves together. And not to become an a la carte program. Please contact the Director if this is your scenario for the Fall.

Opti Race Team: Champ Fleet

For sailors who have graduated out of Green Fleet (or equivalent) and seek to refine racing skills in a single handed boat. Boat ownership is mandatory. Charters available. Storage included in class fee. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages 8-13. Cost: $1000, or $1300 when also enrolled in High School Race Team and/or 420 Intermediate.

  • Season: Sept 8-Dec 16
  • Every Wed 3:30-6:30pm, and
  • Sat 10am-5pm, (7 Days):
    • Sept 22, 29
    • Oct 13, 20
    • Nov 3, 10
    • Dec 1

Regattas

  • Sept 7-9: Opti PCC's @ Alamitos Bay YC
  • Oct: BAYS Winter #1 (TBD)
  • Dec: BAYS Winter #2 (TBD)

*For those current Race Team members unable to register for the season due to school/other sport schedules, we offer a per regatta fee. This can be used at one event over the season. Our intention is to build a team that works and improves together. And not to become an a la carte program. Please contact the Director if this is your scenario for the Fall.

420 Intermediate

Sailors who have completed FJ Intro, 420/Laser Summer Course, or equivalent. Looking to perfect trapeze work, spinnaker handling, skippering and crewing. No partner needed. Boats provided. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages: 13-18. (12 students max). This class precedes invitation to the 420 Race Team. Cost: $650, or $1100 when also enrolled in High School Race Team

  • Sun 10am-4pm, (5 Days):
    • Sept 9, 23
    • Oct 14, 21
    • Nov 18

*At the culmination of the course, those ready will be invited to join the 420 Race Team. It is common to take the Intermediate Class multiple seasons before advancing to the Race Team.*

420 Race Team

Sailors must be invited to join the 420 Race Team. Participation in practice, regattas and on-land assignments is mandatory. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Cost: $1000, or $1300 when also enrolled in High School Race Team

  • Season: Sept 8-Dec 16
  • Every Friday 3:30-6:30pm, and
  • Sun 10am-5pm, (5 Days):
    • Sept 9, 23
    • Oct 7
    • Nov 4
    • Dec 2

Regattas

  • Sept 15-16: 420 PCC's @ Cabrillo Beach YC
  • Oct: BAYS Winter #1 (TBD)
  • Dec: BAYS Winter #2 (TBD)

*For those current Race Team members unable to register for the season due to school/other sport schedules, we offer a per regatta fee. This can be used at one event over the season. Our intention is to build a team that works and improves together. And not to become an a la carte program. Please contact the Director if this is your scenario for the Fall. Pairings for regattas and practice are done by the coaching staff and coordinated through the sailors.

High School Race Team

8th-12th graders. No experience needed. No pre-existing team needed. Attendance at every practice is preferred, but not mandatory. Regattas happen within the Bay Area, as well as throughout CA. Must be comfortable in the water. Boats provided. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Cost: $900

  • Season: Sept 8-Dec 16
  • Every Thurs: 3:30-6:30pm, and
  • Sat: Noon-4pm, (8 Days):
    • Sept 8, 15, 22
    • Oct 6
    • Nov 17
    • Dec 1, 8, 15

Regattas

  • Sept 22-23: Cressy Qualifier @ SFYC
  • Sept 29: NorCal 1-Day #1 @ RYC
  • Sept 30: NorCal 1-Day #2 @ RYC
  • Oct 13-14: PCISA #1 (Sea Otter) @ Monterey Bay
  • Oct 20-21: PCISA Keelboat Qualifier @ SDYC
  • Oct 20-21: PCISA All-Girls Regatta @ SDYC
  • Nov 3: NorCal 1-Day #3 @ EYC
  • Nov 4: NorCal 1-Day #4 @ EYC
  • Nov 10-11: PCISA #2 (Anteater) @ Newport Harbor

*Regatta participation is based on ability level and team size. Those schools of 4 sailors or more are eligible for every regatta listed. Those smaller teams, and/or those less experienced are suited for the local 1-Day regattas. Sailors that enroll as 8th graders are assigned by the Director to the school they plan on attending for the following year. Pairings for regattas are done by the coaching staff and coordinated through the Parent Reps for each school.

Current Schools (*4 or more sailors)

  • Archbishop Mitty
  • Crystal Springs Uplands School *
  • Design Tech High School *
  • Gunn High School
  • Homestead High School
  • Khan Lab School
  • Los Altos High School
  • Lynbrook High School
  • Palo Alto High School *
  • Woodside High School