Spring 2018 Classes

  • Registration for Spring 2018 is OPEN and will close January 22nd.
  • Registration Link
  • Order PYSF branded sailing gear by clicking here.
  • Classes run from Feb 3-May 12.
  • 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.

Learn-to-Sail

Learn the basics of sailing while developing skills to prepare for sailing with others at PYSF and in the Bay Area. Although 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):
    • March 24, 31
    • April 7, 14, 21, 28
    • May 7, 12

*Some kids pick up the sport quickly, while others may repeat learn-to-sail multiple times before advancing. 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 Cubes, Optimists (or equivalent), who understand the basics of sailing and want an intro to racing skills. Boats provided. Answers to FAQ can be found here. Ages 8-11. (8 students max per class). Cost: $550

  • Sundays 10am-4pm, (5 Days):
    • April 8, 15, 22, 29
    • May 6

*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. All sailors intending to compete in Green Fleet this season belong in this class. 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: Feb 3-May 12
  • Every Wed 3:30-6:30pm, and
  • Sat 10am-5pm, (3 Days):
    • February 3
    • March 10
    • April 14

Regattas

  • Feb 10-11: BAYS Winter #3 @ EYC
  • Feb 24-25: Harken #1 @ Cal YC
  • March 17-18: BAYS Winter #4 @ PYSF
  • April 7-8: Harken #2 @ SFYC
  • May 19-20: Harken #3 @ Cabrillo Beach YC

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 $1250 when also enrolled in High School Race Team.

  • Season: Feb 3-May 12
  • Every Wed 3:30-7pm, and
  • Sat 10am-5pm, (6 Days):
    • February 3
    • March 3, 10, 31
    • April 14
    • May 5

Regattas

  • Feb 10-11: BAYS Winter #3 @ EYC
  • Feb 24-25: Harken #1 @ Cal YC
  • March 2-4: Sunshine State Champs @ Jensen Beach, FL
  • March 17-18: BAYS Winter #4 @ PYSF
  • April 7-8: Harken #2 @ SFYC
  • April 21-29: Opti Team Trials (*must qualify)
  • May 19-20: Harken #3 @ Cabrillo Beach YC

*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 Spring.

FJ Intro

For sailors who have outgrown the Optimist and want to learn how to race a double handed boat in preparation for High School racing at an introductory pace. This is also for those new to the sport and looking to learn the basics. Boats provided. Ages 11-13. (8 students max). This class precedes High School Race Team (for those not yet in 8th grade) and 420 Intermediate. Cost: $550

  • Sun 10am-3pm, (5 Days):
    • February 4, 18, 25
    • March 4, 11

Regattas

  • March 17-18: BAYS Winter #4 @ PYSF

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 $1000 when also enrolled in High School Race Team

  • Sun 10am-4pm, (5 Days):
    • March 25
    • April 15, 22, 29
    • May 6

*This class does not compete in regattas*

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 $1250 when also enrolled in High School Race Team

  • Season: Feb 3-May 12
  • Every Friday 3:30-6:30pm, and
  • Sun 10am-5pm, (5 Days):
    • February 4
    • March 4, 25
    • April 29
    • May 6

Regattas

  • Feb 10-11: BAYS Winter #3 @ EYC
  • Feb 16-19: C420 Midwinters @ Jensen Beach, FL
  • March 17-18: BAYS Winter #4 @ PYSF
  • June 16-17: Bemis/Smythe Qualifier @ PYSF

*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 Spring. 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: $850

  • Season: Feb 3-May 12
  • Every Thurs: 3:30-6:30pm, and
  • Sat: Noon-5pm, (8 Days):
    • February 3
    • March 3, 24, 31
    • April 7, 28
    • May 5, 12

Regattas

  • Feb 10-11: BAYS Winter #3 @ EYC *non-HS event*
  • Feb 17-18: NorCal 1-Day #3 & #4 @ Treasure Island
  • Feb 24-25: PCISA #4 @ Treasure Island
  • Mar 10-11: PCISA #5 @ UCSB
  • Mar 17-18: BAYS Winter #4 @ PYSF *non-HS event*
  • Apr 14-15: NorCal Divisional #2 @ Richmond YC
  • Apr 21-22: Gold/Silver PCC's @ Long Beach/EYC

*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

Laser Sailing

8th-12th graders. Must be a competent skipper. Sailors pay for each day they attend, versus an up-front class fee. This class is meant as an introduction to the boat, to allow extra time on the water to practice skippering and to to build interest in the fleet. Sailors will not be attending regattas. Cost: $40/class to be paid the week PRIOR to attending. A sign-up sheet will be created at the beginning of the season.

  • Monday 3:30-6:30pm (7 days):
    • February 19
    • March 5
    • April 2, 9, 16, 30
    • May 7