Junior Sailing Program

The Austin Yacht Club is a leader in youth sailing education in Central Texas. The “Roadrunner” Junior Sailing Program provides the opportunity for youth to develop the skills and confidence necessary to spark a life-long love of the sport. Our Junior Sailing Program runs from March to mid-December with course offerings for junior sailors of all ages and levels of experience

Opti I: Beginner 

Opti I is open to Austin Yacht Club members only. No sailing experience necessary! This introductory program is designed to teach sailors ages 8-12 the basics aboard our fleet of Optimists and Picos. Curriculum emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills like knot tying and rigging, and boat handling.

Late Fall 2015 Registration 

Opti II: Intermediate 

Opti II is open to Austin Yacht Club members only. Curriculum focuses on refining boat handling skills and introductory racing skills and concepts. All registrants for Opti II must have approval from the AYC Coaching Staff.  

Late Fall 2015 Registration 

Opti III: Advanced 

Opti III racing is for those sailors who are interested in the highest level of competition. This curriculum is geared towards improving racing tactics, advanced boat handling, and knowledge of the rules. Opti III is open to Austin Yacht Club members only. All registrants Opti III must have approval from the AYC Coaching Staff.

Late Fall 2015 Registration


The Laser program is open to Austin Yacht Club members only. Curriculum focuses on boat handling and racing skills, rules, and tactics. Must have prior sailing experience approved by the AYC Coaching staff.

Late Fall 2015 Registration 

Flying Junior

The Flying Junior program is open to Austin Yacht Club members only. No prior sailing experience necessary! Inexperienced sailors will be partnered with experienced skippers. Curriculum is focused on boat handing and racing skills, rules, and tactics. All participants must be at least 13 years of age.

Late Fall 2015 Registration 

2015 Dates & Fees












*Full Year Discount available for pre-registration of Spring, Fall, and Late Fall Seasons. Full Year Rate is $175.00 ($60 BYO Boat discount).

Summer Programs

The Austin Yacht Club offers extensive summer programming in June, July and August for youth sailors ages 4-16. AYC Summer Programs are open to the public! Visit the summer program pages for more information:

Junior Sailing Camp

PB&J Summer Sailing Series


Private Lessons

If you cannot find a training option that fits your needs and schedule, or if you prefer a more private approach, AYC offers private lessons that can be scheduled at your convenience! Whatever your needs are, our US Sailing certified instructors will work with you to tailor a training experience that’s right for you. Per Person Hourly Rate

# of Students

 Hourly Cost Per Person

1 Person


2-4 People


Lessons for groups of 4 or more may be arranged upon request. To arrange for private lessons, send an email to AYC’s Sailing Director


For questions about Junior Sailing at the Austin Yacht Club, please contact AYC’s Sailing Director. Kate Noble (512) 266-1336 ext. 103 Send an Email to AYC’s Sailing Director

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