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-November with course offerings for junior sailors of all ages and levels of experience. Now open to the public!

In case you missed it: 2016 Junior Sailing Program Info Session Slideshow

Opti I: Beginner 

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.

No Opti I Summer Season. Fall Season of Opti I begins August 27. Check out our Junior Sailing Camp & PB&J Summer Sailing Series!

2016 Opti I Schedule:




Opti II: Intermediate & Opti III: Advanced

Opti II & III groups share practice times. These practices are led by two coaches so that Opti II & III can be separated by skill level for chalk talks, drills, and activities as needed. Opti II curriculum focuses on refining boat handling skills and introductory racing skills and concepts. 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 II & III practice is offered twice a week. Sailors have the choice of attending either practice or both. All registrants for Opti II & III must have approval from the AYC Coaching Staff.

Summer Opti II Registration

Summer Opti III Registration

2016 Opti II/III Schedule:








Laser curriculum focuses on boat handling and racing skills, rules, and tactics. Laser practice is offered twice a week in the Spring and Fall. Sailors have the choice of attending either practice or both. Must have prior sailing experience approved by the AYC Coaching staff.

Summer Laser Registration

2016 Laser Schedule:






Flying Junior

No prior sailing experience necessary! Flying Juniors (FJs) are double-handed (two-person) boats. 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 12 years of age.

Summer FJ Registration 

2016 FJ Schedule:




2016 Junior Sailing Program Fees 






*Per Season

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 at (512) 266-1336 ext. 103 or send an Email to AYC’s Sailing Director