Junior Sail Training
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 mid-February to mid-December with course offerings for junior sailors of all ages and levels of experience.
Junior Learn to Sail Program
The Junior Learn to Sail Program is open to Austin Yacht Club members only. This program is designed to teach sailors ages 8-12 the basics aboard our fleet of Optimists and Picos. The Learn to Sail curriculum emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills like knot tying and rigging, and boat handling.
Optimist Racing Program
The Optimist Racing Program is open to Austin Yacht Club members only. Designed for intermediate and advanced Opti sailors ages 8-15, the Optimist Racing Program focuses on developing the racing skills necessary to compete on a regional level and beyond. Participants in this program must be pre-approved by the Austin Yacht Club coaching staff.
The FJ/Laser Program is open to Austin Yacht Club members only. This program is designed to teach sailors 12-18 the basic skills necessary to compete in single-handed Lasers or double-handed FJs.
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!
Our Junior Sailing Camp runs in week-long sessions in June and July. Throughout your camper’s week at AYC, they will learn and practice fundamental skills aboard our fleet of Optimists, Picos, Lasers, Sunfish, and Flying Juniors. With a camper to counselor ratio of 4 to 1, you can rest assured that your child will enjoy the exciting sport of sailing in a safe environment. Campers participate in a wide variety of activities including: knot tying, capsize drills, destination sails, racing, windsurfing, and on-the-water sailing games like tennis ball tag.
PB&J Summer Sailing Series
One of Austin Yacht Club’s longest running and most successful program for kids, the PB&J Summer Sailing Series is the perfect introduction to sailing for beginners ages 4-10. PB&J meets weekly for 1.5 hours of sailing basics and fun aboard our Optimists and Picos.
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.
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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
Forms and Documents
For questions about Junior Sailing at the Austin Yacht Club, please contact AYC’s Sailing Director.
(512) 266-1336 ext. 103