Austin Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program

The Austin Yacht Club is a leader in youth sailing education in Central Texas. The 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!

***Please see website calendar for all practice times and scheduled dates***

Click here for Junior Sailing Summer Camps for ages 4-16

High School Sailing

AYC has a robust and energetic high school program that is growing rapidly! This high school program is open to everyone in 8th-12th grades. The sailors will use our club-owned fleet of Flying Juniors. The focus of this high school program is twofold. Most importantly the sailors will learn the basics of sailing, rigging, and introductory racing. Once the sailors have mastered these skills the curriculum will switch to advanced racing tactics, boat handling, and an intense knowledge of the racing rules of sailing. There is no sailing experience required to join this program! Inexperienced sailors will be paired up with more experienced skippers to facilitate learning.

The following high schools have Sailing Teams and students may also receive PE Credit. Contact your school counselor for more info.

Lake Travis High School

Westlake High School

Sterling Classical School

PLEASE NOTE: Our practice structure is changing for 2020. There will be three practice days per week (Tuesday, Thursday & Friday) and sailors will be allowed to attend up to two practices per week, due to high enrollment numbers. There is no additional cost for two practices vs. one.

The daily practice structure will break down as follows:

Tuesdays – All sailors who are registered are encouraged to attend.

Thursdays – Lake Travis Group 2, Westlake Group 2, Remaining High School Group 2

Fridays – Lake Travis Group 1, Westlake Group 1, Remaining High School Group 1 (Max of 24 Sailors)

****The first week of Spring and Fall practices, everyone may attend all three days so we can separate groups and assign practice days.

2020 High School Sailing Schedule:

Spring: March – May, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 5pm-7:30pm

Summer: June – July, Tuesday, 2pm-5pm

Fall: August – November, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 5pm-7:30pm

           High School Registration

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. Sailors will be considered ready for Opti II when they are comfortable sailing independently upwind in 13-15 knots.

2020 Opti I Schedule: 

Spring: Spring, March – June, Saturday, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Fall: August – November, Saturday, 12:00pm-2:00pm

  Opti I Registration

Opti II: Intermediate

Course curriculum focuses on refining boat handling skills and introductory racing skills and concepts up through advanced racing tactics and strategy.  On Saturdays, Opti II will practice primarily separate from Opti III and sometimes together when Opti III are in town.  Opti II has ranging skill levels from recent Opti I graduate to experienced sailors.

All registrants for Opti II must have approval from the AYC Coaching Staff.

2020 Opti II Schedule:

Spring: March – May  Saturday, 9:00am-11:30am

Fall: August – November,  Saturday 9:00am-11:30am

 Opti II Registration

Opti III: Advanced

Opti III practice is for those sailors who are interested in the highest level of competition. This class is geared towards the sailors that travel to regattas on weekends, so the practice schedule is structured around the TSA regatta schedule. On Saturdays, due to the travel schedule of most of our Opti III sailors, practices will be held on 6 weekends for 5 hours per practice, so as to maximize the practice time our sailors receive. Opti III practices are offered twice a week (Wednesday & Saturday). Sailors have the choice of attending either practice or both.

All registrants for Opti  III must have approval from the AYC Coaching Staff.

2020 Opti III Schedule:

Spring: March – May, Wednesday, 5pm-7:30pm & Saturday, 9:00am-11:30am

Summer: June – July, Wednesday, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Fall: August – November, Wednesday, 5pm-7:30pm & Saturday 9:00am-11:30am

 Opti III Registration

Laser & Flying Junior (FJ)

No prior sailing experience necessary! Flying Juniors (FJs) are double-handed (two-person) boats. Inexperienced sailors will be partnered with experienced skippers. FJ curriculum is focused on boat handing and destination sailing, rules of the road, and points of sail. Laser curriculum focuses on refining boat handling skills and introductory racing skills and concepts. Students signing up for Laser & FJ class will have the opportunity to sail both boats. Typically, students with no sailing experience will start in the FJ and progress into sailing the laser throughout the course.All participants must be at least 12 years of age.

2020 Laser & FJ Schedule:

Spring: March – May, Saturday, 3:00pm-5:30pm

Fall: August – November, 3:00pm-5:30pm

 Laser & FJ Registration

2020 Junior Sailing Program Fees

*Per Season

Austin Yacht Club Sail Training Policy

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 arranger upon request. To arrange for Private lessons please fill out a Personal Coaching Request.


For questions about Junior Sailing at the Austin Yacht Club, please contact AYC’s Sailing Commander at (512) 266-1336 or send an Email to AYC’s Sailing Training Commander