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Sailing Education and Racing

The IYC Youth Sailing Program introduces participants ages 10-18 to the fun of sailing and an appreciation for Tomales Bay. Sailors will develop confidence in boat handling and basic water safety skills. We encourage sailors to become good mariners by teaching them sportsmanship, a respect for fellow sailors and instructors, and stewardship of the environment. Although the focus is on learning to sail through fun activities, for those that are interested, it is also an opportunity to develop racing skills.  The program is organized through the efforts of the IYC Youth Sailing Committee and run by a group of enthusiastic US Sailing qualified instructors. The summer sessions continue a long standing tradition that has produced some of the Club’s top sailors.

Online registration will start on January 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm PST (NOTE new time!) for ALL campers regardless of membership status. Members (children and grandchildren) will receive priority placement from January 15th through January 31st.  After January 31st placement will be based on date and time of registration! Some financial aid is available by applying on the registration form. Confirmation of enrollment status will start on February 1, 2020. Please call Tor Taylor, Registrar, if you have any questions after reading the program information: (415) 497-9754.


The IYC Youth Sailing Program offers summer instruction in sailing and racing for young people in two sessions.

Classes meet Monday through Friday at the Inverness Yacht Club on Tomales Bay. Instructors are US Sailing Association certified or equivalent. The Club's fleet includes Optimists, Lasers, O'pen Bics and Flying Juniors (FJ's). In addition to teaching sailing, instructors will guide sailors on becoming conscientious mariners and stewards of Tomales Bay. Each session includes social events and picnics on Friday nights and a youth regatta will be held in July.
The IYC Youth Sailing Program is open to children ages 10-18 who demonstrate adequate swimming skills and meet the requirements listed in detail on the information for parents' page. A child must be age 10 on or before June 1st to be eligible for enrollment. Proof of age (such as a birth certificate) may be required when first entering the program. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited financial aid is available. For those interested in Financial Aid information, please contact the Registrar.
Generally, camp runs from 9:00-4:00 pm, 10:00-5:00 pm, or 11:00-5:00 pm depending on the tides, Monday through Friday, with pick up promptly at 4:00 or 5:00 pm. (Some variation may become necessary due to low tides, a daily calendar will be available online and at the orientation meeting.)
  Session 1:  Monday June 22, 2020 through Friday July 10, 2020      
  Session II: Monday July 13, 2020 through Friday July 31, 2020
  Youth Sailing Regatta: Saturday, TBA

Session Fee $975

To enroll, each applicant must submit:
  1. A completed application form through our online registration system
  2. A signed parental waiver and sailor contract form mailed to the registrar
  3. Payment by check is due at the time of registration, in the full amount, in 2 payments of Jan 15 and March 15 or 3 payments on Jan 15, Feb 15, & March 15. 
  4. A $300 payment is due at time of registration if applying for financial aid. If those poses hardship, please contact the Registrar.

Please make checks payable to Inverness Yacht Club with "Youth Sailing" in the memo and send to Tor Taylor, Registrar. Confirmation of enrollment will be emailed after the close of priority registration or after receipt of your completed application material if received outside the priority registration period.
QUESTIONS - Contact:
Tor Taylor, Registrar, 
PO Box 8635
Point Reyes Station, CA  94956
Phone (415) 497-9754


MANDATORY Orientation meetings: A brief orientation for parents and sailors of each session will be conducted at 9:00 am. on the first morning of class. This meeting is mandatory for a parent or guardian of each sailor. If either the child or the parent or guardian miss the orientation the child may be dropped from the program.

Session I:   Monday June 22, 2020 at 9:00 am
Session II:  Monday July 13, 2020 at 9:00 am


Swimming Requirement: All participants enrolled in the program must pass the following swim test. The test is performed wearing sailing clothing. - Jump from a float into deep water without a life jacket; swim 20 feet; don life jacket while treading water; float with confidence for 10 minutes; climb out.
Life Jacket Requirement: Each sailor must provide and wear an appropriately sized Coast Guard approved Type III PFD (Personal Floatation Device). A style that zips up is recommended. Life Jackets can be purchased at Clavey Paddlesports in Petaluma, West Marine, or other sporting goods stores. Jacket must be marked with child's name in a visible location. Please have sailors bring a complete change of clothing and a towel each day. A recommended list of items to bring daily will be provided before the start of camp.

Wet Suit requirement: Due to the water temperature and wind chill factor present on Tomales Bay, each sailor must provide and wear a wet suit.  Exemptions can only be given by the Head Instructor.  Wet suits can be found at dive shops and sporting goods stores including REI and Costco.

Helmet Requirement: Appropriate helmets will be required of all sailors.  Appropriate helmets are available from a variety of sport shops, sailing equipment stores, and online.  Sailing and skateboard helmets are essentially the same thing.  Good quality helmets can be purchased for $30-$60.  Question regarding this policy and access to helmets should be directed to Tim Duncan or Christopher Longaker, Co-Chairs, Youth Sailing:

Shoes: Closed toed shoes are required. Wet-suit booties, sneakers, boat and heavy duty water shoes are all acceptable. No open toed sandals are allowed while sailing. 

Lunch: Sailors should bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks to class each day. We remind sailors and parents that all unused food and beverages should be returned home with the sailor. Please do not leave trash at the Club.
Youth Sailing Boats: Optimist, O'Pen Bics, FJs and Lasers.

Standard of Conduct: At all times while on the Yacht Club Premises and while on the water, each sailor shall be expected to maintain the premises, boats and equipment in a seaman like manner, i.e., clean, orderly and shipshape.

Parents are expected to help organize and supervise Friday night social events. A signup sheet will be provided at the orientation meeting. Parents are responsible for their children during the Social events. The instructors will attend but they are not on duty. 

The program is organized through the efforts of the IYC Youth Sailing Committee and run by a group of enthusiastic qualified instructors who are experienced sailors. The summer sessions continue a long standing tradition that has produced some of the Club’s top sailors.
Mike Meszaros honored for his work as founder of the IYC Youth Sailing Program.
A new Youth Sailing trophy has been designated the “Mike Meszaros Perpetual Trophy for “Outstanding Rookies of the Year and will be awarded at the end of each Session to first year Youth Sailing sailors who “best exemplify the spirit of the founder.
— Dudley Moore, IYC Staff Commodore