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Summer 2022 Registration Now Open

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As the summer gets closer we will be adding spots to our classes as staff and registration numbers permit. Check below for new class openings.

 

New Additions (Updated 3/21/22)

Beginner Sailing Course Ages 8-12 Availible June 27th-July 1st

Beginner Sailing Course Ages 8-12 Availible July 18th-22nd  

Beginner Sailing Course Ages 8-12 Availible August 1st-5th

Youth Classes 2022


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Beginner Sailing Ages 13-18

No sailing experience is required for this beginning sailing classes! On-the-water instruction takes place in Flying Junior's (pictured below). Students will learn how to rig and launch a sailing dinghy and understand the three points of sail (upwind, reaching, and downwind). We will also introduce tacking, gybing, docking, capsizing, and crew overboard recovery.


Camps will be taught by our fun and safety-focused US Sailing certified instructors, with a ratio of 1 instructor for every 5 students. Students will complete a swim evaluation on the first day of sailing camp and should be strong swimmers.


Classes will run from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Check our FAQ at the bottom of the page for more information! 


The cost for this course is $395.


2022 Session Dates:


June 20-24


July 11-15


July 25-29

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Beginner Sailing Ages 8-12

No sailing experience is required for this beginning sailing classes! On-the-water instruction takes place in RS Teras (pictured below). Students will learn how to rig and launch a sailing dinghy and understand the three points of sail (upwind, reaching, and downwind). We will also introduce tacking, gybing, docking, capsizing, and crew overboard recovery.


Camps will be taught by our fun and safety-focused US Sailing certified instructors, with a ratio of 1 instructor for every 5 students. Students will complete a swim evaluation on the first day of sailing camp and should be strong swimmers.


Classes will run from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday. 


The cost for this course is $395. The 3-day session July 5-7 costs $237


2022 Session Dates:


June 20-24


June 27-July 1


July 5-7


July 11-15


July 18-22


July 25-29


August 1-5

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Intermediate Sailing Ages 8-12

Prerequisite: Beginner Learn to Sail, US Sailing Certificate, or demonstration of comparable sailing experience. We recommend that if greater than 1 year has passed since completing Beginner Learn to Sail, students consider re-taking the Beginner Learn to Sail class.  Please contact the Youth Sailing Director if you are unsure of your qualifications.


This course is for students who have already developed basic sailing skills and are eager to learn more! On-the-water instruction takes place in RS Tera dinghys. Students will further their understanding of sail controls, helming, sail trim, boating safety and other US Sailing skills. The class will have a strong emphasis on safety, peer learning and fun!


Camps will be taught by our fun and safety-focused US Sailing certified instructors, with a ratio of 1 instructor for every 5 students. Students will complete a swim evaluation on the first day of sailing camp and should be strong swimmers.


Classes will run from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Check our FAQ at the bottom of the page for more information! 


The cost for this course is $395.


2022 Session Dates:


June 27-July 1st


July 18-22


August 1-5


 

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Intermediate Sailing Ages 13-18

Prerequisite: Beginner Learn to Sail, US Sailing Certificate, or demonstration of comparable sailing experience. We recommend that if greater than 1 year has passed since completing Beginner Learn to Sail, students consider re-taking the Beginner Learn to Sail class.  Please contact the Youth Sailing Director if you are unsure of your qualifications.


This course is for students who have already developed basic sailing skills and are eager to learn more! On-the-water instruction takes place in Flying Junior (FJ) dinghies. Students will further their understanding of sail controls, helming, sail trim, boating safety and other US Sailing skills. The class will have a strong emphasis on safety, peer learning and fun!


Camps will be taught by our fun and safety-focused US Sailing certified instructors, with a ratio of 1 instructor for every 5 students. Students will complete a swim evaluation on the first day of sailing camp and should be strong swimmers.


Classes will run from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Check our FAQ at the bottom of the page for more information! 


The cost for this course is $395.


2022 Session Dates:


June 27-July 1st


July 18-22


August 1-5

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Teen Cruising Camp Ages 13-18

Prerequisite: Beginner Learn to Sail, US Sailing Certificate, or demonstration of comparable sailing experience. We recommend that if greater than 1 year has passed since completing Beginner Learn to Sail, students consider re-taking Beginner Learn to Sail prior to this course. Please contact the Youth Sailing Director if you are unsure of your qualifications.


For sailors who are looking for a true adventure, this course provides an exciting opportunity that teens will remember for years to come. We will spend Monday through Wednesday practicing basic sailing skills and learning anchoring, crew overboard recovery, and teamwork skills. We will also learn how to read marine weather forecasts, basic navigation, and expedition planning skills.


On Thursday we will put our skills to the test with an overnight adventure at the BYC Inati Bay Outstation on Lummi Island. This course will be taught by our most experienced US Sailing Level 1 instructors. This is our most involved and exploratory course! No other club in the Northwest offers this program!


Classes will run from 9am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday will begin at 9am and will be an overnight. Pickup will take place at 3pm on Friday at the Bellingham Yacht Club.


The cost for this course is $410 and includes Thursday dinner and Friday breakfast.  


2022 Session Date:


August 8-12th

Frequently Asked Questions


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Do you offer discounts and scholarships?

Discounts

  • BYC Members get 10% off registration
  • Registering one sailor for 2 or more sessions, get 10% off registration
  • More than one sailor from the same family, used code FAM20 to get $20 off each registration 


Scholarships

Scholarships are available through The Sailing Foundation. Visit their website for more information.

Helpful information for registering for scholarships
Program Name: Bellingham Yacht Club Youth Sailing
Program address: 2625 Harbor Loop Dr Bellingham WA 98225
Program email: youthsailing@BYC.org

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Where is drop off and pick up?

Please make note of the different drop off/pick up locations.

Drop off: Sailors will meet in the morning downstairs at the BYC clubhouse. The entrance is located on the left side of the building as you're looking at the front of the club, to the right of the America's Cup coffee stand. Doors will open at 9am everyday.

Our one the water instruction will be dirrected off of the junior sailing dock which is located at the far end of Zuanich park, look for the blue floating boathouse. Zuanich park is also a great place to watch your sailors on the water!

Pick up: Sailors will be picked up at the Zuanich dock at 4pm. 

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What does my sailor need to bring to camp everyday?

Things to bring:

  • Life Jacket*
  • Wetsuit*
  • Snacks and lunch 
  • Plenty of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Close-toed shoes (water shoes are great or sandals that stay on your feet)
  • Change of clothes
  • Windbreaker
  • Any clothing appropriate for the weather. If the weather forecast is calling for rain or cold weather adding some more waterproof and fleece items may be good.


No cotton clothing (it gets cold and heavy when wet). Fleece, wool, or synthetic materials work great. 
The sun is very intense on the water, make sure to wear extra sunscreen and sun protective clothing. 


*A limited amount of wetsuits and life vests are available for rent at BYC. For a $10 fee you may borrow the wetsuit for the week and return it on the last day of camp. We cannot guarantee that we will have a wetsuit that fits your sailor.

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What safety tests are required?

Students must be able to swim 30-40 yards and tread water for 3 minutes while wearing a personal flotation aid. Sailors will also be taught how to capsize a boat, and how to get it back to the upright position. They must demonstrate this skill before leaving the harbor. 

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