Youth Sailing Programs

Sailing and racing instruction

The Bellingham Yacht Club (BYC) offers youth sailing classes and racing instruction for children ages 8 -18 for beginners and intermediate plus an adventure cruising program. BYC youth sailing classes are held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

All instructors are U.S. Sailing certified and offer beginning through advanced Learn to Sail, Keelboat and beginning and advanced Cruising classes.


Scroll for camp details including dates, fees and registration. Early registration is highly recommended and classes are subject to change due to weather conditions. Registration closes at 5pm the Friday prior to the Monday start date of that session.

The Youth Race Team for high school students furthers their competitive sailing skills through coaching and race participation.

Student Safety Requirements:

Students must be able to swim 30-40 yards and tread water for 3 minutes without flotation aids. Students must have a Type III flotation jacket for use during class. For comfort, students should have a lightweight wet suit or spray jacket. BYC has a limited number of flotation jackets and wet suits for rent.

2022 Dates and Fees

The cost of a single-session enrollment is $385 for all courses except for the Teen Cruising Camp which is $400.

Discounts are available for BYC family members, students signing up for multiple sessions, or two or more students from a single family.

The enrollment fee covers instruction, boat usage, and instructional materials.

Beginner Learn to Sail Ages 8-12 years
Beginner Learn to Sail Ages 13-18 years
Intermediate Learn to Sail Ages 8-18 years
Teen Cruising Camp Ages 13-18 years
Discounts and Scholarships
Opti Racing