Summer Youth Sailing Program Registration Form

Junior Affiliate Membership Application

​Sailor Code of Conduct

2021 Youth Sailing Registration/Payment


The Dana Point Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program strives to provide a safe and fun learning environment for sailors aged 8 to 18 years so they may build confidence through skill, character through challenge and experience, sportsmanship through the Corinthian spirit of the sport, and care and stewardship of the sea through the sharing of our love and knowledge of the water.

This program offers a curriculum vested in developing the skill and knowledge it takes to be a safe and effective sailor, while promoting the values of teamwork and cooperation, love and compassion, honesty and integrity, patience and respect. Through all of this, DPYC strives to contribute to a respectful community of citizens, as well as produce the next generation of sailors.
This summer DPYC is offering two distinct summer programs: Sea Stars summer camp for kids 8 – 13 years old, and a Double-Handed sailing program for sailors aged 14 – 18 years.
The Sea Stars camp is offered in four consecutive two-week sessions operating Monday thru Friday, 9am – 4pm, from June 14 to August 6, 2021. Families may choose any or all of the sessions.
Price per session - $800 for non-members, $700 for members
Session 1: June 14 – June 25 
Session 2: June 28 – July 9 
Session 3: July 12 – July 23 
Session 4: July 26 – August 6 
The Double-Handed program is offered in a single eight-week session in two models: an “every day” option in which participants may attend all weekdays from June 14 to August 6, and a 30-day option for sailors that may have travel plans or other conflict over the summer and cannot attend the entire session. Hours are 1pm – 5pm Monday through Friday.

Cost - $1,500 for June 14th to August 6th (8 weeks)
Sailing instruction is done in Teras, CFJs and 420s depending on the student’s age and skill level.
Participants are not required to be current members of Dana Point Yacht Club. Children and grandchildren of DPYC members are eligible for member pricing.
All juniors will be required to pass a swim test on their first day. The test consists of swimming laps at the DPYC guest dock, treading water, and putting on a Coast Guard approved life jacket while in the water.
In addition to the program details described below, activities offered to all sailors include weekly Wednesday afternoon “soda pop” races against other Dana Point Harbor sailing programs, guest speakers on various maritime topics, as well as an exclusive instructional “deck hand training” and sail on the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point*.
*Participants in the Spirit of Dana Point event will be asked to make a suggested donation to help offset costs. Participation will be limited to vessel capacity as determined by the Ocean Institute.
DPYC “Sea Stars” Summer Sailing Camp, Ages 8-13
The DPYC Sea Stars program will consist of thorough sailing instruction combined with traditional fun summer camp activities.
Sea Stars Level 1
An introduction to the world of sailing, this course aims to equip our newest sailors with the skills and knowledge to operate a Tera with a partner. The Level 1 curriculum emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills such knot tying and rigging, boat handling (maneuvering, sail trim, capsize recovery), and the enjoyment of sailing. Throughout this course students will obtain the ability to determine wind direction, points of sail and right of way on the water. Sailors will also demonstrate the ability to tack and jibe, sail upwind and downwind and steer with a tiller. Students are encouraged to work together as a team during practice drills and cooperative activities and exhibit sportsmanship in all areas of the class. Students sail under the supervision of instructors and participate daily in classroom lessons and land-based activities.
Level 1 goals include:

  • Learning more advanced terminology e.g. windward, leeward, outhaul, halyard

  • Being able to identify the points of sail

  • Mastering capsize recovery

  • Leaving and returning to the dock properly

  • Practicing the proper hand position on the tiller

  • Securing a line to a cleat with a cleat hitch

  • Having fun!

Sea Stars Level 2
Level 2 is for young sailors who have shown progress and improvement. The course is for sailors who are ready to sail a Tera by themselves. Emphasis is placed on proper boat-handling skills, including sail trim, body positioning, weight placement, tiller use, tacking and jibing, and capsize recovery. The Level 2 course is specifically focused on developing the skills necessary for sailors to begin thinking about the racing program.
Level 2 goals include:

  • Learning to sail on all points of sailing

  • Getting out of irons

  • Starting in a sailboat race

  • Sailing a basic course

  • Tying a bowline

  • Having Fun!

The program officially begins at 9:00am though students may arrive as early as 8:30am but no earlier. Supervision is not provided prior to 8:30am.  All boats should be rigged by 9:30am. If your child requires additional time, please plan accordingly.
Pick up time is 4:00pm. Please do not cause the coaches to have to stay late to wait for you.
The parent or guardian must sign their sailor IN and OUT each day and if there is a change in plans (friend or relative to pick up the kids), please indicate at check-in. High schoolers aged 18 and up may sign themselves in and out without a parent’s permission. 
Generally, Sea Stars will be on the water for 2 hours in the morning, break for lunch, and sail for a few more hours in the afternoon. However, this schedule may vary depending on lessons, fieldtrips, sails around the island or out to the ocean, and adverse sailing conditions (too much or no wind).
DPYC Double-handed Summer Sailing Program
The Double-handed program offers participants 14 – 18 years old instruction and experience with CFJ and 420 sailing dinghies with an aim to develop talented and competitive sailors. The double-handed program will run eight weeks, Monday – Friday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Introduction to Double-handed Sailing
The Introduction to Double-handed class provides an entry-level experience for physically mature high-school aged students interested in learning the basics of sailing. Those who participate in this course are generally 14-18 and/or weigh at least 110 lbs. This class aims to equip sailors with the skills and knowledge to effectively operate a double handed sailboat (CFJ and 420) as both a skipper and crew. Sailors will learn how to work together as a crew to utilize the racing rules of sailing to tactically master upwind and downwind sailing, as well as how to steer with a tiller extension and control their boat in safely. They will also sharpen their boat handling skills through practicing correct sail trim, points of sail, tacking and gybing, and racing strategy. Students learn rigging, basic boat handling, powering/depowering the boat, and capsize recovery. The course is designed as a way for newer sailors to learn at a comfortable pace in a team-oriented environment. The skills covered in the program provide the foundation for students to be able to learn to sail with confidence.
Instruction to Double-handed Sailing goals include:

  • Learning parts of a CFJ or 420 and its sails

  • Understanding wind direction

  • Learning to tie basic knots  

  • Rigging and de-rigging a 420e properly

  • Leaving and returning to the dock safely

  • Tacking and jibing to avoid the boom

  • Sailing on all points of sail

  • Safe Capsize recovery

  • Fun!

Intermediate Double-handed
Designed for the experienced sailor, this class aims to equip sailors with performance sailing skills in double handed (CFJ and 420) boats. Students will review the basics of boat handling and will be introduced to more complex concepts like roll tacking, the importance of weight placement, the basics of performance sail control and shape, and regatta structure.
These students are usually 14-18 and/or weigh at least 110 lbs. A student may join Intermediate Double-handed if he or she is able to rig and de-rig proficiently and confidently sail upwind.
Intermediate Double-handed goals include:

  • Mastering knots such as: a stopper knot, cleat hitch, and bowline

  • Leaving and returning to the dock properly

  • Tacking and jibing safely

  • Enumerating parts of a 420 and its sails

  • Sailing on all points of sail

  • Participating in basic course racing

  • FUN!

Advanced Double-handed Sailing
Geared towards the sailor who aims to dive head first into the world of competitive small boat sailing (C420, 29er), this course provides students with the ability to adjust boat speed through proper sail trim, weight placement, and the use of all control lines. Students will gain the ability to demonstrate skills such as finding ley lines, roll tacking, dry capsizing, spinnaker handling, using the trapeze, defensive and offensive maneuvers and many more racing techniques.

The program officially begins at 1pm. All boats should be rigged by 1:30pm.
Pick up time is 5:00pm.
The sailor must sign IN and OUT each day.

Daily Preparation
What to Bring:
Face covering (sun neck gaiter is best), hat, sunglasses (with croakies if desired), sunscreen, closed-toed shoes that can get wet (no exceptions), Coast Guard approved lifejacket, swimsuit, towel, change of clothes, lunch (refrigeration available for Sea Stars), and personal water bottle.
*Any medication or health equipment (Note: DPYC instructors will not administer any medications to students unless the medication is 1) presented to the instructor by the parent, 2) is accompanied by written authorization for administration, and 3) is accompanied with written directions for administration.)
What NOT to bring:
Electronics such as computers, gaming devices, or anything expensive you would not want to lose/get wet. Students may have cell phones if they are put away during program hours. DPYC is not responsible for items left in lockers. Each student will have the opportunity to use a personal locker and a gear locker for the above items. Gear, extra clothes, etc., can be left overnight if it is inside a locker. DPYC is not responsible for personal items.
Lost & Found
Please clearly mark all your child’s belongings. All items left on the docks or on our grounds will be placed in the Lost and Found located in the Junior Room.
Lunches must come from home in a seagull proof container and we employ a 'pack it in pack it out' policy. Lunch from DPYC may be offered on Wednesday – Friday off a regular menu, for $5 per day. If we schedule a pizza day, we will notify the day before.
If any individual junior is unable to maintain an appropriate level of Corinthian behavior and/or safe and appropriate conduct in the class, that junior may be asked to leave for the remainder of the session and no fees will be returned.

Safety is crucial in all our programs. Students must demonstrate comfort in and around water to participate.  We will be following these precautions:
  • Signed Medical Release Form
  • Submitted Insurance Card
  • Temperature check PRIOR to sailing each day. If your sailor feels ill, under the weather, or running a temperature, she or he must stay home.
  • Report all absences to the Front Desk 949-496-2900
  • Smaller class sizes. Each participant is part of a pod who will remain with the coach.
  • Everything will be outside with minimal inside access
  • Dressed to Sail in quick drying clothing - there will be limited clothing changes - keep all belongings safe in a zippered bag.