Junior Sailing

Program

The mission of the Daniel Island Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program is to develop knowledgeable youth sailors and foster in them a lifelong love of and involvement in sailing.

Offerings

  • Summer Camps & Year Round Sailing Programs
  • Private Instruction
  • High School Sailing

Our Spring Sailing Program is designed to provide youth with opportunities to grow in their love for the water and build friendships along the way. Daniel Island Yacht Club has a fleet of Collegiate z420s, Open Skiffs and Optimists which are made available to Junior Sailors on a first-registration basis. The mission of the Daniel Island Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program is to develop knowledgeable youth sailors and foster in them a lifelong love of and involvement in sailing. Each session is $400 per Member and $500 per Non-Member.

Program Goals

  1. Safety is the number one priority at all times
  2. Develop sportsmanship, seamanship, integrity, and interpersonal skills
  3. Create a fun atmosphere for sailors of all levels and interests
  4. Instill responsibility for boats, equipment, and facilities
  5. Provide high quality instruction that is tailored to the individual sailor’s needs

You may sign up for both fleet sessions.
For more information on our Junior Sailing Programs please contact the Quartermaster, at
quartermaster@danielislandyachtclub.com or (843) 471-1881.

Green Fleet

This course is designed for novice sailors ages 8-12. The Green Fleet will be sailing aboard our Optimist fleet and includes the basics of rigging, basic boat handling, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), sportsmanship, and water safety. Building confidence, ensuring safety, demonstrating respect, courtesy to others, and good teamwork are primary goals. Novice sailors learn basic nomenclature, seamanship, sportsmanship, and sailing skills, including sailing on all points of sail, tacking, and gybing.

Spring Session 1

Thursdays 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Pre-session safety check off swim/capsize day on Mar 4th at 4:00pm.
Mar 7th, Mar , 14th, Mar 21st, Mar 28th
Awards Ceremony: May 4th, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Spring Session 2

Thursdays 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Pre-session safety check off swim/capsize day on Apr 1st at 4:00pm.
Apr 4th, Apr 11th, Apr 25th, May 2nd
Awards Ceremony: May 4th, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Blue Fleet

This course is designed for intermediate sailors ages 9-13 who understand the basics and are seeking to master more advanced concepts and sail more efficiently. The Blue Fleet will be aboard the Open Bic Skiffs and is great for sailors who already have a concept of sailing. Building confidence, ensuring safety, demonstrating respect, courtesy to others, and good teamwork are primary goals. Participants will further their skills in boat nomenclature, seamanship, sportsmanship, sailing all points of sail, tacking/gybing, and will be introduced to sailing around a course.

Spring Session 1

Wednesdays 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Pre-session safety check off swim/capsize day on Mar 4th at 4:00pm.
Mar 6th, Mar 13th, Mar 20th, Mar 27th
Awards Ceremony: May 4th, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Spring Session 2

Wednesday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Pre-session safety check off swim/capsize day on Apr 1st at 4:00pm.
Apr 3rd, Apr 10th,  Apr  24th, May 1st
Awards Ceremony: May 4th, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Red Fleet

This course is for racing sailors, ages 13-18 seeking to learn 420 sailboat racing techniques, tactics, and rules in preparation for participation in regattas. This class focuses on 420 sailing techniques- from steering and trimming, to roll tacking, roll gybing, sportsmanship conduct, and sailing a racecourse. Seamanship topics of current, docking, care of equipment and weather will be covered in depth. Basic racing rules and racing drills are introduced on the water, while sail theory, and concepts are covered in classroom sessions. DIYC Junior Sailing staff will foster a fun environment where sailors with a varying range of previous experience are challenged.

Spring Session 1

Tuesdays 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Pre-session safety check off swim/capsize day on Mar 4th at 4:00 pm.
Mar 5th, Mar 12th, Mar 19th, Mar 26th
Awards Ceremony: May 4th, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Spring Session 2

Tuesdays 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Pre-session safety check off swim/capsize day on Apr 1st at 4:00pm.
Apr 2nd, Apr 9th, Apr 23rd, Apr 30th
Awards Ceremony: May 4th, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Private Instruction for Children and Adults

We offer private instruction for both children and adults. Lessons $100 an hour for non-members.
All lessons have a two-hour minimum time limit. Group lessons (2-4 people) will receive a 25% discount.
To schedule a private lesson, please contact the Quartermaster, at quartermaster@danielislandyachtclub.com or 843-471-1881.

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