Youth Sailing

For the first time ever, the HMBYC Youth Sailing program has been honored with the 2017 award of the Garrett Horder Memorial trophy from PCYA, the Pacific Coast Yachting Association, recognizing us as the best youth sailing program on the entire West Coast! Nominations were accepted from clbs and inter-club associations from Vancouver to San Diego as well as Hawai’i, so the competition was intense, from programs far larger—and better funded—than ours…but we still came out on top.

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Congratulations to Youth Sailing Director Des Cullen, 2017 lead instructor Jacob Abrahams, and the entire instructor team of Emma, Kiera, Erin, Kat, Anna, and Sonya!

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Winning the Horder trophy comes just a few months after our program was honored with the 2017 award of the Admiral Chester W. Nimitz trophy from PICYA, the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association, for “having made the greatest advancement during the current year in promoting youth activity in yachting.” The perpetual trophy is PICYA’s oldest award, originally granted in 1958 and bearing the engraved signature of Admiral Nimitz himself.

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But no matter what awards we win, we will be staying true to our values: youth sailing at HMBYC is all about Having Safe Fun. No stress; no pushups, planks, or wall-sits; no yelling. In fact, our youth sailing program is more fun than most adults can imagine…check out this video, courtesy of our own high school sailor Sam Reynolds:

 

In addition to our popular spring-break and summer camps, we offer youth regattas for sailors all over the Bay Area. Pillar Point harbor is a near-perfect regatta venue: good wind coupled with calm, protected waters…what’s not to like?

 

Harvest Youth Regatta 2017

New this year: the HMBYC Foundation sponsored our first annual Harvest regatta specifically for the Bay Area youth sailing community. Thirteen teams competed on a sunny afternoon in early November, and while there were winners and losers, everyone involved had a great time and tons of fun!

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