Youth Sailing Camp

Summer Camp lunch on the beach in the sun with a new friend!

Lunch in the sun on the beach with a new friend!

Click here for 2020 schedule.

Greetings from the Half Moon Bay Youth Sailing Program!  We have been preparing our fleets of dinghies for summer camp, and we have also been putting in place new protocols and procedures to help keep our campers and instructors safe, in alignment with COVID-19 guidelines from the county and the CDC.

We are still planning to hold Youth Summer Camp sessions for 2020 but with some major changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

– Class size will be limited to eight students and we will be prioritizing students who will be comfortable sailing alone in their own assigned boat for the week.

– No experience is necessary and beginners are welcome, but campers do need to be comfortable in the water and will need to bring their own life jacket and wetsuit (we will no longer provide these).

– Parents will have to sign new liability waivers.

– Campers will not be able to shower at the club, due to new disinfection protocols.

– Parents will wait in their cars for their campers at the end of each day rather than congregate at the club.

– We encourage you to browse our available sessions, beginning June 8 and running through Aug 3, and sign up if you think your child will be ready to sail alone. You can wait to make payment until just prior to the class. Please sign up on the waiting list if the class you want is full – it is very possible that some students will need to withdraw.

Camp sessions are each one week long, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.

(video credit: Sonya)

What do campers do?

Each week’s curriculum caters to the campers’ unique interests and abilities…no prior experience is necessary.  In addition to basic sailing and water safety, camp’s main focus is to get everyone out on the water, explore the marine environment, and build confidence though hands-on experiential learning. The most important thing is for the campers to have fun! (Safely, of course!)

happy group

All sailing takes place in the calm, protected waters of Pillar Point Harbor under the close supervision of our instructors. Sailors from 8 to 12 start out in our Optimist dinghies. (An Opti is a very stable 1-person dinghy approximately 8 feet long.) Older sailors who weigh at least 100 lbs and are at least 5′ tall may be ready to sail on our 16-foot Lasers and our 2-person FJ dinghies. All campers learn:

  • Basic sailing skills
  • Water safety skills
  • How to read the wind
  • Critical thinking skills, as they navigate a boat among a group of other small boats
  • Teamwork, as they work in small groups to rig and sail their boats

What’s it like?

In short, it’s an absolute blast:


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What do campers need to bring?

A signed Medical Release & Liability form is required for participation. All campers must also bring:

  • Big bag to hold everything
  • Lunch and snack
  • Snugly ­fitting wetsuit
  • Swimsuit
  • ­Sailing gloves (rubberized gardening gloves work great and are a less expensive alternative.)
  • Neoprene booties or comfortable closed­-toe shoes
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Change of clothes and towel
  • Water bottle

The club will provide each camper with a PFD while on the water, but campers are welcome to bring their own USCG-approved PFD if they prefer.

Sign up early for best selection; boat availability is limited and assigned based on early registration and experience. Final determination will be made by the instructors. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

What does camp cost?

Camp fees are $299 per camper per week for member families. For non-members, each camper is charged a one-time additional fee of $100 for a youth membership, which is then valid for the remainder of the calendar year. We also invite non-member families to consider applying for club membership, which brings with it the ability to register campers at the member rates.

Girls are also welcome to apply for the Claire Borkert Girls Sailing Scholarship, offered by HMBYC’s Women Sailing group. Applications are due on June 3, 2019. Scholarships are open to all girls ages 8-16; no financial hardship is required. Click here for an application form

Women Sailing of HMBYC present Girls Sailing Adventure – a free introduction to sailing and water safety for girls 9 – 17 years old. Open to members and non members. Sunday, April 28, 10am – 2pm.

On land: Water Safety, Saiing Orientation

On the Water: Sail on a Cal 20 sailboat with experienced Women Skippers

Back on Land: Lunch, Knot Tying

Further chances to sail with Women Sailing during the summer. Scholarships to Youth Sailing Camp available.

Transportation to and from HMBYC available.

Must register by April 25 to participate. Click here to register.