Kaneohe Yacht Club
Every season our Junior sailors participate in a large number of sailing events. These include regular Hawaii Youth Sailing Association regattas, El Toro Friday night races, the Bullship event, El Toro State Championships, Hawaii Laser Association regattas, and a number of other fun regattas. Our younger sailors start off racing O'Pen Bics and El Toros. As they get older many of these sailors move on to race lasers, 420s or a variety of high performance boats.
Some our junior sailors compete annually in national and international junior sailing competitions. We also have a number of junior sailors go on to compete successfully on ILH high school teams, and a number college sailing teams across the country. We have even seen a few of our students go on to become world class and Olympic sailors.
If you know a kid that would like to get involved in junior sailboat racing, please check out our sailing classes. You can find more information about our sailing classes HERE.
About Our Sailing Coach
Coach Jesse Andrews
KYC Junior Sailing Director
I grew up sailing in Connecticut where I experienced a high level of sailing competition and achieved multiple national sailing awards in Blue Jays, International 420's and Vanguard 15's. After competing in Australia in my fourth 420 world championship, I moved to Hawaii, transferring from University of Rhode Island to the University of Hawaii. Under coach Andy Johnson I was able to make the All American sailing team my last three years of college.
In the spring of 1998, I became sailing director at KYC. Since then I have been coaching at UH during their sailing season and running the KYC sailing program full time in the summer and part time in the off season. We have produced many All American Sailors at UH and won both the Co-ed and Women's national championship in the last ten years. At KYC we have also had many successful sailors come through our program to go on to be national champions and even professional sailors.
I am very proud to be part of Kaneohe Yacht Club's successful Junior Sailing Program and look forward to the years ahead.