Spring Sailing 2023

At KYC we have spring sailing starting on the weekend of February 4. Here is the sign up link and some class information.


Spring classes are extended to 16 weeks as opposed to the 10 week Fall session.  We have kept the entry fees close to the Fall pricing for an even better price per class! The Spring Sailing Program is a great opportunity to get more individual instruction. Classes are normally smaller in size in the Spring so students can take advantage of a better instructor to student ratio. Students in the Topper class will have more opportunities to sail by themselves and accelerate up into other classes at a faster pace. These classes focus on safety, fun and sailing skill building.

In the Springtime, weather conditions can be unpredictable. We suggest having a wetsuit or lightweight jacket available for the cooler, rainy and  more windy days. There will be one make-up day on May 27th if we have to cancel a class due to extreme conditions such as thunder or a large storm.  We are looking forward to watching and sharing many lifelong skills with the Spring sailing students!  Please feel free to email me at with any questions. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, the program offers participation in local regattas as well as Friday night Dinghy Races.


**Sibling Registration: When registering multiple children, the system requires each child to be fully registered and paid for individually. Please register each child separately.



When registering, please include your member number for the child or grandchild (found on gate card). Membership will be verified.


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Use of Own Boat (10% off): OWN BOAT

Siblings (10% off): SIBLING Aloha, Jesse

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In an atmosphere of camaraderie and fun, Junior sailors learn the basics of sailing including all points of sail, knots, water safety, and seamanship while building confidence and developing organizational and social skills.

To register for sailing, each child must be a minimum age of 9 for all classes unless special permission has been given by Jesse for students with prior sailing experience. All class sizes are limited and students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. A PARENT or LEGAL GUARDIAN must register their child and electronically sign the “Kaneohe Yacht Club Jr Activities Waiver” in order for participation (the waiver will be emailed to you once payment is received).

Payment will not be processed to be added to the waitlist*. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Class fees are fully refundable up to 7 days prior to the first day of the session with a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after this period are NON-REFUNDABLE. 

Missed Class Time: Fees will NOT be prorated/refunded for missed class time of any kind e.g cancellation due to bad weather, child illness, family trips, late registration, etc.  If you are going to miss a class due to personal reasons please call the front office or text Jesse at 808-381-5989 prior to class.

Consent and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Indemnity Agreement must be signed and submitted prior to the first day of instruction in order for participation. 

What to bring to class:   Please bring a change of clothes, sunscreen or pre screened before class, covered shoes are recommended at all times for safety reasons.  There is sometimes broken glass by the recycling areas and sharp objects in boats not to mention the reef if the boat ends up there! Old tennis shoes or reef walkers are a good choice. Slippers tend to float away!  Also recommended is a hat and a reusable water bottle.  We have cold water in the clubhouse and there is also a drinking fountain by the pool. Please mark you water bottles and clothing with a waterproof marker so we can identify the owner. 
 LIFEJACKETS Personal Lifejackets are required to participate in the sailing program for safety reasons.  A Coast Guard approved Type III life jacket (vest type) is the type we use.  The Personal Floatation Device (PFD) should be fitted to each individual so it will not float up around their ears when they are in the water.  The PFD should have their name marked in permanent marker. Each child needs to provide their own lifejacket. 

Sailing Levels:

Level 1 Young Novice:

Ages 8-10 that are relatively new to sailing.  Learning the essentials of sailing. Some skills taught will be to pass a swim test, right a capsized boat, tie a variety of knots, three ways to tell where the wind is coming from, Use and understand hand signals on the water, name points of sail and rigging and derigging boats.  On the water skills taught will be to follow the leader, sail a figure 8 course, sail a triangle course, sail to the dock safely, Tack and jibe and learn how to get out of irons.  These classes will have a student to adult ratio of 5 to 1 or less. 

Level 2 Novice

Ages 9-16 that are relatively new to sailing. May have taken a sailing class before but is still working on skippering the boat back to the club, docking, being able to sail upwind and adjust to the various wind conditions.  Pass a man overboard recovery, learn basic right of way rules. After showing instructors that they are sufficient at sailing around a course in tradewinds as a skipper and a crew, rigging and derigging, safely and properly tacking and jibing, docking, tying the various knots then they are ready to be Level 3!

Level 3 intermediate 

These sailors will be working on skippering a boat safely and proficiently.  They will be introduced to O'Pen Skiffs (Bics), El Toro's and possibly Lasers and 420's.  They must learn to properly rig and derig these boats. Learn how to steer the boat using their weight and sail trim, tacking and jibing correctly in up to 15 knots of wind. Learn how a start and a race works. Be able to use the hiking strap and sail "on the wind" for an upwind leg of the course.  Know how to read telltales and learn the five basic racing rules.

Level 4 Advanced intermediate

By now you are sailing in the local races such as the KYC Friday night fun races and are starting to sail in the HYSA events and other local races. You are comfortable sailing in 15 knots without too much assistance.  You know how to find the favored end of the starting line and are getting better at roll tacking and sailing wind shifts correctly upwind and down.  You can tack and jibe without much issue in up to 15 knots of wind.

Level 5 Advanced

You have gone to events and have placed in the top three in an event with more than three people!  You are starting to enjoy the racing circuit and can handle a full sized El Toro and Bic sail in 15 knots of wind.  You enjoy the challenge of heavier winds and the thrill of going fast and learning the finite skills such as low speed start maneuvering, surfing waves, using the spinnaker on the 420, trapezing and competing with the KYC race team at regattas!

Level 6 Expert!

You are able to skipper and crew in 420's and have competed in events with a trapeze and spinnaker.  You are able to sail boats in over 15knots of wind and feel comfortable.  You enjoy helping others by showing them to properly rig and instructing on and off the water.  You are starting to do qualifying regattas and travelling to the mainland for National events.  If you are sailing double-handed boats you have a steady partner.  You can sail the 29er and recover from capsizing on your own even with the spinnaker up.  You or your crew can tight reach with the spinnaker and on the trapeze.  You know the rules of sailing and show good sportsmanship and seamanship!  Congrats if you make it this far in sailing!  You will make lifelong friends all over the country and even the world.  Sailing can be addicting and turn into a lifelong sport and lifestyle!


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