Please note the age and prerequisite information for each camp.
Introductory Mini Camp- Half-day (9am- 12:30 pm) sessions introduce younger children to sailing. Light morning breezes give younger children an opportunity to start learning about wind, water, safety and fun. Sail Camp Counselors sail in the boats with Mini Campers to directly teach sailing skills in small groups. Each student rotates through the different responsibilities of sailing (steering, controlling the sails etc) with direct assistance from the on-board Counselor. Youths are taught basic sailing skills in our sloop rigged, 16.5 foot Catalina Catalina's by our experienced staff. Ages 8-10.
Note: Children aged 10+ who have completed one full week of Mini Camp are eligible to enroll in Basic/Intermediate camp at the discretion of the Program Director
Advanced Mini Camp- Full day (9am- 4pm) session for returning Mini Campers who have participated in Mini Camp either in prior years or earlier in the 2022 season but may still be too young to move into the full Basic/Intermediate Sail Camp sessions. This Advanced Mini Camp will build on previous experience and allow campers to do more advanced sailing in the stronger afternoon winds. As opposed to Introductory Mini Camp, the goal will be to get students comfortable sailing on their own with counselor assistance from a safety boat close by thus teaching students self confidence and problem solving skills along with refining their sailing technique. Youths are taught in our sloop rigged, 16.5 foot Catalina Catalina's by our experienced staff. Ages 8-10. Prerequisite: Introductory Mini Camp
Basic/Intermediate Camp- Full Day (9am- 4 pm) Basic introduces new sailors with boat handling and the principles of sailing. Intermediate campers who have mastered basic skills will be challenged with more skill building in single-handing and responsibility by building leadership skills. The full-day sessions for two weeks (Monday through Friday) concentrate on sailing, boating safety and teamwork. Parent, campers, instructors and friends will celebrate the end of Basic Sail Camp at a graduation BBQ held at Marin Yacht Club where certificates and awards will be presented. Ages 11-14
Advanced Sail Camp- Half day (1 pm- 4 pm) Sessions for advanced sailors looking for more intense sailing aboard our new sloop rigged RS Quests. Campers will be challenged by performance sailing, longer voyages, and an introduction to racing. Advanced campers encouraged to come early to help with mini camp. Prerequisite: Intermediate level. (Advanced students must be approved by SEA Head Counselor or Director.)
SEA Explorers- Full day (9am- 4 pm) This camp strives to help students develop a feeling of ownership and protection of the marine environment. For students who have completed Basic Sail Camp and have a love of learning more about the "why's" and "how's" about things, SEA Explorers is a great way to expand students sailing knowledge and have fun doing so. Youth improve on already learned sailing skills and engage in marine science experiments to better understand marine systems and our relationship with the marine environment! Prerequisite: Basic Sail Camp
Registration will open at 12 pm on Monday January 24th on our website. The dates are announced here for planning however the registration forms and payment links will not be made live until the 24th. Registration is only considered complete and confirmed when payment is made. Be sure to enroll early as camp dates will fill up quickly.
Mini Camp Ages 8-10, Monday - Friday 9 am- 12:30pm, 1 week sessions
Price- $ 375 per student
Mini Camp Session 1: June 20- 24
Mini Camp Session 2: July 11- 15
Mini Camp Session 3: July 18- 22
Mini Camp Session 4: Aug 1- 5
Advanced Mini Camp Ages 8-10, Monday - Friday 9 am- 4pm, 1 week sessions*
Price- $ 475 per student
Advanced Mini Camp #1: July 25- 29
Advanced Mini Camp #2*: August 8- 12
* must have completed 1 session of half day mini camp to enroll in Advanced Mini Camp
Basic/Intermediate Camp: Ages 11-15, 2 week sessions, Monday - Friday 9 am- 4pm
Price- $825 per student
Basic/Intermediate Session 1: June 13- 24
Basic/Intermediate Session 2: June 27- July 8
Basic/Intermediate Session 3: July 11-22
Basic/Intermediate Session 4: July 25- August 5
Advanced Sail Camp Monday- Friday, 1 pm- 4 pm, 1 week sessions*
Price- $425 per student
Advanced Camp Session 1: July 11-15
Advanced Camp Session 2: August 1- 5
* must have completed Intermediate Sail Camp and have approval from SEA Program Director
SEA Explorers Monday- Friday, 9am- 4 pm, 1 week sessions
Price- $500 per student
SEA Explorers Session 1: August 8-12
*must have completed Intermediate Sail Camp and have approval from SEA Program Director)
Registration will open at 12:00 pm on January 24th. Click here to Register after that time.
SEA receives glowing feedback!
We wish to thank Sally Lee Stewart, one of our latest adult students who was kind enough to write a wonderful letter which we submitted to Division of Boating and Waterways to aid our grant request for funding our upcoming season. Read her lovely letter below:
"I am 58 years old. Last summer I enrolled in a beginning sailing class with Sailing Education Adventures (SEA) and found the program, curriculum, instruction, and location all very satisfactory. The staff of instructors were able to support each individual according to their ability and previous experience. The dock, trawler and fleet, bay, were our classroom and the teachers always prepared for the days lesson. I have great memories of each class. I always went home exhausted and smiling. The fleet is impressive, as is the general resourcefulness of the program.
My favorite aspect of this program is the philosophy of providing access to an ancient and important skill. There is nothing like sailing. It is a meeting point for self and nature, for wind and sail, hull and water, and of our ancestors and us. This type of experiential learning empowers an individual to be confident, autonomous, and to problem solve. You need to be alert and pay attention to the wind direction, to gusts as they appear on the surface of the bay, and to traffic. You need to be present and disciplined. The founder, and community of individuals who make this school possible deserve steady, solid support, for it would be a major loss for the bay area to lose this precious school.
-Sally Lee Stewart
SEA student Summer of 2018"
Thank you Sally! It's because of students like you that we do what we do! We hope to welcome more students, both adult and youth, in the 2019 season!
This year will be the first year that we have filled sessions by the end of February/early March. While this is a excellent sign for the organization showing us that camp is as strong as ever and that we are growing and expanding our participation and reach from word of mouth and the the exciting experiences that kids receive, this means that those that wait until the last minute to register for camp will not be able.
Camp Open House is a perfect opportunity for campers who are unsure of whether or not they will like sailing, nervous if they will understand the concepts or scared of the boat size, to come and get a small taste of what sailing is all about. We pair prospective campers with experienced counselors so the camper knows they are in capable hands the whole time.
This year we have bumped up the Open House to be early enough that attendees can still have space to enroll in camp. April 20th will be filled with refreshments and BBQ on the patio of Marin Yacht Club which truly is an ideal place to observe all sorts of water activities that take place on the San Rafael.
Location: Marin Yacht Class
Time: 12pm 3p
If you would like to volunter for the event, we will need assistance launching boats an rigging
2019 Summer Camp now open!
Registration for Basic/Intermediate Sail Camp is now open for enrollment! Mini Camp registrations dates will be forthcoming once summer tide schedule has been determined and coordinated with SEA's alternative programs in partnership with our community partners for SEA Stars and Bahia Vista Camps.
If you are ready to enroll in Basic/Intermediate Camps you can visit our website here and choose your dates. Be sure to enroll early as camp dates fill up quickly.
Basic/Intermediate Camp: Ages 11-16, 2 week sessions, Monday - Friday 9 am- 4pm with Graduation Ceremony and BBQ at the close.
Basic/Intermediate Session 1: June 17- 28
Basic/Intermediate Session 2: July 8-19
Basic/Intermediate Session 3: July 22-August 2
Basic/Intermediate Session 4: August 5- 16
Be sure to keep an eye out for the date for the upcoming Sail Camp Open House which will be held in April and will give prospective camp families a chance to become familiar with the camp location at Marin Yacht Club and our boats prior to camp. This years Open House will be held earlier in the year since camp sessions tend to fill up well before May.
Program: Buy a Fall Sail card for $250 which gives the student the choice of any 5 of the 8 Fall Sailing days that we offer (we realize schedules may restrict availability for all 8).
Time: 10am- 3pm
Cost: $270 for 5 dates, $370 for all 8 dates
Dates: Sundays (you choose which dates to attend)
Visit SEA's site to purchase Youth Spring Sailing Sail Cards.
Please contact Program Director Meghan Hartnett with any questions
Annual Member Meeting
Our Annual membership meeting is has been rescheduled for February 10th from 4 pm- 6 pm at Loch Lomond Yacht Club. We will come together to hear the annual report of the organization and to meet new members and develop new sailing opportunities. We would love for you to join us as we celebrate the New Year and get excited for the upcoming sailing season in 2019!
We have some new members to welcome so please come on down to welcome new members and meet with existing friends for an Open Sail earlier in the day from 10:30 am- 3:30 pm with the Annual Meeting starting in the clubhouse at 4pm with snacks provided and drinks available for purchase from the club bar.
Questions? Contact us!
Advanced Dinghy Class Scheduled
Join us for two action-packed days on the water where we will practice sailing technique and examine some of the finer points of sail trim, weight balance and boat kinetics, sailing a marked course (windward/leeward and triangle courses) and capsize recovery, taught on Picos, Zests and Quba. This is a great opportunity to refine your small boat sailing skills and learn a new talent or two.
Location: Loch Lomond Marina
Prerequisites: Completion of Intro to Sailing or permission from instructor.
Days: September 16 & 23
Boats: Picos and Quests
Open Sail Host Training
If you are interested in becoming and Open Sailhost, please join us for Open Sail Host Training on June 24 from 10 am- 2 pm. Time for lunch break allowed and plenty of fun on the water learning how to drive safety boat and how to rescue boats in distress and other useful tools which will allow you to host Open Sails on you own.
RSVP for this training by emailing Jane!
We will be making some minor changes to the Open Sail rules. Mostly to the allowance of 'guests' that members can bring and the basic skill requirements for sailing the sport boats during Open Sail. This would be a great time to think about either taking Advanced Dinghy class, or getting "checked out" on the sport boats (Quests and Zests).
SEA recently lost a beloved member. Mo Witzel, one of the first of the Marin Yacht Club liaisons for Sail Camp, has passed away at age 99.
Mo was a fierce supporter of Sail Camp at MYC. He would row over each day, from his home on the canal, to check on the kids. His little boat, now known as the "Mo", was donated to SEA a while back and is rowed now by our members.
Mo, his wife, Jane, and other MYC members hosted the graduation barbecues for Sail Camp. In many ways, he was the father of Sail Camp at Marin Yacht Club. Fair winds, Mo. We love you and will miss you.
National Safe Boating Day- May 19
In partnership with Division of Boating and Waterways, SEA will be hosting a Safe boating day May 19th from 12- 3pm during which SEA will be open to the public for mini sailing lessons, boating and harbor safety lessons and PFD check and trade-in. All SEA members are invited to come join us and go sailing. Also, if your PFD is old or needs replacement, come down to trade in your PFD for a new one provided by Division of Boating and Waterways.