Welcome to the BYC Youth Sailing Program
The Bellingham Yacht Club (BYC) offers youth sailing classes as a not for profit and self-supported community boating program. The BYC’s youth sailing program provides kids ages of 8 -18 the opportunity to learn sailing on Bellingham Bay from U.S. Sailing certified instructors. Membership in the BYC is not required to participate in the BYC’s youth sailing classes.
The Youth Sailing Program is very active and includes summer sailing and racing classes taught by US Sailing certified instructors, weekly dinghy racing, a Youth Club which sponsors many social activities and a youth fun room with a pool table, ping pong table, electric darts, air hockey table and a Foosball table. For youths interested in racing at the high school level, BYC is the primary sponsor of the Whatcom Community High School Sailing Team formed in 2008.
Our Fleet is Growing!!
In addition to our International Optimist and Laser single-handed boats, the Bellingham Yacht Club purchased four new Flying Junior (FJ) sailboats, one of two boat types commonly used in the area for high school and collegiate racing. In addition we are partnered with the Bellingham Sailing Foundation to lease three more FJ’s, which BSF has purchased, for a total of seven boats. These are double-handed boats with a simple sail plan which makes them easy to learn while promoting team work among the students as well as allowing an instructor to be on board when necessary. New for 2013, we have added 2 used J/24 keel-boats to our fleet which can accommodate up to five students plus an instructor! These boats allow us to offer a greater variety of class offerings.
Sign Up for the BYC Youth Sailing Facebook Page
New for this year, we have added a new BYC Youth Sailing Facebook page to improve communication with our students, Youth Sailing Club members and parents. Click here for a link to the Facebook page where you can sign up to receive notices and view the posts on the page.