Welcome to the BYC Youth Sailing Program

Please Note!!

Due to the lack of available staff and the safety of our youth sailors, we unfortunately have to cancel sessions 7 and 8 of the 2021 Bellingham Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program. We will NOT be holding learn to sail classes the weeks of August 9-13 and 16-20th.

We had a wonderful summer on the water! Over 150 kids were able to get out sailing and our race team gained sailors interested in bringing it to the next level! We are offering a Fall Opti Race Team for intermediate to advanced sailors. Find more information and registration under the “Race Team” tab on our webpage.

We are already planning for summer 2022 programs. Our tentative start date is June 20th, 2022. Registration will be open late April. We hope to see you next year!

Thank you for a fantastic summer!

Shea Walker
BYC Youth Sailing Director

About our courses…

We offer instruction in various sizes of dinghies matched to the ages of our participants.  We also offer a formal Keelboat Camp giving our youth sailors a taste of handling a larger keelboat. This course emphasizes boat handling and teamwork. Our Cruising Camp has been so popular that we now offer two Cruising Camps; a Beginner Cruising Camp and Advanced Cruising Camp for our more experienced students.

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.

In addition to our BYC Youth Race Team summer program, 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. For more information check the BYC Race Team links on this page.