MORE Junior Sailing

This program focuses on Juniors enrolled in the AYC TTL Racing Series and also provides the opportunity for participation in select traveling events. Enrollment in this program gives young sailors access to ASF boats & equipment for participation in racing events and Level 1 US Sailing Instructors for individual coaching, mentorship, and Skill Advancement check-out in the US Sailing Skill-UP App.

Check out the US Sailing SKILL UP app HERE.
Check out the San Diego O’pen Skiff UNregatta HERE.

Participants are expected to participate in the racing during Arizona Yacht Club Tempe Town Lake race days. See AYC Calendar HERE (dates are also noted below).

  • Jan. 8
  • Jan. 22
  • Feb. 5
  • Feb. 26
  • Mar. 12
  • Apr. 2
  • Apr. 16
O’Pen Bic racers you may use. Also available: Optis and Lasers. Photo: Mike Ferring

What it’s about: MORE fun sailing, and maybe even a little racing. This class is for kids who already have a good handle on making a boat move and are ready to make their boat move faster.

The kids sail on boats appropriate for their skill, body size and weight:
Opti: smaller kids can continue in the Opti as long as appropriate.
O’Pen Bic: a little bigger and “sportier”
4.7 or Radial Laser: as sailor’s skills and size increase

Students focus on developing good small boat habits such as balance, hand/tiller coordination, and attention to sail trim. Small class size means personal attention and rapid learning.

For those interested in racing, the program also introduces racing concepts such as starting, mark rounding, and position on the racecourse. Kids are invited to get involved in Arizona Yacht Club racing (held on the same days as the class). Boats are provided on a first-come basis, and if there’s a conflict, we rotate boats, so everyone gets the experience they are looking for.

Who should attend: Any junior between the ages of 10 and 15 who’s completed the ASF Kids Sailing programs or can pass a basic sailing skills test based on their sailing experience elsewhere.

Instructors: Highly experienced, US Sailing certified Instructors

Cost: $105 per student + AYC TTL Junior Racing Registration HERE.
All boats and costs are included. You must provide your own PFD and helmet (a bicycle or skateboard helmet is suggested).
Here’s a fun promotional video about the Bic.

Questions? Contact:

Student Colin Gibbs on a Bic, trailed by Chief Instructor (and dad) Rob Gibbs. Photo: Mike Ferring
Student Colin Gibbs on a Bic, trailed by coach (and dad) Rob Gibbs. Photo: Mike Ferring