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For more than 50 years, The Key Biscayne Yacht Club’s youth sailing program has been dedicated to coaching and empowering the next generation of competitors and sailing enthusiasts. We offer a spectrum of individual and team training programs for kids from grade school through high school. We are proud of our "alumni" who have gone on to compete and win at national, international, and Olympic levels. 

Obituary, in Memoriam of Kevin Burnham,

Honorary KBYC Member, Three-time Olympic Sailor, and two-time Olympic Medalist for Team USA.
 

 
2023 Fall Sailing Program

Registration link for each program can be found at the end of their descriptions.
 

Our Hobie Explorers class is an introductory program for the little ones into the sport of sailing.  We have a dedicated instructor that will teach the sailors the basic concepts of sailing, navigation terms, and proper seamanship.  Class is limited to 20 sailors.  Sailors are required to bring their own life jackets to wear at all times during the class and will be sailing as a group with their instructor in the proximity of the yacht club in our ‘Hobie Wave’ club boats. Note: The Hobie Explorers program requires a minimum of 5 sailors. For more information email Carol Craiglow Sailing Director at carol@kbyc.org

Dates:   This program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 6 consecutive weeks.

           Hobie Explorers Session 1 / Sept.12 – Oct. 19th

           Hobie Explorers Session 2 / Oct.24 – Dec. 7th (OFF Thanksgiving Week)

Time: 4:00 p – 6:30 p

Price: Member $325 PER SESSION

  Non-Member $400 PER SESSION

Registration: https://theclubspot.com/register/camp/vCXdq5GWwV/class

This program has been designed for summer campers and sailors that have some previous experience.  If you sailor loves to spend the day out on the water, this is the right program for them.  Sailors MUST bring their own lifejacket and sailing attire.  Having your own boat/Opti is not a requirement; a club boat will be assigned to each sailor at no additional cost.

Coaches: Marina Geilen and Johnny Gleason

Class Option 1: Wednesday 4-6pm and Sunday 10am-3:30pm

Class Option 2: Friday 4-6 pm and Saturday 10am-3:30

Session 1: Weekend of September 9 and 10 - October 21-22

*(There is no practice the weekend of September 30-October 1)

Session 2: Wednesday October 25 and Friday October 27 - Weekend of December 9-10

*(There is no practice Thanksgiving week.)

Price per session: 

Member: $410

Non-Member:$520

Registration: https://theclubspot.com/register/camp/LB1rvNfJpG/class

Our Green Fleet program has been designed as an introduction to racing platform to teach our new sailors the different components of sailboat racing.  Sailors with little experience can join this program and learn from one of the best Opti coaches in South Florida.  Sailors are not required to have their own boat; a club boat will be assigned to each sailor for their first fall, or spring sailing season at no additional cost. Note: Enrollment in this program is limited, priority will be given to KBYC members & returning team members.

Note: Week off October 11,13-15th.

Coach: Hernan Peralta

Dates:   Aug. 26 – Dec 9th

Time: Wednesdays 3:30 p - 6:00 p & Weekends 9:00 a - 4:00 p

Price: Member $1,130.00

           Non-Member $1,440.00

Registration: https://theclubspot.com/register/camp/5gjWeOJEiJ/class

Our Optimist Racing Team is continuing to build strong sailors.  We continue to recruit sailors from all over the country to join us for regular scheduled practices and regattas. The team is led by two world renowned US Optimist National Team Coaches.  This makes our racing programs one of the best in the area.

Sailors MUST have their own boat. Note: Enrollment in this program is limited, priority will be given to KBYC members & returning team members.

Coach:  Edgar Diminich / Javier “Foco” Figueroa

Dates:   Aug. 26 – Dec. 9

Time: Wednesdays 4:00-7:00PM Friday 4-7PM Saturday 12-6PM & Sunday 10-4PM

Note: Week off October 11, 13-15

Price:  Member $1,850.00

           Non-Member $2,300.00

Registration: https://theclubspot.com/register/camp/mYA3JPNClH/class

This program has been created to offer nonlocal sailors an opportunity to join our RWB Race Team. They can join us for some scheduled practices or events.  Having your own boat is required, however the club can charter you a boat for the season based on availability. 

Coaches:  Edgar Diminich and Javier “Foco” Figueroa

Dates:  Aug. 26 – Dec. 9

Time: Saturday 12-6 & Sunday 10-4

Registration Fee: $200.00

Training Sessions: $125/session (Minimum purchase of 5 sessions required.)

Boat Storage for fall: $50.00

After the tremendous success of this program, we will keep working and putting all our efforts to bring it to the next level!  The laser program requires sailors with previous sailing experience.  This program will have a dedicated and top notch International Olympic Coach running sailing practices on the weekends for all 4.7, radial, and standard fleet sailors.  Having your own boat is required however the club can charter you a boat for the season based on availability (limited to 1 season).

The season fee includes supported events in our Laser Regatta Calendar. In the case of a non-supported regatta, the club will charge/prorate an additional coaching fee to cover the coach/es travel expenses among all the participants.

Coach:  Agustin Vidal

Dates:   Aug. 26 – Dec. 3

Time: Saturday & Sunday (Hours to be determined & announced each week)

Price:          Member $1,650.00

                    Non-Member $2,170.00

Club Laser Charter Pricing: $650 (season); $50 - $70 p/day (priority for KBYC members).

Registration: https://theclubspot.com/register/camp/k87svKLwFS/class

This program has been created, offered to sailors that would like to participate in our Laser program but can’t commit to a full season and would like to join us for some scheduled practices, or events.  Having your own boat is required, however the club can charter you a boat for the season based on availability (limited to 1 season).  Please email coach Agustin at agustin@kbyc.org to secure a boat.

Coaches:  Agustin Vidal

Dates:  Aug. 26 – Dec. 3

Time: Saturday & Sunday (hours to be determined & announced each week)

Registration Fee: $200.00

Training Sessions: $125/session (Minimum purchase of 5 sessions required.)

Boat Storage for fall: $50.00  

Registration: https://theclubspot.com/register/camp/Ia14j50Gyp/class

NOTE: For those sailors interested in joining any of our sailing programs in the middle of the season please contact our Waterfront Amenities & Sailing Director, Carol Craiglow, via email at sailing@kbyc.org. 

Please see the KBYC Sailing Program Calendar for upcoming events.