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Junior Sailing Summer of 2022

Sail Orcas summer camps are run in two sessions with a morning class from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and an afternoon session from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Because the instructors have to quickly transition between classes, we ask that parents are punctual in their pickup times. Each summer sailors are required to take a swim (float) test, this means they wear a life-jacket and swim a portion of the dock. Life-jackets are mandatory any time sailors are on or around the water. All of our classes take place at the Orcas Island Yacht Club picnic shelter at 876 Deer Harbor Road, West Sound WA, at the base of West Sound. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better sailing venue. We have consistent breeze (by Northwest standards) and several small islands to sail to. We ask that all sailors come equipped with sunscreen, a towel, sunhat and glasses, water, shoes they can swim in or get wet, swimwear, and warm non-cotton layers they can change into. We have wetsuits and life-jackets that sailors may use, however they’re welcome to bring their own if they have one.

A Summary Of Our Youth Classes

Fun on the Water

This is a class for kids ages 5 to 7 who want to hang out at the beach, learn about boats and sea creatures, and get comfortable being on the water. Giving kids this early experience with boats as something fun makes the transition to a Learn to Sail class much easier and less daunting. While this class is a great way to get kids ready for Learn to Sail, it is not a substitution for taking the beginner class.

Learn to Sail (Beginner)

The first step in learning how to sail, this class is mostly done in Optimist Sailboats (the little ones with colorful square sails). If your sailor has not taken a sailing class in a dingy before, this is where you want to begin. This is for ages seven and up.

Learn to Sail (Intermediate)

Taking the next step in improving your sailor's knowledge, this class introduces kids to faster boats and double-handed sailing. We use O’pen Bics, Laser 4.7s, and V15s. The typical student has taken two or three weeks of sailing classes at a minimum, and can comfortably operate an Optimist sailboat on their own.

Learn to Sail (Advanced)

This takes kids from Learn to Sail, to Learn to Race. The class primarily uses Lasers and FJs to teach kids the fundamentals of racing. We inform sailors about all the racing opinions and opportunities available to them in the near future as we go over how a racecourse works and work on advanced boat handling skills.

Sail Orcas Summer Classes will be starting the second week of June. We offer Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Classes along with our Fun on the Water program for the little folks as well as Women’s Learn to Sail, Thursdays with Ryan, High School Practice, Community Laser Nights, and a Marine Science and Sailing Class. We have something for everyone.

This summer, we’re excited to welcome back Dominick Wareham as our assistant instructor and summer race coach. Our junior instructor from last summer, Moose Kinsey will also be returning as a full-time instructor.

2022 Class Registration Through Ultracamp

Sail Orcas is using the Ultracamp online registration system. You will first need to create an account before you can use the system. Then you can register yourself or your child into a class.

  • Four day Kid's Jr. Sailing Classes starting June 13th
  • Monday Night Woman's Classes Starting June 13th
  • Middle School and High School Racing Team through May 20th
  • Tuesday Night Laser Sailing starting June 14th.

Use this link to register: Summer 2022 Registration

Sail Orcas
P.O. Box 1226
Eastsound, WA 98245