As of June 4 the Poulsbo Yacht Club has authorized us to conduct a Covid-19 compliant sailing camp session. This year's program will consist of morning and afternoon half-day sessions for 3 weeks beginning July 13, 2020. Please register below for this year's program.
Sailing Liberty Bay For the 22nd year Poulsbo Yacht Club hopes to offer a unique way to get children out in the great outdoors this summer – sailing camp!

Covid-19 considerations:

The decision to go forward with year's camping season was not taken lightly. As a result we will embark on this camping season with a variety of modifications. Even so, we recognize that conditions may change as Kitsap County moves into Phase 2 and Phase 3.

Each sail camp session will be limited to four campers per session. The emphasis will be on spending time on the water. One morning (A) session and two afternoon (B & C) sessions will be 3 hours each.
Starting and ending times for the three daily sessions are:
  • A = 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 
  • B = 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • C = 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
We will utilize our Dewitt dinghys where each camper will have a dedicated boat for the week long camp. This will reduce the need to wipe down the boats after each use.
Classroom sessions will be held on the club's upper clubhouse deck. 

Other Covid-19 considerations:

We are developing detailed procedures to meet CDC, State, and County guidelines.  Details will be provided to each family before the start of camp.

Our class schedule for 2020:

  • Week 1: July 13 to July 17
    Morning (1A): 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Class Full - Taking Waiting List Registrations
    Afternoon (1B): 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm Class Full - Taking Waiting List Registrations
    Afternoon (1C): 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm  Class Full - Taking Waiting List Registrations    
  • Week 2: July 20 to July 24
    Morning (2A): 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Class Full - Taking Waiting List Registrations 
    Afternoon (2B): 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm Class Full - Taking Waiting List Registrations 
    Afternoon (2C): 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Class Full - Taking Waiting List Registrations 
  • Week 3: July 27 to July 31
    Morning (3A): 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Class Full - Taking Waiting List Registrations 
    Afternoon (3B): 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm Class Full - Taking Waiting List Registrations    
    Afternoon (3C): 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm  Class Full - Taking Waiting List Registrations                    

Our “Learn to Sail” classes introduce basic sailing skills such as sail terminology, boat rigging, water safety and knot tying. 

Registration Rates:

Each camp week is Monday through Friday. The registration rates for each weekly half-day camps are:
  • $165.00/half-day session: Regular fee.
  • $150/half-day session:  PYC members’ children and grandchildren OR
    for second or more siblings in same family in the same week.
  • $140/half-day session: Children of active duty military personnel.

To register for a class:

  1. Register online by clicking the "Register Now" button below. In the event an afternoon session is full, and if there is space available in the other afternoon session, we will assign your enrollment into that session. 
  2. After registering online you will receive by email a packet of forms to be completed prior to the your selected sail camp.
    A. Mail the completed forms to the Poulsbo Yacht Club (see the address below), or
    B. Email scanned versions of the completed forms to JuniorSailing@PoulsboYC.org   
  3. Once you have received a confirmation that the sail camp will be conducted and before the sail camp begins mail us your payment.
    Mail Payment to:
    Poulsbo Yacht Club
    Junior Sailing Program
    18129 Fjord Drive N.E., Suite E
    Poulsbo, Washington  98370
    ,OR you may go online and process a credit card purchase.
    Credit Card Payments:

Contact information:

Phone: 360-447-8119
(Please do not call the Poulsbo Yacht Club)

To register a student/camper:

This is our 22nd year offering our program.  We look forward to helping you have a great sailing experience in 2020!

Course Descriptions:

Poulsbo Yacht Club’s

Junior Sailing Program

Poulsbo Yacht Club offers a unique way to get your kid out in the great outdoors this summer – sailing camp! PYC usually offers 6 one-week all-day youth programs in July and August. In 2020 our program will include week long ½ day sessions to remain in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.  Only Learn to Sail programs will be offered at this time.
Our "Learn to Sail" classes introduce basic sailing skills such as sail terminology, boat rigging, water safety, and knot tying.   The advanced "Double-handed Sailing" class is designed for older children which builds on the beginner course’s foundation.
Learn to Sail Program:
The beginner class (Learn to Sail) is designed for children with little or no experience sailing a single-handed (single person) dinghy. Students learn basic dinghy sailing skills as well as basic seamanship. They learn common sailing knots, parts of the boat, and right-of-way rules. They also learn the points of sail, basic tacking and gybing, and basic sail trim. We emphasize      proper boat handling and sail trimming techniques. We believe that our core introductory course thrives when students, parents, and instructors join to provide a safe and fun learning environment.  The environment enables the kids to learn the importance of teamwork and camaraderie on the water. The introductory class is perfect for children looking to give sailing a try for the first time, as well as those younger sailors who want to reinforce their sailing skills.
On day one of the beginner’s class (Learn to Sail) all students learn how to recover from a capsize (that is, when the boats turn over in the water).Capsizing is a normal part of sailing small boats. The students' boats are “self-rescuing” which is a sailing term for floating without filling up with water, even when capsized.  Students will be taught to stay with their boat, how to right it, re-board and sail away.
Double Handed Program:
This class is designed for children who have completed the  “Learn to Sail" (or an equivalent) course. Students will learn how to sail larger and faster  boats as both skipper and crew. The     focus is on boat handling, sail trimming, and working as a team. This class works well for those kids that have become  too big to comfortably sail a dinghy. The course provides skills and instills confidence for those students who want to continue their sailing experience with a middle or high school racing team. 
Adventure Sailing Program:
The "Adventure Sailing" class offers your child the opportunity to sail and explore outside of Liberty Bay into more open waters such as Port Madison and Manzanita Bay on Bainbridge Island, and the Port of Brownsville. It offers an introduction to the cruising aspects of sailing.
All Course Programs:
We require that all students be swimmers before enrolling. Everyone (students, instructors and staff) is required to wear their life jackets at all times when on the water and the docks.
All PYC Junior Sailing courses are taught by instructors who are certified in First Aid, CPR, as well as Sailing Instruction by The American Red Cross and/or The U.S. Sailing Association. In most cases our instructors have spent at least some time as an Assistant Instructor in our program.

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