Currently, we have Optimists, Lasers, RS Visions and Laser Picos. We begin our youth (age 7) in the Optis and continue instructing them to a competative level to age 15.
YOUTH SAILING LESSONS
Our mission is to give our youth the opportunity to learn and enjoy sailing and racing. Sailing nurtures and builds confidence, team skills, self-reliance, physical strength, quick thinking and a love for the environment.
Our lessons are from mo-fr in the afternoon after school, from 3:30PM to 6PM. Or on Saturday morning / afternoon.
There is the option to either have 1 or 2 lessons per week. We give our kids the opportunity to choose their own paths, be it cruising or more competitive racing.
Our regular sailing lessons run in a yearly program. Unfortunately it is not possible to join for just a week or month. As an alternative we do private lessons, summer camp and fun sails.
New this 2022-2023 season;
Since this season we will be handing out internationally valid sailing diploma's at the end of the season.
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club Sailing School will work with IYT (International Yacht Training) Certification.
You can find more information here.
Monday - Friday 15:30 - 18:00 (youth)
Saturday 9:00 - 11.30 (Youth)
Saturday 14:00 - 16.30 (Youth)
Saturday 09:00 - 12:00 (adults)
2022-2023 SAILING LESSON SEASON
The week of the season will start on August 29 2022.
Full calendar will be online soon!
CALENDAR / (PUBLIC) HOLIDAYS 2022-2023
During the following public holidays the Sailing School is closed:
October 10: Constitution Day
October 20, 21 and 22: Caribbean Dinghy Championship // no regular classes
November 11: St. Maarten Day
Christmas Holiday: No regular sailing classes from 25th of December till the 8nd of January.
Caribbean Multihull Challenge; no regular sailing classes on Feb 3 and 4
Heineken Regatta Break: No regular sailing classes From the 27th of February, till the 12rth of March.
Good Friday and Easter: April 7, 8, 9, 10.
Kings Day: April 27
Labor Day: May 1nd
Ascension Day: May 18
Whit Sunday: May 28
LEVELS / GROUPS:
Monday Optimist (Semi - Advanced)
Tuesday Optimist (beginner)
Tuesday Youth (RS Zest, Laser, RS Quest)
Wednesday Optimist Advanced / Racing
Thursday Optimist (beginner)
Thursday Youth (RS Zest)
Thursday Youth Laser Racing
Friday Optimist (Semi-Advanced)
Friday RS Zest (Duo Handed)
Friday Optimist (Beginners)
Saturday MORNING Optimist (beginners)
Saturday AFTERNOON Optimist (beginners)
Saturday FULL DAY - Lasers Racing
Currently, we have Optimists, Lasers, RS Quests and Laser Picos. We begin our youth (age 7) in the Optis and continue instructing them to a competative level to age 15.
The Opti, a worldwide competative boat, is ideal for youth to learn how to sail. Opti champions have gone on to become advanced sailors in all types of boats.
THE RS ZEST
The perfect beginner boat. Either for 2 younger kids together or 1 teenager/smaller adult. The Zest is very easy to rig and sail making it perfect for beginners or those on their way to the Laser or RS Quest.
Once you know the boat a bit better it's also a great boat to start your racing career in!
This is a fast pace, single handed and incredibly technical boat. It will challenge you and be greatly rewarding. These lessons are for students 12-18 who are looking for a challenge. Experience needed.
THE RS QUESTS
The RS Quest is the perfect all-round family sailboat.
It's easy to handle and a great training boat for lessons as well as for cruising and racing. After children age out of the Opti program, the next step for them is often a double-hander. This boat is ideal for the older youth who are new to sailing.