San Francisco Bay is an undisputed mecca for sailboat racing, and many world championships and Olympic medals have been won by athletes who’ve learned to race on The Bay. International’s sailing team practices twice a week at St. Francis Yacht club as part of a High School racing program that includes several other high schools in San Francisco. Sailors experience physical challenge, personal improvement and the benefits of being part of a team. Some compete at a national level and many are recruited to race on college sailing teams.All boat equipment and facilities are supplied by the club, along with professional youth coaching staff.All racing is conducted under the PCISA (Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association) in the NorCal League. The PCISA includes over 50 active teams, with teams being comprised of 2-10 sailors each. The Varsity team typically competes in six Fall regattas and four-five Winter/Spring regattas. Try-outs occur at the beginning of the school year to qualify for Varsity or Junior Varsity. Sailors trying out need to have some basic recreational or racing experience.
About the Sailing Team:
The International High School Sailing Team participates in the NorCal League of the PCISA (Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association as part of the High School Sailing program at St. Francis Yacht Club.
- Preseason Parent and Sailor Meeting: Monday August 5th, 6:30pm at the St Francis Yacht Club
- Recommended for all interested, new and returning sailors and parents
- We will cover the upcoming season. Structure, Opportunities, Travel, Practice, Teams, etc.
- Sailing Evaluations:
Aug 17: 9:30 -12:00 or 1:00-3:30
- New and returning sailors must attend one time slot. There are 10 spaces available per time slot.
- Signups available here.
- New sailors must have recent and relevant dinghy experience to participate.
- Outcome of Evaluations: Wednesday, August 21st we will email all participants on the outcome.
- The outcome will be:
- Varsity, Junior Varsity, Learn to Sail or Learn to Race Weekend Courses. Or a combination of the team and a weekend course in the Junior Clubhouse.
Interested new sailors have options to gain experience this summer.
- Our City Front Summer Camps still have spaces available. Info here.
- Private Lessons are available. $125 for two hours of “one on one” instruction. Contact Junior@stfyc.com to schedule.
- Hit the Accelerator: High School Sailing Boot Camp on Tinsley Island: Info here.
Our HS Sailing Bootcamp which is not for novice sailors but for intermediate sailors looking to challenge themselves prior to evaluations. A great way to prep for the upcoming season. We strive to have the kids on the water for more than 30 hours during the camp, which is roughly the same amount of time as the sailors spend on the water during out 11-week season.
If there are question you have, please let me know.
The official HS regatta calendar will not be finalized until mid-July, but the weekends most likely will be the same. PCISA.org has the calendar.
We are looking at keeping the teams practicing on the same days as the past, but can consider changing dates, once we see how many kids come down for evaluations and after we see what your final head count looks like.
For more insight into high school sailing, here's a fantastic video produced by PYSF (Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation) - the organization that supports the Peninsula-based high schools.
------------------------There are 420 classes at Stfyc - talk to Adam if you are interested.TEAM PARENT: Peter