Learn To Sail

HYC Learn To Sail Program

Hampton Yacht Club Adult Sailing offers learn to sail classes. Our Level I class now gets you your US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification! Classes generally run from Saturday to Sunday on various weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m or weekdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, during the months of April to August . Cost is $280 for Level I and $140 for Level II for members and $450 for Level I and $450 for Level II for nonmembers. Throughout the year, Hampton Yacht Club will offer an all-women’s learn to sail class, taught by a female instructor. 

The Adult Sailing Program offers two types of learn to sail classes: 
  • Level I teaches adults the basics of sailing: parts of the boat, points of sail, tacking/jibing, sail trim, knots, helmsmanship, rules of the road and person in water. This class now gets you your US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification!
  • Level II teaches adult’s spinnaker handling and the basics of racing.

Classes are scheduled on a first come, first served basis as there is limited space available. Students are expected to wear proper sailing attire, non-marking shoes, and a PFD (USCG Approved Life Jacket). This course is hands-on with more time spent on the water and less time spent in the classroom. It is expected that you read over the US Sailing Keelboat book before coming to class and we will hit different points of the book throughout the weekend. Once you register for your Level I class, the Sailing Director will get you your own US Sailing Basic Keelboat book. If you would like another copy or to see other US Sailing books, click here

In order to register, please contact the Sailing Director and sign up today!

2019 Class Dates

Women’s Only Learn to Sail Level I: May 18-19 (9am to 5pm) or June 3, June 4, June 5, June 7 (5:30pm to 8:30pm)
Learn to Sail Level I: April 27-28 (9am to 5pm) or May 21, May 22, May 28, May 29 (5:30pm to 8:30pm) or June 8-9 (9am to 5pm) or July 8-11 (5:30pm to 8:30pm) or July 20-21 (9am to 5pm)
Learn to Sail Level II: May 13, May 14, May 15, May 16 (5:30pm to 8:30pm) or July 20-21 (9am to 5pm)

Don’t see a date that works for you, please email the Sailing Director.

2019 Clinics

If you are looking to just fix some of your sailing skills without having to take a Learn to Sail class, then take one of HYC’s Summer Clinics! This is for Hampton Yacht Club members only and is part of the Adult Sailing Fee. Time is from 5:30pm-7:30pm. You must sign up for the clinics 2 days before the class starts; please email the Sailing Director to sign up today!

June 18 or July 23 – Docking Under Sail
June 25 or July 30  – Racing Starts
July 9 or August 6 – Using the Hoist and Rigging a Sonar
July 16 or August 13 – Racing 101 (All classroom)

Arielle Darrow, Sailing Director

A native to the Hampton Roads area, Arielle Darrow brings 10+ years of sailing experience to Hampton Yacht Club. Arielle earned her degree in Biology and Secondary Education at Old Dominion University on a full academic scholarship. After graduating college, she taught biology and math in Virginia and Florida. During the spring and summer seasons, she managed and instructed sailing programs on the East Coast, including Bayport Scout Reservation, Yale Corinthian Yacht Club and Sail Nauticus. She was an active member of Old Dominion University’s Varsity sailing team and currently races many types of boats, from small dinghies to high performance catamarans. She has many top 10 finishes in the F18 and F16. Arielle and her team, Team Trouble, won the 2016 US Sailing Team Racing Championship (Hinman Trophy). She is currently running a F18 and Nacra 17 campaign. Arielle is also US Sailing Coaching Level 3 and US Sailing Keelboat Instructor certified and ISAF Class 3 sailor.

Study Material

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