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)

Sailing Director – Maxwell Plarr

After leading the Christopher Newport University Varsity Sailing Team eight years, head coach Maxwell Plarr has accepted the new Sailing Director position for Hampton Yacht Club in February of 2020. Coach Plarr was a three-time Team MVP and four-time All-Academic Sailor as an undergrad for Christopher Newport University. Maxwell began instructing junior program teams for HYC, GPYC, and the Navy’s MWR.  After college Plarr lived and sailed in Australia prior to taking the head coach role at CNU.  During his tenure as head coach of the CNU team, the Captains competed in their first ICSA Women’s National Championship and two ICSA Singlehanded National Championships. His sailors hold such accolades as MAISA Undergraduate South Representatives, MAISA Undergraduate President, ICSA Undergraduate Vice-President, Purrington Award recipient, MAISA All-Academic Team, ICSA All-Academic Team, and MAISA Sportsman of the Year. 

Maxwell lives in Little England in Hampton, Virginia with his wife Lexy and dog, Cooper, who you may find to greet you with a wagging tail at the sailing center.  Max is an avid sailor, fisherman, and cyclist in his spare time.  The new director is a US Sailing Certified Level III Coach and a Level I Instructor Trainer that plans to bring US Sailing models and methods to enhance all areas of sailing and power boating at Hampton Yacht Club from juniors to the most ancient mariner.  The new sailing director has a vision that is focused on safety, education, and fun! Besides his daily duties of junior and adult sailing he will be planning clinics and will make himself available to any member seeking advice or knowledge with listed office hours. Maxwell started his position by traveling to the US Sailing Leadership Forum in San Diego, CA to network and learn the latest strategies to implement into club programming at the highest contemporary levels. Maxwell is settling into the position by professionalizing the spaces in the Adult and Junior Buildings to maximize classroom, storage, and office space capabilities.  There is much to be done and volunteers will be crucial to help in the process.  The summer is rapidly approaching and the sailing director is keen to develop a rewarding, fun, and competitive and/or exploration experience for all junior members planning to participate in the summer program.  There will be a youth panel and a parent interest meeting announced soon coupled with an evening of Virtual Regatta Game Night for junior members.  Please help us in making this one of the best summers for our young sailors!  Maxwell can be reached at sailingdirector@hamptonyc.com

The club’s Junior Sailing Program has produced racing champions at different levels of sailing worldwide.  Many of these individuals have maintained their relationship with the Club since their sailing beginnings in our Junior Program.  HYC promotes all levels of sailing from Club owned fleets of Optimists, RS Fevas, 420s, and Sonars, through One Design Racing and a strong PHRF racing circuit.  Our members are also active in powerboat and sail cruising.  HYC holds numerous well run and attended regattas from small One Design classes to big boats such as Southern Bay Race Week and the prestigious Down the Bay Race.

Study Material

This section of our website contains valuable information and links to outside resources we think will be valuable for you. If you have a resource suggestion you think we should add to this page, please contact us.

NAVIGATION RULES OF THE ROAD

AIDS TO NAVIGATION

NOAA HAMPTON ROADS BOOK CHART

VIDEO: THE PHYSICS OF SAILING

SPINNAKER HANDLING (PDF)

CALL BOOK FOR TEAM RACING

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