Learn To Sail

HYC Learn To Sail Program

Hampton Yacht Club Adult Sailing offers learn to sail classes to Hampton Yacht Club members only. Classes generally run from Saturday to Sunday on various weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, during the months of April to September . Cost is part of the Adult Sailing Fee, only $180/year or $15/month for 12 months. Throughout the year, Hampton Yacht Club will offer an all-women’s learn to sail class, taught by a female instructor (HYC members only). 

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.
  • 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 and for HYC members only. 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. To find the book, use this link here

In order to register, please contact the Sailing Director (Arielle@hamptonyc.com) and sign up today!

2017 Class Dates

April 22-23: Women’s Only Learn to Sail Level I Course
Special-May 23rd, May 25th, May 30th, June 1st (Weekdays, 5:30p-8:00p): Learn to Sail Level I Course
June 17-18: Learn to Sail Level II Course
July 1-2: Women’s Only Learn to Sail Level I Course
August 26-27: Learn to Sail Level I Course
September 9-10: Learn to Sail Level II Course

2018 dates to be posted in March!


2017 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. If you would like to sign up, please email the Sailing Director at arielle@hamptonyc.com.

June 20 or June 18 – Docking Under Sail
June 11  – Racing Starts
June 27 or August 8 – Using the Hoist and Rigging a Sonar

2018 dates to be posted in May!




Arielle Darrow, Sailing Director

A native to the Hampton Roads area, Arielle Darrow brings 11 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 placed 7th out of 30 in the 2015 F18 Nationals and 5th out of 21 in the 2015 F16 Nationals. Arielle and her team, Team Trouble, has just won the 2016 US Sailing Team Racing Championship (Hinman Trophy), which now qualifies Team Trouble to represent USA in the 2017 World Championship. Arielle is also US Sailing Coaching Level 3 certified and ISAF Class 3 sailor.

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