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 or weekdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, during the months of April to August . 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!

2018 Class Dates

Women’s Only Learn to Sail Level I: May 7th, May 8th, May 9th, May 11th (5:30pm to 8:30pm) or July 7-8 (9a to 4pm)
Learn to Sail Level I: May 14th, May 15th, May 16th, May 18th (5:30pm to 8:30pm) or July 14-15 (9am to 4pm)
Learn to Sail Level II: June 4th, June 5th, June 6th, June 8th (5:30pm to 8:30pm) or August 11-12 (9am to 4pm)
2019 Dates to be Posted in February


2018 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 at arielle@hamptonyc.com to sign up today!

June 19 or July 24 – Docking Under Sail
June 26 or July 31  – Racing Starts
July 10 or August 7 – Using the Hoist and Rigging a Sonar
July 17 or August 14 – Racing 101 (All classroom)
2019 Dates to be Posted in February




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 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 certified and ISAF Class 3 sailor.

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