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SAILOR Spotlight: DYLAN
Dylan came to the Sailing Center as a young teenager in the summer of 2019. After one week of Sail Camp Dylan was hooked and ended up attending the remainder of the summer. In the fall Dylan joined our Sail Team program, which develops a deeper awareness of boat handling, boat speed, tactics, strategy, problem solving, teamwork and confidence. After racing for two seasons, Dylan was offered a volunteer instructor position in our summer Sail Camp.
Dylan worked nearly every week, learning how teaching sailing further develops your own abilities on the water, as well as granted the opportunity to give back to those in his shoes just one year prior. Following another successful Sail Team season, Dylan was eager to become a certified instructor. With guidance and support from SAYC, Dylan learned how to drive powerboats and pursued his US Sailing certification. The next summer, Dylan quickly became one of our top instructors. Dylan's coaching interests landed him a spot on the assistant coaching staff for the Sail Team program, helping coach the youngest sailors in our program.
Dylan continues to coach, race, and instruct adult and youth clinics year round. His skills, abilities, and relationships formed through sailing at SACYSC will continue to open doors for him through adulthood. From college sailing scholarships to professional coaching positions and maritime engineering degrees, Dylan has the sailing world at his fingertips. We are extremely proud of Dylan and those who are currently on the same path.
Being able to offer not only a new skill set, but a world of possibilities and access to an ever-growing industry is one reason SAYCSC is a special place to be.
OUR MISSION: To provide affordable access to boating for youth in and around St. Augustine.
We believe sailing and boating teach invaluable life skills like problem solving, leadership, confidence, and teamwork while having FUN on the water. We're passionate about helping shape the next generation of sailors and design programs to include the diverse community of St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Our programs incorporate STEM curriculum and are taught by US Sailing certified instructors.
Since 2012, SAYCSC has offered on-water instruction to local youth and has grown into a multifaceted program reaching over 300 kids a year. In 2018 we began our Learn to Sail programs designed for adults. Both the adult and youth programs are open to members and non-members.
The St. Augustine Yacht Club Sailing Center is proud to offer a variety of sailing programs to our local community. No matter your age or skill level, we offer a wide variety of programs to get you on the water. From age 5 - 95, we are ready to help you set sail.
Youth Sailing at SAYCSC is comprised of multiple programs operating year-round, designed to accommodate all levels of experience and aimed to build skills and confidence both on and off the water through the sport of sailing.
We have an established Summer Sail Camp program that is open to all children aged 5 – 17, operating annually from June through August with a weekly Monday through Friday schedule from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. It is designed to both introduce the basics of sailing and seamanship and build on existing sailing skills. Children learn to sail on Optimist sailboats and 420 sailboats, as well experience sailing on a multi-hull Hobie Cat and a Flying Scot. In addition to Sail Camp, we offer an Adventure Camp for kids aged 8 – 17, and a half-day Little Skippers Camp for children aged 5 – 7 (9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.). Led by US Sailing Certified Sailing Instructors, our Summer Camp is not only affordable, but is the most fun and educational experience for youth in our community.
In addition to our Summer Sail Camp programs, we have a SAYCSC Sail Team, with two seasons operating annually in the Spring and Fall. The Sail Team is comprised of an Opti, Laser, and 420 race teams. The SAYCSC race team is a unique experience and has been growing in momentum since the sport has increased in popularity over the years. As a member of the SAYCSC race team your child will attend multiple practices a week under the coaching and supervision of US Sailing Certified Sailing Coaches and Instructors, and participate in 3-5 regattas per season. SAYC hosts one regatta per season, the Nights of Lights Regatta in the fall, and the Wendy Thompson Memorial Regatta in the spring. Prior sailing experience is required, with more information listed on our Sail Team page.
Scholarships available for all Youth Sailing programs.
We offer Learn to Sail (LTS) and Learn to Race (LTR) clinics for adults. The LTS and LTR programs are designed to provide skill-based clinics for teaching adults how to sail, as well as fine-tuning their basic sailing skills. There are three LTS clinic offerings on the 420, Flying Scot, and Hobie Cat sailboats: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The three levels of classes are based on experience and built for someone to participate and progress to the next level. We also offer LTR clinics on the Flying Scot. All clinics are designed to be consistent and repeatable and are led by SAYCSC US Sailing Certified Instructors. Find more information in the Adult & Family Sailing page.
St. Augustine Yacht Club Sailing Center, Inc. (the “Sailing Center”) is a Florida corporation not for profit under Chapter 617, Florida Statutes. The Sailing Center is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and it is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with section 170 of the Code. The Sailing Center qualifies as a public charity because it is a supporting organization under 509(a)(3) of the Code based upon its relationship to, and its support of, St. Augustine Yacht Club Foundation, Inc. (the “Foundation”). The Foundation itself is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Code that is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with section 170 of the Code. The Foundation qualifies as a public charity under 509(a)(1) of the Code.