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Welcome SAYC members! This page is designed to outline your on-water access and utilize your SAYC member benefit of using boats and boards. 

SAYC is proud to have a fleet of dinghies and water sport boards for member use. Our on-water programs run year-round, with action and adventure to be had any day of the week, any week of the year.

Here is a list of the sailboats and water sport boards we have available for member use:

1.  SAYC Flying Scot, 'Henry R.'

2.  SAYC 420 Class Dinghy (6 available for member use)

3.  SAYC Laser Dinghy (2 available for member use)

4.  SAYC Hobie Getaway/Hobie Wave

5.  SAYC Kayaks & Stand-up Paddle Boards (SUPs) (6 adult and 6 youth each)

There are many ways you are able to enjoy getting on the water at SAYC. Options include:

  • SAYC Open Sailing Program – SAYC members who have completed the checkout process are able to use sailboats and water sport boards at their leisure, at no additional cost. In order to use any sailboats or water sport boards, you must first complete the SAYC checkout process, detailed below. The checkout process consists of an orientation and challenge test, and is integral to the safety of our members, as well as our equipment. A master list is kept in the SAYC office.

Checkout process steps:

  • 1.    Email Sail Director with request. Please detail which boat or board and a suitable time/date.
  • 2.    To become certified to use a SAYC sailing dinghy, an SAYC member must satisfactorily complete an SAYC challenge test for that particular class of sailing dinghy. Kayak/SUPs included. Arrive prepared to get wet and demonstrate skills. Overview of the checkout for each category is as follows:

+ Duration & Checkout fees (one-time fee charged to SAYC account):

- Kayak & SUP – 1 hour, $20

- 420, Laser & Hobie Getaway – 2 hours, $40

- Flying Scot – up to 4 hours, $100

+ 420, Laser, Hobie Getaway & Flying Scot checkout consists of locating parts, a walk-through of the Open Sailing Program Manual, rigging, launching, sailing, capsize (420s and Lasers only), de-rigging and storage responsibilities and procedure walk-through.

+ Kayak and SUP check-out consists of locating parts, a walk-through of the Open Sailing Program Manual, transportation of equipment, skills demonstration, storage responsibilities and procedure walk-through.

  • 3. When a member passes a challenge test for a class of boat, they will be given one of two ratings:  Level / Flag color code / Approved wind velocity range:

Intermediate / Green / 0-10 knots

Advanced / Red / 0-15 knots

*Sailing in over 15 knots must be pre-approved by Sail Director.

  • 4. All members who complete the Kayak/SUP checkout process will be approved permitting their ability to lift and carry equipment.
  • 5. Once successful checkout is complete, members may take out boats/boards at their leisure. Parameters discussed at checkout time - all sailing programs, races, practices, regattas, etc. take priority over member use. Each usage must be pre-approved with simple float plans submitted. Details discussed at checkout time.

All SAYC members with previous dinghy sailing experience are encouraged to complete the checkout process and enjoy our beautiful waterfront. Those without prior experience are encouraged to participate in a Learn to Sail clinic.

  • SAYC Learn to Sail Clinics – SAYC proudly offers Learn to Sail clinics. From beginner to advanced, clinics are based on experience and designed for someone to participate and progress to the next level.  Clinics are designed to be consistent and repeatable using SAYC instructors/coaches. All clinics are open to members and non-members using SAYC 420s and SAYC Flying Scot. If you would like to schedule a Learn to Sail clinic please email Sail Director with type of clinic preferred.
  • SAYC Learn to Race Clinics – SAYC LTR Clinics are taught on the Flying Scot and designed for sailors with prior sailing experience. Learning to race is fun and challenging. In the LTR clinics we cover spinnaker sets, mark roundings, starting tactics, strategy and more. Please email Sail Director to schedule.
  • SAYC Dinghy Racing Series – SAYC hosts many racing events throughout the calendar year. The Wednesday Night Racing series (WNR) has four seasons: frostbite, spring, summer and fall. There is a 420 race course set up just northeast of Conch House docks with up to 6 boats available for registration. The Dinghy Championship Series (DCS) is a more serious 420 racing series that takes place from spring – fall on select weekends. Registration for all racing can be found on our website
  • SAYC Flying Scot Racing Series – SAYC WNR series for ‘big boats’ in the Tolomato River has added a Flying Scot class. SAYC members who have completed the checkout process can charter the SAYC Flying Scot, ‘Henry R.’ for one series at a time. For pricing and availability please contact the Sail Director.
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