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Now enrolling for Fall 2023 Sessions


Four Saturdays Each

Afternoon (Advanced):

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Morning (Intermediate): 

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wavelets (Beginners):

1:30 - 4:00 PM

Session One

September 9 - September 30

Session Two

October 7 - October 28

Session Three

November 4 - November 25

Session Four

December 2 - December 23



Hawaii Yacht Club offers sailing lessons all year long. Our fall program is currently in open enrollment. It is a great opportunity to dive deep into learning how to sail! Each session will give your child hands-on experience, with four days per session to practice your tacks, jibes, and capsizes!


Novice sailors start out in Toppers; roomy, red, learning machines. Toppers are a great way to get started learning how to sail because they are simple to rig, have all the basic sail controls, and are very easy to right after a capsize (they might even enjoy capsizing these things!).


As they advance in their sailing journey, we have Open Skiffs and El Toros ready to teach students everything about dinghy sailing. Open Skiffs are very fun due to their extreme simplicity and open design. El Toros will throw students headlong into sail control and boat balance. Pleasantly remembered as “the path to greatness,” these are oft-favorite boats. El Toros will teach everything needed to learn, including both the fun and not-so-fun parts of sailing.


Sailing is many things. It can be a means of traveling the whole world round, allowing you to stop and live in the comfort of your floating home anywhere along the way. Sailing can be an intense sport with Olympic-level competition. Sailing can be to you whatever you make of it! As they say: “You cannot change the weather, wind or seas. You can change your sails and mindset.

Morning (Intermediate) - Dinghy Sailing Class

This class is where you should start if you are 10 or older or have passed through the Wavelets class and have spoken with the Director about progression. Sailors will learn and work on the beginner skills they need to succeed as they progress into more advanced adventures.

Required Skills to move onto Advanced Class: Small Boat Sailor, "The Little Red Book." For those interested in progressing, ask our coaches about acquiring a Little Red Book so you can begin checking skills off. All skills must be checked off by one of our Level 2 Instructors during class times. 


Beginner Skills (performed in a Topper):

  • Wind Direction 

  • Rigging and Unrigging 

  • Knots and Line Work 

  • Rules of the Road

  • Departure and Landing

  • Steering

  • Safety Position

  • Tacking

  • Points of Sail

  • Jibing

  • Capsize Recovery

  • Overboard Recovery

  • Getting out of Irons

  • Upwind Sailing

Intermediate Skills (must be performed in an El Toro for progression into Advanced Class):

  • Seamanship

  • Nomenclature 

  • Understanding the Wind 

  • Current, Weather, and Land Effects 

  • Navigation and Emergency Procedures 

  • Proper Sail Trim 

  • Proper Boat Trim

  • Roll Tacking 

  • Jibing 

  • Sailing a Windward Leg 

  • Sailing a Reach 

  • Sailing Downwind

All skills must be performed in both light (5 - 14 knots) and heavy wind (15+ knots).

Afternoon (Advanced) - Dinghy Racing Class 

All skills from "The Little Red Book" must be completed in heavy winds (15+ Kts) in an El Toro for acceptance into the Advanced Class. In dinghy racing, sailors will focus on building their skills, so they become second nature. Sailors will practice starts, reading the wind, and tactics/rules, etc. On days they aren't running drills, they will race to Diamond Head buoy and back. Boats we will center our attention on are Lasers, C-420s, and Rs Fevas, eventually building into spinnakers and trapping.


Wavelets is a class for our beginner sailors. This will be the introductory stage for learning to sail. Here, they will learn about the basic sailing knowledge needed to move their boat forward purposefully. If they show a clear understanding of what is taught and an interest in advancing, the Morning Intermediate class is the next steppingstone!



  • Topper

  • Open Skiff

  • El Toro

  • 420

  • Laser


Students are required to provide their own lifejacket, a U.S. Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Device. The Type III PFD is the most popular and most appropriate for small boat sailing. Students like them.


Swimming Skills

Students must pass a swim test of 50 yards and be able to tread water for 3 minutes. The swim test will be conducted on the first day of class.

Students must bring:

  • Lifejacket

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Water Bottle



Students are officially registered when all the following requirements are successfully complete. 


$200 per session for Fall 2023 sessions.

Children of Hawaii Yacht Club voting members receive a 25% discount.


Classes will be held every day that is scheduled. We will attempt to go sailing as much as possible. If the weather does not allow us to go out on the water, we will hold class onshore.



No refunds are available, except for medical emergencies.

If you know that your child will be missing classes during the session, please speak to us beforehand and we can discuss prorating fees.



Jan - Apr


May - Aug


Sept - Nov

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