Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
Summer Sail Camp

Weekly sailing camp instruction designed for kids 7 to 17 years old. The boats used are provided from the SMWYC fleet of US Sabot Centerboard Prams, RS Teras, Optimist Prams, Lasers, CFJs, C420 and Santana 20s to meet the needs of students of all sizes and abilities. Most of our dedicated and talented Instructors are certified by US Sailing or their home country equivalent. Maximum beginning student to instructor ratio of 6:1.

Program Dates and Times

Weekly sessions anticipated to begin June 14, 2021 and ending August 20, 2021
Monday - Friday
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Aftercare may be available at the rate of $20/day


First time students begin sailing the first day of camp after an orientation, which includes basic shore instruction, an introduction to our fleet, and a capsize drill. On the water, we start with how to steer and tack, and then add skills and concepts quickly. Knot tying, boat rigging and safety essentials are incorporated along the way.  Continuing students receive instruction tailored to their sailing level with an emphasis on time on the water and fun exercises and excursions.

Our Instructors and Philosophy

Our team of Instructors is a mix of year round and seasonal instructors who have wholeheartedly embraced our community-based, non-competitive teaching philosophy.  

   Summer Camp Tuition

Weekly Session for first time sailors $360 ($285 for week 4), which includes a one year "Junior Program Membership"

Weekly Session for continuing students $300 ($240 for week 4), Junior Program Membership not inculded

SMWYC Club Members rate $210 per week ($170 for week 4)

No Additional Charter Fees! 

Financial assistance is available, please contact us for information.



First Timer sailors sign up in sessions based upon their age to better tailor instructionfor the groups. Registration is done with our Reservation System which will also allow you to sign waivers and order Aftercare if available.  Should a week become fully booked, we will add you to a waiting list. For additonal information or questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call program chair Steve Potter at 310-827-7692.

SMWYC Juniors
13589 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

2020 Sail Camp is sold out

Demand for Sail Camp has been extremely strong and most sessions are already closed to registration due to the size of the waitlists.  Sessions that are open to register have waitlists short enough that there is a small possibility that a new registrant could be accepted off the waitlist.  We are looking at ways to provide additional alternatives to help get more folks on the water and will announce them when we have staff confirmed to accommdate addition sessions or offerings.

Sail Camp is open and Reopening Protocol is posted!

Sail Camp starts June 15 and we are happy to be able to provide a safe, healthy and fun way for youth sailors to get out of the house and get some fresh air.  Naturally, Sail Camp this year will be unlike any we've held before.  We have a stringent protocol to follow to reduce the chance of infection and a link to our required protocaol posting is below.

SMWYC Sail Camp Reopening Protocol

Preliminary Reopening Plan is available

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been and still is unbelievable but at some point local and state restrictions on activities will start easing and we want to be ready to get back on the water in a safe and responsible manner.  As reopening guidance is produced and modified we have tried to stay on top of guidelines that are pertinent to camps, schools and youth sports.  This plan will help us prepare our facilities and staff for new procedures and protocols and, hopefully, help families make plans for the summer.  We expect lots of changes over the next couple of weeks and feel the more feedback we receive the better so send your feedback to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Download our Preliminary Reopening Plan

Last two weeks of Sail Camp may be sold out but we still have lots to offer!

Unfortunately, the last two weeks are sold out with waiting lists so we have removed those options from the registartion system.  We've had a unprecedented rush to sign up for the last two weeks.  Our regular Thursday After School Sailing restarts Aug. 22 and our Saturday Open Sailing restarts Aug. 24.  Monthly Learn to Sail packages begin Sept. 7.  We have the flexibility to add days if you like or create special classes for groups.  Visit of Programs page or email us for more information.

Online Lunch ordering is now available

You may order lunch from the kitchen online.  Simply follow the link from the side menu of our Summer Sail Camp page or simply click here.  Your child's lunch will be warm and ready just in time for their mid-day break.  View the menu here and plan your selections.