Youth Sailing Foundation of
Indian River County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization funded
solely by donations.
free sailing lessons are open to Indian River County
children, age 8 to 15, who can pass a swimming test.
High school students are invited to
participate in our newly founded Vero Beach High School
YSF also offers adult sailing
Sailing is the vehicle we use to
teach children much more than sailing.
Our program takes children outdoors,
away from computers and cell phones while providing the
physical activity so lacking today.
As our children grow in the
confidence that comes with rigging and piloting their own
sailboat, completing races, learning the sailing language,
and interacting not only with children but with adults, we
see our goals being fulfilled.
Our success is measured in the
self-confidence, discipline, decision making, determination
and so many other skills that become evident in our
Our progress and growth
since our 2009 beginning is the result of the generosity of
the community in both monetary gifts and volunteer hours.
Partnerships with the Vero Beach
City Marina, and members of both the Vero Beach Power
Squadron, and the Moorings Yacht Club have given us the
impetus to expand and create the type of programs we desire
to offer to the community.
have built a total 32 wooden Optimist sailboats, 22 of which
were donated to be used by children who cannot afford their
The Vero Beach High School Sailing
Club uses our eight Club 420 two-person sailboats.
We own 5 twelve-foot Trinka
sailboats and 4 nineteen-foot O’Day Mariner sailboats which
are used both for the adult and the children’s classes.
We also have numerous power boats
that are used as safety boats while the students are
program has many facets:
Free children’s beginning sailing
instruction by certified US Sailing Instructors both in the
classroom and on the water is provided on Saturdays during
the school year.
Eight-foot long Optimist sailboats
are used for beginning sailors between the ages of 8 & 15.
Our beginning sailors sail on
Saturday mornings and our more advanced sailors sail on
In September of 2014 Youth Sailing
Foundation collaborated with Vero Beach High School to form
a high school sailing club.
Vero Beach High School students are
learning to sail our Club 420 two-person sailboats.
These boats are used nationally in
high school and college competition.
The high school club practices on
Wednesdays and Fridays after school.
Once the Vero Beach High School Club
sailors become proficient enough they will compete with
other regional high school sailing teams.
We are working toward making this a
varsity letter sport.
Our goal is to expand this program
to include other Indian River County high schools such as
Vero Beach Charter High School, Sebastian High School and
St. Ed’s High School.
In the spring of 2014 Youth Sailing
Foundation tested an Adult Sailing pilot program.
Adults paid $400.00 for eight 3-hour
beginning sailing lessons combining on-the-water and
The adult students sailed YSF’s
12-foot long Trinka sailboats and the ratio of students to
instructors was very low.
This program was so popular that it
became a permanent part of our curriculum in the fall of
Now we offer beginning and
intermediate sailing to Adults.
Classes are on Thursdays and
The tuition collected from Adult
Sailing is being used to fund our free children’s sailing
YSF’s Summer Sailing Camp is held at
the Moorings Yacht & Country Club each summer.
In 2015 YSF will offer 8 one-week
long beginning sailing camps for children between the ages
of 8 and 13.
Camp hours are 9 AM to 3 PM Monday
Children learn to sail 8-foot long
The fee to participate in one week
of camp is $250.00 which includes lunch each day.
For those who like wood working, YSF
offers the opportunity to assemble an eight foot wooden
Optimist sailboat from a kit.
Parents and children are closely
supervised and assisted by trained YSF volunteers.
The kit costs $1700.00 complete.
takes approximately 40 hours to assemble the Optimist