SCYC EL TORO PROGRAM

The Santa Cruz Yacht Club (SCYC) El Toro Sailing Program is an entry-level racing program designed for sailors aged 8-14. Its goal is to introduce children to sailing, and teach basic through advanced small boat skills that will enable them to them to enjoy it as a lifelong pursuit. The program teaches the basic fundamentals of rigging, boat handling, and trim, as well as weather, history, sailing theory, and racing tactics and strategy. There is a strong emphasis on personal responsibility, seamanship, and sportsmanship. All that’s needed is an El Toro sailing dinghy, the ability to swim, and a willingness to learn. Participants must be SCYC Junior Members. Orientation will be held at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor in September. SCYC has a limited number of boats that are available for charter for a nominal charge and grants are available through the Santa Cruz Sailing Foundation for both charter and program fees. In addition, the program prepares young sailors for the Scholastic Program and Advanced Program that are available to high school students.

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PROGRAM REGISTRATION

All sailors registering for the El Toro Program must register online at the following link:

El Toro Program Registration Form

Registration is open annually from May 1st to July 31st. 

After registration closes you will be notified as to the status of your child’s enrollment as well as further information about this year’s program.

After July 31st, a link to the waitlist will be posted.

In the event that applications exceed program limits, or the number of SCYC El Toros available for charter, the priority ranking for enrolling participants and for the allocation of boats will be as follows:

A:  Continuing Participants

  1. Second year charters
  2. First year charters

B:  New Participants

  1. Children or grandchildren of current SCYC Members, and:
    1. Have had previous small boat instruction/experience
    2. Are Santa Cruz County residents
    3. Are not Santa Cruz County residents
  2. Junior Members who are not children or grandchildren of current SCYC Members and:
    1. Have had previous small boat instruction/experience
    2. Are Santa Cruz County residents
    3. Are not Santa Cruz County residents

EL TORO PROGRAM STAFF

Program Director:  Eric Willis

Equipment and Logistics:  Mark Kuempel

For more information, please contact us at scyceltoros@gmail.com.  

 

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