We will be contacting all registrants shortly to discuss program logistics for the 2016-2017 season.  Thank you!

For more information, or if you are interested in getting on the waiting list for the 2016-2017 season, please contact us at scyceltoros@gmail.com.  We would love to have you join us!

Program Director:  Eric Willis

Equipment and Logistics:  Mark Kuempel


The Santa Cruz Yacht Club (SCYC) El Toro Sailing Program is an entry-level racing program designed for sailors aged 8-14 and takes place on Pinto Lake. 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. (Juniors) pinto-fleet-sailing _____________________________________________________________________________________________


All sailors registering for the 2016-17 El Toro Program must register online.

  • All returning sailors have the first priority from April 1-15 (registration opens April 1st).
  • Then starting in May, new sailors that have parents or grandparents that are SCYC members in good standing will enter the pool open May 1-15.
  • Non SCYC families will enter the pool from June 1 through July 1.