SF Sailing League

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Learn to sail in the San Francisco Bay with SF Social! We provide the boat and the coach, so all you have to do is show up ready to have fun and learn a new skill. After 6 weeks spent honing your speed and finesse on the water, you’ll leave with new friends and maybe even a lifelong passion! You can also feel great about being a part of SF Social, because a portion of every registration fee goes to sponsoring free sports programming for kids from low-income families here in San Francisco.

(Beginner) The morning & afternoon session is perfect for first time sailors. The 6 week program will start with a learn to sail and slowly easy you into racing. Taking time for each person to try new positions onboard and focusing on fun and learning!

Limited spots available*


Week 1: March 3rd
Week 2: March 10th
Week 3: March 17th
Week 4: March 24th
Week 5: April 7th
Week 6: April 14th
***You can miss sessions if you have to, just let your team and instructor know the week before you are out.***

Sailing Details

For beginners: We provide the boat, the coach, and the race management team so that you and your friends can learn to sail and compete against each other in a fun, social, and safe atmosphere.

How it works:  You and four fellow sailors will be competing in 2-4 races every Saturday in the San Francisco Bay. You can expect to be on the water for about 2 hours per week.

Training:  Each racing team will be accompanied  by a certified coach who will guide your team through the finer points of sailing.

The course:  Depending on the conditions, race management may decide to run races over different shaped courses around a number of large, inflatable markers. There will also be races around iconic Bay landmarks.

The Finish:  First past the post wins – it’s as simple as that! The winner of each race will be awarded 5 points, second 4, and so on. The last race of each week counts for double points, putting the pressure on for a great finale!

Standings:  Each week we will add up your points, and we will keep standings throughout the season which will be published weekly on the website.

Team Size:  Each team will consist of 5 team members (or crew as they say) per boat and one certified coach. The team minimum is 5, but you can have up to 8 people signed up for your team but only 5 team members can fit on the vessel at once. Sailors may rotate on and off in between races if they wish. You may also rotate on a weekly basis between different teammates.
League Perks: Everyone will enjoy food and drink specials at the sponsor bar after sailing, as well as league shirts, an end-of-season party, and prizes for the winning team.