Boca Ciega Yacht Club

Adult Basic Sail School (Fall)

One of the best basic sailing programs in Florida

Sail school boats at the dock

Our Sail School Boats at the Dock

Hands-on Sailing in Beautiful Boca Ciega Bay

Our Adult Sail School program is better than ever!

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The Adult Basic Sail School program is offered twice each year, and is open to the public.


We have limited the class size and streamlined the curriculum around an accelerated schedule to provide a more engaging experience for our students. This new format allows our students to get even more hands-on experience and practice in a shorter time-frame by reducing the Instructor-to-Student ratio.

This course is designed to be accessible to the complete novice using a combination of classroom, multimedia and hands-on instructional techniques. Instruction is provided on a volunteer basis by some of BCYC's most knowledgeable skippers. Our club members also serve as Table Captains, assisting in the classroom with hands-on skills such as knot tying and tiller practice. Many are Sail School graduates, on deck to share their enthusiasm and newly found passion for sailing.

The objectives of BCYC's Basic Sail School are to produce graduates who can rig the sails of a small boat; assess the wind; sail away from the dock; perform the basic maneuvers of tacking, jibing, and trimming sails; and sail safely back to the dock. We also provide information about federal and state safety requirements, emergency procedures, and “local knowledge” of nearby waters.


This is accomplished during three Wednesday evening classes, two Saturdays and two Sundays of "hands-on” sailing experiences aboard a fleet of Catalina 16.5’ self-righting, self-bailing sailboats on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay.

Fall 2023 Dates

September 27 - October 18


Boca Ciega Yacht Club Basic Sail School is the best value introductory sailing program in the area.


Tuition includes:

  • 10 hours of classroom time
  • 12 hours of waterfront/On-the-Water time
  • US Sailing Association Certification Series textbook
  • 2-month complimentary Club membership, inviting you to participate in all Club activities, racing and cruising
    (temporary membership begins on the first day of sail school!)
  • Discounted Club membership application

       ...All for an extremely reasonable $400 per person

Sail School Schedule

  • Three classroom sessions on Wednesday nights:
    • September 27th, October 4th and 11th
    • 7:00pm
      September 27th only will start at 6:30 to get administrative
      things out of the way)

  • Four On-the-Water sessions:
    • Two Saturdays: September 30th and October 7th
      • Mornings from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
      • Afternoons from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Two Sundays: October 1st and 8th
      • Mornings from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
      • Afternoons from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Reserved for make-ups due to weather: Saturday, October 14th

  • A traditional, yet optional, sunset “sail out” hosted by BCYC members aboard their own sailing vessels on Wednesday, October 18th

This will allow us to schedule 10 students in the morning and 10 students in the afternoon.  Please keep in mind that we will need to limit each session to only 10 students each, which will split the class in half. These two sessions are necessary to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to instructors per session.  As such, we are asking you to review your schedule prior to the beginning of Sail School and pre-register for either the morning or afternoon sessions.

NOTE: Only one space for morning on-the-water sessions is left.

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Even if a student is unable to complete all requirements, we encourage them to finish the class. Make-up sessions are often possible and more sailing opportunities are available during your free two-month trial membership.


For more information on BCYC's Adult Sail School, please contact our Registration Coordinator, Jen Rogers:

Mark Requa
Director of Sail School

BCYC's Covid-19 Policies: BCYC is monitoring and following the CDC Guidelines and Recommendations and as such, the following advice is in place: BCYC Covid-19 Policies.

  • NOTE: We have one space open! Morning on-the-water sailing only.
  • Register here

Fall 2023

Sept 27 - Oct 18

Class limited to 20 Adults

3 Classroom Night Classes;
  4 On-the-Water Sessions;

Hands-On Sailing with
2 Students per Instructor on
Catalina 16.5 Sailboats;

Free 2 Month Club Membership & Use of Club Boats*

(* must pass checkout)

Only $400 per Person
Open to non-Members

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Got Questions? Want to volunteer? Contact Mark Requa at

Boca Ciega Yacht Club‎
Latitude 27° 44' 21.0552'' N
Longitude 82° 41' 44.7252'' W
4600 Tifton Drive South   Gulfport, FL 33711

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