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Sailing Academy

For more than 50 years, The Key Biscayne Yacht Club’s youth sailing program has been dedicated to coaching and empowering the next generation of competitors and sailing enthusiasts. We offer a spectrum of individual and team training programs for kids from grade school through high school. We are proud of our "alumni" who have gone on to compete and win at national, international, and Olympic levels. 

Obituary, in Memoriam of Kevin Burnham,

Honorary KBYC Member, Three-time Olympic Sailor, and two-time Olympic Medalist for Team USA.
Below are the programs we offer for Members and Non-Members:   Register Now  

Our Hobie Explorers class is an introductory program for the little ones into the sport of sailing.  We have a dedicated instructor that will teach the sailors the basic concepts of sailing, navigation terms, and proper seamanship.  Class is limited to 20 sailors.  Sailors are required to bring their own life jackets to wear at all times during the class and will be sailing as a group with their instructor in the proximity of the yacht club in our ‘Hobie Wave’ club boats. Note: The Hobie Explorers program requires a minimum of 5 sailors.

Coach: Millie McCormick / Olivia Campmany

Dates:   This program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 6 consecutive weeks.

              Hobie Explorers Session 1 / Sep 13 - Oct 20

              Hobie Explorers Session 2 / Oct 25 - Dec 1

Time:    4:00 p – 6:30 p

Price:    Member $300

  Non-Member $375

If your sailor loves to spend the day out on the water and would like to learn how to sail, this is the right program for him/her.  Our optimist Learn-to-Sail is specifically for those sailors that have none to some previous sailing experience (summer camp participants) and would like to learn more about the sport of sailing.  Sailors MUST bring their own life jacket and sailing attire.

Having your own boat/opti is not a requirement; a club boat will be assigned to each sailor at no additional cost.

Coaches: Ella Alloco / Maru Urban                                        

 Sundays LTS OPTI (Friday & Sunday)

Dates:   Sep 9 - Dec  4 (No sailing on Thanksgiving Week)

Time:     Friday 4:00 p - 7:00 p

              Sunday 10 a - 3:30 p

Price:    Member $800

              Non-Member $1,000

Note:  If you are still not sure about commiting for a full season but would like to give your kid an opportunity to try it out (4 weeks) please contact Juan at juan@kbyc.org 

We are super excited to introduce this new adult program to offer the opportunity to learn how to sail on a Hobie Wave!  To join this program and learn this life skill you are not required to have any previous sailing experience, and there is no age limitation. You just need to know how to swim, wear a lifejacket at all times when out on the water, and be prepared to be amazed by what Biscayne Bay waters has to offer.

This is a 6 week program that runs on either Wednesday morning, Thursday Morning, or Friday Afternoon class.  We have limited the number of participants to 10 per class and we need 5 minimum to offer the course.

 

Learn-to-Sail a Hobie Class (Thursday) 

Coach: Juan Carlos Romero                                

Dates: Sep 15 - Oct 20

Times: 10 a - 1 p

 

Advance Hobie Afternoon Class (Friday)                 

Coach: Rodrigo Prado

Dates: Sep 16 - Oct 21

Times: 4 - 7 p

Price:  Member $300

Non-member $375

Racing Programs

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A step up from our Opti Learn-to-Sail program.  Our Lime-Green Fleet program has been designed for summer campers and sailors that has some previous experience and would like to pursue sailing as their year round sport.  This program’s curriculum teaches LTS Opti graduates all the different components of sailboat racing. During the season we encourage all our team sailors to travel to some of the local supported regattas.  Sailors are not required to have their own boat; a club boat will be assigned to each sailor at no additional cost for the 1st season (Sept-May).  For more information please email Juan Carlos at juan@kbyc.org 

Coach: Marina Geilen

Dates:   Sep 3  - Dec 11

Time:    Fridays 4:00 p - 6:30 p & Saturdays 10:00 a - 3:30 p

Price:    Member $800

              Non-Member $1,000

Our Green Fleet program has been designed as an introduction to racing platform to teach our new sailors the different components of sailboat racing.  Sailors with little experience can join this program and learn from one of the best opti coaches in South Florida.  Sailors are not required to have their own boat; a club boat will be assigned to each sailor for their first fall, or spring sailing season at no additional cost.

Coach: Juan Carlos Romero

Dates:   Sep 3 - Dec 11

Time:    Wednesdays 3:30 p - 6:00 p & Weekends 9:00 a - 4:00 p

Price:    Member $1,100

              Non-Member $1,400

Our Optimist Racing Team is continuing to build strong and recruiting sailors from all over the country that join us for our regular scheduled practices and regattas.  We count with world known US Optimist National Team Coaches which makes our racing programs one of the best in the area.

Sailors MUST have their own boat.

Coach:  Edgar Diminich / Javier “Foco” Figueroa

Dates:   Sep 3  - Dec 11

Time:    Wednesdays 3:30 p - 6:00 p & Weekends 9:30 a - 4:00 p

Price:          Member $1,800

                    Non-Member $2,250

This program has been created, offered to sailors that would like to participate in our Laser program but can’t commit to a full season and would like to join us for some scheduled  practices, or events.  Having your own boat is required, however the club can charter you a boat for the season based on availability (limited to 1 season).  Please email Sailing Director, Juan Carlos, at juan@kbyc.org to secure a boat.

 

Coaches:    Edgar Diminich / Javier “Foco” Figueroa

Dates:         Sep 3 - Dec 11

Time:          Wednesdays 3:30 p - 6:00 p & Weekends 9:30 a - 4:00 p

Club Opti Charter Pricing:      $500 (season); $50 - $70 p/day (priority for KBYC members)

Coaching/Practice Fee:           Member $90 p/day    Non-member $125 p/day (Wednesday at $60)

Boat Storage Monthly Fee:     Member $35               Non-member $50

In addition to the daily coaching fee, a regatta fee to cover all event coaches’ travel expenses will be prorated among the participants.

Price:        $50 Non- Member Registration Fee 

 

After the tremendous success of this program we will keep working and putting all our efforts to bring it to the next level!  The laser program requires sailors with previous sailing experience.  This program will have a dedicated and top notch International Olympic Coach running sailing practices on the weekends for all 4.7, radial, and standard fleet sailors.  Having your own boat is required however the club can charter you a boat for the season based on availability (limited to 1 season).

The season fee includes supported events in our Laser Regatta Calendar. In the case of a non-supported regatta, the club will charge/prorate an additional coaching fee to cover the coach/es travel expenses among all the participants.

Coach:  Maru Urban / Pedro Mascarenhas

Dates:   Sep 3  - Dec 11

Time:    Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a – 4:00 p

Price:           Member                 Full Season $1,600

                       Non-Member                 Full Season $2,100

Club Laser Charter Pricing: $650 (season); $50 - $70 p/day (priority for KBYC members).

This program has been created, offered to sailors that would like to participate in our Laser program but can’t commit to a full season and would like to join us for some scheduled  practices, or events.  Having your own boat is required, however the club can charter you a boat for the season based on availability (limited to 1 season). Please email coach Maru at maru@kbyc.org to secure a boat.

Coaches:  Maru Urban / Pedro Mascarenhas

Dates:  Sep 3 - Dec 11

Time:    Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a – 4:00 p

Club Laser Charter Pricing: $800 (season); $50 - $70 p/day (priority for KBYC members)

Coaching/Practice Fee:          Member $90 p/day      Non-member $125 p/day

Boat Storage Monthly Fee:    Member $35                Non-member $50

In addition to the daily coaching fee, a regatta fee to cover all event coaches’ travel expenses will be prorated among the participants.

Non- Member Registration Fee: $50

If you have any questions about our program please don’t hesitate to contact Juan Carlos Romero, KBY Sailing Director, via email at juan@kbyc.org


 

Water Sports (Rentals)

The club is excited to announce the rental service of our fleet of catamarans, Hobie Waves, to all our family members.  For those that already know how to sail, all you need to do is fill out a ‘Float Plan’ available in the Sailing Office at the club, set up sail, and go explore the Bay accompanied by your family and friends.  

Capacity: Our Hobie Waves can accommodate up to 4 adults, or 6 kids.

Daily Fee: $80

Paddle Boards

KBYC is now offering paddle boards rental through PADL! This is similar to bike shares around the county, such as Citi Bike, where technology has enabled a new aspect of convenience and flexibility in the stand up paddle board rental process. To get started you download the PADL app, rent, and unlock a paddle board directly from your smartphone…once ready to come back, please do not forget to end your rental via the app and put the boards back in place!

Here’s how it works:
1) In the PADL app, go to the plans section.
2) Select your preferred plan:
   • $30 for a monthly plan (requires 2 months paid upfront)
   • $100 for the biannual plan billed every six months.
3) Ride for 2 hours per day every day at no additional charge on any single board!
4) Ride additional hours at a discounted rate of $15 per hour!
5) Rent additional boards at a discounted rate of $15 per hour!