Youth Sailing

Youth sailing is the future of our sport. US Sailing is committed to ensuring that young people learn how to sail from certified instructors in a safe and fun environment. We have set the standard for youth sailing programs in the U.S.


Dreams start here

US Sailing Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals are the spark that ignite a lifelong love for sailing.  For young sailors who are new to racing and experienced junior sailors with Olympic aspirations, US Sailing JO Festivals are the perfect starting line.

Every year 4,000 young sailors join in the fun and excitement of JO Sailing Festivals.  These events improve racing skills, connect young sailors with new friends and serve as a guide to a pathway of sailing adventure. A JO event at your club can energize your youth program through a mix of competition, fun sailing activities and skill-builder clinics for sailors at all levels.

The all-new US Sailing Skill Builder Clinics boost the level of expertise at your yacht club or sailing center by providing top-notch coaching for sailors and learning opportunities for program directors, local coaches, race managers and volunteers.

Learn more about US Sailing Junior Olympic Festivals online at is the website for serious youth sailors and racers, full of news and resources for young sailors (coaches & parents)  interested in taking their sailing to the next level. A Resource for Racing Sailors