The best week of the year

Dear SailCamp Families,

When we made the difficult decision to cancel SailCamp in 2020 none of us imagined that SailCamp 2021 would be at risk, but sadly, here we are....  Covid-19 is still infecting people at an alarming rate and we are looking to guidance from the professionals to determine if and how we could hold SailCamp in 2021. According to the CDC, SailCamp would fall into the highest risk category:

Highest Risk: Campers mix between groups and do not remain spaced apart. All campers are not from the local geographic area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).

The camp directors have carefully reviewed all aspects of camp (flag pole, meals, dock activities, sailing, crafts, bathrooms and tent areas). Our goal was to identify if and how each component of camp could be run safely given the resources we have available.  Unfortunately, our conclusion at this point is that we could not realistically maintain the masking, spacing and hygiene that is necessary to protect campers, volunteers and staff.

With much regret,
Your SailCamp Directors
Buster, David, Jen, Julie, and Mike

SailCamp Rules

Rules for parents

1.  Bring a fully equipped and seaworthy boat.  Our dock crew is amazing, but they aren't here to refit a boat that hasn't been sailed since last year.  You will be charged for all parts that are required to make your campers boat seaworthy.

2.  Stay out of camp.  Tent city is off limits to parents after the opening BBQ and until the closing BBQ.  Our counselors and staff have done this before and will handle things.  See a camp director if you absolutely must enter tent city.

3.  Stay off the dock.  You can help your camper drop off and pick up their boat but our fabulous dock crew will take it from there.

4.  This Junior event has been designated as a “DRY” event by joint consensus of the sponsoring club’s Boards of Directors. All adults are expected to refrain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages and be “dry” while in attendance at this event, whether visiting or acting in a staff or volunteer capacity.

Rules for Campers

A single violation of the rules 1, 2, or 3 is grounds for IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL & EXPULSION from the camp!

1. No possession or use of any substance containing alcohol, tobacco, or any controlled substance, except medicine prescribed by a physician specifically for the Junior’s use.  Use of prescribed medicine must be specified in the medical information section of the application.

2. No stealing. (Borrowing without the express knowledge and consent of the owner may be considered stealing)

3. No leaving the campgrounds without staff permission.

Repeated breaking of the following rules will result in disqualification from competition and may result in dismissal and expulsion from the camp.

4. Life jackets must be worn at all times while in boats or on docks.

5. Shoes must be worn at all times around the camp and on the docks.

6. Curfew/Lights-out must be observed (times and conditions will be announced).

7. Use of abusive language or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.

8. Juniors are expected to carry out instructions as required for the orderly conduct of the clinic as assigned by instructors, camp staff, or its organizers, in a timely and productive manner.

9. Behavior deemed disruptive or unsafe will not be tolerated.

10. Juniors must abide by the posted rules of the host club.

11. No swimming except as part of scheduled drills, training or activities authorized by the camp staff.

12. All docks other than “A” dock are off limits to Juniors without staff permission.

13. All Juniors will sleep in the designated camp area. No juniors will be allowed to sleep on boats in the harbor.

14. No matches, lighters, or flames of any kind. Juniors needing to burn lines can ask instructors for help.

15. Common decency and health codes require that both genders wear a shirt at meals. Girls - No Bikini Tops, Boys - No Bare Chests, when food is present.

Sunday - Camp Check In

Check in begins on Sunday, June 21st at 3:00pm.  Sunday is a busy day and we ask that everyone follow these steps in order:

  1. Check in with the registrar.  This is where you'll take care of any outstanding paperwork and payments.  The registrar will give you class ribbons for your boat and send you off to meet your counselor.  First time campers will get a tour of the facilities.
  2. Meet your counselor and setup camp.  Your counselor will show you where to pitch your tent and will address any tent sharing requests.  
  3.  Put your boat on the dock.  The dock will be very full so it's important to put your boat in the correct section for you class.  

Sunday - Opening BBQ

Parent, family and friends are invited to stay for the opening BBQ.  There will be a brief presentation to welcome campers, introduce the camp staff and review camp rules.  Dinner is $10 for non-campers.

Monday - Friday

The weekday  schedule is as follows:

  • 7:30 - ​Breakfast in the galley
  • 8:00 - Flagpole.  Campers meet at the flagpool for roll call and daily announcements
  • 8:15 - Sailing.  Campers meet with their classes, ready for the days sailing.  All classes begin with an on-land class then move to the docks for sailing.
  • ​12:00ish - Lunch.  Novice and beginner classes come off the water first, Advanced sailors stay out a bit longer.
  • 1:00 - More sailing.  Campers meet with their classes ready for the afternoon sailing.  
  • 3:00ish - Campers return to shore, secure their boats and enjoy a healthy snack.
  • ​3:00 - 8:30 - Counselors ensure campers are having as much fun as humanly possible.
  • ​5:30 - Dinner
  • 9:00 - Lights out


Friday follows the same basic schedule except that Intermediate and Advanced sailors participate in the ETIYRA regatta.  Skippers meeting is at 10:30, racing begins at 11:00.


  • 7:30 - ​Breakfast in the galley.
  • 8:00 - Flagpole.  Campers meet at the flagpool for roll call and daily announcements
  • 8:30 - Sail making class.  Campers learn from a professional sail maker then try their hand at making an El Toro sail out of paper and tape.
  • 11:00 - Paper sail race.  Campers select a sailor from their group to race an El Toro with their groups paper sail.
  • 12:00 - Awards presentation and BBQ.  Parents, family and friends are invited to attend the awards ceremony and enjoy Jeff's BBQ ribs.  
  • 2:00 - You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.  We've enjoyed your children enough already, now it's your turn.  Really, take your kids and leave us in peace.