Mission: Youth sailing foundation of indian river county is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization offering free sailing instruction to the children of indian river county.
Programs: Opti classes - children 9-14 learn to sail on saturdays using opti 8 foot single person prams. Certified u. S. Sailing instructors, aided by volunteers teach safety, basic seamanship, rigging and unrigging, launching, sailing maneuvers, rules of the road and sportsmanship. Beginners sail on saturday mornings with the more advanced in the afternoon. 420 classes - high school students sail two-man high performance 12 foot 420's. Practice is wednesday after school and saturdays. Ysf in partnership with vero beach high school competes at the varsity level with 8-10 athletes earning varsity letters each year. Indian river charter school in partnership with ysf offers club sailing. We also have home schooled high school students in the program.
summer camp is held weekly starting in mid-june for six to eight weeks. Held at the moorings yacht and country club. Classes are monday through friday from 9: am to 3 pm with lunch included. The cost is $250. Children learn to sail in the 8-foot opti pram in protected coves off the indian river lagoon.
Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County (YSF) helps youngsters ages 8 - 13 learn to sail and or build their own wooden Optimist Sailing Dinghy. Classes are provided at no cost to the youngster. Recent offerings include classes for adults in learning to sail and to teens in how to sail and/or race a slightly larger boat (Trinka 12 or 420 sailboat). Children learn skills on the water that translate into skills in decision making, pride in accomplishing a difficult task. Parents of the youngsters report improved self image of the youngster, improvements in school work, etc. The YSF is blessed to have hightly trained volunteers to assist with on the water activities along with help wilth classroom activities and (for some) help with building their own boat. The YSF is growing at a most rapid rate and is searching for additional volunteer help (past teachers or anyone experienced in working with children). The YSF is also blessed by having a major sponsor (The Moorings Country and Yacht Club) that provides facilities for summer camp classes along with financial support and from the Vero Beach Power Squadron whose members provide thousands of volunteer hours each year.