ATTENTION RACERS: Be sure to register by June 26, 2018 to avoid late fees.

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Junior Olympic video by US Sailing

Young sailors (ages 8-18) in search of great competition, quality coaching, and a fun time on and off the water will find a special experience at a US Sailing Junior Olympics Festival. 

Junior Olympics Sailing Festivals share one common goal: providing youth sailors with opportunities to learn and enjoy comnpetitive sailing and developmental skills for a lifelong involvement in the sport.

PYC Junior Sailing Program

PYC's Junior Sailing Program  (PjYC) encourages camaraderie among young sailors and promotes sportsmanship on and off the water. PjYC is pleased to have world-renowned racer, César Travado, from Spain as Sailing Director. He has established a relentless training program for our young sailors. For more information on joining the program, contact César at

PYC: "The South's Finest Yacht Club"

Pensacola Yacht Club, chartered in 1908, is a private club for members and their guests situated on 17 acres at the mouth of Chico Bayou. Enjoy the full-service restaurant and bar, banquet, and meeting rooms, and large, modern swimming pool.


The club offers breathtaking views of Pensacola Bay, a totally new marina, and a sandy beach for swimming, kayaking, and launching small boats. PYC is an exceptional venue for large racing regattas, training programs such as US Sailing's Safety at Sea Courses, and special events.

2018 Junior Olympic Sailing Festival at PYC

About the Race

US Sailing’s Junior Olympic Sailing Program is a nationwide series of sailing regattas for youth ages 8-18.

Junior Olympic Program Goals:

  • Engage young people in the excitement of sailing
  • Encourage young sailors to enjoy racing
  • Increase participation locally, regionally and nationally through USA Junior Olympic Festivals
  • Improve skills of young sailors through training
  • Define a path for achievement from an early age to adulthood

Three Great Classes of Boats in One Event!

Lasers - Club 420s - Optimists

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All sailors will be responsible for their boats being in compliance with the class rules. The Race and/or Protest Committee may inspect or measure any equipment and/or sail at any time. Each yacht must have all safety equipment as specified in the class rules. Failure to have such equipment is grounds for disqualification from that race. NOTE: US Coast Guard Approved Lifejackets only, which depend 100% on foam for flotation, and is the appropriate size for the sailor.

Regatta Schedule

NOTE: This information is contained in the Notice of Race.

Friday June 29, 2018:

0900 – 1600 -- Clinics for Opti and Opti Green, 420, and Laser

1500 – 1800 -- Early Check-in for Coaches and Sailors

1730 -- Mandatory Race Committee Meeting

1800 -- Mandatory Safety Committee Meeting

Saturday June 30, 2018:

0730 – 0830 -- Continental Breakfast and Check-in; Sailors collect their lunch

0845 -- Opening Ceremony

0900 -- Skippers, Coaches, and Parents Meeting (Mandatory)

1155 -- First Warning

Lunch -- On the water

Sunday July 1, 2018:

0730 – 0830 -- Continental Breakfast; Sailors collect their lunch

1055 -- First Warning

Lunch -- On the water

1500 -- No first Warning Signal after this time

Awards Ceremony -- Following final race

Start Planning Now

All regatta participants and families should make their travel and lodging plans right away. It is "high season" for tourists in the Pensacola area. 

Pensacola's central tourism bureau at offers a fine collection of recommendations for lodging, dining, events, places to see, and things to do. Request a free Visitor's Guide.

How to Register

Visit the Regatta Network registration website to complete your online registration, medical consent form (waiver), and make updates as needed. All sailors should be members of US Sailing in good standing. Each competitor should confirm they are registered by checking the registration list on the event registration page. 

Registration Deadline: Racers should fully complete their registration by June 26, 2018. An additional late entry fee of $25 shall be paid for late registrations completed June

26-29, 2018.

Junior Olympics Sailing Facts

Each event in this family of regattas is hosted by a different club or sailing organization, but all events share a common goal: to encourage young sailors to enjoy sailing, to develop their sailing skills and become lifetime sailors. Events mix Olympic-style competition with elements of fun and learning at all levels, from beginning racers to those with Olympic aspirations. This year 30 events are planned for waters in the continental United States and Hawaii and 5,000 sailors are expected to compete. Junior Olympic Sailing is coordinated by US Sailing and sponsored nationally by Gill, Sperry, New England Ropes, Zim Sailing and KO Sailing. 

Download the US Sailing Junior Olympics fact sheet for more details.

2018 National Sponsors

Contact Us

2018 Junior Olympic Sailing Festival @ PYC

Chairman: James Simkins


Principal Race Officer (PRO) and Fleet Captain: Hal Smith



Marketing and Communications Director: Talbot Wilson

Email:, Cell: 850-217-7138

PYC Sailing Director: Cesar Travado


PYC General Manager: Jim Warwick


Pensacola Yacht Club

1897 Cypress St, Pensacola, FL 32502 USA

Phone: (850) 433-8804