On April 1st and 2nd, Sarasota Youth Sailing will hold our largest sailing and fundraising event of the year - the 35th Annual SailFest Regatta. This longstanding event draws over 200 sailors and their families to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, and surrounding areas for the weekend.
Sarasota Youth Sailing (SYS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that provides sailing opportunities for youth ranging in age from 5-18. Since the late 1970’s, we have worked to get children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities sailing on Sarasota Bay. We offer classes for all skill levels, as well as opportunities for school and community organizations.
Our mission is to encourage youth sailors to experience the joy of sailing in a safe and fun environment. We strive to impart a love of sailing as a life sport, while providing the fundamental skills necessary for participants to advance in the sport as far as their desire, skill and hard work may take them. We promote ethical behavior among our sailors and teach life-long lessons, which build character, foster teamwork, develop self-reliance and instill respect for the marine environment.