About the Junior Program

Our mission is to provide a fun and safe learning environment for young sailors to develop a lifelong love of sailing. With focuses on sportsmanship, teamwork, and personal development, our program is able to inspire camaraderie and an appreciation of sailboat racing.


Respect of the sport and of others in the sport

Sportsmanship and teamwork on and off the water

Self-confidence and personal development

The ABYC Junior Fleet

Sail Cube

McLaughlin Sail Cubes are a plastic version of the McLaughlin Optimists. They are designed to be a self floating durable Optimist with beginning sailing in mind. The boats are very simple to rig; there are two control lines that need to be rigged, not including clipping the mainsheet onto the boom. The sail slides easily over the mast, and never comes off of the boom. There are no battens, which makes storage easy, and boats are self draining. They are a perfect boat for learning to sail.


The McLaughlin Optimist is one of the largest, if not the largest, pram sailboat class in the world. These eight foot, fiberglass, boats are great for ocean and bay sailing. The sails still have the added simplicity of rolling on the boom, but unlike the Sail Cubes, Optimists rig the sail by tying the sail to the mast with what are know as sail ties. This fleet is available for children under the age of 15 of all skill levels.

Naples Sabot

Originating in the Alamitos Bay, the Naples Sabot is the premier racing pram in Southern California. Traditionally the most competitive boat for children under the age of 15, and adult sailors as well. The Naples Sabot has an interesting design, being made of wood and fiberglass, as well as having a leeboard.  These one person boats have their national championship in Southern California each Summer.


The Club Flying Junior is a smaller version of the Flying Dutchman (a past Olympic class). The CFJ is the most sailed boat in west coast high school and college sailing. CFJs can be sailed with a spinnaker outside of scholastic sailing, and their national championship is held in Southern California each Summer. These two person boats are a great boat for all skill levels.


The ILCA, or what was previously named the Laser, is an advanced one person boat. With such a historic design, that many normal boat design characteristics can be seen to be heavily exaggerated in the ILCA. As you would expect from the only boat on this list to earn a spot in the Olympics, the ILCA fleet is highly competitive, and often regarded as the most physically demanding sailboat in existence.


The 29er is an advanced two person boat. The high performance rigging and hull design is meant to resemble the Olympic class hull of the 49er. As apposed to the 49er, the 29er only has one sailor trapezing, which makes the boat a little more user friendly. The trapeze, along with the high boat speed and asymmetrical spinnaker, make it a fan favorite boat.


The Tempest is a past Olympic class keelboat. The boat has a large keel and a trapeze,

which is a rare combination of features. Because of the keel, the boat is very stable for

anyone learning to trapeze. Being an Olympic class boat, the boat was designed to feel

like a high performance racing vessel while meeting the keel requirement. The Tempest fleet is primarily used to teach our Adult Sailing classes.