Skipjacks 2021 is WAIT LIST ONLY

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Skipjacks will be postponed to 2021. Students who signed up will be refunded shortly. If you have additional questions, please email


Skipjacks is a great social introduction to sailing, held by the members of the Columbia Yacht Club. Members use their own boats and perform on-the-water instruction during each session. If you are interested in learning to sail different types of boats, this is a great opportunity for you! The class sizes are large which allows students to meet many boat captains and other students. It’s a tremendously fun program and helps people get comfortable on different boats and learn the basics of a wonderful sport. Lifelong relationships are developed here and students who have taken Skipjacks become cruising and/or racing crew with the captains they meet!



Regular Rate: $425

Member Rate: $375


2021 Dates: Tuesdays at 6:30 PM

Two Classroom Sessions: May 18 and May 25

On the Water Sessions: June 1 - June 29

Graduation Party: July 6

Questions? Concerns? Email:
*On-water classes are weather-dependent. There are no formal make-up classes.


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Skipjacks Advanced

Skipjack Advanced is an accelerated version of our Basic Keelboat Certification for students that feel like they have not lost a step and do not need the review after taking Skipjacks.  In this class, you jump right back on the water, picking up where you left off in Skipjacks.  The Advanced program is taught on Columbia's fleet of Colgate 26 sailboats. Instructors are a combination of Columbia Members and our Sailing School staff who have more specific sailing and teaching training. Students who successfully complete this course will receive US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification. This designation is the most recognized certification to operate a sailboat in the United States and is used by most rental and charter companies as the prerequisite for independently operating a sailboat. This program runs in conjunction with our regular Skipjacks program on Tuesday nights for session 1, which allows the class to join in the post Skipjack fun at the bar after class (though COVID-19 may make it look a little different in 2021). Join the fun!

Price: $670, Columbia YC Members: $603

2021 Dates, 6-9pm:

Session 1: Tuesdays, June 1-29, July 6

Session 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

This course runs evenings from 6pm-9pm