The purpose of our program is to instill a love of being on the water while developing seamanship and skills for the lifetime sport of sailing. JSerra Sailing is a co-ed club sport designed to prepare our members for the exciting competition of sailboat racing in regattas held by the Interscholastic Sailing Association’s (ISSA), Pacific Division (PCISA), Southern League (SoCal). About forty regional high schools compete in five SoCal races from Long Beach to San Diego. Additional racing opportunities are also available. Sailing develops core skills such as leadership, teamwork, and strategy that help our student sailors succeed, not only in sailing, but in the rest their lives.
JSerra students are welcome to join our co-ed team at the start of each semester. Beginner classes require a minimum number of students.
THE RACE PROGRAM AND PRACTICES
Preparation for the race program means practicing with a coach from Dana Point Yacht Club (DPYC) twice a week on a schedule of one day after school (Wednesdays for beginners and Thursdays for the race team) as well as on Saturday afternoons. The weekday practices follow a curriculum for skill development. The Saturday practices are from noon until 5:00 p.m. and frequently involve a guest coach from among the best available in all of Southern California to learn advanced racing skills and tactics.
ACTIVITIES OF THE SAILING TEAM
Besides the highly competitive SoCal Regattas, sailors compete in two fun charity regattas in our harbor and sometimes have opportunities to race as crew on big boats both in and out of our local harbor.
JSERRa's place in dana point high school sailing
Started in the fall of 2014, the JSerra High School Sailing Team was the first high school sailing program in Dana Point Harbor's recent 20-year history. Beginning with only three boats, the team now has the use of seventeen CFJs purchased for high school sailing by the Dana Point Harbor Youth Foundation. The Dana Hills High School and the San Clemente High School teams share coaches, assets, and the beautiful DPYC facilities with our team, and provide competitive sailors at our practices to drive us all to improve. We have appreciated the tremendous support from the local community.