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. No prior sailing knowledge or experience is necessary. Five PE credits are earned for each semester of committed participation.
Practices are held from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Sundays in Dana Point Harbor. The boats are stored on the docks at the Sailing and Events Center, which is where the team meets. Expert, experienced coaching is provided by Dana Point Yacht Club (DPYC) Sailing Director and Advanced Coach Anthony Capri. Additional and alternate practice times may also be made available by arrangement with the coach.
ACTIVITIES OF THE SAILING TEAM
The "season" for sailing is the entire school year from the beginning of September to mid-May. There are five highly competitive Southern California regattas spread throughout the school year which are sailed in the harbors from Long Beach to San Diego, two fun charity regattas in our own Dana Point Harbor, and additional regattas hosted by other yacht clubs which are both fun and less competitive and optionally added to the schedule at the discretion of the coach.
JSERRA'S PLACE IN DANA POINT HIGH SCHOOL SAILING
Started in the fall of 2014, the JSerra Sailing Team was the first high school sailing program in Dana Point Harbor's recent 20-year history. Begun with only three boats, the high school sailors now have the use of eleven CFJ's purchased by the Dana Point Harbor Youth Foundation (DPHYF). Other local teens share the coaches, assets, and the beautiful DPYC facilities with our team and thus provide competitive sailors at our Sunday practices to drive us all to improve. We have appreciated the tremendous support from DPYC, DPHYF, and the local community.