Fairwind Yacht Club Youth Program

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for our summer and after-school youth programs!

To get involved please contact Richard Windebank at richard@windebank.com


New Kids Program to Launch in Channel Islands Harbor

Fairwind Yacht Club and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a sailing program for “at risk” youth.

The program is entering its fourth year.

This exciting program has been generously supported by the DR Horton Company’s Seabridge development.

Volunteers are needed!

Contact Mike Delaney at delaneyofto@msn.com to get involved.

Fast & Fun Summer Program


Fast & Fun is entering its eighth year! This unique program provides sailing safety training for hundred of “at risk” kids every year.

The kids learn sailing and seamanship skills such as tacking, jibing, capsize recovery, trimming and knot tying. Through these challenging experiences the children develop important life skills such as increased self-esteem, communication, teamwork and critical thinking.

The kids sail year-round. Three days a week different schools send ten or so students to sail after-school. The kids sail on two 22′ keelboats donated by the Marina del Rey Sheriff Department. The program is free of charge.

During the summer Fast and Fun offers a six week sailing day camp. There are two shifts daily. Up to thirty kids are in each shift. The afternoon shifts are for kids from the Venice Boys and Girls Club. The morning shifts are for kids from visiting Boys and Girls Clubs from all parts of Los Angeles County. Different clubs participate on different days including clubs from Pomona Valley, Santa Clarita, East LA, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Watts/Willowbrook and West San Gabriel Valley. The kids rotate between sailing, kayaking and beach games. The summer program features nine Hobie Cats.

This unique, award winning program is partnered by Fairwind Yacht Club, Boys & Girls Club of Venice, the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s station and the California Department of Boating and Waterways. The program has been recognized by US SAILING as 2004’s “Best New Community Sailing Program”, by the California Youth Authority’s 2005 “Distinguished Program” award and by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s 2006 “National Honor” award.

To Enroll Your Child

Please contact the VP Operations of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, Valentin Cuellar at  (310) 390-4477 or via email at  valentin@bgcv.org

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