Perfect for sailors getting into racing, and those who have crewed a fair amount but are looking to advance their game.
At J/World Sailing School, we have been teaching yacht racing skills since our very beginning in 1981. Thousands of sailors have come through our programs, either learning the basics or polishing advanced sailing skills. Our coaches are national and world champions, America’s Cup team members, and offshore racing veterans. J/World alumni are competing in fleets around the world, and have gone on to win some of the most prestigious events that yacht racing has to offer.
Our racing course curriculum has been finely polished, yet we never cease in updating the course contents. In the classroom, we use a truly multimedia approach, using our own course books, videos, power-points, and/or lectures. Our coaches are all selected for both their racing skills, and their ability to share their knowledge in an instructional environment.
But you can talk theory until you are blue in the face; it doesn’t mean a thing until you put it into practice. At J/World Performance Sailing School, we strive to spend six hours on the water everyday, conducting drills and practice sessions which reflect the experience of many thousands of hours of making sailors faster! We sail our fleet of evenly matched high performance boats, our J/80s, which are nimble, responsive, and perfect learning platforms. And with a maximum crew of four per boat, you are sure to keep busy and get lots of personal attention.
In our racing classes, you will take your racing skills further in one week than a whole season of trial-and-error racing. You will hone your boat handling skills, learn starting, upwind and downwind tactics and strategy and much more. Choose from Introduction to Racing or Advanced Yacht Racing classes, or if you can’t make the full week long courses, take a look at our weekend offerings for some great options.
Offshore Racing Programs
J/World proudly offers the ultimate in offshore racing programs. We realize that is it difficult to gain good experience in offshore racing, and so we have constructed programs to help individuals advance their game to the level where they are comfortable offshore, can contribute positively to racing teams, and/or mount an offshore campaign of their own. We conduct big-boat training aboard our tuboed 50 foot ultralight Hula Girl in an active and highly instructional environment. Most programs have a 2:1 student to instructor ratios, insuring that everyone gets a tremendous amount of personal attention.
There are no other programs like ours anywhere in the world!
Our offshore programs, put together and managed by J/World, are absolutely unique in the world of yachting. You are a truly active and integral member of the team. We don’t load the boat with clients to the point where no one gets to do anything. We won’t just park you over a grinding pedestal We aren’t just taking you for a ride like so many big boat programs. You are sailing the boat. You get to drive, trim, navigate… whatever your interests are, we’ll be sure that you get to exercise that muscle.
We limit enrollment to six clients. With three coaches aboard, that’s a 2:1 ratio that means everyone aboard gets a ton of personal attention from our extremely experienced staff.
These programs are fully turn-key, and managed by a team of sailors who are hand selected for both their extensive sailing background, and their ability to coach well and share their knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm with others. The afloat staff is supported by our expert shore team, insuring that you have the time of your life.
The boat is owned by J World. This is crucial… it is not some charterboat that we tap into for occasional use. It is our boat, campaigned regularly by our team. To you, this means that the equipment is on absolutely top condition, the boat is maintained to the highest competitive standards, and the safety equipment onboard is second to none.
The J World Offshore Programs are singular in the world of yachting. If you have heard of other pay to play programs or you have joined the ‘cattle boat’ programs that dominate the market, it’s time to rethink your experience. There is no other program in the world like J World Offshore.
J/World offers a selection of special events designed to develop racing skills. The J/World clinics which immediately precede regattas, followed by coached participation in actual events, provides a powerful learning experience. There is no better way to get proficient at competitive sailing than to do it with some of the best sailors – and coaches – in the world. Visit our special events page for more information.
We had an absolutely fantastic time and achieved one of my life long goals – learning to sail! The Instructors were truly great and we appreciated their very professional and friendly teaching style. We’ll be back for sure! Thank you for a great experience, J/World. Please send our regards to everyone….
Just wanted to say thank you for a great week taking the Performance Cruising class at J/World. Sailing the J80 was mucho fun and that J105 is a rocket! Both of my instructors are super talented and I definitely learned more in that one week than I have in quite a while. I’ll be in touch to do more sailing with J/World!
I wanted to thank you for a wonderful trip and the experience of a lifetime. I was and remain extremely impressed with all the preparation and hard work that you put in to make this trip a success. I took from this experience not only a great deal of knowledge on ocean sailing, but also increased confidence in my ability as a sailor.
[Our instructor] did an incredible job of ensuring that we both had a positive experience. I have been an educator for almost 30 years. Currently I am Superintendent of Schools for a jurisdiction of over 10,000 students with 1050 staff. I can assure you that [our J/World instructor] is a natural teacher with a broad range of skills.
I just wanted to take a minute to express my appreciation for this weeks class, and to let you know I was really impressed with [my instructors]. You have a great team there! I certainly got everything I’d hoped for… and more. The J/80 was a blast, and the time on my own boat was invaluable. The Friday race was the perfect end to an excellent week…
Absolutely exceeded my expectations in every dimension. The boats were exceptional… new modern and in good shape. The instructors were awesome. It was hard to believe you could get that level of experience and accomplishment and at the same time have great teachers. Thanks you J/World Team!
As someone who’s been teaching and evaluating teachers for a quarter of a century, I’m writing to tell your instructor is one of the best I’ve seen. He’s tremendously skilled at communicating knowledge and also has the rare talent of being able to tell what his students do and don’t understand.
San Francisco Bay
J/World Performance Sailing School is the preeminent source for sailing skills development.