High School Sailing


High School sailing closely parallels the collegiate sailing format and all teams training at STABYC are part of the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA). Specifically, Panama City-area teams are part of the South East Interscholatic Sailing Association (SEISA).


The Fall and Spring Seasons
Teams participate in a number of regattas throughout the Fall and Spring seasons. The Fa
ll season runs from September to November and the Spring season from March to May. The end of each season culminates in a District Championship and in the Spring, for those teams that qualify, the National Fleet Racing Championship (Mallory Cup) and National Team Racing Championship (Baker Cup).​

Fleet Racing
For fleet racing, teams are divided into A and B divisions comprised of different skippers and crews for each division. Teams may substitute sailors as long as prescribed substitution rules are followed. Short courses are used, typically windward-leeward with a gate. Course completion times average 18 minutes. Except in rare cases, only 1 fleet is on the water at a time. Two races are completed and then divisions switch, and the boat being sailed by each team is rotated. This allows for coaching and a break. Boat rotation eliminates the possibility of any team having an advantage because of an inherently faster boat.

Team Racing 
In Team Racing events, each team fields three boats to sail against three boats from another team. Teammates work together to outmaneuver the other team so that their combined race scores are better than the other team's combined score



To be a team, you need a minimum of 2 people from the same school to compete in a 420, ideally each team has 4 sailors or more. Slots are very limited (12 only!). Racing experience is not required, even people new to sailing are welcome. Each team will need an adult to volunteer as a chaperon and to be the liaison between the yacht club and the school.
Practices would take place on Tuesdays and 
 Thursdays from 3:30PM till sunset.
We sail on the club 420s, and occasionally we will have class room time. Practices need to be attended with a minimum of 85%, in order to be able to compete. 

The cost would be $300 per season (plus travel costs). This covers coaching, gas for coach boats, usage of club boats, and some of the boat maintenance. Feel free to find a sponsor for your team. We will also do an annual fundraiser to cover some of the travel costs and the purchase of new sails. Each team will have to register with ISSA and purchase a team pinnie as well.


​The goal is to attend 4 high school regattas on the Gulf Coast each school year, spread over the Fall and Spring season.

Program Goals:
The primary goals of the Sailing Team:

  • Develop sportsmanship, integrity, and interpersonal skills

  • Instill in the students an interest and appreciation for the sport of sailing

  • Develop new skills in boat handling and sailing for those who wish to compete

  • Develop a respect for the sea and the environment

  • Learn and incorporate good safety and seamanship

  • Instill a sense of responsibility for the boats and equipment

  • Create a fun atmosphere in which the students want to participate



Racing Rules:
Tuning Guide:

Team Racing: