Registration for Summer 2023 will open February 1st 2022. Sign up for our interest list to receive program information!

Welcome to GHYC Junior Sail

We are about fun, friends, adventure and learning life-long skills on the water
GHYC Junior Sail is a non-profit organization created to promote youth sailing through award winning summer camp for kids and teens. Our goal is to provide access to sailing to girls and boys, ages 6 to18 with no sailing experience up to racing level sailors. We build self-esteem, teamwork and a respect for the environment. We run programs in instruction, competitive racing, and community outreach.

Our program is designed to bring out the best in kids.
We want to instill life long skills.

We teach:

  • Safety as a top priority
  • Teamwork
  • Discipline, individual and team
  • Skills through fun games
  • The joy of sailing

Narrows Race Team

Race team trains and competes in 3 different seasons throughout the greater Puget Sound area.

Our Teams include:

  • Varsity Race Team
  • Junior Varsity Race Team
  • Opti Race Team
  • High School Teams representing Bellarmine Preparatory School, Charles Wright Academy, Gig Harbor High School
  • Summer Opti, Laser, FJ, and c420 Teams

US Sailing 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Joan Storkman is a great representation of our ALL VOLUNTEER BOARD.

Volunteer of the Year Award was created to recognize those outstanding volunteers whose unselfish and dedicated service to community sailing has made a significant difference in their community… The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has gone ‘above and beyond’ through their contributions without receiving any financial compensation.


GHYC Junior Sail


Thank You


It is not an exaggeration to say that this program has saved my daughter’s mental health coming out of the COVID pandemic. After a year at home, she was scared to leave the house and re-engage with the world. We nudged her to try sailing camp last summer — the thought of it terrified her, but she managed to do it with a lot of encouragement. It turned out that she loved it, and she has joined the sail racing team. In a world where tweens and teens struggle to find their identities, she has found a community of like-minded kids who are outside the mainstream — while learning a ton about teamwork, physics, and the environment.

- Narrows Race Team Parent

When I told my friends I was taking Sailing Camp, they signed up too. We all learned a lot and I appreciate the water and our Harbor even more. Brianna
The skills I’ve learned in sailing have impacted me at home, at school and at my work—especially in how I handle difficult situations. Sailing is not only a sport but a foundation to great values that transfer into all aspects of my life.”. … Dalton