Young sailors receive professional lessons 


On May 14 and 15, SailGP Team USA sent two of their professional sailors to Marina del Rey to sail with and provide one-on-one training to 16 local youth sailors, who learned the art of foiling on their Nikki Foiling Craft. Foiling is the act of riding a hydrofoil through a body of water and a sailing hydrofoil, hydrofoil sailboat or hydrosail is a sailboat with wing-like foils mounted under the hull, providing additional lift at planing speeds.

SailGP is an international sailing league that consists of teams of many of the world’s best professional sailors for 10 different countries. Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) is proud to be a partner in the SailGP Team USA’s Foiling First initiative and has already brought foiling to Marina del Rey for sailors as young as 8 years old and weighing as little as 50 pounds.

In addition to the thrill of foiling and being coached by some of the most elite sailors in the world, participants also participated in a workshop presented by Rise to Win, where they learned about how sports can help promote diversity and inclusion in communities. Foiling First is only one of many progressive initiatives taken on by SailGP teams around the world, making sailing as accessible as possible for all kids, with an intense focus on sustainability and climate change.

“Our first MDR Foiling First event was a huge success despite some light wind challenges,” said program chair Steve Potter. “It was great to bring kids from different programs together to receive professional foiling instruction, make new friendships and show off their talent.”  


SMWYC Juniors