Junior Sailing

The Club offers a world class sailing program open to the public.

Jesse Andrews

KYC Junior Sailing Director

Classes range from beginners to advanced racer levels. Classes are taught by experienced instructors with U.S. Sailing Certification, Red Cross, CPR and First Aid training. Many of our students have gone on to be World Class and Olympic sailors.


I grew up sailing in Connecticut where I experienced a high level of sailing competition and achieved multiple national sailing championships in Blue Jays, International 420's and Vanguard 15's. After competing in Australia in my fourth 420 world championship, I moved to Hawaii, transferring from University of Rhode Island to the University of Hawaii. Under coach Andy Johnson I was able to make the All American sailing team my last three years of college.

In the spring of 1998, I became sailing director at KYC. Since then I have been coaching at UH during their sailing season and running the KYC sailing program full time in the summer and part time in the off season. We have produced many All American Sailors at UH and won both the Co-ed and Women's national championship in the last ten years. At KYC we have also had many successful sailors come through our program to go on to be national champions and even professional sailors.

During the current year at KYC, we have expanded our fleet from 12 El Toros and 6 Toppers in 1998 to 18 El Toros, 8 Toppers, two Lasers, six 420's, six Fj's, and a 29er. We have also built a junior sailing clubhouse and a large floating launch ramp. I continue to enjoy teaching the junior sailors here at KYC and racing sailboats. Every year I try to attend the El Toro Friday night races, the Bullship event, El Toro State Championships as well as all the major keelboat events including Summer Circuit, Lipton Cup, Melges State Championship and inter-island races.

I am very proud to be part of Kaneohe Yacht Club's successful Junior Sailing Program and look forward to the years ahead.

Malia Johnson

KYC Junior Commodore

Junior Commodore

As Junior Commodore of Kaneohe Yacht Club my duties are planning activities for the juniors and keeping everyone enthusiastic about sailing. This would include not only those juniors who are already sailing but also those who are new to the sport. By promoting the sport of sailing through activities and fun, we are hoping to get more kids involved. Any junior from ages 8-18 is welcome to attend our events. Some things on the horizon for us include an overnight sail camp and movie nights in the Upper Deck on the last Friday of every month during this year.