Sailing Club

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UH Hilo Sailing ProgramWe have a Sailing Club that meets and goes out on a regular basis. We have a series of FJ’s that take the bay by storm!!  

We also offer intro days the first Sunday of each month and have two US Sailing Small Boat Sailor classes per semester to teach the basics!


To join the Club

Please e-mail the club advisor Mackenzie Slayton at; she will get you in contact with the club!

Sailing Details

This club teaches you the basics of small boat sailing, gives you practical, hands on experience with small boats and provides a fun learning experience for nautical knowledge! 

This club is aimed at the novice sailor who wants to feel confident in being able to sail a small boat on their own. 

Small Boat Sailing

The first club day is devoted to how to set up a boat and what everything is called on the boat. Then we go over getting in and falling out of the boat (capsizing), how to find where the wind is coming from and how to steer the boat. Then we go out on the water and practice our new learned skills!

As our sails fill with wind our technique is becoming almost graceful. We work on how to sail faster and with more precision! How to do fun things like dock, pull alongside something, pick someone up if they fall overboard and even how to sail backwards.  All while practicing our basics all over again!!