Welcome to the

Mark Sorensen
Youth Sailing Program


Creating lifelong sailors by making the sport of sailing affordable, accessible, and inclusive to Upper Keys and South Miami Dade youth. 

Why Our Kids Should Sail

With so many sports available to kids today, why choose sailing, you may ask? Just ask any past or present parent from our program and you'll hear a common answer: "Sailing changed my kid." Indeed, sailing helps children develop critical thinking skills and a better understanding of weather, physics, and the marine environment. In turn, these attributes promote responsibility, self confidence, and leadership. Sailing affords high school athletes the opportunity to differentiate themselves from the multitude of students that play the major sports. A commitment to our sailing program will improve their odds at landing at any one of the more than 200 universities around the country with competitive sailing teams. Did you know that most of the top academic schools in the country, including the Ivy League schools, have competitive sailing teams? Just one of the many good reasons our kids should set sail right here in the Florida Keys. 

As Franklin D. Roosevelt so eloquently once said: 

"To reach a port, we must set sail. Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift." 

What's New & Exciting This Winter/Spring at MSYSP?

Our Winter Sports Camp for kids and teens kicks off Dec. 19. Registration is now open. We're hosting our very first "Wing Week" for adults and breaking out our brand new wing foiling equipment this holiday season. Members and guests can sign up online for lessons. The 14th annual Buccaneer Blast Regatta is set for Feb 3 - 5 in 2023 at Rowell's Waterfront Park. Would you like to be a part of the largest sailing event of the Florida Keys? We have a sponsorship opportunity that's just right for your business. 

Contact MSYSP

Rosa Lamela, Executive Director

T. 305.747.2600 |

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