Youth Scholastic Sailing ("YSS") Program Guide

Youth Scholastic Sailing ("YSS") Program Guide


It is our mission to support high school, collegiate and junior sailing programs on the shores of Lake Erie and beyond. With our Youth Scholastic Sailing ("YSS") pricing program, Sailing Inc. is offering special pricing to all these athletes to help make the cost of competing more manageable.


  • Purchase one of more of the items listed within the program guide, and receive a 15% discount (Use "YSS2019") at checkout
  • Team orders over $2,000 will receive an additional 5% discount (Use "YSS20192K") at checkout
  • Custom team branding options are available at an additional cost


  • Available to current members of a high school, collegiate and junior sailing teams
  • Qualifying Products: Items listed in this guide. Don’t see an item listed? Contact us
  • Cannot be combined with any other offer


Depending upon the season and venue, wearing the right sailing gear is essential in to staying warm and dry. Whether is UV protection in the spring, or thermal layers in the fall, there are options for every season. We recommend consulting your coach or a local YSS expert to determine exactly what gear works best for you.


Many schools and programs will require, or highly recommend, a drysuit when the weather and water temperature are cold. Gill’s Pro Drysuit offers the ultimate in protection against the water with only three layers, making it lightweight and comfortable. The clever combination of fabrics helps the suit to keep the body both warm and dry in extreme sailing conditions.

Buy Now: Gill Junior Pro Drysuit or the Gill Pro Drysuit

Pro Tip: Wear breathable, wicking base layers to allow proper temperature regulation.


Neoprene or waterproof are a necessity for cold weather sailing. Gill’s Neoprene Winter Glove offers a warm and durable solution, with an exceptional grip thanks to the texture of a Sharkskin palm. The insulating, water resistant finish of double-lined neoprene makes them comfortable and malleable so your dexterity isn’t affected while performing tasks and your hands are kept dry.

Buy Now: Gill Neoprene Gloves

Pro Tip: Disposable hand/toe warmers with an adhesive backing that sticks to your wrist will keep your fingers nice and warm.


Lightweight gloves are an essential piece of gear to protect your hands from cuts and rope burn. Gill’s Long Finger Championship Gloves are a result of decades of sailing experience and testing. They feature “no-seam” fingertips for improved comfort, fit, durability and dexterity.

Buy Now: Gill Championship Glove (Long)

Pro Tip: Full fingers on the pinky, ring and middle finger help prevent against abrasion and rope burn from dinghy style sheeting.


Life jackets are required to be worn 100% of the time during scholastic and junior sailing events, and must be US Coast Guard Approved. Gill’s USCG approved PFD has been designed for unrestricted freedom of movement while maintaining maximum comfort. Its wide range of sizes and nice adjustment points make for a superb fit.

Buy Now: Gill USCG Approved Front Zip PFD

Pro Tip: Make sure to get a life jacket with a pocket to store your whistle, chapstick and sunscreen.


Neoprene or rubber hiking boots not only keep your feet warm, but do a great job providing the relief you need from hing all day. Gill’s Aero Boots offer maximum grip in all weather conditions for optimised performance all over the race course.

Buy Now: Gill Competition Boot or Gill Aero Side Zip Boot

Pro Tip: In cold weather, wear wool socks to keep your feet warm inside the boots.


Both warm and stylish, as knit is key to heat retention during those, cold days on the water. Constructed with a high quality knit combined with an anti-pill thermal fleece inner layer makes it comfortable and soft to wear and ensures you get long lasting wear. Perfect to wear both on land and sea, this is an essential addition to any sailor's wardrobe so that you can remain fashionable and comfortable all year round.

Buy Now: Gill Cable Knit Beanie

Pro Tip: Couple a knit beanie with a ball cap for added protection against the sun.


The workhorse of the sailing gear inventory, a quality spraytop blocks both the wind and water. Gill’s Pro Top optimizes features a close fitting PU neck and side zip, and two layers of breathable material keep excess moisture away from the body whilst an adjustable waistband and cuffs help to expel water at every angle.

Buy Now: Gill Junior Dinghy Top or Zhik Junior Smock

Pro Tip: Worn with salopettes, the spray top provides a lightweight barrier against the elements when the weather is not cold enough for a wetsuit.


Your parents will thank for when you keep all your wet sailing gear in a dry bag. Gill’s Race Team Backpack 35L features 35 litres of storage space using waterproof PVC to protect all your essentials.

Buy Now: Gill Race Series Backpack

Pro Tip: Rinse your gear regularly to keep it free of bacteria and mold