Sailing & Kayaking


City of Ventura
Leo Robbins Sailing Center

OPEH HOUSE Special Event: May 24, 12-2 pm 

The public is invited to the free spring Safe Boating Event at 2950 Pierpont Blvd at the Marina Park boat dock - click here for a flyer.




TWO-FOR-ONE OPEN PADDLE DAY! Bring a friend and buy a single Kayak or Stand Up Paddle session ($20) and receive the second one for free! Prefer a double kayak session ($30)? Buy a double kayak and receive another double or single session for free. Hours for Open Paddle are 11am-3:15pm. Paddle session lasts 1-hour, last paddle starts at 3:15pm, no exceptions. For more information, contact Max Prophet (805) 658-4746 or

Open Paddle Program--Saturdays & Sundays 12:30-3:15 pm

Our kayaks and stand up paddle boards are available for one-hour session at the boat dock. Click here or on the image at left for more information.

The Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center, located in Marina Park at 2950 Pierpont Boulevard (see map below) is a national award-winning U.S. Sailing Association Community Sailing Center.

The City of Ventura Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships has managed and maintained this community sailing facility since 1972 with support from the Maritime Foundation.

All classes at Marina Park unless noted otherwise. Instructors are U.S. Sailing & American Sailing Assn. certified. For more information on lessons, hours of operation, or special group outings, please contact us directly at 805.643.3612.

Ben Rackowsky and Pablo Duek, at Ventura's Leo Robbins Sailing Center

The Sailing Center provides youth and adult sailing courses, coastal and celestial navigation, passage making, kayaking, youth camps and safe boating courses year-round for beginning through advanced students. Classes are taught on a variety of boats from Sabots to a Catalina 30.  Read more about center founder, Leo Robbins, below.

Summer Sail-Kayak-Standup Paddleboard Classes

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Contact Information

To register for classes, call 805.658.4726 or go to

Sailing Center Address: 2950 Pierpont Blvd., Ventura CA 93001

Mailing Address: City of Ventura Sailing & Kayaking, P.O. Box 99-Room 226, Ventura CA 93002

Leo Robbins Sailing Center Dock, 805.643.3612

Contact Max Prophet, Recreation Coordinator, at 805.658.4746 or

In Memoriam—Leo Robbins

The Sailing Center’s beloved founder (1916-2007) not only helped the City of Ventura start its sailing program in 1972 with five small boats and six students, but he also built it into today’s award winning Community Sailing Program offering classes for sailors of all levels. To honor his 25 years of service, the center was named after him when he retired in 1997 at age 80. Even in his ten years of retirement, Leo was able to visit the center frequently and test out new boats, advise new instructors and spread his passion for sailing to new students.

In 2006, the City of Ventura Leo Robbins Sailing Center received the “Community Sailing Council Outstanding Year-round Program Award” during the National Sailing Programs Symposium held in New Orleans from US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing in the United States—and the national organization behind Olympic Sailing and the US Olympic Sailing Team. The Leo Robbins Sailing Center currently has 27 boats, ranging from 8 to 30 feet, as well as 5 kayaks. Its boats and equipment come from the State of California Department of Boating and Waterways, the Ventura Maritime Foundation and private donations. Please visit Leo’s memorial page at