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City of Ventura Leo Robbins Sailing Center

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+Register for classes: 805/658.4726
+Mail registration forms to PRCP, PO Box 99, Ventura CA 93002
+Schedule group outings at the center's boat dock: 805/643.3612
+Contact the center's Recreation Coordinator: Tyler Young, 805/658.4746 or

The Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center at 2950 Pierpont Boulevard (see map below) can be found in Marina Park (see map below).

This national award-winning U.S. Sailing Association Community Sailing Center provides youth, adult and group sailing, kayaking and standup paddleboard activities, passage making, youth camps and safe boating courses year-round for beginning through advanced students.

The center currently has 19 boats, ranging from 14 to 30 feet, from Sabots to a Catalina 30 , as well as 10 kayaks and 8 standup paddleboards. Its boats and equipment come from the State of California Department of Boating and Waterways, the Ventura Maritime Foundation and private donations.

Most classes are held at Marina Park and instructors are U.S. Sailing & American Sailing Association certified. 

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 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. Read about center founder Leo Robbins below the map.

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Instructor Bios

Dave BowenDave Bowen, Sailing Instructor
Certifications: U.S. Sailing and American Sailing Association Instructor, 100-ton USCG Masters License with Sailing endorsement.

In 1996 after retirement from the Telecommunication field and seeking adventure of a new and different kind, I became a volunteer Sailing Instructor at the Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center. I completed the U.S. Sailing level one Instructor course in December of 1996. When Leo Robbins (who started the Sailing Center in 1972) stepped down from his role as Sailing Instructor in 1997 someone was needed to cover Summer Sailing Camp and the Adult Basic Sailing classes. Seeking adventure I stepped into Leo's Sailing shoes. I had so much fun that first Summer I have been here ever since. What better place is there than to be helping people have safe fun on the water in a Boat. I am an active participant in a variety of Community Sailing and Safe Boating programs.

Al CatlandAl Catland, Sailing Instructor

I have been teaching Basic Small Boat Sailing for over eight years and Celestial Navigation for about two years. I am certified by the United States Sailing Association as a Small Boat Sailing Instructor and by the American Sailing Association as a Keelboat Sailing Instructor. I have passed the American Sailing Association requirements for Basic Keelboat Sailing 101, Basic Coastal Cruising 103 and Bareboat Cruising 104. I recently completed a six-day course in Schooner Sailing aboard the schooner Mary Day out of Camden, Maine.




John MorrisJohn Morris, Sailing Instructor

I took my first sailing class when I was 9 years old at the Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center, and thoroughly enjoyed it. This great experience led me to take all the other available classes, many of them more than once. A few years later I was given an opportunity to help out with a few classes, and I've continued to do so ever since. Now, I am a US Sailing certified Level 1 Small Boat Sailing Instructor, with several years of sailing and teaching experience. Sailing has provided me with many hours of fun, and I really enjoy giving others the tools they need to have as much fun as I do on the water.


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.

Please visit Leo’s memorial page at


Nancy Lynn KingNancy Lynn King, Sailing Instructor

Nancy, a Ventura High School graduate, and retired from AT&T in 2005 after 34 years. In 1996, She learned how to sail at the Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center and began volunteering as an assistant with the Small Boat Sailing Class in 2003. In 2005 she started assisting with the Sailing and Kayaking Summer Camp. She  received her Small Boat Sailing Instructor Certification in February 2005 and ASA Keelboat Sailing Instructor Certification in December 2007. Nancy died on August 20, 2016 and she will be greatly missed by our sailing community.