Adult Sailing Programs aboard Brilliant

Schooner BRILLIANT at seaJoin other adults and the professional crew aboard Brilliant for a hands-on, full-participation sailing experience aboard a classic yacht. Learn to sail a 61-foot schooner while cruising local waters and visiting scenic anchorages and towns. You’ll become part of the crew as you raise sails, haul on lines, steer, help in the galley, and learn traditional seamanship. 

Common ports of call may include Block Island, RI and Shelter Island, NY. The nightly anchorages are weather dependent and at the Captain’s discretion. When space and weather permit, Brilliant will lay to a dock permitting shore leave for the crew. While Brilliant has modern safety and navigation equipment, her accommodations are true to her original construction providing open sleeping quarters and traditional heads.

Participants must be physically fit and agile as well as competent swimmers to take part in the sailing program. Once you reserve a berth aboard Brilliant, you will be sent a health form and handbook outlining what to bring, arrival information, as well as many other details. Participants must be at least 16 years old to sail on one-day trips and at least 19 years old to sail on two- and three-day trips. No previous sailing experience is necessary.

2015 Brilliant Adult Sail Dates

Unless otherwise noted, trips begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. at Mystic Seaport.

August 24-25 — Two-day sail, Block Island Schooner Rendezvous

Sail out to Great Salt Pond on beautiful Block Island and join other members of the American Schooner Association for a lobster dinner and evening aboard the Mystic Whaler. Return to Mystic Seaport the following day.

  • 8 people maximum; registration – member: $360 / non-member: $410

August 29-30 — Two-day sail

The wind will dictate the evening anchorage destination for this weekend getaway. Possible stops include Block Island, Newport, Jamestown, Greenport, or Shelter Island.

  • 8 people maximum; registration – member: $360 / non-member: $410

September 5 — One-day sail — SOLD OUT!

This Brilliant sail is sold out.

Enjoy a day on the water aboard beautiful Brilliant.

  • 12 people maximum; registration – $150

September 6 — One-day sail — SOLD OUT!

This Brilliant sail is sold out.

Enjoy a day on the water aboard beautiful Brilliant.

  • 12 people maximum; registration – $150

September 7 — One-day sail — SOLD OUT!

This Brilliant sail is sold out.

Enjoy a day on the water aboard beautiful Brilliant.

  • 12 people maximum; registration – $150

September 12 — One-day sail, CT Maritime Heritage Festival Schooner Race

Join schooner Brilliant in New London, CT and race against other schooners participating in the Festival. Brilliant currently holds the winner’s cup!

  • 12 people maximum; registration – $150

September 17-21 — Five-day sail — SOLD OUT!

This trip is sold out. To add your name to a waiting list in case of any cancellations, please call 860.572.5331.

Join Brilliant and her sister classics in Martha’s Vineyard. This trip combines a two-day transit from Mystic to Martha’s Vineyard, a day of casual classic yacht racing and celebration in Vineyard Haven, and a two-day transit home to Mystic.

  • 6 people maximum; registration – member: $920 / non-member: $970

September 25-27 — Three-day sail, Greenport Maritime Festival Weekend

On Friday, sail from Mystic to Greenport, NY. On Saturday, Brilliant becomes your base of adventure to explore the Maritime Festival, the quaint downtown of Greenport, or the wine country of Long Island’s North Fork. Your weekend concludes with a sail back to Mystic on Sunday.

  • 8 people maximum; registration – member: $570 / non-member: $650

October 4 — One-day sail

Enjoy a day on the water aboard beautiful Brilliant.

  • 12 people maximum; registration – $150

October 10-12 — Three-day sail

Sail aboard Brilliant for a special trip highlighting the Museum’s new exhibition, “Ships, Clocks & Stars — The Quest for Longitude.” During this trip you will practice traditional navigation techniques to determine position by using a taffrail log, lead line, and compass bearings. While at sea you will also use a sextant to shoot Local Apparent Noon and the stars. After this sail you will understand firsthand why the quest for longitude was so important.

  •  6 people maximum; registration – member: $570 / non-member: $650