Adult Sailing Programs aboard Brilliant

Schooner BRILLIANT at seaJoin seven other adults and the professional crew aboard Brilliant for a hands-on, full-participation sailing experience aboard a classic yacht. Two- and four-day trips are available for adults in the spring and fall. (Summer sails are reserved for teenagers ages 15-18.) 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. No sailing experience is necessary.

2014 Brilliant Adult Sails


  • August 25-26: Block Island Schooner Rendezvous — two-day sail, $360/member and $410/non-member
  • August 27-29: Mystic to Gloucester — three-day sail, $570/member and $650/non-member
  • August 31: Gloucester Schooner Race — one-day sail, $185 per person


  • September 1-3: Gloucester to Mystic — three-day sail, $570/member and $650/non-member
  • September 12-13:  two-day sail, $360/member and $410/non-member
  • September 14: one-day sail, $150 per person
  • September 19-21: Mystic to Greenport Maritime Festival to Mystic – three-day sail, $570/member and $650/non-member
  • September 26-27: two-day sail, $360/member and $410/non-member
  • September 28: one-day sail, $150 per person


  • October 3-5: three-day sail, $570/member and $650/non-member
  • October 12-15: Mystic to Baltimore, four-day sail (sail through the night), $850/member and $900/non-member
  • October 17-19: Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race: Baltimore to Norfolk, three-day sail (sail through the night), $800/member and $850/non-member
  • October 20-23: Norfolk, VA to Mystic, CT; four-day sail (sail through the night), $850/member and $900/non-member