Community Sailing

There’s no better place to get out on the water than Mystic Seaport. No matter what your skill level, it’s easy to find the right class for you. Our junior and family programs are for beginner and intermediate sailors using JY15s. Competent swimmers ages 15 and older may enroll in adult classes. Classes are taught by experienced sailors who have been certified by the US Sailing Association.

2014 Class Dates and Descriptions

Adult Sailing

Community Sailing at Mystic Seaport offers classes for all ages and skill levels. Beginner

For those who have never sailed and have always wanted to learn. You’ll be introduced to the theory of sailing (why and how a boat sails), basic sailing and gear terminology, rigging and de-rigging a Dyer Dhow, equipment stowage and care, personal safety, knots, safety on the dock and on the water, points of sail, small boat handling, basic rules of the road, capsizing and running aground procedures.

  • Sundays, April 6-June 8, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm (no class April 20 and May 25)
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 28-29, from 9 am-5 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, July 26-27, from 9 am-5 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, August 16-17, from 9 am-5 pm
  • Sundays, September 21-November 9, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Intermediate

If you are comfortable sailing a small boat alone and have mastered the basic beginner skills, this course is for you. Start with a review of terminology and points of sail then move to learning about safety, sail trim, and proper boat balance. Practice leaving and landing at docks, picking up moorings, man overboard, inland rules of the road, gear failure, wind and current, headers and lifters. Many guided hands-on drills are run designed to improve your boat handling skills.

  • Sundays, April 6-June 8, from 1:30-4:30 pm (no class April 20 and May 25)
  • Saturday & Sunday, July 12-13, from 9 am-5 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, August 2-3, from 9 am-5 pm
  • Sundays, September 21-November 9, from 1:30-4:30 pm

Youth Sailing

BeginnerCommunity Sailing at Mystic Seaport

These classes build confidence in boat handling through repeated on-the-water practice. Your child will learn the basics of water safety and wind, boat control using the main sheet and tiller, and sailing maneuvers such as tacking and jibing. Taught by experienced, certified instructors.

  • Monday-Friday, June 23-27, from 8:30-11:30 am
  • Monday-Friday, June 30-July 4, from 8:30-11:30 am
  • Monday-Friday, July 7-11, from 8:30-11:30 am
  • Monday-Friday, July 14-18, from 8:30-11:30 am
  • Monday-Friday, July 21-25, from 8:30-11:30 am
  • Monday-Friday, July 28-August 1, from 8:30-11:30 am
  • Monday-Friday, August 4-8, from 8:30-11:30 am
  • Monday-Friday, August 11-15, from 8:30-11:30 am
  • Monday-Friday, August 18-22, from 8:30-11:30 am

Intermediate

These classes refine the basic sailing skills by learning more about how a sailboat reacts to wind and water currents. Sailing savvy is increased through discussions on safety, rule of the road, and upwind and downwind sailing.

  • Monday-Friday, June 30-July 4, from 12:30-3:30 pm
  • Monday-Friday, July 7-11, from 12:30-3:30 pm
  • Monday-Friday, July 14-18, from 12:30-3:30 pm
  • Monday-Friday, July 21-25, from 12:30-3:30 pm
  • Monday-Friday, August 4-8, from 12:30-3:30 pm
  • Monday-Friday, August 18-22, from 12:30-3:30 pm

Family Sailing

Family Community Sailing at Mystic SeaportThese classes are designed for children and their parents or grandparents to learn the basics of sailing together.

  • Saturday-Sunday, July 5-6, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday, August 9-10, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Homeschool Sailing (ages 8-14)

Homeschool Community Sailing at Mystic SeaportHomeschool community sailing programs at Mystic Seaport build confidence in boat handling through on-the-water practice. Learn the basics of boat control (using the main sheet and tiller), rules of the road, and fundamental sailing maneuvers (such as tacking and jibing).

  • Fridays, April 25-June 13, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Fridays, September 12-October 31, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm

 

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Mystic Seaport is an accredited US Sailing Center by US Sailing.