Community Sailing

Get out on the historic Mystic River and learn how to sail from Mystic Seaport's experienced instructors.

There’s no better place to get out on the water than Mystic Seaport. No matter your age or skill level, it’s easy to find the right sailing 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.

Mystic Seaport is an accredited US Sailing Center by US Sailing and classes are taught by experienced sailors who have been certified by the US Sailing Association.

2014 Sailing Programs

Afterschool Sailing: Fall 2014

Sailing Dyer DhowThursdays, September 18-October 23, 3:45-5:45 p.m.

This class is for children ages 8 to 14 and is for both beginning sailors as well as those who have some sailing experience.  Students will build confidence in rigging and boat handling using JY15s or Dyer Dhows, refine basic sailing skills, and learn how a sailboat reacts to wind and water currents. In case of inclement weather, students will participate in fun, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities related to sailing. Mystic Seaport sailing instructors are certified in US Sailing’s REACH program, a curriculum that integrates STEM into the sport of sailing.

Registration is $150 for the series of six sessions.

Sailing for Women: Fall 2014

Adult Community SailingThursdays, September 25-October 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

New for 2014! This class is for women who have never sailed before, and also for those who have some sailing experience. Build confidence in boat handling through repeated on-the-water practice and 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.

Registration for the five sessions is $125 for members and $145 for non-members.

Adult Sailing

Beginner

Community SailingFor 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.

Registration is $220 for members and $250 for non-members.

  • 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 — This class has been canceled. For those who are interested, the beginner Community Sailing class, which meets Sept. 21-Nov. 9 from 9:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., still has availability. 

Youth Sailing

Beginner

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.

Registration is $130 per member and $150 per non-member.

  • 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

These classes are designed for children and their parents or grandparents to learn the basics of sailing together.

Registration is $250 for members and $290 for non-members

  • 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 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).

Registration is $130 per member and $150 per non-member.

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