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, R.I., and Shelter Island, N.Y. 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.

2017 Brilliant Adult Sail Dates

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

August 28-29 – Two-day sail, Block Island Schooner Rendezvous, Members: $400 members • Non-members: $440

September 9, 3-8 p.m. – Brilliant sunset sail • Members only • $100/person

September 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Brilliant day sale • Members only • $200/person

September 22-24 – Three-day sail, Greenport, N.Y., members $675/non-members $740

*October 5-10 – Six-day sail, Mystic to Baltimore, members $1,800/non-members $1,890

*October 12-15 – Three-day sail, Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, members $1,200/non-members $1,290

*October 16-21 – Six-day sail, Portsmouth, VA to Mystic, members $1,800/non-members $1,890

These are late season trips and there is a potential for being cold and wet in rough weather. Participants should be physically able to move about a rolling deck and be prepared with warm clothes and rain gear. It is at the Captain’s discretion whether a participant is capable of safely joining the trip. 

If a participant chooses to do multiple legs, overnight accommodations will be provided at no additional charge between trips.