Adult Sailing Programs aboard BRILLIANT
Join 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.
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
- Sail out to Great Salt Pond on beautiful Block Island for the American Schooner Association Block Island Rendezvous with a lobster dinner and evening aboard the Mystic Whaler.
September 8 – One-day sail, Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival Schooner Parade, $150/passenger
- Friday, sail from Mystic Seaport to New London, CT, to parade up the Thames River with other schooners participating in the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival.
September 10 – One-day sail, Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival Schooner Race, $200/passenger
- Sunday, participate in the race in New London against other schooners in the festival.
September 22-24 – Three-day sail, Greenport, N.Y., members $675/non-members $740
- On Friday, sail from Mystic to Greenport, NY. On Saturday, Brilliant becomes your base of adventure to explore the Greenport Maritime Heritage 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.
*October 5-11 – Seven-day sail, Mystic to Baltimore, members $1,800/non-members $1,890
- Transit Mystic to Baltimore: One of our most adventurous transits of the season. Sail around the clock to Baltimore, MD, for the start of the Great Chesapeake Schooner Race. Participants will be given watch assignments and duties and should be prepared to be on deck anytime night or day. The trip will transit inside Long Island Sound and New York City, or outside via Montauk and the coast, the Delaware River, C&D Canal, and the upper portion of the Chesapeake Bay.
October 12-14 – Three-day sail, Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, members $1,200/non-members $1,290
- Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race – the 28th year of one of the largest gatherings of schooners on the East Coast. Upwards of 50 boats, both large and small, race 126 miles down the Bay from Annapolis, MD, to Portsmouth, VA. Brilliant will be sailed through the night and participants will be given watch assignments and duties.
*October 16-21 – Six-day sail, Portsmouth, VA to Mystic, members $1,800/non-members $1,890
- Transit Portsmouth, VA, to Mystic: The season finale, another adventurous romp of 350 miles either up the coast or via the C&D canal to bring Brilliant home. The boat will be sailed through the night and participants will be given watch assignments and duties and should be prepared to be on deck any time night or day.
* 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.