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.

2018 Brilliant Adult Sail Dates

One-day Sail

Friday, September 7
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – $150 per person (12 maximum)
This is an easy sail, well suited to those new to sailing or with years of experience.

Two-day Overnight Sails

August 25-26 (Saturday-Sunday) 
September 28-29 (Friday-Saturday)
September 30-October 1 (Sunday-Monday)
October 13-14 (Saturday-Sunday)
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – $400 members, $440 non-members (10 maximum)
These are easy to moderate sails, depending on the weather, and are well suited to those new to sailing or with experience aboard other vessels.

Gloucester Schooner Festival

August 30 – September 4 (Thursday-Tuesday)
$1,350 member, $1,400 non-member (8 maximum)
6 days
The annual Gloucester Schooner Festival draws in schooners of all sizes to participate in a weekend-long event culminating in a regatta. You will board Brilliant in Mystic on Thursday morning and arrive in Gloucester in time for the Saturday Heritage Day at the dock with evening fireworks. Sunday, participate in a parade of sail in the morning, before the race begins. Sail back to Mystic on Monday and Tuesday.
This is a moderate sail, best suited to those with some experience aboard Brilliant or other vessels. At the minimum, a great attitude, ability to move around the vessel freely, and willingness to pitch in are required!

Gloucester Schooner Race

September 2, (Sunday)
$200 (4 maximum)
Join Brilliant in Gloucester to sail aboard for the Race. A great attitude, ability to move around the vessel freely, and willingness to pitch in are required!

Block Island Overnight

August 28-29 (Monday-Tuesday)
$400 members, $440 non-members (10 maximum)
Sail out to Great Salt Pond on beautiful Block Island. Return to Mystic Seaport the following day.
This is an easy to moderate sail, depending on the weather, best suited to those with some experience aboard Brilliant or other vessels. At the minimum, a great attitude, ability to move around the vessel freely, and willingness to pitch in are required!

Greenport Maritime Heritage Festival

September 22-24 (Friday – Sunday)
$675 members, $740 non-member (8 maximum)
On Friday, sail from Mystic to Greenport, NY. On Saturday, Brilliant becomes your base of adventure to explore the Maritime 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.
This is a moderate sail, best suited to those with some experience aboard Brilliant or other vessels. At the minimum, a great attitude, ability to move around the vessel freely, and willingness to pitch in are required!

Columbus Day Weekend

October 6-8 (Saturday – Monday)
$675 members, $740 non-member (8 maximum)
Enjoy three days aboard Schooner Brilliant exploring local waters during the day and anchor in the evenings.
This is a moderate sail, best suited to those with some experience aboard Brilliant or other vessels. At the minimum, a great attitude, ability to move around the vessel freely, and willingness to pitch in are required!