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Adult Sailing Programs aboard BRILLIANT

Schooner BRILLIANT at seaJoin other adults and the professional crew aboard Brilliant for a hands-on sailing program, 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.

2019 Brilliant Adult Sail Dates

Gloucester Schooner Festival – SOLD OUT

Wednesday–Tuesday, August 28-Sept 3
6 people maximum
$1,900 member, $2,100 non-member
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 Wednesday 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!

One-day race – SOLD OUT

Gloucester Schooner Race, Sunday, September 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$200 per person
4 people max
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!

SOLD OUT One-day Sail

Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$155 per person
12 people maximum
This is an easy sail, well suited to those new to sailing or with years of experience.

Two-day Overnight Sail

Saturday-Sunday, October 5-6
$420 members, $460 non-members
8 people 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.

Columbus Day Weekend Three-day Cruise – SOLD OUT

Saturday – Monday, October 12-14
$710 members, $750 non-member
8 people maximum
Enjoy three days aboard 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 for this adult sailing program!