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 Museum. 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 Museum 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.

2019 Adult Spring Sailing Programs

Adult Beginner Sailing (ages 15 and older)

This class is for those adults who have never sailed and have always wanted to learn in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum.   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 sailboat, 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.

Dates coming soon!
Members: $245 • Non-members: $275

Women’s Sailing 

Always wanted to learn to sail but never had the time? Or are you looking to increase your confidence when you go boating with family and friends? Women’s sailing is for you! We’ll cover all of the sailing basics with the ambience of a warm fireplace and light hors d’oeuvres in the classroom, and then we’ll get out on the water and practice with our fleet of JY15 and Dyer Dhow sailboats in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport.  This course is taught to the level of participants, so whatever your experience, come join us!

Dates coming soon!
Member: $175; non-member: $200

Private sailing lessons

Take advantage of one-on-one instruction time with one of our U.S. Sailing-certified instructors with a private lesson on the Mystic River.  Our instructors will tailor instruction to the ability and interest level of the participant.

Dates coming soon!
Members $75 per hour, 2 hour minimum; Non-members $100 per hour, 2 hour minimum
Registration by phone or email only: Call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org.

2019 Youth Spring Sailing Programs

Homeschool Sailing

Beginner: Back by popular demand! In the morning students will learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront; and then have the option to make it a full day by participating in some of our most popular maritime history programming in the afternoon. The sailing class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills like knot tying and rigging, boat handling, and the enjoyment of sailing. Participants can enroll for the entire day, or just the morning sailing, but must sign up for the entire series. Ages 8-14

Dates coming soon
Sailing: 9:30 a.m.-noon; maritime history programming: 1-3 p.m.
Participants bring their own lunch.

Members: $165 morning sailing only; $235 for full day programming; Non-members: $185 morning sailing only; $275 for full day programming

Intermediate: For students who have some sailing experience, this class will build on basic skills and teach more advanced skills. Emphasis is placed on proper boat-handling skills, including sail trim, body positioning, weight placement, and tiller use. The unique setting of this class on the grounds of our 19-acre maritime heritage museum enables participants to experience maritime history and science programming when the weather does not allow for sailing. Ages 8-14

Dates coming soon!
Members: $165 Non-Members $185

2019 Youth Summer Sailing Programs

Full day camps

Registration for camps opens January 2019.

Float Box Derby: Create and Row Your Own Unique Vessel
June 17-21, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for ages 8-11
July 22-26, 830 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for ages 11-14
Kick-off your summer with a fun and unique week of rowing a “boat” that you build! Campers will build a non-traditional boat big enough to move by themselves using materials provided by Mystic Seaport Museum, including but not limited to cardboard and duct tape. This week will culminate in what is known as a “Fool’s Regatta”, where campers race their creations in a fun atmosphere (costumes also accepted during race day). The goal of this camp is to emphasize fun and sportsmanship while gaining skills and seamanship in a relaxed and enjoyable environment on the Mystic River. Campers will learn how boats work and how they float and will also learn the basics of sailing and have opportunities to sail as well. No prior sailing experience necessary, willingness to think creatively and have fun required. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org
Members: $350 • Non-members $390

Mystic River Adventure: Joint Full-Day Program with Mystic Aquarium
(ages 9-12)
June 24-28, July 15-19, August 5-9, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This joint camp with the Mystic Aquarium has campers at the Aquarium in the morning where they will learn about the animals and habitats of the Mystic River and Long Island Sound. After lunch at the Aquarium, campers will travel to Mystic Seaport Museum where they will learn to sail on the Mystic River. This program will provide your child the unique opportunity to see the Mystic River from above and below.
To register or for more information, call Mystic Aquarium at 860.572.5955, ext. 520.
Members: $400 • Non-members: $450

Trails and Sails: Joint Full-Day Camp with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., pre-camp available at Nature Center 8:15-9 a.m. (registration required for pre-camp; otherwise drop-off is 9 a.m.); Drop-off at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center; pick up at Mystic Seaport Museum
July 22-26 (ages 11-14)
August 19-23 (ages 8-11)
Hit the trails in the morning and raise the sails in the afternoon. The Nature Center offers miles of hiking and exploration, live animal encounters, a large organic garden at Coogan Farm, woodland, wetland, and meadow habitats and more! Campers eat lunch under a shady tree before traveling to Mystic Seaport Museum, where they will learn how to sail in JY15 sailboats (weather permitting).
Register through Mystic Seaport Museum, 860.572.5322, ext. 1, but registration for before-camp hours is separate and handled through the Nature Center, 860.536.1216, ext. 100. No after-camp hours.
Members: $350 • Non-members: $400

NEW! Marine Explorers: Joint Camp with Project Oceanology
(ages 13-15)
July 29-August 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (drop off 8:30-9 a.m.; pick up 4-4:30 p.m.)
Campers will spend Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday at Project O participating in marine science activities, and half of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday sailing at Mystic Seaport Museum. At Project O campers will dive into marine science exploration, including otter trawls, plankton tows, exploring Ledge Lighthouse, sediment sampling, rod and reel fishing and more. Project O will bring the campers to Mystic Seaport Museum at lunch time on Wednesday on their boat.
Register through Mystic Seaport Museum, 860.572.5322, ext. 1.
Members: $425 • Non-members: $450

Race Clinic Week
(ages 12-14)
July 1-5 (no class July 4), 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
This race clinic week is for sailors who are ready for the next step in their sailing careers. This camp is for sailors who would like to compete and have fun learning to maximize wind efficiency while racing their friends on the Mystic River. The clinic teaches the fundamentals of racing including but not limited to starts, racing rules, advanced boat handling, tactics, and mark roundings.
To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org
Members: $350 • Non-members $390

Trade Winds: Joint Full-Day Camp with Mystic Seaport Summer Day Camp
(ages 9-12)
July 8-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (drop off 8:30-9 a.m.; pick-up 4-4:30 p.m.)
This camp provides the perfect balance for those who want some time on land and on the water. Spend your mornings getting hands-on in one of our shops, including blacksmithing, carving, and printing, learning a trade from our masters and creating pieces for campers to take home. Then in the afternoons campers learn how to sail and navigate on the river with our US Sailing certified instructors.
To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org
Members: $305 • Non-members $340

Build a Bevin Skiff
(ages 10-14)
August 5-9 and August 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Campers will spend the first week learning to build a Bevin skiff over the course of the week and will also sail and participate in hands-on Museum activities as well. During the second week campers will expand on their Bevin skiff by adding a sailing rig to the vessel and then sailing it on the Mystic River. This camp emphasizes teamwork and cooperation towards a common goal. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.

*Campers can sign up for one or both weeks.
To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org
One week: Members: $350 • Non-members $390
Both weeks: Members $650 • Non-members $730

Half day camps

Half-day beginner youth sailing
(ages 8-11)
July 8-12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
July 15-19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
This class is for beginning sailors who want to begin to feel comfortable in a sailboat. Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport in JY15 sailboats. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills like knot tying and rigging, boat handling, and the enjoyment of sailing. This class is unique because if participants are unable to sail due to weather conditions then they are able to explore the grounds of historic Mystic Seaport Museum with their instructors, or participate in fun, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities related to sailing.

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org
Members: $175 • Non-members $195

Half-day intermediate youth sailing
(ages 11-14)
June 24-28, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
This class is for sailors who have taken at least one beginner class and feel comfortable in a sailboat. Students will build on their sailing skills in JY15 sailboats in a fun environment on the Mystic River. The class covers more advanced topics such as right of way, reading the wind, race starts, and more advanced points of sail.

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org
Members: $175 • Non-members $195

 

2019 Adult & Family Summer Sailing Programs

Adult and Family Sailing

Adult and family sailing programs touch on all skill levels and are offered at times planned to make it convenient for you. While some instruction takes place in a classroom-like setting, the majority of class time is spent on the water in either a Dyer Dhow or JY15. All equipment, except foul-weather gear, is provided. You may bring your own PFD or feel free to use one of ours. Weekend mornings will focus on building skills in a progressive manner for beginner sailors, and weekend afternoons will be open to all who want to sail regardless of ability level, including families.

June 29-August 18
Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for beginner sailors
Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30-4:30 p.m. for open and family sailing

Members: $245 for 4 sessions, $450 for 8 sessions
Non-members: $275 for 4 sessions, $500 for 8 sessions*

*A session is either a 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. time block or a 1:30-4:30 p.m. time block.

Summer Evening Sailing
Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m., June 26-August 21
Thursdays 5:30-7:30 p.m., June 27-August 22
Enjoy a beautiful evening of sailing on the scenic Mystic River! Adults and families can drop in to the Sailing Center and sail JY15 sailboats. While a sailing instructor will be present to assist as needed, this is not a formal class and some prior sailing experience is required. Lifejackets are available to use or you may bring your own.

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org
$15 per session per family. Free for Skippers member level and above. You can register and pay in advance or pay with cash on-site on a drop-in basis.