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Community Sailing

 

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 sailing classes are taught by experienced sailors who have been certified by the US Sailing Association.

2020 Sailing Programs

Spring Classes

J. Orin Edson Powerboating and Seamanship Programs

Connecticut Safe Boating/Personal Watercraft Class (all ages welcome)
Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31, 5:30-9:30 p.m
This is an 8 hours class over two evenings. Participants who pass the class will be qualified for the Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation which is required if operating a boat in the State of Connecticut. In order to obtain the certificate participants will need a Conservation ID number that can be obtained from the Online Sportsmen Licensing System (through the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection). Currently there is a onetime fee of $50 for a boating certificate in addition to the cost of this class.
Location: Masin Conference Room in the Thompson Exhibition Building (north entrance)
Members: $10 • Non-member: $20
This programming is made possible by the generosity of the J. Orin Edson Family

Powerboat Handling Class (all ages welcome)
April 25 and May 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Join us to learn about powerboats and small marine outboard engine operation. Whether you’re brand new to boating or just want to get an early start to the 2020 season – this two-day class is for you! This class will cover safety and regulations, rules of the road, charting and navigation tools, maneuvering, docking, basic engine maintenance and troubleshooting, and more. This is a hands-on class: all students over the age of 16 must have their safe boating certificate through DEEP to participate.  All students ages 12-15 are highly encouraged to have their certificate as well. The class is taught on an 18’ center console Eastern and 13’ tiller outboard Carolina skiffs, by a USCG licensed captain.
Members: $300 • Non-members: $350
This programming is made possible by the generosity of the J. Orin Edson Family.

Women’s Sailing at Mystic Seaport Museum
Did you 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 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 Museum. This course is taught to the level of participants, so whatever your experience, come join us!
Tuesdays, April 14 – May19, 5-7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, April 15 – May 20, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Member: $200 • Non-member: $225 

Homeschool Sailing at Mystic Seaport Museum
Students will learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum. The sailing class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills like knot tying and rigging, boat handling, and the enjoyment of sailing.
Tuesdays, April 14 – May 19, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Members: $200 • Non-members: $225

Homeschool Woodworking at Mystic Seaport Museum
Students will learn basic woodworking skill in our new Boat Lab. This class will introduce participants to the fundamentals of working with wood and utilizing different tools. Participants will be making classics like cigar box guitars, speakers and simple wooden toys. Participants will learn basic woodworking terminology and also learn the basics of joinery work. In addition to the classics, creative projects are encouraged!
Thursdays, April 16 – May 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Members: $200 • Non-members: $225

After School Sailing at Mystic Seaport Museum
This class is for both beginning sailors as well as those who have some sailing experience. Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum in JY15 and Dyer Dhow sailboats. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills like knot tying and rigging, boat handling, and the enjoyment of sailing.
Thursdays, April 16 – May 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Members: $200 • Non-members: $225

High School Race Skill Development Class
High School students from all surrounding schools will have the opportunity to sail in double handed boats in fleet, team, and match racing. We are going to be sailing on a variety of different boats to develop boat handling skills. Students will be working on the water in drills that will develop sail handling and racing skills. All skill levels are welcome.
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, April 13 – May 20, 2:45-4:45 p.m.
Members: $200 • Non-members: $225

Sailing Instructor Boot Camp
Are you looking to become a Level One US Sailing instructor or interested in sail instruction in general? Are you a sailing instructor who will be teaching this summer? We are running a five-week instructional “boot camp” to get sailors ready for a summer of instruction. We will cover all topics of the US Sailing Level One training, from classroom work to water drills. If you are a returning instructor or an interested sailor come join a group of peers to improve skills and be ready for the summer. The class will be taught by a certified US Sailing Level One Instructor Trainer.
Sundays, April 19 – May 17, 12:30-3 p.m.
Cost: FREE
***Please note: this class does NOT certify students as U.S. Sailing Level One instructors. To become a certified instructor, students will need to sign up for a Level One class through U.S. Sailing: https://www.ussailing.org/education/instructor/small-boat-instructor-programs/level-1-instructor/

Adult Beginner Sailing at Mystic Seaport Museum
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. Participants will 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, and basic rules of the road.
Sundays, April 19 – May 17, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Members: $245 • Non-members: $275 

Open Sailing for Adults and Families
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.
Thursdays, April 16 – October 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
$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.

Summer Classes

Full day summer classes

Ages 8-11

Full day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
July 20-24
Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum  in JY15 sailboats and Dyer Dhows. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills including 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 the Museum with their instructors, or participate in fun, hands-on activities related to sailing. At the beginning of the week the campers will be split into smaller groups based on skill level, comfort on the water, and experience. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.
Members $350 • Non-members $390

Ages 9-12

Mystic River Adventure: Joint Full-Day Program with Mystic Aquarium (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
June 22-26, July 13-17, August 3-7
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

Full day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
July 13-17, August 3-7
Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum in JY15 sailboats and Dyer Dhows. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills including 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 the Museum with their instructors, or participate in fun, hands-on activities related to sailing. At the beginning of the week the campers will be split into smaller groups based on skill level, comfort on the water, and experience. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.
Members $350 • Non-members $390

Float Box Derby: Create and Row Your Own Unique Vessel (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
August 3-7/
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.
Members: $350 • Non-Members $390

Ages 10-13

Build your own model yacht (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
June 29-July 3
This unique full day camp has campers building their own “pond yacht” in the morning and then sailing on the Mystic River in the afternoon. Pond yachts are miniature sailing vessels which can be fitted out for remote control (remote control not included in this class). Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.
Members $350 • Non-members $390

Trade Winds: Joint Full-Day Camp with Mystic Seaport Summer Day Camp (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., ages 10-12)
June 29-July 3, August 17-21
This camp provides the perfect balance for those who want some time on land and on the water. Campers spend their mornings getting hands-on in one of our shops, including blacksmithing, carving, and printing, learning a trade from our masters and creating pieces to take home with them. Then in the afternoons, learn to sail small boats on the river with our U.S. Sailing Certified instructors.
Members $310 • Non-members $345

Sailing into Science: Joint Camp with Project Oceanology (8:30-4:30 p.m.)
July 27-31
Campers will spend Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday sailing and taking water samples at Mystic Seaport Museum, and half of Wednesday, all day Thursday and Friday at Project O participating in marine science activities. 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 pick up the campers from Mystic Seaport Museum during the day on Wednesday and bring them back to Project O for Wednesday afternoon pick-up.
Register through Project Oceanology here.
Members: $425 • Non-Members: $450

Full day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
July 27-31, August 10-14
Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum in JY15 sailboats and Dyer Dhows. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills including 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 the Museum with their instructors, or participate in fun, hands-on activities related to sailing. At the beginning of the week the campers will be split into smaller groups based on skill level, comfort on the water, and experience. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.
Members $350 • Non-members $390

Trails and Sails: Joint Full-Day Camp with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
August 10-14
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.
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

Ages 11-14

Full day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
June 15-19
Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum in JY15 sailboats and Dyer Dhows. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills including 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 the Museum with their instructors, or participate in fun, hands-on activities related to sailing. At the beginning of the week the campers will be split into smaller groups based on skill level, comfort on the water, and experience. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.
Members $350 • Non-members $390

Ages 12-15

Full day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
June 22-26, July 6-10
Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum in JY15 sailboats and Dyer Dhows. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills including 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 the Museum with their instructors, or participate in fun, hands-on activities related to sailing. At the beginning of the week the campers will be split into smaller groups based on skill level, comfort on the water, and experience. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.
Members $350 • Non-members $390

Ages 14-17

Leadership Build Camp: Float Box Derby: Create and Row Your Own Unique Vessel (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
July 6-10
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.
Members: $350 • Non-Members $390

Leadership Build Camp: Build a Boat (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
July 13-17
Campers will spend the week learning to build a Bevin skiff or other similar small boat over the course of the week, and will also sail and participate in hands-on Museum activities as well. This camp emphasizes teamwork and cooperation towards a common goal. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.
Members $350 • Non-members $390

Leadership Build Camp: Design and build a rig for a sailboat (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
July 20-24
Campers will learn about different types of rigs for sailboats, design their own and then rig a boat that was built by campers the prior week. Campers can sign up for this week even if they did not complete the prior build a boat week. This camp emphasizes teamwork and cooperation towards a common goal. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.
Members $350 • Non-members $390

Leadership Build Camp: Sail Your Boat (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
July 27-31
Campers will learn about different finishing techniques for wooden boats, and then put the finishing touches on the wooden boats built in prior weeks. Campers will also have the chance to sail the completed boats. Campers can sign up for this week even if they did not complete the prior build a boat weeks. This camp emphasizes teamwork and cooperation towards a common goal. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.
Members $350 • Non-members $390

Leadership Build Camp: Mentoring Younger Campers in Float Box Derby (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
August 3-7
During this week the older campers (ages 14-17) will mentor campers ages 9-12 as they participate in a “Float Box Derby” where they 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). It is recommended but not necessary that the older campers have completed the Float Box Derby week July 6-10.  This camp will provide a great opportunity for the older campers to learn and practice leadership and mentoring skills. Campers bring their own lunch and eat at the Sailing Center.
Members $350 • Non-members $390

*Save $750 if you sign up for all 5 weeks.  Price for all 5 weeks is $1,000; please call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 for details on this package.*

Half day summer classes

Ages 8-11

Half day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
July 20-24
Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum in JY15 sailboats and Dyer Dhows. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills including 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 the Museum with their instructors, or participate in fun, hands-on activities related to sailing. At the beginning of the week the campers will be split into smaller groups based on skill level, comfort on the water, and experience.
Members $200 • Non-members $225

Ages 9-12

Half day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
July 13-17, August 3-7
Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum  in JY15 sailboats and Dyer Dhows. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills including 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 the Museum with their instructors, or participate in fun, hands-on activities related to sailing. At the beginning of the week the campers will be split into smaller groups based on skill level, comfort on the water, and experience.
Members $200 • Non-members $225

Ages 10-13

Half day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
June 29-July 3, July 27-31, August 10-14
Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum in JY15 sailboats and Dyer Dhows. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills including 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 the Museum with their instructors, or participate in fun, hands-on activities related to sailing.  At the beginning of the week the campers will be split into smaller groups based on skill level, comfort on the water, and experience.
Members $200 • Non-members $225

Ages 11-14

Half day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
June 15-19
Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum in JY15 sailboats and Dyer Dhows. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills including 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 activities related to sailing. At the beginning of the week the campers will be split into smaller groups based on skill level, comfort on the water, and experience.
Members $200 • Non-members $225

Ages 12-15

Half day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
June 22-26, July 6-10
Students learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum in JY15 sailboats and Dyer Dhows. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills including 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 the Museum with their instructors, or participate in fun, hands-on activities related to sailing. At the beginning of the week the campers will be split into smaller groups based on skill level, comfort on the water, and experience.
Members $200 • Non-members $225

Counselor-In-Training Program (ages 14-15)

June 15-August 14, Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The CIT Program for Community Sailing is a free program for youth ages 14 and 15 who will receive leadership development and job readiness skills while also learning how to become a sailing instructor. Each week up to four CITs will work as an integral part of our summer sailing camp programs. They will be sailing with campers on JY15 and Dyer Dhow sailboats and our team of sailing instructors will serve as their mentors. CITs are encouraged to sign up for a minimum of two consecutive weeks. This is a full-day program, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Applications are due by March 29, 2020.

To Apply: https://forms.gle/MLGToNbTD5Xs9pMNA

2020 Adult & Family Summer Sailing Programs

Adult and Family Sailing

Summer Evening Sailing
Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m., June 24-August 19
Thursdays 5:30-7:30 p.m., June 25-August 20
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.

Adult beginner sailing
Thursdays, June 25-August 20, 5:30-8 p.m.
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. Participants will 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, and basic rules of the road.
Members: $245 • Non-members: $275