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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.

COVID-19 Policies

To provide for the health and safety of our campers we will be implementing the following protocols in our summer camps.  More details will be provided to each family prior to camp.

2020 Sailing Programs

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 (SOLD OUT); August 24-28
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

Full day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
June 22-26, July 13-17 (SOLD OUT), August 3-7 (SOLD OUT)
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 (SOLD OUT)
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

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; Aug. 31-Sept. 4 
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

Full day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
July 27-31, August 10-14, Aug 17-21 
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, Mon, Wed, Fri at the Nature Center and Tues/Th at Mystic Seaport Museum
This camp is perfect for those who love hiking and sailing!  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! At Mystic Seaport Museum campers will learn how to sail in a fun and friendly environment on the beautiful Mystic River.
Register through Mystic Seaport Museum, 860.572.5331
Members: $350 • Non-Members: $400

Ages 12-15

Full day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
June 22-26, July 6-10 (SOLD OUT)
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.)
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

Half day summer classes

Ages 8-11

Half day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
July 20-24 (SOLD OUT), August 24-28
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 (SOLD OUT), August 3-7 (SOLD OUT)
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, Aug 17-21
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.)
August 31-September 4
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 12-15

Half day sailing on the Mystic River (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
July 6-10 (SOLD OUT)
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.

REGISTRATION CLOSED.

2020 Adult & Family Summer Sailing Programs

Adult and Family Sailing

Summer Evening Sailing
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.
$15 per session per family. Free for Skippers member level and above. You can pre-register by calling 860-572-5331 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