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. 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 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.

2017 Sailing Programs

Adult Sailing (ages 15 and older)

Beginner: For those who have never sailed and have always wanted to learn. 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 Dyer Dhow, 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.

Intermediate/introduction to racing: Students will continue to improve their sailing skills while they learn basic racing skills through drills and actual racing. Racing rules, tactics, boating safety and fun are emphasized. Students must have completed the Beginner class.

Half-day classes:
Sundays, September 10 – October 29
Beginner: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Intermediate: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Members: $245 • Non-members: $275


Women’s Sailing

This class is for women who have never sailed and have always wanted to learn. You will build confidence in boat handling through repeated on-the-water practice, and will learn the basics of water safety and wind, boat control using the main sheet and tiller, and sailing maneuvers such as tacking and jibing.

  • Tuesdays, September 5-October 24, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, September 6-October 25, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Registration – member: $175 / non-member: $200

Afterschool Sailing (ages 8-14)

This class is for both beginning sailors as well as those who have some sailing experience. Students will build confidence in rigging and boat handling using both JY15s and Dyer Dhows, refine basic sailing skills, and learn how a sailboat reacts to wind and water currents. If there is inclement weather, students will participate in fun, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities related to sailing. Mystic Seaport’s sailing instructors are certified in US Sailing’s REACH program, a curriculum that integrates STEM into the sport of sailing.

  • Thursdays, September 14-November 2, from 4-6 p.m.

Registration – member: $165 / non-member: $185

Homeschool Sailing (ages 8-14)

Our homeschool sailing class will combine on the water sailing instruction with marine science activities, depending on the weather conditions. Students will build confidence in rigging and boat handling using both JY15s and Dyer Dhows, refine basic sailing skills, and learn how a sailboat reacts to wind and water currents. Marine science activities will include seining, squid dissection, plankton tows, water chemistry, and watershed ecosystems. Please note that Tuesday classes are for beginning sailors and Thursday classes are for intermediate sailors who have completed the beginner class.

  • Tuesdays, September 5 – October 24, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Thursdays, September 7 – October 26, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Registration – member: $165 / non-member $185

Sailing for Veterans

The goal of this class is to build camaraderie among veterans of all eras and services. Veterans will learn how to sail, have the opportunity to row a whaleboat and learn about the history of the sea through the historic vessels at Mystic Seaport. The Museum grounds and fleet of historic watercraft will be used as floating classrooms to further the veterans’ understanding of our common history of the sea and sailing. The class will be taught by Brehan Brady, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Mystic Seaport rigger.

  • Wednesdays, September 6 – October 25, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Registration – member: $175 • non-member: $200 (scholarships are available). To register contact or 860-572-5322, ext. 1.

Fall Racing Series

Back by popular demand! Mystic Seaport Sailing Center is bringing back Sunday racing! Class instruction for beginning racers will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the on-the-water drills and courses will be designed to build skills in an educational and friendly setting, and will include practice starts and point to point racing. Beginning racers are welcome to sign up for the entire class series, and more experienced racers can sign up for the racing portion of each afternoon on a drop-in, per diem basis. Participants will be required to fill out a sailing skills questionnaire and sign a liability release before going out on the water.

  • Sundays, September 10 – October 29, 1:30-4:30pm

Class Registration – member: $245 • non-member: $275
Racing Only Registration – member: $25 per day, non-member: $30 per day

To register contact or 860-572-5322, ext. 1.