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.

2018 Adult Fall 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.

Sundays, Sept. 16-Nov. 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Members: $245 • Non-members: $275
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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!

Tuesdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 30, 5-7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Member: $175; non-member: $200
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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.

Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
Thursdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 1, 1-3 p.m.
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.

Fall Introduction to Racing  and Racing Series 

Mystic Seaport Museum Sailing Center is bringing back Sunday racing for the fall!  Class instruction for beginning racers will take place from 1:30pm-2:30pm.   From 2:30-4:30 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 ages 15 and older are welcome to sign up for the entire class series, and more experienced racers of any age 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, Sept. 16-Nov. 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m. for introduction to racing; 2:30-4:30 p.m. racing series
Member: $245 • non-member: $275
Racing Series Only Registration – member: $25 per day * non-member: $30 per day
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2018 Youth Fall 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

Tuesdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 30
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

Thursdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Members: $165 Non-Members $185

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Afterschool Sailing 

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. 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.  Snacks will be provided from 3:30-4 p.m. and sailing instruction from 4-6 p.m. Ages 8-14

Thursdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 1, 3:30-6 p.m.
Registration – member: $175 / non-member: $195
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