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

Frostbite Series

Keep your sailing skills sharp in the off season by joining us for Sunday racing this November! Sail a historic Dyer Dhow, enjoy the beautiful fall foliage, and warm up with hot chocolate in the Mystic Seaport Sailing Center. Sailors of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend, as each session will include separate starts for beginner and advanced skippers. This is a great opportunity for local racers to extend their season and for newer sailors to build community while improving their skills in a safe and empowering environment.

  • Sundays, November 5, 12, 19, 26. 1-3:30 p.m.

Registration – Members: $80, Non-members: $100. To register contact Rebecca.shea@mysticseaport.org or 860-572-5322, ext. 1.

2018 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. 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.

Half-day classes:
Sundays, April 22-May 20, 2018
Beginner: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Members: $245 • Non-members: $275

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org

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 ambiance 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, April 24-May 22, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, April 25-May 23, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Registration – member: $175 / non-member: $200. To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org

Afterschool Sailing (ages 8-14)

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 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 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 to 4 p.m. and sailing instruction between 4 and 6 p.m.

  • Thursdays, April 26-May 24, 3:30-6 p.m.

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

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org

Homeschool Sailing (ages 8-14)

Beginner: New this spring! In the morning students will learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport; 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.

  • Tuesdays, April 24-May 22, sailing from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 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. To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org

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 museum enables participants to experience maritime history and science programming when the weather does not allow for sailing.

  • Thursdays, April 26-May 24, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Registration – member: $175 / non-member $195

Spring Racing Series

Mystic Seaport Sailing Center is bringing back Sunday racing for the spring! Class instruction for beginning racers will take place 1:30-2:30 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 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, April 22 – May 20, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

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

To register contact reservations@mysticseaport.org or 860-572-5322, ext. 1.

2018 Summer Sailing Programs

Adult Sailing (ages 15 and older)

Beginner: Adult community sailing at Mystic Seaport is a unique experience where you can learn how to sail a JY15 against the backdrop of historic vessels on the beautiful Mystic River. This class is for beginning sailors who want to feel comfortable in a sailboat. The class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills like knot tying and rigging, boat handling, tacking and jibing, upwind and downwind sailing, points of sail, and the enjoyment of sailing. Participants have a choice of Session 1 or 2 or both.

  • Session 1: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays July 14, July 21, Aug. 11, Aug. 18
  • Session 2: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sundays July 15, July 22, Aug. 12, Aug. 19

Intermediate: This class is for adults who have taken at least one beginner class and feel comfortable in a sailboat. Participants 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, person overboard recovery, and more advanced points of sail. Participants have a choice of Session 1 or 2 or both.

  • Session 1: 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturdays July 14, July 21, Aug. 11, Aug. 18
  • Session 2: 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Sundays July 15, July 22, Aug. 12, Aug. 19

Members: $245 per session • Non-members: $275 per session. To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org

Summer Evening Sailing

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.

  • Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., June 27-Aug. 22
  • Thursdays 5:30-7:30 p.m., June 28-Aug. 23

$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. To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org

New! Full-day Summer Sailing Day Camps

We are pleased to offer new full-day summer sailing programs where campers not only learn how to sail but also engage in unique maritime activities. Camps include a Float Box Derby, racing, skiff building, crafts, and learning 19th century trades. More information and camp dates.

Family Sailing

Family community sailing at Mystic Seaport is designed for children and their parents or grandparents to learn the basics of sailing together in a fun and friendly environment on the Mystic River. Classes encourage and promote sailing activities the whole family can enjoy. Certified instructors are experienced in teaching all age groups and share their love of the water and years of sailing experience through personalized hands-on instruction. Children must be at least 8 years of age and accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. For safety concerns, only one adult and one child will be paired in any vessel. Classes are taught in JY15 sailboats. All equipment, except foul-weather gear, is provided. Life jackets are provided or you may bring your own.

  • July 28-29
  • Aug. 4-5
  • Lessons 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free sailing after lunch until 3:30 p.m. (families bring their own lunch)

Members: $275 • Non-members: $325. (includes one adult and one child)

To register contact reservations@mysticseaport.org or 860-572-5322, ext. 1.

Half-day Beginner Youth Sailing

Ages 8-14

  • July 9-13, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 6-10, 12:30-3:30 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 with their instructors, or participate in fun, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities related to sailing.

Members: $175 • Non-members: $200

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org

Half-day Intermediate Youth Sailing

Ages 8-14

  • July 16-20, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • July 23-27, 8:30-11:30 a.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.

Members: $175 • Non-members: $200

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org