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Fall 2019 Sailing Classes

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 lesson 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 lessons are taught by experienced sailors who have been certified by the US Sailing Association.

Women’s Sailing at Mystic Seaport Museum
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, September 10-October 29, 5-7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, September 11-October 30, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Member: $175 Non-member: $200

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 lessons emphasize the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills like knot tying and rigging, boat handling, and the enjoyment of sailing.

Tuesdays, September 10-October 29, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Members: $175 Non-members: $200 

After School Sailing at Mystic Seaport Museum
This lesson 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, September 12-October 31, 3:30- 5:30 p.m.
Members: $175 Non-members: $200

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, September 16- October 30, 2:45-4:45 p.m.
Members: $175 Non-members: $200

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, September 15- October 27, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Members: $245 Non-members: $275

Racing Series at Mystic Seaport Museum
Our fall Saturday racing series will be run using the Portsmouth yardstick scoring rules; participants can bring any boat they would like, or they can use one of our Sailing Center boats. 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 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.

Saturdays, September 14 – October 26
Class instruction for beginning racers: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
On the water drills and racing: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Full class (instruction plus racing): Member: $245 Non-member: $275
Racing Only Registration – Member: $25 per day Non-member:$30 per day

Dyer Dhow Derby
On Saturday, October 5, the annual fall regatta is held in honor of the yacht clubs, sailing associations, and individuals who have donated to or supported the Dyer Dhow fleet at Mystic Seaport Museum. Registration is free for all. Come race a Dyer Dhow and show your support! This year, we are pleased to announce that we are opening the event to anyone who would like to race. Skippers meeting at 10 a.m. followed by the first race at 11 a.m.

For more information and to register, please go here.

Fall Frostbite Sailing at Mystic Seaport Museum!
Frostbite sailing is a great way to keep your sailing skills active in the offseason, and everyone knows any activity that gets you outside and moving on a cold winter day is good for you! No crowds, beautiful crisp scenery on the Mystic River – what could be better? Sailors will race in Dyer Dhows, starting at 1 p.m. each Saturday. Racing will wrap up by 3:30 p.m. followed by warm-up hot chocolate in the Mystic Seaport Museum Sailing Center.

Saturdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 1-3:30 p.m.
Members: $80 Non-members: $100

Connecticut Safe Boating/Personal Watercraft Class (ages 12 and older)
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. After the class, in order to obtain the license 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.

Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 17, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Masin Conference Room in the Thompson Exhibition Building (north entrance)
Members: $10 Non-member: $20