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If You Want to Get Out on a Sailboat You Need to Learn the Basics

It can be daunting to get on a sailboat for the first time. With a seemingly endless number of lines (each with their own name), sails, and other sailboat gear, learning to sail might appear to be an impossible challenge. With a little patience, and help from an expert, anybody can learn to sail.

Most people don't know it, but many yacht clubs have both adult and child sailing schools that they run during the summer. These programs are frequently open to the public, and are probably one of the best ways to learn. The yacht clubs will provide the boats and the instructor for a relatively small fee. Over the course of just one summer, anyone can learn the basics.

Where to go to learn to sail:

J World Sailing School - This is arguably the best sailing school in the United States. With 5 locations (Annapolis, Key West, Newport, San Diego, and San Francisco), the most popular sailing locations are all covered. Even if you have to travel to get to one of these schools it is worth it. Best boats, best training, best people.

CALIFORNIA - SAILING PROGRAMS BY STATE

Bluewater Sailing - Marina Del Rey, CA - Bluewater teaches courses from basic keelboat sailing to celestial navigation and offshore passage-making in private or small group lessons. Our goal is to create safe, confident sailors with solid skills that will stay with you for your lifetime of sailing. Corporate team-building, private lessons, seminars, racing, island cruises, bareboat rentals, skippered yacht charters, sunset sails, live-aboard classes, and special events give our students the opportunity to build skills and seamanship through specialized training and on-the-water experience.

Cal Maritime - Vallejo, CA - Located in Vallejo, California, The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of The California State University that offers students bachelor’s degrees in business administration, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering. Cal Maritime is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States — and the only one on the West Coast. A specialized education combining classroom instruction, experiential learning, and professional development prepare students for successful careers in international business and logistics, maritime policy, engineering, technology, or in the maritime and transportation industries. International travel, training, and experiences — including a two-month international training cruise onboard the Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR — prepare students in fields that are increasingly global in nature.

California Yacht Club - Marina Del Rey, CA - The California Yacht Club is among the premier yachting facilities in the world. Founded in 1922, the original clubhouse was located in Wilmington Harbor. The current Marina del Rey facility was constructed in 1967. Our station on Catalina Island is located in sheltered Catalina harbor on the west side of the island 32.7 miles southwest of Marina del Rey.

Cass' Marina - San Francisco, CA - Twenty-nine hours of "hands-on" instruction with no more than four students per boat. Our comprehensive course includes six 3½-hour lessons and an all-day skipper sail, covering: safety, seamanship, tides and currents, rules of the road, tacking, jibing, points of sail, heavy weather reefing and man-overboard recovery techniques. We guarantee you will be able to charter boats single-handedly by the completion of this course as long as no more than two weeks have passed between each class .

Challenged America - San Diego, CA - An All-Volunteer Charitable Program Founded in 1978 by Disabled Veterans CHALLENGED AMERICA
is a year-round, charitable program supported by tax-deductible contributions, donations, and gifts.

City of Oakland Parks and Recreation - Oakland, CA - Welcome to boating with the Lake Merritt Boating Center. Our youth programs and Summer Mariner Day Camps help kids learn to take on the water, which is, after all, a tremendous part of their environment living here in the bay area. We would like to invite you, your family and your friends to sail, windsurf, kayak, canoe, or row at the lake. We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. If you’re up for being pitted against some real advanced conditions, the Lake Merritt Boating Center offers boating and sailing on the San Francisco Bay from the Oakland Estuary.

Club Nautique - San Francisco, CA - Our Award winning sailing school has been extremely successful in teaching thousands of sailors over our 25+ year history. We know what it takes to properly teach all facets of sailing and seamanship: patient, experienced instructors who keep it fun, a thoughtfully designed program utilizing a variety of teaching techniques, top quality boats and access to some of the world's best sailing conditions.

Convair Sailing Club - San Diego, CA - If you've ever watched the sailboats on San Diego Bay and wished you were on board enjoying the salt air breezes, Convair Sailing Club can make your dreams come true. The Convair Sailing Club is a unique organization in the world of sailing clubs. Not a commercial business, It is a group of like-minded folks banded together by the joy of sailing and "messing about in boats". It is wholly owned by the members themselves and has no paid employees or officers. Costs of the Club are covered by modest annual dues and minimal boat use fees, apportioned as the boats are used.

Del Rey Yacht Club - Marina Del Rey, CA - Del Rey Yacht Club provides a comprehensive summer sailing and dinghy racing program for beginners and experienced young sailors. The program is open to any youngster who is interested in the adventure and challenge of learning to sail well. Beginning sailors learn sailing fundamentals in their own Sabot. Experienced sailors get the additional advantage of improving their boat handling and racing skills using the club's double-handed FJ's, Laser II's and 420's. Instructors are U.S. Sailing and CPR certified, and also knowledgeable in First Aid and water related safety procedures.

Encinal Yacht Club - Alameda, CA - Welcome to Encinal Yacht Club, the third oldest club on the San Francisco Bay. The Club's mission is to foster and encourage a love of yachting and racing, aquatic and other sports, and to promote the health and pleasure of our members through social interaction. We welcome members of all yacht clubs from around the world, by land or sea, and encourage everyone with a love of boating to come visit us.

EuroSail - San Pedro, CA - Sailing is for all kinds of people-cruisers, racers, adventurers, poets-and for people who just like the feeling of the wind in their face and the sound of water going by. We make learning to sail easier and more accessible than ever before. EuroSail Charters offers a twelve hour course broken down into four sessions, and is a certified U.S. Sailing Program [U.S. Sailing is the National Governing Body of the Sport].

Gold Arrow Camp - Huntington Lake, CA - Gold Arrow Camp is a traditional summer camp located on Huntington Lake. Boys and girls ages 6-14 make fun, lifelong memories at our California summer camp while participating in activities like wakeboarding, horseback riding, and rock climbing. At Gold Arrow Camp, campers experience rustic living with the spectacular backdrop of the Sierra National Forest. Explore our website and see why our summer camp in California has been a summer home to thousands of happy children since 1933.

Marina Aquatic Center - Marina Del Rey, CA - The UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, operated by UCLA Recreation, is one of the premiere small boat sailing facilities in California and the home base for UCLA Sailing. Our focus is HANDS-ON training and our skilled and friendly instructors are dedicated to helping you progress from the introductory Sailing I course taught in Capri 14.2s through the Sailing II-IV performance-oriented classes taught in Hobie 16s, Lasers, and Vanguard 15s. After passing a class's written and practical exams, you are welcome to rent that class boat.

Marina Sailing Club - San Diego, CA - Marina Sailing is California's oldest and largest sailing club offering nearly one hundred affordable sail and powerboat rentals and charters including fishing boats and catamarans. Our boats are available for bare boat charter, or rent a yacht with a captain! We also offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced sailing lessons. Our Complete Sailing Course includes American Sailing Association (ASA) 101 and 103 certifications and membership in the Marina Sailing Club. We offer group and private instruction at all levels. We even have annual bare boat flotillas at exotic locations like the Caribbean, Tahiti, and Tonga, at low rates to members.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center - Mission Bay, CA - The Mission Bay Aquatic Center offers an accessible water sports program for all our watersports plus specific classes adapted for persons with disabilities. Our goal is to enable people with disabilities to take a more active part in all water sports. Using a little imagination and a few adaptations, it is possible for people of all levels of ability to participate.

Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club - Monterey Harbor, CA - Boys and girls ages 8 through 16 for beginning, intermediate and advanced sailing instruction. Instruction is given in one to two person Optimist prams, and two to four person Flying Juniors dinghies. In addition to on-the-water instruction, each student will be given classroom instruction on sailing and seamanship using U.S. Sailing Certified instruction workbook for students to keep. Upon completion of the class each student will be given a certificate of completion.

OCSC Sailing - Berkeley, CA - We teach sailing to enhance people's inextricable link to the ocean, to nature and to each other. We do this as stewards and teachers of the joy, art, science, tradition and responsibility of sailing. We're sailors on a voyage of discovery. Welcome aboard.

Pacific Yachting and Sailing - Santa Cruz, CA - Welcome to Pacific Yachting & Sailing, located in Santa Cruz, California, the "Gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!" Since 1979, Pacific Yachting and Sailing has introduced thousands of students and accomplished sailors to the excitement and pleasures of the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean. Located in Northern California, in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, you have instant access to one of the premier sailing venues on the West Coast-perhaps the world!

Sailing Education Adventures - San Francisco, CA - Sailing Education Adventures (SEA) is the Bay Area’s community sailing program dedicated to providing affordable instruction in the art of sailing. We are a community based non-profit organization. With the exception of two paid staff, the entire organization is run by an extraordinary group of volunteers. SEA is affiliated with the US Sailing Association and offers a wide variety of on-the-water sailing classes. Recently, Sailing Education Adventures was nominated for Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence by the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin.

San Diego Sailing Academy - San Diego, CA - Do you dream of Chartering a new beautiful sailing yacht in the Caribbean or reaching south to Mexico and beyond aboard your own voyaging yacht? Since 1989, it’s been a reality for many of our students and it can be a reality for you too when you learn to sail from our experienced ASA/US SAILING Certified Sailing Instructors. Our sailing program is designed for those that are seeking the skills required to Bareboat Charter from an international company such as The Moorings or Sunsail; or are interested in private sailboat ownership. Through our private sailing program, you can become certified in sailing and expand your own sailing experience. Our sailing coaches are USCG licensed Yachtmasters and certified sailing instructors. We’ve all been to many charter bases around the world, both professionally and as customers. We can tell you firsthand about different locations and fleets around the world and help plan your dream bareboat charter, or give unbiased advice on acquiring a family sailing yacht.

The San Francisco Yacht Club - Belvedere, CA - Founded in 1869, The San Francisco Yacht Club is the oldest club on the Pacific Coast of North America. The Club, with its tranquil setting in Belvedere Cove and its superb harbor, is widely recognized as the premier yachting facility on the West Coast. It operates a year round facility including the harbor, a dry sail area, a full service restaurant and bar. The club has a very active junior sailing program and all members are committed to the Corinthian traditions of yachting.

Sausalito Yacht Club - Sausalito, CA - The 2008 summer season of Sailing Camp at the Sausalito Yacht Club can be found at this link.
Our Brochure is available at the yacht club or by download. The sessions always fill up, so get a jump on the rush. Watch this site for updates to the program and special events.

Seal Beach Yacht Club - Long Beach, CA - We are a friendly family based Club that overlooks Alamitos Bay. Our Club offers weekly races, cruises and a year round as well as summer Junior's Program. In addition our Club hosts weekly night events, dinners, dancing and barbecues. Whether you are a novice or pro, sail or power enthusiast our club has something for everyone.

Shoreline Lake - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Aquatic Center is the Bay Area’s leading watersports facility. With a diverse range of classes, equipment for rent, and activities, Shoreline is the perfect place to relax on a summer’s afternoon, celebrate a birthday, or learn to race sailboats! We enjoy a reputation of professionalism, customer service, and depth of knowledge. Our Team Shoreline juniors race internationally and represent the USA as members of Team USA. Our staff carries a variety of certifications in their sports and in safety and CPR. Our equipment is state-of-the-art and regularly surveyed for safety. Every year we introduce thousands to the joys of boating!

Tahoe City Public Utility District - Tahoe City, CA - The Tahoe City Public Utility District was founded in 1938 to provide some of the governmental needs of the residents of Tahoe City. It is the oldest local government in the Tahoe Basin and was formed initially to provide public water service to the local community. Established under the State of California's Public Utility District Act, the founders of the District chose a form of government that could provide multiple types of services.

UCISA - Newport Beach, CA - Campus Recreation sailing classes are affordable and fun!! Beginning through advanced classes are offered year round. Check out the class schedules online and register today! See you on the water!

United States Sailing Center - Long Beach, CA - Join us for our Summer Sailing Programs. Introduce your child to the thrills of sailing at our fun Youth Summer Sailing Camps for boys and girls. Our Camp is designed to introduce novice children, ages 8 to 15, to the sport of sailing.

Westwind Sailng - Dana Point, CA - Westwind Sailing was created in 1987 to work in cooperation with the Orange County Sailing & Event Center, (formerly the Dana Point Youth & Group Facility) in providing safe boating and sailing education for the general public. Its dedicated and passionate staff helped grow Westwind Sailing and expand to new locations and communities – most notably Lake Mission Viejo in 1998.

CONNECTICUT - SAILING PROGRAMS BY STATE

Cedar Point Yacht Club - Westport, CT - Junior Sailing Program seeks to encourage a life-long love of sailing. Participants learn basics of seamanship, boat handling and maintenance, boat safety, and racing. Our emphasis is on developing sportsmanship, teamwork, confidence and self-reliance. The program is open to children between the ages of 8 and 17 -- both members and non-members of CPYC.

Greenwich Community Sailing - Greenwich, CT - Offering a variety of adult and youth programs that even includes private lessons paid by the hour for those looking for a personlized experience. Presented by the Old Greenwich Yacht Club.

Guilford Yacht Club - Guilford, CT - Guilford Yacht Club will once again be teaming with The Y for its 2008 Junior Sailing Program. Please check back soon for more details.

Housatonic Boat Club - Stratford, CT - The Housatonic Boat club is in its 122th season – the oldest active yacht club in the state! In January of 1887 seven prominent Stratford men met to form a club for, as our charter reads “ …social intercourse, and to promote and encourage an interest in yachting.” By April of that year its two-story clubhouse was raised on pilings at the edge of the river channel, at a cost of $1,204, and a 200-foot catwalk stretched across the marsh to the riverbank, on property of Alfred Ely Beach, publisher of Scientific American. The site was chosen for its commanding view of the river, and an easy reach up or down the river in the prevailing southwesterly breeze.

Indian Harbor Yacht Club - Greewich, CT - Building on the successes of the previous thirteen seasons, the Indian Harbor Yacht Club Focus on Sailing program offers members ease of access to daysailing, educational activities, and racing series on the club's fleet of eight Ideal 18 keelboats. For the absolute beginner or the experienced sailor, FOS has something to offer.

Longshore Sailing School - Westport, CT - Offering a variety of adult and youth programs that even includes private lessons paid by the hour for those looking for a personlized experience.

Mystic Seaport - Mystic CT - The historical seaport and museum offers a variety of sailing programs for children and adults. Utilizing the timeless classic 9 foot single man Dyer Dhow as the bedrock of the youth program, you will quickly learn through a combination of classroom activites and on-the-water instruction. Program ages range from 4-10 years old, 10-15 years old, and 15-19 years old. They also have a range of adult classes. Once you have cut your teeth on the Dyer Dhow, Mystic Seaport offers classes on the beautiful 62 foot schooner Brilliant.

Norwalk Sailing School - Georgetown, CT - The NORWALK SMALL CRAFT SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM (dba Norwalk Sailing School) was founded in the early 1960’s to provide safe and fun sailing instruction. Today we continue to offer community programs and bring generations of greater Norwalk area residents safely into the sport of sailing and windsurfing. Facilities are located at Calf Pasture Beach in East Norwalk, directly on Long Island Sound.

Pettipaug Sailing Academy - Essex, CT - Pettipaug Sailing Academy has been teaching children how to sail since 1956. It is open to all, and we are a 501(c)3 organization, as determined the the US IRS. Donation go into the Simeon Braguin Fund, which is used to fund scholarships for worthy students and support PSA capital projects.

Pilot's Point Marina Sailing School - Westbrook, CT - Youth and Adult sailing offered in dinghies or a small keelboat.

Quassapaug Sailing Center - Middlebury, CT - Lake sailing. The club has an active under 18 summer sailing school that uses the Opti fleet. Though these boats were purchased by members, the fleet is made available to the sailing school.

Sound Sailing Center - Norwalk, CT - Our teaching methods are hands on, on the water, with fewer students than most other schools. We never have more than 3 students per instructor in our Intro, Basic Keelboat, or Basic Cruising classes. We know your time is valuable. Our boats and teaching methods are uniquely designed so as to allow you to sail singlehanded after taking Basic Keelboat, which helps you gain confidence quickly. We strongly encourage new sailors to become competent with daysailers, before moving on to larger boats. Small boat experience is the fastest and best way to become a competent sailor. Although many schools promote a package program that has you sailing larger boats in a week, you will be a better sailor and enjoy sailing more if you practice with daysailers.

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club - Stonington, CT - Fantastic club with excellent instruction and boats. Both adult and child sailing lessons are offered in the summer and are open to the public. This is your chance to learn from the best in a region that routinely produces some of the US's most competitive sailors.

Thames Yacht Club - New London, CT - TYC is a friendly, informal yacht club with a wide range of activities including sailboat racing, cruising, junior sailing instruction, and social events. The Club is located on the Thames River with direct access to the Long Island and Fishers Island sounds.

Wadawanuck Yacht Club - Stonington, CT - Club with a rich racing history and a fantastic youth program that is open to both members and the public during the summer months. Situated next to Dodson's Boatyard at the base of Stonington Harbor, the Wadawanuck club program is based on the popular JY-15 sailboat. No website, but the phone number is: 860-535-9309

Yale Corinthian Yacht Club - Branford, CT - The Yale Corinthian Yacht Club, established in 1881, is the oldest collegiate sailing club in the world. Located on a beautiful rocky cove in Branford, CT., the club is a state of the art sailing facility and home to the Yale Varsity Sailing Team. The fleet consists of twenty-four 420 racing dinghies, augmented by FJs, Lasers, windsurfers and three safety launches. Our sailing area is located on open water and boasts what may be the finest wind and waves in all of college sailing. When the Westerly blows in the fall and spring, waves regularly build to 6 feet and the team practices surfing their boats down the breaking rollers. Besides serving the Yale Sailing Team, YCYC is also home to a recreational sailing program, and a thriving summer program for juniors.

MAINE- SAILING PROGRAMS BY STATE

Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club - Boothbay Harbor, ME- For 2005, BHYC hopes to again be able to offer a limited amount of private sailing and/or racing instruction, if sufficient Sailing Instructor time is available. This will be a fee-based program, with the instruction designed to meet the students requests, using either a club-provided boat or the members boat. For more information on private sailing instruction, consult the Sailing Instructors office.

Castine Yacht Club - Castine, ME- Sailing lessons for juniors are scheduled for eight consecutive weeks this season, beginning July 2. Junior sailors are between the ages of 8 and 18, having completed second grade. The junior sailing lessons are staffed by a Senior Instructor or Sailing Master and US Sailing Association Certified Assistant Instructors. Lessons are scheduled Monday through Thursday. Friday is reserved for our traditional Day Sail, for intermediate to advanced students. Parents are encouraged to come along on the Friday Day Sail. You do not need a boat, but additional yachts are always welcome.

Island Sail School - Vinalhaven, ME- We are a non-profit, volunteer, sailing school for children and adults. Our instructors are US Sailing certified. Island Sail is located in Sands Cove, Vinalhaven, Maine - the island is located in the heart of the world renown sailing waters of Penobscot Bay.

Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center - Southwest Harbor, ME- Our Adult Sailing Programs meet on Monday (Women Only) 4 pm, Wednesday (Coed) 4 pm, Thursday (Coed) 4 pm and Saturdays at noon (Coed). A Beginners Sailing Course will meet on Tuesday at 4:30 pm. The normal sail time lasts for 2 to 3 hours This program is a relaxed atmosphere for both beginners and experienced members to enjoy our fleet of sailboats. Certified instructors are on hand aboard a safety launch and aboard one of the sailboats. - Geared for students who have previously participated in our morning Optimist classes and are still just "getting comfortable" under sail. Students will be further introduced to sailing an Optimist by themselves in light to moderate wind conditions and learn to navigate a windward leeward course. These sailors will be offered basic instruction while also learning the concepts of sailboat racing. Students may also steer and crew aboard a Bullseye.

Southport Yacht Club - Southport, ME- For over 80 years The Southport Yacht Club (SYC) has been providing nautical and social activities to families in the mid-coast region of Maine. SYC is located on the western side of Southport, Maine on Cosy Harbor. Coordinates – 43 49’ 06N / 69 40’ 53W In addition to the activities of SYC the club supports an extensive junior sailing program conducted by the Southport Junior Yacht Club Sailing Foundation (Junior Foundation). The Junior Foundation teaches sailing to young people from ages 8 through 18.

Saint George Community Sailing Foundation - Tenants Harbor, ME- The St. George Community Sailing Foundation was founded in 2001 to promote and teach sailing in the town of St. George, Maine. Tenants Harbor serves as the program's home. Besides the youth programs, the SGCSF also sponsors a "Maritime Day". The Foundation is a non-profit Maine corporation, holding a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service.
SGCSF welcomes capital contributions for the purchase of sailing dinghies, floats, support boats and related equipment.

Wohelo - Sebago Lake, ME- Wohelo - The Luther Gulick Camps - is an all girls residential summer camp on Sebago Lake in Raymond, Maine. Little Wohelo for girls age 6-12 and Sebago Wohelo for girls age 12-16. Wohelo is a traditional summer camp with activities that include sailing, swimming, canoeing, crafts and tennis. The camp was founded in 1907 by Luther Halsey Gulick and Charlotte Vetter Gulick and is still run by the same family.

MASSACHUSETTS- SAILING PROGRAMS BY STATE

American Yacht Club - Newburyport, MA -As an important part of our community, the American Yacht Club provides a great way to learn to sail and to hone sailing and racing skills. For over 50 years the AYC, through the Newburyport Summer Sailing Program, has been providing instruction to its members, families and the community. Over the years our staff instructors, using a fleet of eight boats, annually teach over 80 children the joy of sailing! Three new boats were purchased this year to improve the safety and performance of our school fleet. A new Adult Sailing Course is being offered in 2007 as a result of many requests from the community. Please visit our sailing school pages for more information.

Battleship Cove Community Boating - Fall River, MA - Think that sailing is difficult, expensive or both? Battleship Cove Community Boating (BCCB) offers affordable membership programs and youth and adult classes that will have you sailing in no time. No matter what your age, skill level, or budget, Battleship Cove has a program that can meet your needs. Come check us out at Heritage State Park Boathouse, and see what you've been missing!

Boston Sailing Center- Boston, MA - We offer the highest quality sailing instruction anywhere at any level of experience. From beginner to seasoned racer to offshore cruiser, the Center will help you advance your skills to the next level.

Chatham Yacht Club - Chatham, MA - The Chatham Yacht Club has been dedicated to the development of sailors since 1921. CYC provides sailing instruction to children, adolescents, and adults, and organizes racing experiences in the Pleasant Bay area of Cape Cod, MA.

Community Boating - Boston, MA - The mission of Community Boating, Inc., is the advancement of sailing for all by minimizing economic and physical obstacles to sailing. In addition, CBI enhances the greater Boston community by using sailing as a vehicle to empower its members to develop independence and self-confidence, improve communication, foster teamwork, and acquire a deeper understanding of community spirit and the power of volunteerism.

Community Boating Center - New Bedford, MA - The Community Boating Center of New Bedford is a non-profit outreach and mentorship organization that was created to provide people from the Greater New Bedford area with challenging and enriching new experiences. At CBC, we strive to instill in the young and continue to teach people of all ages the value of integrity, sound judgment, teamwork and environmental awareness. We do this by offering educational opportunities and access to the marine environment, regardless of means, through instruction, mentoring and coaching.

Courageous Sailing Center - Boston, MA - Located on spectacular Boston Harbor, Courageous offers a variety of affordable Adult Sailing options and free Youth Sailing programs. Whether you are a novice interested in lessons, an experienced racer looking for a little competition, or a professional looking to organize your next company outing, Courageous' professional services and welcoming atmosphere truly make it the best sailing option in town. As a non-profit organization and a sailing center, Courageous strives to be a resource for the broader community. We welcome you to come down and check us out.

Duxbury Bay Maritime School - Duxbury, MA - Our mission is to connect people of all ages, abilities and means to Duxbury Bay through educational and recreational programs that stimulate individual growth and an enduring love and appreciation of the sea.

Falmouth Yacht Club - Falmouth, MA - For additional information on classes for adults and juniors contact the Falmouth Harbor Sailing School at their new number (508)548-7614. All participants are required to complete the attached forms and return them to the Falmouth Yacht Club before the start date.

Low Tide Yacht Club - New Bedford, MA - In pursuit of one of our main objectives as an educational marine association, the Board of Directors decided during the winter of 1996 to expand our Sailing Program to children. With the acquisition of 6 "Optimist Dinghies" and our fleet of JY15 sailboats the program was launched. The ambitious "Summer Sailing Program" of 1996 was a success with an enrollment of 90 students, of which 70 were tuition free "Children-At-Risk". This summer program encompassed three summer morning and afternoon sessions of Sailing Classes.

Manchester Sailing Association - Manchester, MA - The mission of the Manchester Sailing Association is to provide the young people of Manchester and its surrounding communities a comprehensive opportunity to learn the sport of sailing, experience the joys of boating, acquire an enduring respect for the water and share in the fellowship of each other's company.

Massapoag Yacht Club - Sharon, MA - Learn To Sail On Lake Massapoag. Massapoag Yacht Club in cooperation with the Sharon Recreation Department
presents the US Sailing Award Winning Basic Learn To Sail or Sail Better Program FOR ADULTS 18 AND OVER

Nantucket Community Sailing - Nantucket, MA - Community Sailing believes the skill of sailing fosters confidence, independence, teamwork, sportsmanship and a unique opportunity to interact with others and learn out on the water. Though we love to have fun, our priority is safety and proper instruction on and off the water:* Community Sailing is a member of US SAILING, the national governing body of the sport of sailing. * Sailing classes are supervised by US SAILING certified instructors, with CPR and First Aid certification from the American Red Cross. * All students and instructors wear, at all times, a Coast Guard approved lifejacket when on boats and in waterfront areas. Lifejackets are provided by Community Sailing. In addition, all students in our Youth Program will be given a swim check on the first day of each session. * Safety boats (motor boats) are on the water at all times. * We are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Piers Park Sailing - East Boston, MA - We are a nonprofit community sailing center that uses Boston Harbor and the seas beyond to provide year-round recreational, educational, and personal growth opportunities for people of all ages and abilities!

Quannapowitt Yacht Club - Wakefield, MA - The goal of the QYC YSP is to provide a safe, encouraging and fun environment for students to learn to sail, improve their sailing skills, or learn to race. The YSP focuses on the fun, enjoyment, accomplishment and self-confidence that results from learning a life-long skill. The YSP is based on a US SAILING curriculum. Instruction is carried out in age- and skills-appropriate groups. Students also learn the proper care of boats. Safety standards are taught and strictly enforced.

Sail Marblehead - Marblehead, MA - Learning to sail is a wonderfully enriching experience, and easy in the hands of an MSC qualified instructor. Whether a first time sailor or an old salt - our sailing school has a course for you. MSC is a fully accredited sailing school and training facility certified by the A.S.A and U.S. Sailing. Summer classes start each Monday and run four or five days in a row. Saturday and Sunday classes run one or two consecutive weekends. You will receive a certificate of competence once you meet the requirements and pass an on the water sailing test. You may also test for an A.S.A. certification (optional).

Sail Martha's Vineyard - Vineyard Haven, MA - Sail Martha's Vineyard is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and protecting the island's maritime heritage. It was conceived in 1992 to offer free programs for island children in elementary sailing and seamanship, wooden boat building, and to attract historic vessels to the community. The organization has grown from 8 children, one instructor and one volunteer that first year, to one that has taught over 1,000 children, produced a successful high school varsity sailing team, and offers an expanded mission of maritime education, rowing, and sailing to young and old, seasonal and year round residents.

NEW JERSEY - SAILING PROGRAMS BY STATE

Brant Beach Yacht Club - Brant Beach, NJ - Brant Beach Yacht Club has about a 1/4 mile of Bay Front on Little Egg Harbor. We have three beaches (each about 1000 feet long) which are suitable for launching small boats, a ramp, three 2-ton hoists. Activities are often split between the Main Club House and the South Harbor Club House which is at the boat yard, a couple of blocks south of the main club house on the corner of 59th Street and Bayview Ave.

Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May - Cape May, NJ - The Corinthian Yacht Club is located at the nation's oldest seashore resort, Cape May, New Jersey. A private organization, the Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May (CYCCM) carries on a tradition of competitive sailing and family fun dating back to 1871.

Keyport Yacht Club - Keyport, NJ - Founded in 1908, the Keyport Yacht Club, located in historic Keyport on the southwest shore of New Jersey's Raritan Bay, welcomes all yacht club members. We have a beautiful view of the bay and the New York City skyline. Our clubhouse provides showers, fresh water, and ice facilities. During the summer season, members and guests may also enjoy a cocktail on the upper deck overlooking the fleet. Modern, well maintained launches are available to transport you to and from your boat. While KYC does not have a dining room, quality restaurants are available within walking distance of the clubhouse.

Monmouth Boat Club - Monmouth, NJ - Monmouth Boat Club (MBC) Adult Sailing Lessons are open to all interested people, and offered in Red Bank NJ in Monmouth County. Membership in the Monmouth Boat Club is not required to enjoy our Adult Sailing Lesson Program. Learn to Sail on the Navesink River, one of the loveliest places to sail in New Jersey. Instruction is conducted on a 19-foot Flying Scot or Lightning Class sailboat which are tiller steered, centerboard, open daysailers.

Ocean Gate Yacht Club - Ocean Gate, NJ - The Ocean Gate Yacht Club, located at the foot of Ocean Gate Avenue and the Toms River is the second oldest yacht club represented in the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association, being in existence since 1909. In its beginning, not only did the board of Governors meet during the active summer months here in Ocean Gate, then only a small resort town, but met year round in Philadelphia to discuss and plan the future of the Ocean Gate Yacht Club. The History of Ocean Gate Yacht Club has been created by members who have supported the ideal of camaraderie through seamanship and friendship. Many of our current members are third generation members who have forged lifelong friendships because of their association and commitment to the Ocean Gate Yacht Club.

River Rats - Fair Haven, NJ - River Rats (also known as the Fair Haven Sailing Club) is an organization dedicated to sailing: individual sailing, training & family fun. We are located on the beautiful Navesink River in Fair Haven, New Jersey.
River Rats offers affordable training programs for adults and children as well as access and use of club boats, dock, and moorings. In addition, River Rats maintains an active social program. There are racing series for its members, as well as invitational regattas for other sailing clubs. River Rats is a member of US Sailing and the North Jersey Yacht Racing Association.

South Shore Marina - Hewitt, NJ - Learn to sail on beautiful Greenwood Lake. Our unique school offers private instruction with very flexible scheduling on our daysailers and Catalina 22's. We use the American Sailing Association basic keelboat certification.

NEW YORK - SAILING PROGRAMS BY STATE

Adirondack Camp - Putnam Station, NY - Welcome to one of the grand old summer camps in America! Founded over 100 years ago for the express purpose of building strong young hearts and character, our agenda stands unabashedly unchanged. Our focus remains on the whole individual and personal growth that is fueled by awesome and outrageous fun. The time line of our program is tailored to build upon itself, week by week, enabling each camper to grow exponentially in personal accomplishments and confidence. Despite a fragmented, remote control world, three out of every four of our eligible campers return every summer to four, six and eight week sessions; and those, who do, make their own schedules and pride themselves in their increasing levels of privilege and responsibility.

Bay Shore Yacht Club - Great South Bay, NY - Bay Shore Yacht Club offers several races throughout summer and early fall. Highlights include the annual Commodore's Cup, Commodore's Memorial Cup and Husband/Wife race. Our sailing program ranks amongst the best in the Bay, and evolves as the needs of the membership change. Therefore, if you have any questions, it is important that you contact the Sailing Instruction Committee Chair immediately. We believe the Sailing Program must be educational, safe, fun and worthwhile for all concerned.The Sailing Instruction Program is season-long and fully integrated with the activities of the Race Committee and the Bay Shore Junior Yacht Club.

Breakwater Yacht Club - Sag Harbor, NY - Breakwater Yacht Club Inc. provides sailing education and racing experiences to residents of Eastern Long Island. It sponsors weekly races and instruction for children and adults. BYC has now completed the building of it’s COMMUNITY SAILING CENTER and is ready to serve the growing needs of the area by providing stimulation and companionable sailing activities as well as instruction for adults and juniors. BYC is a non-profit, non elitist organization which is reasonably priced and open to everyone with an all inclusive approach to membership. BYC’s Wednesday night races often have 30 or more local boats on the starting line between May 1st thru October 1st providing exciting and varied courses for the novice or

Chataqua Yacht Club - Chataqua Lake, NY - The primary purpose of the Club is to promote competitive sailing as a wholesome sport each summer on Chautauqua Lake in New York. Classes sailed: C-scows, Flying Scots, and Lightnings.

Great Hudson Sailing Center - West Haverstraw, NY - An introduction to the world of sails, boats, winds, skies, and water. By the end of this 16-hour course, the student will have a working knowledge of the parts of a boat and be able to sail a boat with confidence. The course is designed for those with little or no boating experience. Just bring along your dreams! By the end of our course you should be able to read a chart, board the boat, set it up for sailing, start the motor, leave the dock and motor through the marina observing rules of the waterway. Once on the river, you can hoist the sails, perform technical and safety maneuvers, and anchor the boat. Then return safely to the dock, dock the boat and step off comfortably.

Manhasset Bay Yacht Club - Port Washington, NY - Welcome to the Manhasset Bay Junior Yacht Club summer program. This program is designed to provide children of members between the ages of 9 and 18 with a summer of sailing instructions and regattas, swim team practice and competition, and tennis instruction. Each separate activity is overseen by a staff which is chosen specifically for their skill and training in sailing, swimming and tennis. The MBJYC sailing program is open to children of members, relatives of members, and on a limited basis, non-members’ children who are sponsored by a member of the Club. For details please check the MBYC website or consult the front office staff. The sailing instruction is enhanced by a large selection of regatta opportunities for our junior sailors. Our governing body, the Junior Sailing Association (JSA) of Long Island Sound provides a schedule of regattas ranging from one-day events to three-day events. These regattas are open to varying skill levels from first time “green” sailors to the more competitive Championship events. Going to regattas gives the juniors the opportunity to see what they have learned in class and test their skills against juniors from other clubs in our area. Our junior sailors have been a great source of pride to the club through their efforts at regattas whether by winning trophies or just getting out and showing their stuff.

New York Sailing Center and Yacht Club - City Island, NY - At New York Sailing Center & Yacht Club, our program is backed up with the experience and perspective of 38 years in the sailing school industry. But we're constantly doing what made us an award-winning industry leader in the first place: re-thinking and re-inventing the wheel (sorry - that's "tiller!"). It's reflected in the content and format of the courses, particularly in our emphasis on boat handling and safety skills. You'll also see it in our variety of unique teaching aids, such as our Obstacle CourseSM and Model Sloop.

Nyack Boat Club - Nyack, NY - The Nyack Boat Club has a very successful junior sailing program that is primarily for family and friends of Nyack Boat Club members, but is also open to the public. We run two four-week sessions over the summer, generally beginning the last week of June and the last week of July. Our mission is to support the development of junior sailors ages 8-15 years through recreational sailing, sailboat racing and other marine pursuits as well as advancing their seamanship and navigation skills and fostering a lifelong passion for sailing. The sailing instructional programs will follow both the general guidelines and the safety guidelines developed by the NBC Board, the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound, U.S. Sailing Association and U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association.

Offshore Sailing School - Chelsea Piers, NY - If you've never sailed, have limited sailing experience or haven't sailed in a long time, this basic sailing course gives you the skills and confidence to take the helm. The sailing instruction course content is the same at all locations with patient, caring instructors and classmates with remarkably similar interests to yours. Learn to Sail vacations are co-ed. You learn aboard award winning Colgate 26 sailboats – safe, exciting and ergonomically comfortable. Special women-only sailing instruction weeks are held periodically throughout the year at select locations.

Oswego Maritime Foundation - Oswego, NY - The Oswego Maritime Foundation is a member-supported non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation dedicated to public service through maritime related education, recreation and research. Our web site will keep you up to date on foundation events, services and courses. You will also find information about boats for sale and sponsorship opportunities that support our public service programs. Please browse our site - we hope it becomes a useful resource for you.

Oswego Yacht Club - Oswego, NY - Founded in 1881 by local banker John T. Mott, the Oswego Yacht Club was a vibrant force in Lake Ontario yachting. One of the founding clubs in the Lake Yacht Racing Associastion, Oswego was the host of many yachting events. Early in the depression, the Club disbanded and remained dormant for some 50 years. In 1980 a group of local boaters reformed the Club and quickly celeberated its Centennial Anniversary. Once again, the Oswego Yacht Club has become an active participant in Lake Ontario Yachting. Located in Oswego, New York, the club hosts a variety activities for all boaters. The PHRF, Portsmouth, and Sunfish Sailing fleets race weekly in the open waters of Lake Ontario. Each summer the Club hosts the Sail Oswego Regatta which draws more than 50 boats from all corners of the Lake. In the past, the OYC has hosted the Flying Scot North American Championships (1989 and 1996), district regattas for several one-design fleets, portions of the Lake Yacht Racing Association annual regatta, and the long distance race for the annual Eastern Yachting Conference's Regatta.

Port Washington Yacht Club - Port Washington, NY - As a result of a major renovation completed in the spring of 2001, the Port Washington Yacht Club is more popular and successful then ever. Now our facilities and services include a new pool and pavilion, spectacular water-view dining room, elegant Commodores Lounge, and state-of-the-art kitchen. Please browse the rest of the site for more information on the club's facilities and activities.

Rochester Yacht Club - Rochester, NY - Located in Rochester, New York, the Rochester Yacht Club has set a standard of excellence among Private Yacht Clubs for over 130 years. From personal dining and banquet services, to regatta management, educational sailing programs and competitive racing fleets, to tennis and swimming activities, we are unequaled in service to our members and their guests. Founded in 1877, our club is located on the Genesee River just south of the river's outlet which flows into Lake Ontario. Besides being a gathering place for Sail and Power Boaters, it is also one of Rochester’s most prestigious meeting places. The Rochester Yacht Club has a reputation for hospitality, great sailing and superb dining. Club members, their guests and visitors enjoy and appreciate these fine traditions. Come see what it's all about in our club video.

SEAS - White Plains, NY - Learn to sail with our American Red Cross Certified Sailing Instructors. In the classroom you will learn boating safety, basic boat handling, and terminology. In the water you will gain 16 hours of hands on experience using SEAS Westchester's own fleet of Phantoms, Lasers, JYs, Escapes, and Sunfish. Never been on a boat before ? Or perhaps you have sailing experience and want to refresh your skills ? Come join us, we've taught people with all levels of experience.

Seven Seas Sailing Center - Buffalo, NY - Welcome to the Seven Seas Sailing School, now enjoying our 38th year of serving Western New York. This is your opportunity to begin a lifelong celebration of our Buffalo waterfront by learning to sail. With new classes starting each week, we welcome newcomers to join in our many exciting educational and recreational sailing activities. Open seven days and seven nights a week. This year, sail to the beat of a different summer!

Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association - Sodus Point, NY - The Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association, Inc., founded in 1956, offers a summer day camp program that provides an opportunity for its students to enjoy summer fun while developing swimming and sailing skills, and healthy interaction with their peers. Four levels of sailing instruction, seven levels of swimming instruction, and two racing programs are part of the summer's activities. Enthusiastic counselors offer meaningful opportunites for kids to try new things. Lifelong friendships are often formed. We're focused on positive youth development by providing a safe environment, positive role models and quality programming.

Southold Yacht Club - Southold, NY - SYC's junior sailing program is one of the best, most comprehensive junior sailing programs available anywhere. Twelve hours a week of instruction are offered for eight weeks during July and August, with excellent student/instructor ratios. Our children learn the beauty and fun of sailing, and for those interested, racing skills are nurtured to a high degree. Southold Yacht Club sailors have consistently placed highly in area regattas and some have scored well in national championships. Our instructors are extremely well qualified to teach sailing skills, always emphasizing safety first.

The Sagamore - Lake George, NY - The Sagamore is a year round luxury resort and sports paradise. For your vacation on Lake George pack your golf clubs and tennis rackets, bathing suit for the beach, boat shoes for fun at the waterfront, skis and snowshoes to enjoy your getaway.

The Waterfront Association - Oyster Bay, NY - As a US Sailing Association accredited facility and a member of the American Sailing Association, we offer a variety of programs for both adults and children. First time sailors, adults with some experience, and those with an interest in day sailing, racing or cruising will all find programs to suit their needs. Instruction is offered on 23’ Sonar’s, Rhodes 19s, and cruising sloops with wheel steering, roller furling sails and diesel auxiliary engines. Certification programs include membership in the US Sailing Association, textbooks, and a logbook.
Whether you are a beginner or advanced sailor, young or young-at-heart, taking group or private lessons, you’ll enjoy meeting people in a friendly atmosphere. All classes are designed to accommodate individual learning styles, as well as wind and weather conditions. We are so certain that you will love your sailing experience with us that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our goal is to have you meet your goals.

Westhampton Yacht Squadron - Remsenburg, NY - We're all about sailing. Have been for over a hundred years. We've got an active contingent of Flying Scot, Sunfish, SS, and Optimist racers and recreational sailors. We hold Saturday Flying Scot and Sunfish races, a popular Fall series for Sunfish and Optis and periodically host regional US Sailing and Great South Bay Yacht Racing events.

Willow Bank Yacht Club - Cazenovia Lake, NY - The Learn to Sail program concentrates on the basic elements of sailing. The program emphasizes the pleasure of sailing while learning about sailing terminology, safety equipment & procedures, boat rigging, knots, sail trim, and boat control. Lessons generally start with classroom discussion, but the majority of the time will be spent on the water. The main goals of the program are to have fun, learn the basics of sailing, and be safe at all times. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to sail a small sailboat with developing confidence in a variety of weather conditions. YOUTH SAILING PROGRAM - The Youth Sailing program concentrates on refinement of techniques and boat handling confidence. Participants must complete the Learn to Sail Program and/or have instructor approval. This program is designed for juniors who want to continue to sail with their peers, but not in a competitive format. It is organized to ensure all sailors have fun and continue to advance their sailing skills. Water Safety, First Aid, and more advanced boat handling skills will be taught. Introduction to and a chance to sail different types of boats will be included. Youth Sailing also teaches many skills needed by those wishing to join our Racing Program.

YMCA Camp Chingachgook - Kattskill Bay, NY - Chingachgook sits on the quiet east shore of Lake George in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. The 200 acres of YMCA property is surrounded by thousands of acres of forever wild state forest preserve with a trail network of over 50 miles through wetlands, along the lake shore, through woodlands, and over mountain summits. The YMCA has recently invested over $3 million for facility improvements resulting in over 60 buildings, including a new dining hall, program lodge, hike center, water-based pavilion, and 20 cabins. A wide variety of water-based activities takes place on Chingachgook's extensive water-based, which features two 80-foot docks and a fleet of 75 canoes, kayaks, rowboats, sailboats, sailboards, and motor boats. In the winter, the frozen lake opens a winter wonderland of fun from ice skating to ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Other recreational facilities include tennis courts, basketball courts, climbing tower, bouldering wall, archery and rifle ranges, volleyball courts, and playing fields for softball, soccer, and other games. Outdoor facilities for winter play include a tubing hill, cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, a snowboarding hill, and a flooded ice rink.

RHODE ISLAND- SAILING PROGRAMS BY STATE

American Sail Training Association - Newport, RI - Each year, thousands of youth participate in ASTA member programs, developing self confidence and team spirit that only sailing on a tall ship can provide.

Community Boating Center - Providence, RI - Several years ago, it struck a group of local sailors that the people of Rhode Island should have access to a community boating program. Organized and implemented entirely by volunteers, this visionary plan was set into action. The Community Boating Center (CBC) at Providence's India Point Park opened in June 1994 with a small fleet of boats, a few docks and a boat storage shed built largely with donated materials and volunteer labor. Today, our new boathouse, 30 boat plus fleet, and dedicated membership, positions CBC as an integral component to the success and growth of Providence's waterfront revival. Founded as a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, CBC offers a variety of opportunities that allow the general public to experience the thrill of sailing in upper Narragansett Bay.

Edgewood Yacht Club - Cranston, RI - Edgewood Sailing School offers sailing instruction for children and adults.

Newport Sailing School- Newport, RI - We, at Newport Sailing School and Tours would like to introduce you to the very finest in sailing instruction and tours. For over 4 decades, we have introduced to thousands of people the joy and art of “pure” sailing in Newport, Rhode Island, the “Sailing Capital of the World”! Relax and enjoy a delightful narrated 1 or 2 hour leisurely sailing tour, corporate charter, or take advantage of our successful basic, intermediate or advanced sailing courses. Our curriculum is designed to provide the ultimate instruction in the shortest period of time.

Newport Yacht Club - Newport, RI - NYC is involved in junior sailing in a number of ways. We are home to the Rogers High School Sailing team and of course our junior sailing program that is open to all NYC members and the community. We are proud to announce a new partnership with the Newport Housing Authority as we extend our summer junior sailing program to residents through five scholarships for our summer sailing program.

Sail Newport - Newport, RI - You are never too old to start, or old enough to stop. Sailors can remain competitive into their 70's or 80's. Sail Newport offers Adult Sailing Lessons for Beginners to Advanced Sailors. Learning to sail can be easy, fun and inexpensive. Throughout the summer, Sail Newport's Adult Sailing Program offers sessions of highly individualized instruction aboard our fleet of J/22s. All levels of skill are offered, providing you with the flexibility to take as many sessions as you wish, when you wish. Both morning and evening programs are available.

Shake-A-Leg Inc - Newport, RI - Shake-A-Leg is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1982. For 25 years, we have provided a unique blend of traditional and complementary therapeutic services to help children, adolescents and adults who have been disabled by a spinal cord injury or other related neurological disorders attain the highest levels of independence and community integration possible. The Shake-A-Leg programs are challenging, experiential and, above all, FUN! Through the years, we have seen scores of participants with varying levels of ability and from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds interact with each other – for each other – as they learn the skills needed for an independent life. Our three major programs: Whole Life Therapy residential sessions, Confidence Is Cool day camps and Adaptive Sailing encourage participants to move beyond the perceived boundaries of their own capabilities. The participants also make significant contributions toward improving the lives of their peers. The resulting increase in the levels of the participants’ self-worth, confidence and esteem is astounding.

University of Rhode Island - Kingston, RI - For the 2008 season, we will again be offering beginner, intermediate, and adult keelboat sailing lessons to the general public. Beginners are taught the basics of sailing from rigging and launching to steering and boat handling to finally sailing on their own. A fleet of 12 ft. Tech dinghies is used for novice sailors. Intermediate sailors use 14 ft. Flying Junior sloops and are taught more advanced boat handling techniques and use of the spinnaker. Sailing lessons for children (ages 10-12) and youths (ages 13-16) are also available.

Wikford Sailing Association - Wickford, RI - The program’s objective is to train students in the art and skill of sailing. Through hands-on experience and class instruction, we hope to produce well-rounded sailors who are at home aboard a sailing dinghy, a cruising sailboat, or a racing boat. Above all, our goal is to have our students safely enjoy their time on the water. Boats include a fleet of Optimist Prams and Club 420’s, two Ensign sloops and three power support boats. All full-time instructors have been certified in the U.S. Sailing Instructor Level One course. They are also current with CPR and First Aid.

GENERAL SAILING SCHOOL ADVICE:

Your Local Yacht Club - Although people don't generally realize it, many yacht clubs offer very reasonably priced sailing lessons for both adults and children. Expert instruction and you don't need your own boat.

 

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