Adult Sailing

Chelsea Yacht Club offers Adult Sailing Programs with various courses and seminars offered throughout the season and year round. Our instructors are US Sailing Certified, certified in both first aid and CPR and carry at least a NASBLA Boating Certification and/or a US Coast Guard Captain’s License.


We kick off the season with a learn-to-sail course in May, followed by a course in September. The learn-to-sail courses will be held on Friday night and all day Saturday for two consecutive weekends. The courses are open to adult beginning sailors as well as more experienced sailors who would like to brush up their basics. This 20-hour class covers:
Environmental and Situational Awareness
Preparation to Sail
Sailing Theory
Crew Operations and Skills
Leaving the Dock or Mooring
Basic Navigation
Basic Navigation Rules
Overboard Rescue Methods
Safety and Emergency Procedures
Anchoring Techniques
Returning to the Dock or Mooring
The course will use the Basic Keelboat textbook published by the United States Sailing Association. The class will be taught primarily on the water aboard keelboats between 18 and 27 feet length overall. CYC will provide a keelboat which meets all USCG safety and equipment requirements. Students will practice their on-the-water skills to gain confidence in operating their vessels. This course has a maximum 3:1 student to instructor ratio.
$550/Person. [1]
CYC Members and immediate family receive a $225/person discount when payment is made by a member.
May 12-13 and 19-20, (21)
September 8-9 and 15-16, (17)
Please note: in the event that there is not enough wind during the normal scheduling of the course to complete the necessary skills, we will offer one make-up day on the Sunday of the second weekend (in parenthesis). Please schedule accordingly.

Custom Sailing Lessons

Designed for CYC Members and their families, a US Sailing-Certified instructor will provide custom lessons for you on one of our boats or on your own sailboat [2] in this 3-hour semi-private lesson. These lessons will be specifically tailored to the students’ individual needs and goals and may cover topics such as:
Preparation for sailing (predicting weather and tide/current)
Basic chart reading (recognizing hazards, understanding navigation buoys, etc.)
Basic rigging and operation of the boat
Sailing and seamanship skills
Sail trim
Use of various adjustments to improve the boat's sailing
Techniques for safely managing heavy weather sailing
Other topics, depending on the specific interests and skill levels of the participants.
$200/Lesson, minimum 2 participants, maximum 4.
$50 for each additional participant over 2.
Courses offered by appointment only. [3]

[1]:  Included in this amount is a required materials fee of $20 for the US Sailing Basic Keelboat textbook. 

[2]: If you wish to use your own sailboat, it is your responsibility to ensure the boat meets US Coast Guard Minimum Equipment Requirements for Recreational Vessels outlined on the pdf available here. The instructor will determine whether or not the boat is fit for the instruction requested.

[3]: Please contact Capt. Jeremy Moore at at least two weeks in advance of the date you'd like to reserve.


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