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Newburyport AYC Summer Sailing Program

We offer a learn to sail programs for children ages 9-18. We also run an adult program in the evenings. 2018 Dates and Registration will be available in January.

Established in 1885, the American Yacht Club is one of the oldest continuously operated yacht clubs in the country. For over 50 years the A.Y.C., through the Newburyport Summer Sailing Program, has been providing instruction to its members, families and the community. Our staff instructors, using a fleet of five boats, annually teach 100 plus children the joy of sailing! There is a minimum of 6 children to run a course and a maximum of 15 students per class with 8 classes offered during July and August. This popular program fills up quickly as it is the only sailing school for kids in the area.

Sailing Program Team

Coordinators, Chris Baker, Amy Sison, and Dave Sestini have extensive sailing and maritime experience throughout New England on one design racing boats, offshore racing and offshore cruising vessels. Two full-time instructors lead land and on-water instruction in a curriculum based on the recommended US Sailing Program and adapted for sailing on the Merrimac River.

Equipment

The Newburyport Summer Sailing Program has chosen the "Hunter 140" as our primary training boat. This boat provides good stability for our basic and intermediate levels of training and have proven to be safe and enjoyable platforms for the beginning sailor. In 2017, we improved our equipment with new sails and a complete overhaul of each boat. The course size is designed to have 3 sailors per boat.

Each student is provided with a U.S.C.G. approved life jacket. Our chase boats are equipped with VHF radios and First Aid kits. Two instructors and a CIT are on the chase boat to assist with learning and for organizing the class.

Course Information For description of classes
Application Register online for a course - The form includes scheduled dates and times.

Advanced Course for Racing Skills

Learn racing rules, strategy and tactics. Students need to have participated in 2 years of our program and be interested in competitive sailing.

This two week course will introduce students with strong prior experience and an interest in performance and competitive sailing to one design racing. Students will practice racing skills and tactics while still focusing on safety and fun on the water. The "H-140" boats are used in this training with a maximum of 10 students. .
Course Information For description of classes
Application Register online for a course - Includes scheduled dates and times.

Learn to Sail for Adults

2018 Dates and Registration will be available in January.

The American Yacht Club understands that learning to sail isn't just for youngsters. Many of our members learned to sail as adults as well.

This program provides an opportunity for adults who wish to learn the basic of small boat handling, safety, to experience the joy of sailing on the Merrimac River and develop an appreciation for the sea. This is another way for the American Yacht Club to fulfill its mission of providing instruction in small boat handling and seamanship to its members, families and the community. This program will be conducted by an experienced certified full-time sailing instructor who will provide land and water-based instruction during two evenings a week for two-four week sessions. A minimum of four adult students will be required to run the class with a maximum of 10 students per class. Students will learn to sail and practice their skills on the club's Hunter 140 boats,
Course Information For description of classes
Application Register online for a course - Includes scheduled dates and times.

This page was updated 2017-11-26 13:02:59 by Chris Baker, SS Administrator