The American Yacht Club

America’s oldest continually operating private yacht club.

The American Yacht Club is America’s oldest continually operating private yacht club. We are located in Newburyport Massachusetts on the Merrimack River, just a short jaunt from the river’s mouth. We operate as a volunteer group and the members participate in the many operations that keep the club vital and the buildings and grounds in excellent condition.

The American Yacht Club is host to many regattas every year, including the Chet Young Regatta and the Rum Run Regatta. Along with these events, the AYC also organizes a sailing school to encourage and educate younger sailors in the techniques and skills of safe sailing.

Popular Learn to Sail Program

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 60 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 have taught children the joy of sailing! Classes are scheduled at one-week intervals with morning or afternoon sessions available for scheduling flexibility.  Sign up for both morning and afternoon sessions for a whole day of sailing!

The Adult Sailing Course is offered two nights a week for four weeks each in July and August. Please visit our sailing school pages for more information. Specific dates and fees are on the Application Page.

Learn more about our sailing school.

Our certiified sailing instructors for AYC  sailing lessons are safe and informative. We can cater for students ranging from beginners to advanced, and for ages 9 through adult.

$200/ week
Any level. Member discount.

Available for multiple weeks,
consecutive or not.
Limited weekly enrollment.

$200/ week
Any level. Member discount.

Available for multiple weeks,
consecutive or not. Limited
weekly enrollment.

$400/ week
Morning and afternoon combo.

Available for multiple weeks,
consecutive or not. Limited
weekly enrollment.

$400/ session
Very popular.
Singles, couples or
small groups.
Evening classes.