Sailing School for Children

Summer Sailing Programs for Children ages 9-17.

A learn to sail program for children ages 9-17.


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Students may sign up for any number or combination of one week sessions including morning sessions (AM), afternoon sessions (PM), or both (AM & PM).  Skills are built at the student’s pace through one session or through multiple sessions over the summer program.

Established in 1885, the American Yacht Club is one of the oldest continuously operated yacht clubs in the country. For over 50 years, the AYC has been providing sailing instruction to its members, families and the community. Our professional staff instructors teach children the joy of sailing! Two full-time instructors lead land-based and on-the-water instruction in a curriculum based on the recommended US Sailing Program and adapted for sailing on Joppa Flats and the Merrimack River. There is a minimum requirement of six children to run a session and a maximum of 15 students per session with eight classes offered during July and August. This popular program fills up quickly!


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 has proven to be a safe and enjoyable platform for the beginning sailor. The course size is designed to have three sailors per boat. Instructors will evaluate students at the beginning of a session and will crew each boat accordingly.

Each student is encouraged to bring their own U.S.C.G. approved life jacket/personal flotation device (PFD).  A student wearing their own PFD will ensure the best fit and comfort. However, if needed, students will be provided with one of the club’s U.S.C.G. approved life jackets. Our chase boats are equipped with VHF radios and First Aid kits. Instructors are on the chase boat giving direction to improve skills and for student safety.

Please Note: Full payment is required upon registration; $50 of which is a non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be given within 14 days of sailing class start date.

Two ways to register:

1) Register online, pay online, and scan/email required forms.  If you are booking online, forms may be emailed to

Book Online: Register and pay online for a course.

2) Register online, pay and send forms by U.S. Mail: Please complete the online registration, send forms and payment to the below address.

American Yacht Club Sailing Program
Attn: Sailing School
P.O. Box 1360
Newburyport, MA 01950

Attn: 2019 Registration

Inquiries may be sent to