Sailing School for Children

Summer Sailing Programs for Children ages 9-17.

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


2019 Child Sailing School registration is now open!

One-week Sailing School Format

Please be aware of our new flexible summer sailing program format for children’s sessions. In the past, sessions were in two-week increments, but our sessions are now just one week in length. Students may sign up for any combination of one week sessions including morning sessions (AM), afternoon sessions (PM), or both (AM & PM). Instructors evaluate students at the beginning of a session and will crew each boat accordingly. 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! 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!

Sailing Program Team

Coordinators, Chris Baker, Amy Sison, and Dave Sestini, have extensive sailing and maritime experience throughout New England.  Two full-time instructors lead land 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.


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 3 sailors per boat.

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 to assist with learning 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.

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