Schedule an Appointment

Schedule an Appointment

After Orientation & First Sail, members can choose from three 90-minute appointment options: Guided Recreational sail, Sailing Lesson, or Open Sailing (permissions required). Please use the drop down menus below to sign up through the software Acuity for your appointment time.

No available time you’re looking for? Sign up for a waitlist, and if an appointment becomes available, our Front Office will contact you to see if you are interested in the time slot. There is no limit to how many times you may sign up for the waitlist.

Because of high demand, you’re limited to a maximum of two (2) appointments per week. Appointments are available one month in advance. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins. 

If you would like to request additional information or if you have trouble scheduling an appointment, please email [email protected], or call 617-523-1038.

Book your appointment today!

Recreational Sail

Please note: The Universal Access Program is intended for individuals with disabilities and their family, friends and guests.


Sailing Lesson

The Universal Access Program is intended for individuals with disabilities and their family, friends and guests.


Waitlist for Recreational Sail

The Universal Access Program is intended for individuals with disabilities and their family, friends and guests.


Waitlist for Sailing Lesson

The Universal Access Program is intended for individuals with disabilities and their family, friends and guests.


Open Sailing

Open sailing is available during the Fall and Spring hours, Monday through Friday. During the Summer, open sailing is available from 3:00PM to 5:00PM Monday through Friday. Participating in Open Sailing means that you have been given permission to go sailing without an instructor present. If you are looking to participate in Open Sailing but have not been given permission reach out to your instructor about the process for earning your ratings. If you are interested in sailing outside these hours, please contact [email protected] about the possibility of joining the Adult Program or Junior Program.

Policies and Procedures

Cancellation Policy

We understand that members may not always be able to keep an appointment that they schedule. If an individual or group cannot make it to an appointment, you must cancel at least 2 hours before the start of the appointment, or it will be considered a no-show. The exception to this is if you have a 11:00am appointment, in which case you must cancel at least 1 hour before the start of your appointment.

Cancellations are quick and easy, and can be done in one of three ways:

  1. Using the link in the confirmation email you receive after booking an appointment
  2. Calling the Front Office at 617-523-1038 ext. 10
  3. Emailing [email protected]
No-show Policy

No-shows impact the operation of the Universal Access Program because members may be on the waitlist and boats are set up in advanced. We understand that medical and personal emergencies do come up making cancelling in advance tricky or impossible. If an emergency does come up please contact CBI to provide a valid reason for the absence.

If an individual or group does not show up within 20 minutes of the start of the appointment or cancels after the appointment was scheduled to start, they are considered a no-show. In addition to that, if you cancel within two hours of your appointment starting (one hour for 11:00am), it is considered a no-show. Member(s) who do show up past the 20-minute mark cannot go on the water unless they called ahead to inform us.

If an appointment is a no-show, a Universal Access Program instructor will cancel the appointment and subsequently call or email the participant to discuss the matter. The first time a participant has no-showed, they will be given a warning and advised to cancel appointments in advance.

No-showing a second time, an instructor will cancel all future appointments and put the Program Director in contact with the participant. No-showing more than two times will result in the individual or group being removed from the Universal Access Program schedule for two weeks. Subsequent no shows will be dealt with on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Program Director.

No-shows severely impact the Universal Access Program, preventing CBI from fully utilizing its resources. Groups and members who no-show to an appointment should contact CBI as soon as they are able to provide a valid reason for their absence. Our staff will follow-up to confirm future appointments. Members who no-show to a second appointment without providing a valid reason will forfeit their future appointments, and will be required to speak to a Program Director before booking new appointments. In view of CBI’s limited resources, CBI reserves the right to cancel the memberships of individuals or groups who abuse this policy.

Open Sailing Policy

Open Sailing at CBI provides Universal Access Program members the opportunity to go out sailing without an instructor during designated hours. Eligibility for Open Sailing is determined on a case by case basis at the discretion of the UAP instructors. General requirements for Open Sailing include, but are not limited to, rigging and derigging independently, launching and docking independently, and demonstrating proficiency sailing alone around a course in yellow flag conditions. Open Sailing is only permitted under Green or Yellow flag conditions. Sailors are restricted to half river. 

  • Once granted permission, participants can sign up for Open Sailing online as you would for a UAP appointment. You can sign up for as many open sailing hours a week as you want.
  • Open Sailors must sign out and sign in at the dock house. 
  • There will be UAP and AP staff members on the dock to assist members going out for open sails as needed. 
  • The Dockmaster and UAP instructors have the ability to deny Open Sailing due to weather or other circumstances.
Can I book appointments on back to back days?

Yes, you can book your appointments on back to back days. Each UAP member can book up to 2 appointments per week. It is up to you and your schedule to determine which days work best for you.

UAP COVID-19 Policies

In accordance with best practices related to stopping the spread of COVID-19, the following policies will be implemented for the 2021 Universal Access Program season. We will update these policies as guidance and restrictions evolve.

  • All members and staff are expected to wear face coverings while in the boathouse, on the dock, and on the water
  • High touch surfaces and life jackets will be sanitized after each appointment/use. Members are encouraged to bring their own life jacket.

As restrictions currently stand, these policies will be the same for all members regardless of vaccination status.