Youth Classes

Our classes are taught by nationally certified, world-class instructors. They typically run five or ten days, either in the morning or afternoon. Each is geared towards novice, intermediate or advanced sailors, providing structured practice opportunities, advice, and instructor support.

It is highly recommended that your child attends all class sessions as this will directly impact their success in learning the class material and receiving ratings. Missing the first class session without notice may result in losing your spot to a child on the waitlist. Because of high demand, we are not able to guarantee class availability.

Please see our FAQ page for questions on class sign up and terms glossary.

How many classes are included with membership?

In the spirit of providing fair access to our limited offerings in a manageable way, some aspects of our program are different this year. As we learn more about summer program COVID restrictions, and as it becomes safe to do so, we hope to be able to offer more.

A Summer 2021 Junior Program Membership includes two weeks of classes. Novices should plan to take the two-week Beginner class, while more experienced sailors can choose up to two one-week classes, including One-Week Intermediate, 420, Windsurfing and Laser. (Merc Fast-Track does NOT count against the 2-week limit).

We are actively monitoring whether we can adjust these limits  which allow us to stay true to our mission of “Sailing For All!”

What is paused programming?

It is still too soon to tell what the world will look like over the summer. With this in mind, our aim is to promise what we are sure we can deliver while remaining hopeful that it might be possible to offer more programming. In the meantime, we will work hard to run the best program we can under current restrictions.

As such, some additional programming is on hold until (and if) we can confidently offer it safely. This includes Kayak Adventure, Stand-up-Paddleboard, Fun & Games, Environmental Science, our Keelboat class, and Open Sailing.

Are you open during bad weather?

Community Boating does not shut down due to rain, and all of our classes are offered rain or shine. However, if there is a risk of thunderstorms or other dangerous weather, we will bring everyone off the water and under protection*. Most classes continue on land during weather closures.

*In 2021, our maximum student capacity will allow for social distancing when a protected environment is required. We will use all of the (well ventilated) spaces within the building, as well as the fenced area under the Longfellow Bridge to continue our activities while mitigating risk.

Beginner Sailing
Duration: 10 weekdays; 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 12

Beginner Sailing includes an orientation to CBI, kayak safety, shore school, and more. The first week covers basics including rigging, safety, and sailing maneuvers; everyone learns to sail with a partner in our beginner boats, under instructor supervision. Kayaking is included! The second week continues with lessons and games designed to challenge and encourage. They’ll be on the water every day — active, in the sun, and having fun.

Upon Completion: Mercury green rating, kayak rating
Next up: take One-Week Intermediate, RoboSail

One-Week Intermediate
Prerequisite: Beginner Sailing and Mercury green rating
Duration: 5 weekdays; 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 12

Intermediate Sailing teaches new skills while polishing techniques introduced in Beginner Sailing. Sailing in pairs, students improve positioning, sail trim, maneuvers and control, and learn to use a jib, all through a combination of lessons and structured play. The first week focuses on sail trim, boat handling, upwind sailing, and skills needed for heavier winds, including reefing. If students are ready, we introduce the Jib sail, encouraging teamwork and more fun!

Next up: test for Mercury yellow & red ratings; take Mercury clinics, Windsurfing (ratings required), Instructor In-Training (age & ratings required)

Stand-Up Paddleboard (paused)
Prerequisite: no experience necessary
Duration: 1 day, 1 hour
Class Size: 12

Our stand-up paddleboards are a great, aerobic way for kids to enjoy the Charles River. This class will go over technique and form, as well as explain the rules and care of our the “SUPs” during JP hours. Youth obtain their SUP Rating upon completing this class.

Upon completion: SUP rating

Mercury Fast Track
Prerequisite: Previous sailing experience and/or green rating
Duration: 1 half-day
Class Size: self-directed

Intended for sailors with prior experience elsewhere to become familiar with our boats, safety, and facility so they can jump into Intermediate “running”.

For 2021, our half-day Mercury Fast-track class is moving online (asynchronous)! Students can review seven slideshows on our e-learning page and then book a time to do our verbal and rigging checks at the boathouse. This class does NOT count against the 2021 two-week class limit.

Prerequisite: Previous sailing experience and/or green rating
Duration: 1 half-day
Class Size: self-directed
Intro Classes
Beginner Sailing
Duration: 10 weekdays; 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 12

Beginner Sailing includes an orientation to CBI, kayak safety, shore school, and more. The first week covers basics including rigging, safety, and sailing maneuvers; everyone learns to sail with a partner in our beginner boats, under instructor supervision. Kayaking is included! The second week continues with lessons and games designed to challenge and encourage. They’ll be on the water every day — active, in the sun, and having fun.

Upon Completion: Mercury green rating, kayak rating
Next up: take One-Week Intermediate, RoboSail

One-Week Intermediate
Prerequisite: Beginner Sailing and Mercury green rating
Duration: 5 weekdays; 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 12

Intermediate Sailing teaches new skills while polishing techniques introduced in Beginner Sailing. Sailing in pairs, students improve positioning, sail trim, maneuvers and control, and learn to use a jib, all through a combination of lessons and structured play. The first week focuses on sail trim, boat handling, upwind sailing, and skills needed for heavier winds, including reefing. If students are ready, we introduce the Jib sail, encouraging teamwork and more fun!

Next up: test for Mercury yellow & red ratings; take Mercury clinics, Windsurfing (ratings required), Instructor In-Training (age & ratings required)

Stand-Up Paddleboard (paused)
Prerequisite: no experience necessary
Duration: 1 day, 1 hour
Class Size: 12

Our stand-up paddleboards are a great, aerobic way for kids to enjoy the Charles River. This class will go over technique and form, as well as explain the rules and care of our the “SUPs” during JP hours. Youth obtain their SUP Rating upon completing this class.

Upon completion: SUP rating

Mercury Fast Track
Prerequisite: Previous sailing experience and/or green rating
Duration: 1 half-day
Class Size: self-directed

Intended for sailors with prior experience elsewhere to become familiar with our boats, safety, and facility so they can jump into Intermediate “running”.

For 2021, our half-day Mercury Fast-track class is moving online (asynchronous)! Students can review seven slideshows on our e-learning page and then book a time to do our verbal and rigging checks at the boathouse. This class does NOT count against the 2021 two-week class limit.

Prerequisite: Previous sailing experience and/or green rating
Duration: 1 half-day
Class Size: self-directed
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Windsurf Class
Prerequisite: Mercury Yellow Plus or Mercury Red
Duration: 5 days; 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 6

Windsurfers are an entirely different way to get out on the river, combining the balance of a SUP and power of sailing! This class begins with a land-simulator session, to introduce proper form and sail-handling. The class then goes on the water to apply their newly-learned techniques.

2021: Windsurf participants must bring a quick-dry mask/buff/neck to wear around their neck while sailing in addition to a mask for on land.

Upon completion: may test for windsurf rating
May be taken upon completion: Windsurf Clinic

Keelboat Class (paused)
Prerequisite: Mercury red or yellow-plus rating
Duration: 5 days; 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 6

Keelboats are fun, fast, and allow larger groups to sail comfortably together. Lessons will be on our two larger keelboats; the Sonar and Ideal 18. Sailors will learn to rig, reef, launch from and return to our moorings, as well as apply their existing knowledge to a new and exciting fleet of boats. Most students will receive a green keelboat rating upon completion of this class.

Upon completion: test for keelboat rating, take Keelboat Clinic

Laser Class
Prerequisite: Mercury red or yellow-plus rating
Duration: 5 days; 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 8

The Laser is a fast, fun boat for a single sailor. This class covers how to rig the Laser as well as skills tailored for it. Sailors will also learn to right a capsize and be introduced to the basics of racing. Students should be prepared to get wet, so make sure to bring a change of clothes. While many sailors will receive their green Laser rating upon completion of this class, that will depend on their ability to effectively rig, sail and right the Laser on their own, which is a physical task but required for safe sailing.

Upon completion: test for Laser rating, take Laser Clinic, Racing Team (w/ 420 rating)

420
Prerequisite: Mercury red or yellow-plus rating
Duration: 5 days, 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 12

The 420 is a quick, fun boat for a crew of two. This class covers how to rig and sail the 420 with a teammate. Sailors will also learn to right a capsize and be introduced to the basics of racing. Students should be prepared to get wet, so make sure to bring a change of clothes. While many sailors will receive their green 420 rating upon completion of this class, that will depend on their ability to effectively rig, sail and right the 420 on their own, which is a physical task but required for safe sailing.

Upon completion: test for 420 rating, take 420 Clinic, Racing Team (w/ Laser rating)

High Performance
Windsurf Class
Prerequisite: Mercury Yellow Plus or Mercury Red
Duration: 5 days; 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 6

Windsurfers are an entirely different way to get out on the river, combining the balance of a SUP and power of sailing! This class begins with a land-simulator session, to introduce proper form and sail-handling. The class then goes on the water to apply their newly-learned techniques.

2021: Windsurf participants must bring a quick-dry mask/buff/neck to wear around their neck while sailing in addition to a mask for on land.

Upon completion: may test for windsurf rating
May be taken upon completion: Windsurf Clinic

Keelboat Class (paused)
Prerequisite: Mercury red or yellow-plus rating
Duration: 5 days; 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 6

Keelboats are fun, fast, and allow larger groups to sail comfortably together. Lessons will be on our two larger keelboats; the Sonar and Ideal 18. Sailors will learn to rig, reef, launch from and return to our moorings, as well as apply their existing knowledge to a new and exciting fleet of boats. Most students will receive a green keelboat rating upon completion of this class.

Upon completion: test for keelboat rating, take Keelboat Clinic

Laser Class
Prerequisite: Mercury red or yellow-plus rating
Duration: 5 days; 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 8

The Laser is a fast, fun boat for a single sailor. This class covers how to rig the Laser as well as skills tailored for it. Sailors will also learn to right a capsize and be introduced to the basics of racing. Students should be prepared to get wet, so make sure to bring a change of clothes. While many sailors will receive their green Laser rating upon completion of this class, that will depend on their ability to effectively rig, sail and right the Laser on their own, which is a physical task but required for safe sailing.

Upon completion: test for Laser rating, take Laser Clinic, Racing Team (w/ 420 rating)

420
Prerequisite: Mercury red or yellow-plus rating
Duration: 5 days, 2.5 hours/day
Class Size: 12

The 420 is a quick, fun boat for a crew of two. This class covers how to rig and sail the 420 with a teammate. Sailors will also learn to right a capsize and be introduced to the basics of racing. Students should be prepared to get wet, so make sure to bring a change of clothes. While many sailors will receive their green 420 rating upon completion of this class, that will depend on their ability to effectively rig, sail and right the 420 on their own, which is a physical task but required for safe sailing.

Upon completion: test for 420 rating, take 420 Clinic, Racing Team (w/ Laser rating)

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Kayak Adventure
Prerequisite: no experience necessary
Duration: 1 day; 1.5 hours
Class Size: 20

Kayak Adventure takes the rating received in Beginner Sailing to another level. In class, with instructor supervision and organization, Juniors may paddle to new and distant places not normally allowed or join organized kayak games and relays! They might take a trip up the lagoon, play Capture the Life-Jacket or Ultimate Kayak, go on a scavenger hunt, or run a relay race in the mooring field.

Mercury Clinic
Prerequisite: Mercury yellow rating OR completed Intermediate Sailing
Duration: 1 day; 2.5 hours
Class Size: 16

On-water clinic to help sailors who have completed Intermediate Sailing continue to improve their sailing skills and work towards a yellow or red rating test. Sailors are also encouraged to practice sailing through open sail and informal instruction given by volunteer Instructors In-Training.

Fun & Games
Prerequisite: None
Duration: 1 day; 1 hour
Class Size: Unlimited!

While most of our lessons include fun drills and games to promote learning, our Fun & Games period brings the whole program together for fun team building activities such as relay races, theme days, environmental presentations, field trips, pie-an-instructor, and more! Sign up or drop in.

RoboSail
Prerequisite: Mercury Green Rating plus 14 or older

CBI-RoboSail combines robotics, coding, and sailing into an engineering challenge! Students program a 3-foot model sailboat to sail a course while learning new skills in computer programming, electronics, and mechanisms. They will deepen their understanding of the physical principles and strategies involved in sailing by creating algorithms that translate their sailing knowledge into code for a robot. Funding for boats, electronics and on-board mini-computers is provided by a generous donor. Volunteers with technical skills and training on this system will serve as mentors to student teams.

Environmental Science Class
Prerequisite: Ages 11 – 14; concurrent Beginner Sailing or Fast Track
Duration: 3 days; 1.25 hours each
Class Size: 16

Community Boating’s Environmental Science program is a STEM program which utilizes sailing as a vessel to explore environmental science, engineering, technology, and math. This program is based off of U.S. Sailing’s REACH curriculum, a STEM education program created through collaboration between classroom teachers and sailing instructors. Students participate in experiential learning activities such as building their own anemometer, exploring buoyancy by building clay boats, and learning about weather patterns by creating clouds-in-a-jar.

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Kayak Adventure
Prerequisite: no experience necessary
Duration: 1 day; 1.5 hours
Class Size: 20

Kayak Adventure takes the rating received in Beginner Sailing to another level. In class, with instructor supervision and organization, Juniors may paddle to new and distant places not normally allowed or join organized kayak games and relays! They might take a trip up the lagoon, play Capture the Life-Jacket or Ultimate Kayak, go on a scavenger hunt, or run a relay race in the mooring field.

Mercury Clinic
Prerequisite: Mercury yellow rating OR completed Intermediate Sailing
Duration: 1 day; 2.5 hours
Class Size: 16

On-water clinic to help sailors who have completed Intermediate Sailing continue to improve their sailing skills and work towards a yellow or red rating test. Sailors are also encouraged to practice sailing through open sail and informal instruction given by volunteer Instructors In-Training.

Fun & Games
Prerequisite: None
Duration: 1 day; 1 hour
Class Size: Unlimited!

While most of our lessons include fun drills and games to promote learning, our Fun & Games period brings the whole program together for fun team building activities such as relay races, theme days, environmental presentations, field trips, pie-an-instructor, and more! Sign up or drop in.

RoboSail
Prerequisite: Mercury Green Rating plus 14 or older

CBI-RoboSail combines robotics, coding, and sailing into an engineering challenge! Students program a 3-foot model sailboat to sail a course while learning new skills in computer programming, electronics, and mechanisms. They will deepen their understanding of the physical principles and strategies involved in sailing by creating algorithms that translate their sailing knowledge into code for a robot. Funding for boats, electronics and on-board mini-computers is provided by a generous donor. Volunteers with technical skills and training on this system will serve as mentors to student teams.

Environmental Science Class
Prerequisite: Ages 11 – 14; concurrent Beginner Sailing or Fast Track
Duration: 3 days; 1.25 hours each
Class Size: 16

Community Boating’s Environmental Science program is a STEM program which utilizes sailing as a vessel to explore environmental science, engineering, technology, and math. This program is based off of U.S. Sailing’s REACH curriculum, a STEM education program created through collaboration between classroom teachers and sailing instructors. Students participate in experiential learning activities such as building their own anemometer, exploring buoyancy by building clay boats, and learning about weather patterns by creating clouds-in-a-jar.

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Advanced Keelboat & Spinnaker
Prerequisite: Sonar OR Ideal 18 rating
Duration: Varies, see class schedule

Our keelboats provide a stable platform on which to teach spinnaker use, the finer points of sail trim, and to get demonstrations from an instructor in their boat. Advanced topics covered will be based on the week’s wind forecast and individual sailors.

Advanced Windsurf & Windsurf Racing
Prerequisite: Windsurf rating plus Mercury red rating
Duration: Varies, see class schedule

Windsurf clinics offer advanced instruction for those who have taken the basic class. Will cover topics based upon the wind and experience level, including bigger sails, smaller boards, upwind sailing, perhaps even harnesses and water starts!Windsurf Racing may be open to green-rated windsurfers depending on the wind. This will be racing around buoys and racing skills clinics on one-design windsurf boards.

Dinghy Clinics
Prerequisite: Relevant 420 or Laser rating
Duration: Varies, see class schedule

Advanced Laser and 420 clinics teach high level skills such as sail trim and tuning, roll-tacking, buoy roundings, using the tell-tales, weight placement, advanced sailboat righting techniques and more.

Racing Team
Prerequisite: 420 rating + Laser rating or prior racing experience
Duration: Daily (except regattas)

Racing skills are honed through practices and CBI weekly racing series. The team competes in regattas at sailing centers throughout the area. Please see the Race Team page for more information. If your junior sailor is new to CBI but has prior racing experience and would like to join the race team, please contact Junior Program Director, Fiona.

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Advanced Keelboat & Spinnaker
Prerequisite: Sonar OR Ideal 18 rating
Duration: Varies, see class schedule

Our keelboats provide a stable platform on which to teach spinnaker use, the finer points of sail trim, and to get demonstrations from an instructor in their boat. Advanced topics covered will be based on the week’s wind forecast and individual sailors.

Advanced Windsurf & Windsurf Racing
Prerequisite: Windsurf rating plus Mercury red rating
Duration: Varies, see class schedule

Windsurf clinics offer advanced instruction for those who have taken the basic class. Will cover topics based upon the wind and experience level, including bigger sails, smaller boards, upwind sailing, perhaps even harnesses and water starts!Windsurf Racing may be open to green-rated windsurfers depending on the wind. This will be racing around buoys and racing skills clinics on one-design windsurf boards.

Dinghy Clinics
Prerequisite: Relevant 420 or Laser rating
Duration: Varies, see class schedule

Advanced Laser and 420 clinics teach high level skills such as sail trim and tuning, roll-tacking, buoy roundings, using the tell-tales, weight placement, advanced sailboat righting techniques and more.

Racing Team
Prerequisite: 420 rating + Laser rating or prior racing experience
Duration: Daily (except regattas)

Racing skills are honed through practices and CBI weekly racing series. The team competes in regattas at sailing centers throughout the area. Please see the Race Team page for more information. If your junior sailor is new to CBI but has prior racing experience and would like to join the race team, please contact Junior Program Director, Fiona.

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