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.
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!”
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.
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.