Welcome to Community Boating!
For over 70 Years Community Boating has been teaching new sailors like you how to master the power of the wind, right here on Boston’s Charles River. As you make your way through the many classes and experiences offered at CBI, you can use this site as your home port for learning to sail.
There’s many options open to you as a CBI member, the flowchart below outlines the route to take in order to explore everything we have to offer. Ratings are the key credentials you can earn at CBI which allow you to sail a given boat in specific wind conditions. As a new sailor, you’ll likely start by working on your Mercury ratings, often just referred to as “green”, “yellow”, and “red” ratings. These ratings allow you to sail a Mercury in green, yellow, and red flag wind respectively. Have a look at the flowchart below to get an idea of how these ratings work together.
As you can see, each rating requires that you pass a certain test (or tests in the case of the green rating). Each test has a set of classes which come before it, which are designed to prepare you for the requirements of that test. As you navigate CBI Learn, you’ll find the expectations and requirements for each test, as well as class info and descriptions listed on the left-hand sidebar.