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  • SATURDAY, JULY 28th

    EVERYONE GOES TO THE REGGAE PARTY!

    This year's event will be preceded by an Island Race beginning at 4pm, open to all boats in the fleet. The party will be catered with with a delicious spread of barbecue fare and feature the Conscious Reggae band! 

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  • NEW ADDITION TO THE CRUISING 30 FLEET

    WELCOME TARTAN 31 "MARIE" TO THE BSC!

    "Marie" will be available for daysails and extended cruises starting 7/17.

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  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 25th

    ESSENTIAL SAILING KNOTS WITH FRANCOIS ASSELIN

    The experienced sailor knows there are the right and wrong knots for certain jobs. Hone your skills with Head Sailing Instructor Francois in this two-hour hands on clinic.

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  • ASA 101 BASIC KEELBOAT 

    DISCOVER ALL BOSTON HARBOR HAS TO OFFER WITH OUR 26-HOUR LEARN TO SAIL PROGRAM

    The result? You'll graduate fully prepared to sail here in Boston or your favorite harbor anywhere. 

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  • MEMBERSHIP WITH BSC

    ALREADY KNOW HOW TO SAIL? JOIN THE CLUB!

    We have 75+ boats spread over five levels of membership, from small daysailers to large inboard cruisers. The best alternative to boat ownership in New England! 

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Night Sailing

$390 Classroom session covers the navigation required for night sailing followed by an evening sail.

nightsailingHands-on practice including dead reckoning, position finding, interpreting running lights and applying the rules of the road.

For Mid-Range Cruising members interested in sailing at night or expanding their horizons beyond Boston Harbor.

Taught on  J/30
Prerequisite  Advanced Course or equivalent experience 
Prepares you for Mid-Range membership with nightsailing priviledges

 

 CLASSROOM - NAVIGATION 5:30-6:30pm SAILING 6:45 to 11:30pm
Plotting courses
Dead reckoning
LOPs and fixes
Running fix
Light characteristics of aids to navigation
Running light requirements
Interpreting running lights on other vessels and applying the rules of the road
Low visibility navigation
Route planning
Discuss clothing and personal equipment, hypothermia and seasickness 
Preparation of the boat for a cruise
Evaluating weather forecasts
Planning a sensible route with alternatives
Selecting and trimming sails for optimum comfort and speed
Coastal navigation
Night sailing techniques
Techniques for sailing in poor visibility
Applying the rules of the road
Discuss common problems and potential emergencies with appropriate responses 

Format

One Evening: This one evening course begins at 5:30pm with a one hour classroom session followed by an evening of night sailing and navigation. Class ends at 11:30pm.

Sign up 

Open Format: Choose the "Open" format if you would like to register now but choose the format and start date at a later time.

Open Format

Group Enrollment

Signing up with more than one person? We have a discount for that! Groups of two or more who sign up together for the same course qualify for discounts of 20% off the course fee after one student has purchased the course at full price (in other words, it's full price for the first person and 20% off for each additional person).

To qualify for the group enrollment discount, purchases must be made over the phone. Contact the office at 617-227-4198 to register your group.

Course Policies

Course Documents

Rescheduling and Cancellation Policies


Questions?

Contact the Boston Sailing Center office by phone 617-227-4198 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and an office manager would be happy to assist you. 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED COURSE QUESTIONS

Advanced

$885 Gain the skills needed to explore local waters with confidence.

You'll learn to handle a boat with an auxiliary outboard motor, and the refined sailing techniques to get where you're going quickly and comfortably.

asa 103Five sessions cover balance and sail shape, tuning, spinnaker handling, docking, and anchoring under power, use of marine radio, and daytime coastal navigation. 

An excellent preparation for the Racing course, Cruising course or Mid-Range membership.

Taught on:

J/24s and J/27s

Prerequisite:

Learn to Sail or equivalent experience.

Certification: 

ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising *Certification awarded upon successful course completion and written ASA 103 test. Contact the office if you are not already an ASA member and ASA 101 certified.

Text Book:

ASA Coastal Cruising Made Easy (included in course fee!)

Prepares you for: 

Mid-Range Membership

Formats

The Advanced Course is offered in 3 different formats: 5-Week, Vacation Week, or Weekend. All formats include 24 hours of instruction. Includes lecture and on-the-water instruction.

Vacation Week: Classes meet for one week, Monday through Friday, from 10:30am to 4pm. 

Lecture meets 10:30am-12:00pm, followed by sailing from 1-4pm. Friday's class features an all-day navigation sail among to the Harbor islands... a great ending to a great week! 

Vacation Week Start Dates

5-Week: Classes meet 4:30-9:00pm one night per week for 5 weeks. 

Lecture meets 4:30-6:00pm, followed by sailing from 6-9pm. 

5-Week Start Dates

Weekend: Held over two consecutive weekends - Saturday/Sunday, Saturday/ Sunday 10:00am-4:30pm. 

Lecture meets 10:00am-12:00pm, followed by sailing from 1-5pm. 

Weekend Start Dates

Open: Choose the "Open" format if you would like to register now but choose the format and start date at a later time.

Open Format - Choose your start date later

Group Enrollment

Signing up with more than one person? We have a discount for that! Groups of two or more who sign up together for the same course qualify for discounts of 20% off the course fee after one student has purchased the course at full price (in other words, it's full price for the first person and 20% off for each additional person).

To qualify for the group enrollment discount, purchases must be made over the phone. Contact the office at 617-227-4198 to register your group. 

Course Policies

Rescheduling and Cancellation Policies

Course documents, including format outlines and general course info


Questions?

Contact the Boston Sailing Center office by phone 617-227-4198 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and an office manager would be happy to assist you.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED COURSE QUESTIONS

Subcategories

  • OTHER COURSES
  • Macros

    If you're looking for a series of courses tailored to meet your specific sailing ambitions, the Boston Sailing Center offers a number of Macro Programs. Whether you're looking to charter in the Caribbean and beyond, buy your first sailboat, or join the racing community, the Boston Sailing Center has the Macro Program to take you from beginner to success - all at a substantial savings.

    Macros combine sequential courses and Student Memberships to give you the instruction and hands-on experience you'll need to achieve your goals. Students enrolled in Macro Programs have the full choice of course formats and start dates available to all students. However, only students in Macro Programs receive a FREE 45-Day Student Membership affording you the opportunity to practice what you've learned between courses of the Macro Program (refundable security deposit required; some restrictions apply).

UPCOMING [b]EVENTS[/b]

CRUISING [b]GUIDE[/b]

  • An ongoing, collaborative project developed by Boston Sailing Center staff and members. The most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date guide for sailors to the coast of Massachusetts.

    Boston Sailing Center Cruising Guide

FIND [b]SAILING PARTNERS[/b]

  • It's easy to find sailing partners at the Boston Sailing Center. As a member, student member, or student you have several options.

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MEET [b]OUR STAFF[/b]

OUR [b]FLEET[/b]

Our 75+ boat fleet features boats from 23 to 40 feet and span 5 distinct membership categories.
Each boat is rigged for spinnaker and comes with all necessary equipment.

  1. [b]DAY[/b]SAILERS
  2. [b]MID[/b]-RANGE
  3. CRUISING [b]30[/b]
  4. CRUISING [b]35[/b]
  5. CRUISING [b]40[/b]

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