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    An informal race around the harbor islands open to all boats in the fleet, followed by our annual Halloween Party. We will have awards for the winner of the Fall series, the island race, and best costume, so come dressed to impress!

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    Sail whenever you like during the regular season from now through October 27, 2019. 

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  • FROSTBITE RACING 2018-2019


    We offer J/24 fleet racing on Saturday afternoons from November through March. Contact the office to get involved! 

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Check here for weather related cancellations


For more than 40 seasons, the Boston Sailing Center has been a top rated adult sailing school and membership club located on Boston Harbor.

We have a 75 boat fleet and an annual member and student base in excess of 1000 customers per season.

Sailing Instructors

The Boston Sailing Center is currently seeking sailing instructors for the 2018 season. We have instructor openings for beginner and advanced keel boat courses. The position includes teaching classroom and on-the-water sessions to adult students. Part-time, full-time and weekend positions are available.

Candidates should be reliable, motivated and possess good presentation skills. Advanced knowledge of keel boat sailing including spinnaker handling and navigation is required. ASA certification and Coast Guard License a plus.

If you have the qualifications and the desire to join one of the leading and largest sailing schools in the Northeast, send your resume to Francois Asselin, Head Sailing Instructor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marine Tech/Sailboat Maintenance

The Boston Sailing Center is seeking individuals for entry-level, general boat maintenance work including customer prep, cleaning, and simple repairs. Duties include assisting in spring commissioning and ongoing maintenance of our fleet of 75 boats. We will provide training. A great work environment with friendly staff, free sailing lessons, and boat use are some of the benefit of this position.

Please reply with a resume to Burton Robson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Contact Us + Directions


Our office and classrooms are located on a 90' riverboat permanently docked at the end of the Lewis Wharf parking lot.

Latitude: 42° 21.800' N
Longitude: 71° 02.945' W


Boston Sailing Center 
The Riverboat at 54 Lewis Wharf 
Boston, MA 02110

p 617.227.4198
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Hours of Operation

During the sailing season we're open everyday from 9am to sunset.

During the off-season, we're open Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm.

From the South:

Take 93 north to Exit 23 - "Gov't Center". Stay in the right lane. Bear right through light onto North St. Take right fork near Paul Revere's house, then right on Lewis St., left on Commercial. Lewis Wharf is straight ahead.

From the North:

Take 93 south to Exit 24A - "Gov't Center". Take right fork on exit ramp. Turn left at the light. then immediately left again onto Atlantic Ave. Stay on Atlantic Ave. keeping Christopher Columbus Park and Commercial Wharf on the right. Lewis Wharf is just past Commercial.

From the West:

Take the Mass. Pike to 93 North (Exit 24B). From 93 take Exit 23 - "Gov't Center". Stay in the right lane. Bear right through light onto North St. Take right fork near Paul Revere's house, then right on Lewis St., left on Commercial. Lewis Wharf is straight ahead.


We recommend you park at the lot immediately north of Lewis Wharf (sign says "Sargents Wharf Parking").

By Subway:

The Center is a short walk from the Haymarket T stop (Orange and Green lines) or the Aquarium T stop (Blue Line)

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Underway

The chart below shows the sequential order of our principal sailing courses, and the corresponding level of BSC membership, navigation range, and charter qualification that each course prepares you for.

Follow these links for more information about Sailing Courses, Memberships, and Charters with the Boston Sailing Center. With every level of membership you will have access to all the boats in the lower membership.


Corresponding Membership

What BSC boats can I sail?

Where can I sail?

What certification could I earn?

Learn to Sail


Solings and Sonars

Boston Harbor & Islands

ASA 101


Mid-Range during daylight hours

J/24's, J/27's, Olson 25

Marblehead to Cohasset

ASA 103

Night Sailing

Mid-Range with Nightsailing

J/24's, J/27's, Olson 25

Overnights between Cape Ann and Scituate


Cruising Course

Cruising 30 and Cruising 35

Cruising 30: Sabre 30s, C&C24s,Beneteau 310, J/30

Cruising 35: Beneteau 35s5, Beneteau 34, Beneteau 36.7, Beneteau 343s,Jeaneau 34.9, Salona 33

Cape Cod Bay, Massachussetts Bay to Kittery, Maine.

Bareboat charter in locations like the Virgin Islands

ASA 104

Coastal Passage Making

Cruising 40

Beneteau 37, Hanse 375, Hanse 415, C&C 38, Bavaria 37's

Maine to Block Island, Nantucket.

Worldwide bareboat charter

ASA 106


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.


ASA Certification


The American Sailing Association includes a network of over 300 professionally accredited sailing schools and has certified more than 491,300 students since 1983. Its system of certification standards is recognized by charter companies throughout the world.

The BSC offers four levels of ASA certification. After successfully completing the corresponding course students can take the written test. Your instructor will sign the log book and the ASA will send the certification seal by mail.

Basic Keelboat Certification ASA 101

Prerequisites: None

Description: Able to sail a boat of about 20 feet in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. A preparatory Standard with no auxiliary power or navigation skills required.

BSC Course: Learn to Sail

Cost: ASA Membership $39

Basic Coastal Cruising ASA 103

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing Certificate

General Description: Able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions

BSC Course: Advanced

Bareboat Cruising ASA 104

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising Certification

General Description: An advanced cruising Standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30 - 50 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters. The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures.

BSC Course: Cruising or Caribbean Cruising

Coastal Navigation ASA 105

Prerequisites: None

General Description: Able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no Sailing Skills part to this Standard.

BSC Course: Coastal Navigation

Advanced Coastal Cruising ASA 106

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising Certification, Bareboat Cruising Certification, Coastal Navigation Certification

General Description: Able to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.

BSC Course: Coastal Passage Making


Experienced sailors can receive ASA certification without taking a course by challenging the standards. Each level of certification requires passing one written exam for the highest level of certification desired and an on the water evaluation. The instructor signs the candidate's log book and the ASA issues the certification stickers by mail.

The most common challenge is for Bareboat Certification (104). You will only need to write the exam for the ASA 104 Bareboat and the on the water exam will be about three hours on a 30+ foot cruising boat. The steps and cost are:


ASA Membership $39
101 Basic Keelboat Certification $35
103 Basic Cruising Certification $35
104 Bareboat Cruising Exam + Certification $35
On the Water Evaluation $300
Total $444

International Proficiency Certificate

ASA is proud to offer the first International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) for sailors available in the United States. This certificate is mandatory when chartering in most European/Mediterranean waters. It serves as proof of bareboat charter competency for Mediterranean chartering companies, many of whom require the proficiency information displayed in a different format than the ASA Log Book. Only ASA members who have completed through ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising are eligible to order the International Proficiency Certificate. One must be a current member of ASA to be issued the certificate. You can get the International Proficiency Certificate today by completing ASA's online IPC Application directly through their website. 

ASA Standards and Textbooks

A summary of the ASA Standards can be found on their website. The ASA course text books can be used as study guides and are available from the BSC.

Sailing Made Easy Covers 101: $24.95
Coastal Cruising Made Easy Covers 103: $27.95
Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Covers 104: $39.95


View our Frequently Asked Course questions here, or 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. 




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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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