Go Sailing

YOUTH SAILING

Sailing 1: This is the place to start! Sailors learn safety, confidence, and good boating habits on the water. This class is one week of sailing in 9′ Laser Bugs for younger sailors, older ones sail the 12′ RS Zests. Topics covered: Water Safety – Boat handling basics – Points of sail – Upwind Sailing – Capsizing. Prerequisites: students must be a minimum of 7 years old or have completed 1st grade, and be able to swim. 

Sailing 2: Step up to the next level! Students move from a single sailed boat to a sloop-rigged double-handed dinghy. This class uses 12′ RS Zests or 14′ RS Quests. Topics covered: Weather and Tides – Sail handling – Knot Tying – Upwind Sailing – Crew Work – Capsizing. Prerequisites: taken Sailing 1 at least twice, and be a minimum of 10 years old or have completed 4th grade.

Sailing 3: Experience an exciting performance boost with 14′ RS Quests and sporty 13′ Flying Juniors (FJs). In double-handed sailing drills, students learn all about their boats and how to work together as a team. Topics covered: Sail Trim – Right of Way/Rules of the road – Heel Control –  Beach Landing – Capsize and self-rescue techniques. Prerequisites: taken Sailing 2 at least twice, and be a minimum of 12 years old or have completed 6th grade.

Sailing 1, 2, & 3 classes are week-long, Monday-Friday, 1/2 day 9am-noon or 1-4pm. Choose the right level for your sailor, then a week and time.

Your sailor should remain in the level that is age appropriate for them until they are old enough to move up a level. The goal is to gain sailing experience, not to rush through our programs to get to the top level. Repeating the same level is a great way to have critical skills and knowledge reinforced.

ADULT/FAMILY SAILING

Adult/Family Sailing lessons are taught by our US Sailing certified instructors at Clinton Town Beach. Learn to sail with family & friends! New sailors will learn basic sailing skills, and returning sailors will have the perfect refresher course.

Here’s how we teach: a mix of chalk talks and land drills gives everyone a chance to learn basic sailing skills, then go out on the water and practice what you’ve learned on 12′ RS Zests or 14′ RS Quests. Students will rotate through positions on the boat: helm (steering the boat), mainsail (the big sail), and jib (the little sail). Each student will have plenty of time to practice all these key roles, and by the end of three days, you should feel confident sailing a similar boat with friends. Or take another course with CSC for even more fun!

9-hour courses take place over three sessions. Note that the days and times vary slightly each week to avoid low tide. Choose your session, and remember – sailing is even more fun with family and friends!! Suggested minimum age is 14.

WOMEN’S SAILING

Women’s sailing is taught by our US Sailing certified instructors at Clinton Town Beach. Learn to sail with family & friends! Classes this year are limited to nine women (suggested minimum age is 14). This is a supportive class focused on safety, learning, and fun. New sailors will learn basic sailing skills, and returning sailors will have the perfect refresher course.

Here’s how we teach: a mix of chalk talks and land drills gives everyone a chance to learn basic sailing skills, then go out on the water and practice what you’ve learned on 12′ RS Zests or 14′ RS Quests. Students will rotate through positions on the boat: helm (steering the boat), mainsail (the big sail), and jib (the little sail). Each student will have plenty of time to practice all these key roles, and by the end of three days, you should feel confident sailing a similar boat with friends. Or take another course with CSC for even more fun!

9-hour courses take place over three sessions. Note that the days and times vary slightly each week to avoid low tide. Choose your session, and remember – sailing is even more fun with family and friends!! Suggested minimum age is 14.

PRIVATE LESSONS

First time sailing? Need a refresher? Want to schedule lessons at times convenient to you?  Or on your own boat? We can help! CSC offers personalized instruction for individuals, couples, families, small groups, and team-building events.

This can be a surprisingly affordable way to learn to sail, brush up on your skills, or just celebrate a special occasion. Contact staffing@clintonsail.org to discuss your needs!

JOIN OUR JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR TEAM!!

Do you love to sail, or teaching others to sail? Learn how to coach and sail like a pro! CSC’s Junior Instructors assist our coaching staff with teaching students, rigging boats, and keeping our summer program running smoothly. You will learn valuable leadership and teamwork skills, make new friends, and have fun!

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 13 years old or have completed 7th grade
  • Previous sailing experience
  • Confident swimmer
  • CT Safe Boating Certificate – this is a simple and inexpensive course – click here for dates, locations, and online enrollment
  • Participate in our MANDATORY Instructor training session(s)
  • CPR/First Aid certification a plus

SAILORSHIPS (sailing scholarships)

Sailorships are awarded based on financial need. We will post an application here before each season begins.

VETERAN’S SAILING

Are you a veteran who would like to go sailing? No experience required, and it’s free of charge. Read more, or contact Ray Hayes at 860-227-4154 or ray@pay4ward.org


Enrollments are non-refundable. If a sailor cancels at the last minute, there’s little chance to find another to take their place. If we refund that enrollment and can’t find another, we lose that revenue, yet still have to pay our staff, insurance, etc. But we will make every effort to make you happy and to get you on the water if notified early enough and it’s possible to move you to another session. Please also note that we have no control over weather (including rain, thunderstorms, and high wind conditions). While we make every effort to get sailors on the water as much as possible, our first priority is the safety of our students and staff.

Please email registration@clintonsail.org with any questions or comments. We look forward to hearing from you! We also look forward to SAILING with you!