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Newburyport AYC Summer Sailing Program

We offer a learn to sail program for children ages 9-18. We also run an adult program in the evenings. Registration is now open for the 2018 summer season.
NOTE - NEW ONE WEEK SAILING SCHOOL FORMAT: Please be aware of the new flexible summer sailing program format for childrenís sessions. Sessions are now one week in length. Students may sign up for any combination of one week sessions including AM sessions, PM sessions, or both. Instructors evaluate students at the beginning of a session and will crew each boat accordingly. Skills are built at the studentís pace through one session or through multiple sessions over the summer program.

Established in 1885, the American Yacht Club is one of the oldest continuously operated yacht clubs in the country. For over 50 years the A.Y.C., through the Newburyport Summer Sailing Program, has been providing instruction to its members, families and the community. Our staff instructors, using a fleet of five boats, annually teach 100 plus children the joy of sailing! There is a minimum of 6 children to run a course and a maximum of 15 students per class with 8 classes offered during July and August. This popular program fills up quickly as it is the only sailing school for kids in the area.

Sailing Program Team

Coordinators, Chris Baker, Amy Sison, and Dave Sestini have extensive sailing and maritime experience throughout New England on one design racing boats, offshore racing and offshore cruising vessels. Two full-time instructors lead land and on-water instruction in a curriculum based on the recommended US Sailing Program and adapted for sailing on the Merrimac River.


The Newburyport Summer Sailing Program has chosen the "Hunter 140" as our primary training boat. This boat provides good stability for our basic and intermediate levels of training and have proven to be safe and enjoyable platforms for the beginning sailor. In 2017, we improved our equipment with new sails and a complete overhaul of each boat. The course size is designed to have 3 sailors per boat.

Each student is encouraged to bring their own U.S.C.G. approved life jacket/personal flotation device (PFD). Wearing their own PFD will ensure the best fit and comfort. However, if needed, students will be provided with one of the club's U.S.C.G. approved life jackets. Our chase boats are equipped with VHF radios and First Aid kits. Two instructors and a CIT are on the chase boat to assist with learning and for organizing the class.

Course Information For description of classes.
Application Register online for a course - The form includes scheduled dates and times.

Learn to Sail for Adults

Registration is now open for the 2018 summer season.

The American Yacht Club understands that learning to sail isn't just for youngsters. Many of our members learned to sail as adults as well.

This program provides an opportunity for adults who wish to learn the basics of small boat handling, safety, to experience the joy of sailing on the Merrimac River and develop an appreciation for the sea. This is another way for the American Yacht Club to fulfill its mission of providing instruction in small boat handling and seamanship to its members, families and the community. This program will be conducted by an experienced certified full-time sailing instructor who will provide land and water-based instruction during two evenings a week for two-four week sessions. A minimum of four adult students will be required to run the class with a maximum of 10 students per class. Students will learn to sail and practice their skills on the club's Hunter 140 boats,
Course Information For description of classes
Application Register online for a course - Includes scheduled dates and times.

This page was updated 2018-01-16 10:39:03 by Chris Baker, SS Administrator