Learn to Sail


It’s never too late to learn how to sail.


Whether you sailed as a child or always wish you had, our programs can get you out on the water and sailing with confidence in no time.  We offer a variety of boats, instruction levels and class times to fit your needs and schedule.  Come join the fun!


  • Start Sailing Now:

Hobie Wave (Two 2-Hour Classes)

The Hobie Wave is the perfect boat for a first sail – you can feel the wind and hear the water and you just might get wet!

Find out more about Hobie Wave 2-Hour classes

  • Start Sailing Now: 

American 18 (Two 2-Hour Classes)

The American 18 is a sloop-rigged day sailor, and one of our main training boats for new sailors or sailors wishing to brush up on their skills.  The instructor will offer personalized sailing instruction emphasizing good sailing techniques and safety – and fun!

Find out more about American 18 2-hour classes

  • Private Lessons (2 Hour Minimum)

For those who have completed the Start Sailing Now course, instruction on your own schedule prior to assuming an independent skipper responsibility. 

Find out more about Private Lessons

  • For Women Only

Every year in the fall, the Luffing Lassies host a two week-long Introduction to Sailing (ITS) Program.  The goal is to teach women how to skipper a Sunfish so they can join the Lassies for Thursday races throughout the school year.  The ITS program is geared to first time sailors or those who wish to brush up on their Sunfish skills.  It is the first step to becoming a Luffing Lassie and joining a great group of women who love to sail.

Find out more about ITS (for women only)



  • Members Only – Checkout for Rating

(required to rent a Squadron boat)

Members who wish to rent one of the boats in the Squadron’s fleet must first earn a rating for that boat.  There are three options.

Find out more about obtaining ratings

  • Motor Boat: Race Committee Preparation

(half day or full day)

This course is designed to teach safety, rescue and recovery using the US Sailing text and instruction. 

Find out more about Safety Boat operations

  • RS Venture (by appointment)

The RS Venture is a large high performance dinghy which offers more advanced training opportunities.

Find out more about learning to sail a high performance dinghy



  • Racing Skills: Flying Scot (4 Hours)

Learn to be a better racer and gain the competitive edge with David Ames. 

Find out more about competitive skill building