Our Sailing programs provide fun and exciting seamanship and sailing classes in spring, summer and fall. Our summer program gets students ages 5-18 out rigging and sailing while learning safety, tides, weather, knots, racing, and seamanship skills. Participants develop self-confidence, teamwork, and good sportsmanship while forming connections to the maritime environment that last a lifetime. Ages listed below are only guidelines.
Summer youth sailing classes Monday - Friday 9 am - 3:00 pm. Full or half day options.
All skill levels welcome. Ages 5-18 $280/week
SEA STARS: Ages 5 & 6, morning classes 9-11:30. Specific dates available. Children learn basic seamanship, terminology and water safety through stories, songs, games and crafts. They will have opportunities to sail in optimist and learn to row. This is a great class for your young sailor.
LEVEL 1 (LEARN TO SAIL) This level learns to sail in Optimists and traditional boats.
OPTIMISTS (LEVEL 1) (Ages 7 and up) This is an introduction to sailing. Students will learn basic sailing and boat handling in a fun and encouraging environment. In addition, they will learn basic knots, navigation and water safety while building confidence on the water. Class size limit: 12 *classes will be broken into age appropriate group
LEVEL 2 (INTERMEDIATE SAILING) This level has the opportunity to sail in Optimists, Traditional boats and keel boats.
OPTIMIST (LEVEL 2) (Ages 7-14) Taught in Optimist, this class is for the intermediate sailor who is ready to take their skills to the next level. Students will be taught more advanced boat handling and sail trim techniques, maximizing their boat’s best performance which should bring smiles to their faces! Sailors are introduced to racing, fun drills and friendly competition. At the Instructor’s discretion and student’s skill level and confidence, they may be invited to day long area regattas. Rules of the Road and seamanship including basic chart work and knot tying, will be integrated each day.
ADVENTURE SAILING IN KEEL BOATS (LEVEL 2 & 3) (Ages: 10-15) This is for sailors who’d like to experience sailing in a variety of boats (26’ Colgate, 23’ Sonar, 19’ Yngling, 26' Soling). Students will be taught basic to intermediate sailing, boat handling, seamanship, navigation and knot tying. Curriculum includes sail theory, boat design and nomenclature. Students will transfer these skills to the different boats they sail. No experience necessary.
TRADITIONAL BOAT SAILING LEVEL 2 & 3) (Ages 12-17) Enjoy sailing in some of our beautiful traditional wooden boats. Learn about different hulls and rigs while sailing in Rockland Harbor. Come away with some history of each boat and a solid foundation is seamanship and sailing.
LEVEL 3 (ADVANCED SAILING) This level has the opportunity to sail in 420s as well as Traditional Boats and keel boats to hone their skills.
LEVEL 3 (420'S). These sailors will learn rigging, boat handling, sail trim, and how to sail safely in both light and heavy air. Fun drills will help them gain confidence in racing, both at the start and around short courses. They will use the Club 420’s which do not use spinnakers or trapezes. For those interested in more advance sailing and racing they will sail our 420’s rigged with spinnakers and trapezes and experience an incredibly thrilling kind of racing. Sailors will hone their racing and boat handling skills. They should be prepared to sail both in light air and heavy weather and ready to learn how to compete on a crowed start line. Sailing fast, fine tuning their boat and sails, learning trapeze and spinnaker work, racing tactics and the understanding racing rules will be a focus for these sailors. All students are invited to participate in regattas. Maintaining equipment and participating in some regattas will be part of the class.
RACE CLINICS (Ages 11-18) 1-4 pm $100 per clinic. For sailors seeking to improve their boat speed, maneuvering, strategy, and tactics around the buoys in 420's and Optimists. Dates to be determined.
AFTER SCHOOL SAILING (Grades 4-8) Monday and Wednesday 3:30-5:30 pm $200 for a 5 week season. Our Spring and Fall sailing programs let students enjoy Maine’s great shoulder season weather and extend the sailing season beyond summer. There’s nothing better after a day of school than getting out in a boat to feel the wind and waves for the afternoon. Taught in Optimists and 420s.
HIGH SCHOOL SAILING (area students Grade 7-12) Our High School Sailing program combines dingy racing thrills with high school competition with a focus on sailing fast and team racing. For eight weeks, sailors practice twice a week and race at weekend regattas from Portland to Mount Desert Island. The program includes sailors from 8-12th grades from many mid-coast schools and practices in 420s. $300 for 8 week season.
FINANCIAL AID We strive to make our programs available regardless of financial considerations. Thanks to the generous support of individual donors and foundations, we are able to provide scholarships to local sailors who would not otherwise be able to afford a sailing experience. Request a scholarship application by calling 207-594-1800 or download: financial aid form and mail to The Apprenticeshop at 655 Main St. Rockland, ME 04841.
DISCOUNTS A Sibling Discount is available at 10% savings per additional sibling ($28 off). For multiple sessions: 3WEEKS we offer 15% savings to your sailor ($168 off). For 4WEEKS we offer 20% savings ($224 off). Tuition must be paid in advance of multiple sessions. Discounts only apply to Summer Youth Sailing. Multiple Week Discount can only be processed at the office or on the phone. 594-1800
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