Sailing School

Member Priority
The Sailing School is open to New Bedford Yacht Club members as well as non-members. Members and their grandchildren (grandchildren will be charged at the non-member rate) have first priority for acceptance into the program. This applies only to applications received by the Member Priority date.

Deadline of May 1, 2016. Applications received after the deadline will be processed in the order in which they are received, regardless of membership status. Every effort will be made to accommodate all applicants.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs, life preservers) are required and must be U.S. Coast Guard approved. Closed-toe, rubber-soled, non-skid boating shoes or aqua socks are required. Tennis shoes or sneakers are a good alternative. Sunscreen, hat, water bottle, jacket, a whistle on a lanyard (string), sunglasses, towel and change of clothes are strongly recommended. Please make sure to write your child’s name on all items.

Check In / Check Out
There will be a daily check-in and check-out procedure for all students. It is necessary for parents to inform the Director of the mode of transportation that their child will be taking to and from the Sailing School. (i.e. walker, biker, parent pick- up). Students from Tiller Tots, Little Mariners, Opti 1 and Opti 1 Max will be dismissed from the Junior Room only when a parent or guardian is present.

Junior Championship Series
Races for juniors are held in 420s and Optimists on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:30pm during the junior sailing season. Pizza and soda are provided after the races.

NBYC will host its own Junior Regatta at the Club on July 11th & 12th. Students in Opti 3/LTR, Opti Race, 420 Race and Lasers are encouraged to participate. 420 LTS/LTR sailors may also participate with permission from the Director.

Junior Membership
NBYC Junior Membership for children ages 12 to 25 years is highly recommended and allows students to attend the program at the lower member rate. Junior Members may also use Club facilities outside of the sailing program hours of operation and attend other Club activities. Contact the Club office for more information.

Parent Handbook
An informational guide to NBYCF sailing, our program and policies will be available online and in the Sailing School Office.

Sailing School Director
Michael Callahan returns for his 16th season as the director of the sailing school.  To read more on Michael, click here.

Programs and Classes Tuition & Fees
  • Mission
    • To provide a safe, challenging and educational sailing school
      To promote seamanship, sportsmanship and a lifelong interest in sailing to young people in our community
      To offer a cutting edge program with up to date equipment, ranging from elementary sailing to competitive racing

  • Philosophy
    • The New Bedford Yacht Club Sailing School is a program which is designed to be:

      Progressively challenging
      State-of-the-art (equipment, materials and faculty)

      The curriculum is designed to teach children:

      Introduction to sailing and safe boat handling
      Intermediate sailing and yachting skills
      Advanced sailing and yachting skills
      Team racing
      Fleet racing

  • Objectives
    • The school strives to achieve the following:

      A lifelong love and interest in sailing and yachting
      Competitive racing expertise