Sailing School

The NBYCF Sailing School is open to New Bedford Yacht Club members as well as non-members. Our NEW on-line application process is designed to help you make registering easy!

Tuition and On-line Application Information

The Sailing School is open to New Bedford Yacht Club members as well as non-members. Members and their grandchildren will have priority for acceptance into the program. Non-member grandchildren of members will be charged at the non-member rate. Every effort will be made to accommodate all applicants. Tuition is prorated for affected classes for the July 4th holiday week and the week of August 3rd (BBR). The Program Guide and all information regarding the Sailing School Program can be found at our website at There will also be paper copies available in the NBYC office. Registration for the 2018 NBYC Foundation Sailing School will be available at our new on-line registration site only. Please call the NBYC office at 508-997-0762 for more information and assistance. We look forward to helping you!

Equipment 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, 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 6:30 pm 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 7th & 8th. Students in Opti Green Fleet, 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 School, our program and policies will be available online and in the Sailing School Office.

Sailing School Director

Michael Callahan returns for his 18th 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