Ahoy mateys! The American Yacht Club sailing school has been running for over 40 years. Our experienced staff are sure to provide a educational fun experience for all involved. We sail the waters of Joppa Flats on Hunter 140's. 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. Our program starts at the age of 9 years old and runs right through to adults! Course offerings include basic/intermediate instruction and advanced racing instruction for sailors looking to devevelop competitive sailing skill.
The Newburyport Summer Sailing Program uses the "Hunter 140" as a primary training vessel. 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. This year we have 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 provided with U.S.C.G. approved life jacket. Our chase boats are equipped with VHF radios and First Aid kits. Two instructors and a CIT are on the chase boat to assist in learning and organization of the class. The nearest marine emergency service is the US Coast Gaurd Station on the Newburyport waterfront.
Coordinators, Jackie Morin, Amy Sison, and Dave Sestini have extensive sailing 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.
This popular program fills up quickly as it is the only sailing school for kids in the area. The best way to experience summer is on the water so sign up today and enjoy the natural beaty of Newburyport from the water!
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 at large.