Sailing Programs

Adult Sailing Lessons

Adult Sailing Lessons

Learn to sail this summer at BYC. You need not be a member to learn.

Adult classes include 2.5 hours of sailing and a half hour of classroom work each week. Staff consists of 18 seasoned, volunteer veteran instructors. Sailing and teaching for beginners and intermediates are on Cape Cod Mercuries, 15' fiberglass keel boats with a main and jib. Intermediate and Advanced sailing classes are in J-22 keelboats.

You will find course descriptions, schedules, and registration information here.

You will be redirected to the East Bay Sailing Foundationwebsite for more information and to REGISTER.

Questions? Want to volunteer? Contact Peter Maloneyvia email


Learn to sail, no experience necessary. Instructor in the boat at all times. Basics of tacking, gibing, sail trim, etc. Classes are in Cape Cod Mercuries. Safety on the water is emphasized.


The intermediate sailing class is for people with some sailing experience, especially those who have successfully completed the beginner class. The goal is to improve boat handling and sailing skills on your own without an instructor in the boat at all times, with special emphasis on points of sail, docking, and mooring. Previous sailing experience is necessary.


Experienced sailors to sharpen skills. Fine points of sailing are covered in detail. Introductory racing, spinnaker setting and trimming also covered. Classes are in J-22's.


How to plan an enjoyable cruise, navigate safely along the coast, moor, anchor, dock, manage sails, and other skills necessary for a successful cruise. For sailors with intermediate experience. Cruising Hands-On (epub). Cruising Hands-On (PDF). Chart No. 1. Chart 13221.

Women's Sailing

The J-22 Women's Sailing Program is designed for women who have some prior sailing experience, such as the BYC/EBSF's beginner or intermediate sailing programs or as crew on a family boat. The program is focused equally on the twin goals of having fun on the water while enjoying the camaraderie of women learning together and further advancing your sailing skills. You'll sail aboard one of the EBSF's J-22 boats with up to six women, all with prior sailing sailing experience and without a designated sailing instructor, leading to a low-stress, but extremely fun, sailing experience. Pick from one of two sessions: June 4 to July 9, or July 16 to August 20.

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Poppasquash Road
Bristol, RI 02809

Phone: 401-253-2922
Fax: 401-253-3283

Latitude N 4140'32.3"
Longitude W 7117'16.6"

VHF: Channel 68

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