Learn to Sail


Introduction to Sailing

You’ve always wanted to learn to sail;
here’s your chance!

Our introductory program consists of three consecutive Sunday afternoon sessions, and includes both classroom instruction and on-the-water. The boats we will be using are 24-foot Rainbows and 23-foot Sonars — these boats are stable, safe, roomy, and in general great boats on which to learn.

Download the Learn to Sail registration form in pdf (Acrobat) format.

What You’ll Learn:
  • Sailing terms and parts of the boat
  • How a sailboat works
  • Basic sail trim and sail controls
  • How to rig the boat for sailing
  • How to read the wind
  • Changing directions by tacking and jibing
  • Essential sailing knots
  • Safety basics
  • Rules of the road and on-water navigation aids

All students will receive basic sailing instructional materials (pdf). There is no certification associated with this class, though you will receive a US Sailing First Sail certificate of participation after taking this course. It’s a great way to pick up the basics and spend three fun days sailing on the most beautiful lake in the Northeast!

2019 Class Details

When: Sundays, May 5, May 12 & May 19 at 1:00 pm, rain or shine (wrapping up at approximately 5:00 pm)

Cost: $125 (includes all three sessions and materials)
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or check payable to YMCA


One-Day First Sail Sessions

When: TBD
Cost: $60 per person for the day
($75 after June 1)
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or check payable to YMCA


Where: YMCA Camp Chingachgook

Who: Anyone, 14 and older, looking to learn the basics

Registration: Camp Chingachgook 518-656-9462.

More Information: email Spencer Raggio

Register today!

Download the Learn to Sail registration form (pdf)