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.

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!

2021 Class Details

When: Sundays, May 30, June 6 & June 16 at 1:00 pm, rain or shine (wrapping up at approximately 5:00 pm) The camp is open this year, with limited capacity and schedule due to Covid. We’re working to get things back on track after a full year of shutdown. We won’t be offering out Spring Learn to Sail classes, but we’re working on other opportunities throughout the summer. Join our mailing list (at right) to stay up on the latest news and dates!

Cost: $125 (includes all three sessions and materials)


Where: YMCA Camp Chingachgook

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

More Information: email Spencer Raggio

Registration details coming soon!