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Welcome to the Woods Hole Yacht Club Sailing School!

We have been teaching sailing in our community since 1960 and welcome both members and non-members alike! We offer group and private lessons to children and adults for 7 weeks during the summer.

Our expectation with the short time we have, is that a student from our program will learn to make safe choices on the water when confronted with the variables of weather, tide, current, boat traffic, and peer pressure. Woods Hole Harbor is a great teacher, our sailors develop the ability to make good choices on the water and learn the fun of moving through water with only a tiller and sail.

Summer 2018: We offer two three-week sessions with classes Monday through Thursday.
Session 1: July 2-20
Session 2: July 23-August 10
Special Session: August 13-17

*New* for Summer 2018: Junior Racing Series and Clinic, Monday evenings 5-7pm.

Private Lessons:
Private lessons are offered July 2 – August 17 in accordance with instructor availability. Private and adult lessons are offered Monday-Thursday afternoons 3:30-5:00pm or for 1hr during lunch (12:30-1:30pm). Private/adult lessons are also offered on Friday mornings (8:30-10am, 10:15-11:45pm, or 12-1:30pm). 

Guidelines for Sailors:
Our minimum age is 9. Dress appropriately for the weather – wearing a bathing suit is recommended, and please no open toe shoes. Apply plenty of sunscreen before class and bring a water bottle. If you own a lifejacket, please bring it as we have a limited selection for students to borrow during their lesson. Younger beginning and intermediate students are best taught in morning classes when wind is generally lighter.

Email ( is the best way to contact us for any questions/comments until the beginning of sailing school.


Thank you for your interest, and see you all this summer!

Cynthia Rankin
Administrative Director
Woods Hole Yacht Club Sailing School