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Welcome to the Summer 2017 Woods Hole Yacht Club Sailing School!

We have been teaching sailing in our community since 1960 and welcome both members and non-members alike! This year we are offering three two-week sessions with classes Monday through Thursday in both the Mercurys and Mirror Dinghies. Session 1 begins Monday July 3, Session 2 begins Monday, July 17 and Session 3 begins Monday, July 31. As well, we will run the extra week after the regular sessions end. *New* this season are Learn to Race Mirror Dinghy clinics held on Friday mornings for intermediate sailors who have a desire to learn racing techniques!

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.

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.

Private Lessons:
In an effort to accommodate busy summer schedules, private and adult lesson scheduling is open and flexible in the afternoons 3:30-5:00pm. *New* this summer we are offering private/adult lessons on Friday mornings as well (8:30-10am, 10:15-11:45pm, or 12-1:30pm). Private lessons are offered July 3 -August 19 in accordance with instructor availability.

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