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Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club
43˚ 50' 49" N
069˚ 38' 40" W
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BHYC Sailing Academy: Adult Sailing Instruction
All Sailing Academy classes are predominantly taught in the boats and on the water to maximize practical knowledge and skill building, supplemented by individual reading from the provided textbook. From introductory to advanced sailing classes, all courses are designed for the adult sailor based on years of experience.
Our instructors are US Sailing certified, and the the BHYC Sailing Academy is one of only two locations in the state of Maine that is a US Sailing accredited program.
Membership in BHYC is not required to join any class -- our classes are open to all who are interested.
All Adult Learn to Sail programs are taught on our J/22 sailboats or Boothbay Harbor One Design sailboats. Private lessons can also be arranged on your own boat.
Sailing Academy Programs
The Sailing Academy offers four adult programs to meet your needs:
About the Club's Sailboats
The Boothbay Harbor One Design is a 21’ sloop designed in 1937 by Gerd Hendel. It has a 950 lb. keel which make them very safe and none have ever capsized in over 79 years. Steeped in history, a total of 57 of these boats have built including four in the past 10 years. Some of the older boats are being rebuilt by a new process, making them incredibly strong and leak free. Members of the BHYC have access to 2 One Designs which they can charter to race or sail.
Since its introduction in 1983, the J/22 has blossomed into an International class now with 1,550+ boats sailing in 65 fleets in 18 countries. BHYC has three club J/22s, and several members own and race these sailboats. All members have access (first come, first served!) to the Club's three J/22s. Two are rigged for racing or pleasure sailing, while the third - with a roller furling system, a Dutchman self-flaking main, and a reefable main - is great for a quick sail without all the trouble of rigging.
Sailing in Boothbay Harbor
For any of our adult programs, please:
- Dress in layers appropriate to the weather. Bring rain gear if appropriate - we spend as much time on the water as we can.
- Bring Sunglasses / Hat / Sunscreen / Water
- Wear closed-toe non-marking shoes. No flip-flops, please.
- Bring your USCG approved lifejacket. If you own one that you prefer, please bring it. BHYC will provide a life jacket upon request - please let us know before you arrive if you need a lifejacket.
Courses will be conducted regardless of weather conditions. If weather conditions require it, courses will be held onshore, but we strive to be on the water when safe and practicable.
Questions? Contact the Club at