American Yacht Club Summer Camps (ages 10 – adult)

The American Yacht Club of Newburyport is offering its annual sailing school for kids (and adults) this summer 2022. It’s great fun and easier than you think! Supercharge your kids summer by enrolling them for a session or two at the AYC Sailing Camp!

Our instructors lead classroom and on-the-water instruction based on the recommended US Sailing Program curriculum and adapted for sailing on Joppa Flats and the Merrimack River, with plenty of exercises and races thrown in for fun! Skills are built at the student’s pace through five consecutive half day sessions earning their US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certificate.

American Yacht Club Summer Camps 2022
Youth Sailing School

Our summer courses are designed to be fun, yet instructional, with students earning their US Sailing basic keelboat certificate. Skills are built at the student’s pace through five consecutive half day sessions.

Courses run through the summer vacation and students can sign up for a week of morning sessions, a week of afternoon sessions, or both. If both AM and PM sessions are booked in the same week, please provide a packed lunch and someone will be on hand to supervise throughout the lunch break.

Ages: 10 to 17
Junior Sailing Morning Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Junior Sailing Afternoon Session: Classes: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Youth Sessions:

  • June 27 – July 1
  • July 4 – 8
  • July 11 – 15
  • July 18 – 22
  • July 25 – 29
  • August 1 – 5
  • August 8 – 12
  • August  15 – 19

Cost: $275 per session
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Adult Sailing School

The American Yacht Club knows that learning to sail isn’t just for youngsters! Our program provides an opportunity for adults to learn the basics of small boat handling and to experience the joy of spending a few early evenings sailing on the Merrimack River.

Adult students learn basic sailing skills, small boat handling, rigging, and safety. As students develop their skills and build confidence, the instructor will appropriately advance their sailing experience on the water through fun based exercises.

Adult Sessions:

  • Session 1 / Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, June 21 – July 5
  • Session 2 / Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, July 7 – July 21
  • Session 3 / Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, July 26 – August 9

Cost: $275
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The American Yacht Club is America’s oldest continually operating private yacht club. We are located in Newburyport, MA on the Merrimack River, just a short jaunt from the river’s mouth.

American Yacht Club
115R Water Street, Newburyport MA

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