Learn To Sail

Classes are scheduled on a first come, first served basis as there is limited space available.

Students are expected to wear proper sailing attire, non-marking shoes, and a PFD (USCG Approved Life Jacket). This course is hands-on with more time spent on the water and less time spent in the classroom. It is expected that you read over the US Sailing Keelboat book before coming to class and we will hit different points of the book throughout the weekend. Once you register for your Level I class, the Sailing Director will get you your own US Sailing Basic Keelboat book. If you would like another copy or to see other US Sailing books, click here

HYC Learn To Sail Program

Hampton Yacht Club Adult Sailing offers learn to sail classes for it’s membership only (if you are a nonmember and interested in learning how to sail please contact the Sailing Director). Our US Sailing Level I Basic Keelboat class will introduce you to the basic concepts of sailing on our fleet of Sonars.  Upon completion of the course you will receive a US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification! Classes generally run from Saturday to Sunday on various weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m or weekdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, during the months of April to August . 

Cost is $280 for Basic Keelboat Level I and $140 for Basic Keelboat Level II. Throughout the year, Hampton Yacht Club will offer an all-women’s learn to sail class. 

The Adult Sailing Program offers two types of learn to sail classes: 
  • Basic Keelboat Level I teaches adults the basics of sailing: parts of the boat, points of sail, tacking/jibing, sail trim, knots, helmsmanship, rules of the road, and person in the water. Upon completion students receive a US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification!
  • Basic Keelboat Level II teaches adult’s finer points on sail trim, sail controls, and how to sail with a spinnaker. 
  • PRIVATE LESSONS Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are always willing to work with you individually or in a smaller intimate group, please contact the Sailing Director to help you accomplish your sailing goals: whatever they may be! 
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