Learning to sail is a wonderfully enriching experience, and easy in the hands of an MSC qualified instructor. Whether a first time sailor or an old salt  - our sailing school has a course for you.  MSC is a fully accredited sailing school and training facility certified by the A.S.A and  U.S. Sailing 

Summer classes start each Monday  and  run four or five days in a row.  Saturday and Sunday classes run one or two consecutive weekends. 

You will receive a certificate of competence once you meet the requirements and pass an on the water sailing test. You may also test for an A.S.A. certification (optional). 

A.S.A. Certification  
Basic Keelboat  
Bareboat Chartering  
Marblehead Adult Sailing  
Kids Sailing Programs  
Private Instruction  
Spinnaker/Racing Course  
Frostbiting in Marblehead     


Quality A. S. A. Sailing Instruction  
is what you can expect from MSC. We offer instruction for all levels of sailing, starting with basic sailing  (your first time on a boat), up to offshore passages on large yachts. We teach on the type of boats you will most likely be sailing on after your course is completed. MSC can organize a program fully suited to your needs. We are a fully certified A.S.A. training and testing facility with a classroom overlooking the harbor. 
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Basic Keelboat:  30 Hours  
Come discover the joy of sailing. Makes a great mid-week vacation package! We guarantee you’ll learn to sail in this course. Ample time is provided to practice your newly found skills while sailing in picturesque Marblehead and to nearby islands.  We limit our Learn to Sail classes to a maximum of four students per instructor midweek and five students on the weekends.  We feel our learn to sail course is one of  the very best  available anywhere in the world  today, suitable for most people interested in learning to sail, day sailing our boats, wanting to be considered competent crew on friends boats or someday purchasing a boat of  their own. This course  may  qualify you for a basic sailing club membership (with your instructors endorsement). Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.  We reserve Fridays for students who may require additional instruction time on the water or a storm day.   (Weekend class availability is very limited.) Click here to see a few photos. 
Rate : $650*/pp   
Upon completion of this course y ou may also test for both A.S.A. Basic Keelboat and Basic Coastal Cruising certifications (optional). 
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Bareboat Chartering  
The next level in your sailing progression. We offer  intermediate coastal cruising  to those that have attained proven basic sailing skills. Instruction includes: Review of All Skills, Basic Tuning,  Tidal Flow, Sail Controls, Sail Shape, Reefing, Traveller, Heaving to, De-powering a sail, Reducing heel, Chart Reading, Navigation Rules, Close quarters maneuvering, sailing a 
compass course, acting as skipper in charge of a boat, Anchoring,  Safety at sea, Coastal Cruising planing, Boat Handling Under Power, Docking, Boat Maintance. interpret weather forecasts, plot a course on a chart and sail to that destination, introduction to G.P.S., refueling precautions, operating procedures of equipment, set an anchor.  Offered Monday - Thursday 
or over three days as a live-aboard cruise with one night sail. 
 * Required for all sailing club membership. 
  Rate: $650*/pp   
 You may also test for an A.S.A. certification (optional). 
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Marblehead Adult Sailing  
The Marblehead Adult Sailing Program is an excellent opportunity for adult residents of Marblehead to obtain quality sailing instruction.  We hold introduction to sailing classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings on the water at the Gerry Playground (off Stramski Way) – it’s a great location with scenery that offers a calming and refreshing end to a stress-filled day – and you’ll learn how to sail! 
The Marblehead Adult Sailing Program is run in collaboration with the Marblehead Recreation and Parks Commission. When you graduate from our program you’ll be able to continue your sailing experience on  days that we set aside for students to polish their new skills while enjoying a sail in the waters off Marblehead. Chick here to see a few photos. 
Rate : $150*/pp For 3 weeks of classes. 
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Kids Sailing Programs  
Sail Marblehead offers a variety of youth programs during the summer months.  These programs are run at no cost to the participants and include sailing activities for inner city kids, kids with cancer and other special youth groups. Click here to see a few photos. 
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PRIVATE INSTRUCTION:      $75 Per Hour  
Private instruction is also available on your own yacht or ours . The most personalized instruction available. Instruction is available for 1/2 day, a full day, or up to a 5 day trip. Learn to sail, prepare to cruise, learn Gulf Stream strategies, Intercoastal Waterway preparation (snow birds planning to head south for the winter) and more. Please inquire as to rates and availability. 
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Marblehead Sailing School offers to the sailor that has successfully attained both basic and intermediate skills the opportunity to expand his sailing skills and knowledge .Course includes: Advanced tuning, racing tactics, starts, windshifts, latest "go-fast" techniques, sail designs, spinnaker sets, spinnaker trim. Many of our racing instructors are ranked nationally.  Jim Ouellette is a U.S. Sailing certified race committee officer. You will actually race in a fleet during this course. (Very limited availability for 2003). Click here to see a few photos. 
Rate : $695*/pp   
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Frostbiting in Marblehead    
Team MSC  won the last series in the Boston Yacht Club 2001 Sonar winter racing program , held in March and April of 2001. After forty races, first and second was separated by only 1/2 of one point.  Come out and join the fun! Sonar #512, was skippered by instructor Jim Ouellette. Click here to see some photos or  Check here to see the BYC results page. 
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A thorough study of the material in advance is required to get the most out of each course: Sailing Fundamentals: The Official Learn-To-Sail Manual of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary by Gary Jobson ($20.00) and Basic Coastal Cruising. 
  • Sailing Fundamentals Text book
  • Boating Shoes/White Sole Sneakers only 
  • Comfortable Clothing, Sunscreen, 
  • Sunglasses, Hat/Visor, 
  • Beverages/Snacks, lunch to bring aboard, 
  • Rain Gear (we sail rain or shine)  
Schedule/Rates subject to change without notice

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