Sailing classes

Registration open for adult sailing lessons at the Maritime Museum | Local announcements

KINGSTON — The Hudson River Maritime Museum Sailing School announces that the 2022 Adult Sailing Programs are now open for enrollment. Adult sailors of all skill levels will find a variety of on-water lessons starting in May 2022.

Popular lessons include First Sail, an introductory session aboard the museum’s classic Tidbit catboat, with a certified US Sailing instructor. No experience is necessary and students will learn the practical basics by doing the two-hour experience on the beautiful Rondout Creek and Hudson River. More experienced sailors can enroll in the school’s U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat, a 21-hour course covering crew operations, heavy-weather sailing, and more. Qualified students will have the opportunity to obtain certification after the course. A summary of the classes appears below.

First Sail – Offers an introduction to sailing aboard the Tidbit Museum’s classic catboat with a certified US Sailing instructor. Learn the basics of sailing and enjoy two hours on the beautiful Rondout Creek and Hudson River. Beginners are welcome, as are experienced sailors. Instructors will personalize for participants in each class.

Adult Keelboat Sailing Series – A series of three lesson sessions designed for adult students (18+) who are new to keelboat sailing or want to learn more about keelboat sailing. Certified US Sailing Instructors will teach or review the basics of sailing aboard a stable 24-25 foot keelboat. Participants will practice crew skills as well as boat navigation. The instructor/student ratio is 1:4.

Adult Dinghy Series – Students in this three-session lesson series sail the museum’s 14- and 16-foot Capri centreboard sailboats. Students must be agile and able to move comfortably around the tender sailboats. The series is designed for adults with no previous experience and for those with some experience who want to learn more about sailing dinghies. Students will sail with a certified US Sailing instructor and two other adults.

US Sailing Basic Keelboat – A course open to beginner adult sailors as well as those who are more experienced. This 21-hour course covers a solid curriculum created by US Sailing, the sport’s national governing body. The course will use the “basic keelboat” manual published by US Sailing and taught primarily on the water aboard the school’s stable 24-25 foot keelboats. Students will practice their skills on the water to gain confidence in steering their vessels. At the end of the course, qualified students will have the opportunity to take the test to qualify for the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification.

Early registration for courses is recommended. Students who register before March 15 can take advantage of last season’s rates which will increase after this date. Safety is always a priority at HRMM Sailing School and information on how we keep people safe is available on the school website.

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