Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and texting are words most likely part of the vocabulary of any pre-teen, teen or computer-literate adult these days. But how about these words: Dyer Dhow, main sheet, halyard, jibe, tack, fore, aft, starboard, port, head?
If those examples of a sailor’s vernacular aren’t familiar to you, a simple phone call or email could change all that. Enrolling in one of Mystic Seaport’s sailing programs not only expands your vocabulary, it opens up a wonderful opportunity to learn to sail and enjoy an unequaled experience out on the water.
Never sailed before? Doesn’t matter! Don’t own a sailboat? Doesn’t matter! You are grandparent vintage? Doesn’t matter! Only 8 years old? Doesn’t matter! Certified instructors are experienced in teaching all age groups through personal, hands-on instruction. There’s a class designed for every age and every skill level.
Fun and unique among Mystic Seaport offerings is Family Community Sailing. Children ages 8 and older, along with their parents and/or grandparents, learn the basics of sailing together in beginner classes. Intermediate classes are designed for adults who have their sea legs but want to improve their boat handling skills sailing the JY15s. The 3-hour classes run Monday-Friday beginning in late June.
The homeschool community gets off to an even earlier start in mid-April with a Friday class for homeschooled students.
Wait. Don’t log off yet! I’ve saved one of Mystic Seaport’s coolest sailing programs for last. It’s the Overnight Summer Sailing Camp aboard the Joseph Conrad. For 50 years, the six-day camp has been teaching skills of the sea to boys and girls ages 10 to 15 years old. Sleeping on a tall ship each night, the comradeship that develops amongst the campers, the self-confidence climbing the Conrad’s rigging can bring – it’s a super package of learning by doing wrapped in fun. For many “graduates,” the camp was such a fantastic social and learning experience that they return to perfect skills, reunite with camp friends or even return as adults to become camp instructors.
I strongly recommend you watch the videos on Community Sailing and the Conrad Camp that are mentioned on the web pages describing the various sailing programs. All the information about dates, times, costs and registration methods are listed there as well. Here’s a tip, act ASAP so you or your child aren’t disappointed due to an already filled to capacity class. It may seem early, but you know the saying – the early bird gets the worm!
Learn more about Community Sailing programs here – including the video you can watch.
Learn more about sailing camp aboard the Joseph Conrad — including a video — here.
Post written by Trudi Busey.