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Sailing Classes


*Read our Covid-19 Policies & Procedures Guide*


  • Year-Round Island Resident Families: "Early Bird Registration" Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12PM EST
  • General Registration: Monday, February 1, 2021 at 12PM EST

*If you rolled over funds from 2020 to 2021, you will be given access to register on Monday, January 25 at 12pm EST*

Nantucket Community Sailing offers a full range of private and group sailing programs for children and adults of all ages, ability levels and interest between our Jetties Sailing Center, Polpis Harbor and Children's Beach Pier locations.

In addition to our classes, Nantucket Community Sailing partners with other organizations to provide access to the water and sailing opportunities. To learn more please visit our Community Outreach Programs Page from the menu to the left.

Sailors with Special Needs
Nantucket Community Sailing works with sailors of many ages, levels and abilities - both physical and emotional. Sometimes our sailors have special needs. We ask that parents of these sailors please be forthcoming with these needs so we can do our absolute best to ensure all of our students' sailing experiences are positive, successful, and safe. If your student has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), Accommodation or Behavioral Plan, or if you have any specific recommendations for working successfully with your student, please contact our Program Director, Emily Taylor ( Nantucket Community Sailing also runs a watersports partner class at our Jetties Sailing Center with Nantucket S.T.A.R. (Sports and Therapeutic Accessible Recreation) for students with special physical and emotional needs.

Per NCS ByLaws, an NCS Youth Student Membership is required for all youth (ages 5-18) who register for NCS summer classes and you will be prompted to purchase this membership during the online registration process. Memberships are not required for anyone who is signing up for a private sailing lesson. Depending upon the membership level you purchase, all or a portion of your membership fee is considered a tax deductible donation to NCS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Click here to learn more about membership.

Before you register for classes, here is some helpful information:

What programs are available through NCS?

NCS has a large number of programs available to sailors ages 2 and up. Please review our updated class descriptions and schedules and fees from the menu to the left. We strongly suggest you visit these pages to read about the many classes NCS offers before starting your registration process. By deciding what program(s) will best suit your sailor(s) ahead of time, you will have an easier time completing the registration application.

Do I need to set up an account?

Yes, first-timers will need to set up an account. This will allow you to view your account online, to see which programs you are registered for, if you have a balance, and make online payments. You will also be able to log-in at any time and add classes for the current season.

What class should I register my sailor(s) for?

If you have a returning sailor, give the NCS office a call to see which program their instructors suggests for the upcoming season. If you have a new sailor or any other questions, please review our program progression chart to get a feel for how one might move through our programs based on age and experience level. Call our office at 508.228.6600 or email and we'll be happy to help you find the best fit your sailor.

How does the waitlist work?

If your name comes up on a waitlist we will try every contact method you provided. If we do not hear back from you within 24 hours, we will move to the next name on the waitlist. There is no fee to be added to a waitlist and you're not required to sign up if your name is called.

Do you offer shuttle service

Yes! In an effort to alleviate the traffic going to Polpis in the mornings, NCS offers a van to Polpis Harbor from the Nantucket Ice Rink. Space is limited, so we suggest registering for this service early. The van is offered as a round trip service. Check- In begins 10 minutes prior to departure. Parents/Guardians are responsible for promptly picking up their children. There is a $20 late pick-up fee, which will be billed to your NCS account, if a parent/guardian is later than 15 minutes to pick-up their student.

For more information email or call 508.228.6600.

P.O. Box 2424, Nantucket, MA 02584
NCS Office: 508-228-6600 | Jetties Sailing Center: 508-228-5358
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