Sailing offers a number of opportunities for adults to learn to sail. Similar to our youth programs, the focus is
kept on fundamental sailing skills, basic boat care, water safety, and an
appreciation for the sport of sailing. Adults can participate in private
lessons, group lessons, racing series or the Women's Sailing Clinic.
Also available at the Jetties Sailing Center are open sailing opportunities,
which are free to those who join as a Jetties Sailing Center member. Available boats generally include Rhodes 19s,
Sunfish, Lasers, and Marshall Cats.
As with all NCS programs, we ask that students wear appropriate shoes when
participating in any Adult Program. The Jetties Sailing Center is
scheduled to open June 22, 2013.
Adult private lessons
are offered in two hour blocks, seven days a week, rain or shine, at the
Jetties Sailing Center. Students who are interested in Open Sailing
opportunities are encouraged to polish their skills through private lessons.
Instruction may include basic sailing concepts or more advanced racing skills,
depending on the interests and ability level of the student. There are three private lesson blocks during a
day; 10am - 12pm, 1pm -3pm, and 3pm - 5pm.
Registration for private lessons may now be made directly through the
NCS website up until 3pm the day before a lesson. After 3pm the day before the lesson, you may
call the Jetties Sailing Center directly at 508-228-5358 to schedule a private
Three-hour private lessons are offered on one of our J/105 keelboats for adults
interested in learning the basics involved with sailing on a larger vessel. Lesson topics will vary according to the skill
level of the sailor(s). Space is limited to 5 sailors per lesson (ages 8 yrs+,
provided there is an adult par
ticipating in the lesson). Lessons are available
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 1:15pm - 4:15pm.
**NOTE: Lessons may be available on Sundays, providing instructor availability.
Please call the NCS Main Office at 508-228-6600 to inquire about Sunday lessons**
lessons are offered to all age groups every day, throughout the summer, rain or
shine, in one hour increments. Please call the Jetties Sailing Center,
beginning in mid-June, at 508 228 5358 to schedule a lesson.
NCS will hold two
Paddleboard Harbor Tours. Participants
will gather at the Jetties Sailing Center and be given a brief introduction to
Stand-Up-Paddleboarding (SUP) before heading off to explore the harbor with the
help of an instructor/guide. The goal of the tour will be to have fun, explore
the beauty of Nantucket and get some basic exercise. Participants can either rent a board from NCS
(limited availability, reserved online in the registration process) or BYOB
(Bring Your Own Board). The goal of the tour will be to have fun, explore the
beauty of Nantucket and get some basic exercise. Dates: Friday, July 11 and
Friday, August 1. 7am-9am.
NCS is once again hosting a Family
Cruise to Coatue! On Friday evening, August 1st from 5:00pm - 8:00pm,
participants will meet NCS instructors at our Jetties Sailing Center.
Participants will then sail as a group in Rhodes 19s, Marshall Cat 15s, RS
Visions, etc., with the help of an instructor in each boat, over to Second
Point (distance will depend on tide and weather.) Once anchored off Coatue,
families and instructors can enjoy a picnic dinner, play games and relax before
sailing back to the Jetties Sailing Center.
*This event will also be
open to any friends of NCS, who have their own craft. They may sail to meet us
at Coatue, and enjoy their picnics with us.
This event is intended to gather NCS students and their parents (or NCS
students and their children!) in one setting, to enjoy an evening sail
together. (Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a
parent/guardian). Families must register each participant individually and each
participant must be over the age of 15 years, or otherwise must have a parent
or guardian attend the event with them. Each participant is responsible for
their own food and beverage. Please note: The maximum number of people per boat
is 4 students 1 instructor, so larger families will have to split up.
The Women's Sailing Clinic is
designed to specifically give adult women, of all ages and skill levels, the
opportunity to learn to sail, or to refine previous sailing skills, at the
Jetties Sailing Center. Focus is placed on teaching and reviewing the
fundamentals, as well as introducing students to the basics of racing.
Key goals of the class include building confidence and ensuring that students
are comfortable on the water.
Classes are taught primarily in Rhodes 19s or Marshall 15s with an instructor
and 2-3 students onboard. In the case of inclement weather there will be a
"chalk-talk" and on-land instruction will still take place.
A single clinic will be offered this year on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm -
7:30pm. This clinic will offer both beginner and intermediate/beginner
racing instruction, by splitting the student-group in half each night and
tailoring lesson plans to the skills of each group.
The beginner group lesson plan and
water drills will be oriented towards introductory sailing concepts and will be
intended for our beginner sailors, or those sailors who may be looking to enjoy
a more relaxed approach to learning and sailing.
The intermediate/beginner racing
lesson plan and water drills will be oriented towards more advanced sailing
concepts and beginner racing techniques and is intended for those students who
may be looking to "take the next step." A women's clinic
student may follow the progression from the beginner group to the intermediate
group on Tuesday evenings, and eventually advance to "Thursday Rhodes
Racing" once she feels comfortable and as she is interested.
The Women's Clinic has limited
spaces available. As always, Women's Clinic is based on a first-come,
first-serve basis. If a clinic is showing "filled," please put
yourself on the wait-list as we often have cancellations throughout the summer.
Members of the Jetties Sailing Center (and the Westmoor Club) are eligible to
receive a 50% discount of the cost of the clinic. If you are not yet a
member, you may join as an NCS Jetties Sailing Center member within the
registration, otherwise the fee for women's clinic is $60 per clinic.
Should you need to cancel your enrollment for a clinic, you must do so at least
24hrs before the clinic is scheduled to take place. If you do not cancel
and do not attend the clinic, you will still be responsible for payment.
There are no refunds issued due to inclement weather. We ask that you be
sure to include your cell phone information during registration, so that we may
contact you in case of inclement weather. If you have questions, please
contact the NCS Main Office at 508-228-6600.
** NOTE: There is no Women's Clinic on August 11th, 2014 due to Nantucket Race
Week. However there may be a Women's Fun Sail as a part of Nantucket Race
Week on Tuesday, August 11th, 2014. This event is not included in the NCS
Women's Clinic Registration or Membership. More on how to register for
this event will be available on the Nantucket Race Week website at www.nantucketraceweek.org.**
On two Tuesday clinic evenings
throughout the summer, Nantucket Yacht Club and Great Harbor Yacht Club host
"All-island Women's Sails" followed by dinner at the host club.
Nantucket Community Sailing women's clinic sailors are invited to participate
in these events. More information will follow later this spring.
New in 2014, on Thursday evenings,
Nantucket Community Sailing will offer an opportunity for racing in NCS Rhodes
19s as part of Great Harbor Yacht Club's Jobson Race Series. This is an
excellent way for adult sailors (18+), who feel comfortable recreationally
sailing and/or have basic racing experience, but who are interested in learning
to race or brushing up on their racing skills, to do so in a practice
environment, with an instructor-coach on-board. Generally, two windward-leeward
courses will be sailed, with the option for a third. Spinnakers will be used by
those boats that are interested, although they are not a requirement for
The Jobson Series will run every
Thursday from 4:30pm - 6:30pm with NCS sailors meeting at the Jetties Sailing
Center no later than 3:30pm and returning by 7:15pm. Sailors will be
paired according to skill level, with 2-3 racers and a coach per boat.
Courses will be briefly reviewed, along with basic tactics, and sailors
will head out to rig their boats and sail over to the GHYC race area off
Please note that there will be no
racing on Thursday, August 15th during Nantucket Race Week. Also note
that participants will be required to submit a damage deposit along with their
registration each week.
to learn about Nantucket Race Week!