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Beginner in Boston, MA

Hello,

My name is Chris and I'm a 25 y/o guy, who is very interested in learning to sail in the Boston area. I am interested in any type of sailing, but racing with a larger vessel and crew would be great! I want to become a top notch crew member so I can travel in a yacht setting. Im a white water kayak instructor, PADI Advanced Diver with gear, practicing EMT and very motivated. If anyone has some advice of where I should start I would really appreciate it!

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Re: Beginner in Boston, MA

Boston Harbor Sailing Club (Boston Sailing - Schools Lessons Certifications - Boston Harbor Sailing Club - Sailboat Racing Moorings Rentals Charters) , and the Boston Sailing Center (Boston Sailing Center lessons. The Pelagic Sailing Club (pelagicsailingclub.org/)does NOT offer lessons, but is a club for Sailors who need boats to meet Boat Owners who need crew.
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Re: Beginner in Boston, MA

Great! Thanks for the valuable info. Are there any places or captains that will teach me if I volunteer my time in return for training?
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Re: Beginner in Boston, MA

I am not sure whether any of the sailing schools will offer lessons for work. More likely a boat owner prepared to sail with you in return for maintenance help.

Incidentally, if you want proper lessons, I would recommend Black Rock Sailing School (out of fan pier Boston) and peleagic as a way to meet people with boats.
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You can also learn to sail and race on the Charles River for $100-150 (I think) with unlimited time on the water. Great and inexpensive way to learn the fundamentals which will make you that much more appealing as crew. The harbor courses are good, but a lot more $$$. You could try calling the harbor clubs to see if you can work in exchange for classes, but I'd think that's more of a long shot. If you are serious then I'd suggest spending the money on classes and then crewing.
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Re: Beginner in Boston, MA

Community Boating costs about $150 per year membership and I don't think the lessons cost anything. Dinghy sailing (including small keelboats) so certainly a good starting point.

It is on the Charles River Basin by the Longfellow Bridge
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Re: Beginner in Boston, MA

I'd second Boston Sailing Center. They have a great, informative website and the prices are right.

They also have a lot of big boats and its easy to connect with members who need crew to sail them. I had a great experience there.
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Re: Beginner in Boston, MA

Courageous Sailing in Charlestown or Piers Point in East Boston are both non-profit sailing centers and are much more likely to work out a deal with you on working for your lessons.

I spent most of my weekend days at Courageous this past summer, and plan to do so again this coming summer! 45 days until sailing season...
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