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Does anyone have experience with any of the sailing schools in the Boston, MA area? I took an ASA course in DC some years ago for small craft, and I would now like to take a keelboat course. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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I took a refresher course at the Boston Sailing Center and my wife did the Boston Harbor Sailing School. I also did a frostbite winter racing out of the Boston Sailing Center.


I thought the Basic Keelboat Class was pretty good out of the BSC. I think it was 2 or 3 w/e, two full days. Morning was spent in "lecture" class, and afternoon was spent on boats. Each boat (Soling) had an instructor and 3 students. Got about 20 or so hours of on water time.


Wife had less luck with the weather at the BHSC. Her two weekends were filled with pouring rain and 30 kt winds. They managed to get out for a few hours, but in a much larger boat (Pearson 30?).

Be prepared to pay a ~$700 for the Basic Keel boat class. You can also checkout Community Boating (on the Charles River) for basic sailing lessons. They are much cheaper, but I am not sure it is ASA certified.

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The sailing school in Boston for lessons is BlackRock Sailing Black Rock Sailing School in Boston Harbor, MA. Note the numerous ASA awards. The cruising class sails on a Hunter 49. You will not be disappointed.

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Try Black Rock Sailing School

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I am now since three years a member at the Boston Sailing Center and have made very good experience there. Can only recommend it.

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Wife had less luck with the weather at the BHSC. Her two weekends were filled with pouring rain and 30 kt winds. They managed to get out for a few hours, but in a much larger boat (Pearson 30?).

Be prepared to pay a ~$700 for the Basic Keel boat class. You can also checkout Community Boating (on the Charles River) for basic sailing lessons. They are much cheaper, but I am not sure it is ASA certified.
I was a member of the BHSC, and earned my ASA sailing certification through them. I believe that they have since parted ways with ASA (meaning they are no longer an ASA affiliated "school").

Back in the day, Mark told us that "unless there is a named storm, we sail. If there is a named storm, we'll call you if the lesson is cancelled. Otherwise, we sail." Every time that I got on the boat it seemed that the sky opened up and washed the boat. Looking back on it, it was GREAT experience to sail regardless of the weather.

Also; there are ASA sailing schools in the Portland ME, and Providence, RI areas.


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