Summer Class Descriptions

MSA 2021 Summer Sessions:

Students are grouped in classes by age, ability and interest. Classes are offered for children ages 8 to 18 (as of September 1st). Most classes are offered in 4 two-week sessions. All participants must wear a USCG certified life jacket in classes.

In order to participate in the MSA program, every sailor must be able to swim 100 yards continuously and have this verified by a Water Safely Instructor on the MSA swim form. This form must be received by MSA before the sailor's first class. Both a Water Safety Instructor and a parent must sign the form. The swim test form can be found on the parent section of this site.

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Learn to Sail - 

The Learn to Sail class is for sailors who have successfully completed one session of Sea Urchin or Learn to Sail class, or can demonstrate similar skills, AND ARE COMFORTABLE SAILING A BOAT ON THEIR OWN. The Learn to Sail class is for children who have little to no sailing experience, including those who have taken the Sea Urchin class. Sailors are taught in small groups in Optimist dinghies. Students will learn boat rigging, points of sail, basic sail trim, and boat safety. There will be both on and off water instruction.

This class has a hands-on, learn-to-sail focus. When complete, the sailor will be able to demonstrate basic helm, trim, and water awareness skills. The sailor will be able to identify the major parts of a sailboat and sail a boat from point A to point B.

This class is best for children who are new sailors, age 9-11 and who are comfortable on a boat by themselves.

Mondays - Fridays 9:30-12:30

$465 per session

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OPTI Intermediate - 

The Opti 2 class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of Learn to Sail, or 2020’s Opti 1, or can demonstrate similar skills. This class will refine previous skills learned and build on that foundation through greater independence in rigging, sailing and boat maintenance. There will be both on and off water instruction. Students will sail in an Optimist dinghy.

This class has a hands-on, learn-to-sail focus. When complete the sailor will be able to demonstrate helming skills, tack and jibe in control, trim a sail to course, identify the parts of a sailboat, sail upwind close-hauled, and be confident and independent in an Optimist sailboat.

This class is best for sailors who are 8 - 11 years old with demonstrated basic sailing skills or who have successfully completed two sessions of Learn to Sail, Opti 1, or an equivalent course.

Mondays - Fridays 9:00-12:00 - $465 per session

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OPTI Advanced (10-13 year olds) - 

The class is for sailors who have successfully completed one session of Opti Intermediate or can demonstrate similar skills. This class will refine previous skills learned and build on that foundation through greater independence in rigging, sailing and boat maintenance. There will be both on and off water instruction. Students will sail in an Optimist dinghy.

This class has a hands-on, learn-to-sail focus. When complete the sailor will be able to demonstrate helming skills, tack and jibe in control, trim a sail to course, identify the parts of a sailboat, sail upwind close-hauled, and be confident and independent in an Optimist sailboat.

This class is best for sailors who are 10 - 13 years old with demonstrated basic sailing skills or who have successfully completed one session of Opti Intermediate or an equivalent course.

Mondays - Fridays 1:30 - 4:30 - $465 per session

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Laser/C420 Beginner and Intermediate -

The Laser/C420 Beginner and Intermediate class is designed for sailors who are comfortable on the water and are ready to enhance their sailing skills in a Laser or C420. We will separate the class in the first day based on skill level and experience into two groups; beginner and intermediate. There will be both chalkboard (pre and post sailing) and on-the-water instruction with a focus on fun while learning. Students will learn boat, rigging, handling, and sail trim.

This class has a hands-on learn-to-sail focus. When complete, sailors will be able to sail a Laser or C420 upwind, downwind, and do so with independence and confidence.

This class is best for 13 - 18 year old sailors who are seeking to become proficient at one-person performance dinghy sailing. This is a great step towards either racing, or a recreational oriented mastery of sailing.

NOTE: C420s ARE TWO PERSON BOATS AND MUST EITHER BE SIBLING/HOUSING TOGETHER PAIRS, OR AN APPROVED IN WRITING BY MSA MATCHED PAIR FOR ALL SESSIONS THE PAIR SAILS. All other sailors will be single handing Lasers.

Mondays - Fridays 8:30-11:30 - $465 per session

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Opti Intro to Race & Race -

The Opti Intro to Race & Race class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the Opti Intermediate class, or can demonstrate similar skills. This class focuses on creating expertise and building lifelong sailing skills as well as basic sailboat racing. There will be both on and off the water instruction and sailors will sail in an Optimist dinghy.

This class has a hands-on, learn-to-sail focus. When complete, the sailor will be able to confidently handle wind conditions up to 16 knots, sail around Misery Island, and be ready, if they want to, to start racing.

Sailors who choose to race, will participate in local and potentially travel regattas in the Mass Bay area and beyond depending on COVID restrictions, race readiness, and instructor guidance.

This class is best for sailors 9 - 14 years old with demonstrated intermediate or better sailing skills or who have successfully completed two session for Opti Intermediate or an equivalent course.

Mon - Fri 1:00 - 4:00

$465 per session

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Intro-to-Race & Race Laser/C420 -

The Laser/C420 Intro-to-Race & Race class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the Opti Intermediate class, or can demonstrate similar skills. This class focused on creating broad sailing expertise and building lifelong general sailing as well as sailboat racing skills. There will be both on and off the water instruction and sailors will sail in a Laser or C420 dinghy.

C420s ARE TWO PERSON BOATS AND MUST EITHER BE SIBLING/HOUSING TOGETHER PAIRS, OR AN APPROVED IN WRITING BY MSA MATCHED PAIR FOR ALL SESSIONS THE PAIR SAILS. All other sailors will be single handing Lasers.

The Advanced and Race Laser/C420 class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the 420 Intermediate class or can demonstrate similar skills. There will be both chalkboard (pre and post sailing) and on-the-water instruction.

This class has a hands-on, mastery-of-sailing focus. When complete, sailors will be well-rounded, independent, and confident sailors capable of sailing in most in-shore weather conditions.

Sailors who choose to race, will participate in local and potentially travel regattas in the Mass Bay area and beyond depending on COVID restrictions, race readiness, and instructor guidance.

This class is best for sailors who are 13 - 18 years old with demonstrated intermediate or better sailing skills or who have successfully completed two sessions of C420 Intermediate or an equivalent course.

Mon - Fri 1:30 - 5:30

$465 per session

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Advanced Junior Sailing – C420/Laser -

The Advanced Junior Sailing class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the Opti Intermediate class, or can demonstrate similar skills. This class focused on creating broad sailing expertise and building lifelong general sailing. There will be both on and off the water instruction and sailors will sail in a Laser, C420 dinghy, or other available boats.

C420s ARE TWO PERSON BOATS AND MUST EITHER BE SIBLING/HOUSING TOGETHER PAIRS, OR AN APPROVED IN WRITING BY MSA MATCHED PAIR FOR ALL SESSIONS THE PAIR SAILS. All other sailors will be single handing Lasers.

The Advanced Junior Sailing Laser/C420 class is for sailors who have successfully completed two sessions of the 420 Intermediate class or can demonstrate similar skills. There will be both chalkboard (pre and post sailing) and on-the-water instruction.

This class has a hands-on, mastery-of-sailing focus. When complete, sailors will be well-rounded, independent, and confident sailors capable of sailing in most in-shore weather conditions.

Sailors will learn basic navigation, explore the surrounding waters, and have a great time doing so.

This class is best for sailors who are 13 - 18 years old with demonstrated intermediate or better sailing skills or who have successfully completed two sessions of C420 Intermediate or an equivalent course.

Mon - Fri 1:30 - 5:30

$465 per session


PLEASE NOTE: If you are registering for more than one class/session (and/or for more than one person), when using the registration system, please click the blue ADD button for all of the sessions before clicking the yellow CONTINUE button. You will have the opportunity to assign participants to individual classes after that.

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