Adult Programs

The Nantucket Yacht Club Sailing Department offers several wonderful options for Adult Sailing Instruction.  Please click on the class name to register.

Women's Racing Program (for Novice and Advanced Sailors)

Tuesday 1:00-4:00 PM
Thursday 3:00-7:00 PM

Participants must register for at least 4 consecutive classes
, but interested women are encouraged to sign up for as many weeks as possible this summer. 

In general, Tuesday is a structured practice where we will focus on a set of skills to improve overall sailing and racing.  Thursdays will include a short practice session and warm-up, and then coached racing in GHYC's Thursday Night Jobson Series.  We would love to see our advanced women participate in these clinics.  Advanced teams may practice without a coach in the boat, focusing on teamwork and execution, while our novice and developing women will have coaches sailing in the boats with them.  It is important to clarify that these practices are open to women with any level of racing experience, including genuine novices who have very little time in a sailboat.  We will divide the groups by ability, and our experienced instructors will be able to bring newer sailors up to speed while challenging and training our more advanced women.  

Tuesday Night Women’s Clinic
5:00-7:00 PM

Our Tuesday Night Women’s Clinic is an introductory sailing experience for our female members, designed to teach basic proficiencies in sailing.  Each class will have a theme designed around competent seamanship, including getting on and off a mooring, safe dock landings, how to reef a sail, upwind sailing and basic points of sail, and even capsize recovery!  These themes will repeat throughout the summer.  This is a wonderful way to get on the water and get an introduction to basic skills.  Participants must sign up by noon on Monday to participate in Tuesday evening clinics.

Thursday Night Novice Race Clinic
4:30 - 7:00 PM

Our co-ed Thursday Night Novice Race Clinic is open to both women and men, and is centered around participation in the GHYC Thursday night races.  Coaches will go over basic racing strategies while coaching the participants in the racing.  Participants may sign up individually or as a team of 2 people, and will be paired with a coach who will ride in the boat.  Availability on Thursdays is dependent on enrollment for our Women’s Racing Program and the availability of Rhodes 19s.  Participants must sign up by noon on Wednesday to participate in Thursday Race Clinics.

Private Instruction Options

The Sailing Department offers private lessons for sailors of all ages and abilities, from late June until late August.  They are generally offered on weekdays after 5:15 PM, and weekends between 11:30 AM - 4 PM, by reservation only.  For more information on reserving a private lesson, and for pricing, please contact the Sailing Department.


Billing and Cancellation Policy
Members will be billed for their classes upon registration.  Cancellations for the Women's Racing Program must be received a minimum of 1 week prior to class date, otherwise the participant will not receive a refund for missed classes.  Cancellations for the Tuesday or Thursday evening clinics must be received 24 hours before class in order to receive a refund.

Adult Sailing Guest Policy
Guest registrations will be accepted, on a space available basis, beginning on June 15, 2018.

The Member-sponsor must contact the Sailing Office to register a guest in the program. The sponsor and the guest must be enrolled in the same program, although are not required to be in the same boat.

For the Women's Racing Program, both members and guests must be enrolled for a minimum of two consecutive weeks (4 classes).

Member sponsors will be charged the lesson fees incurred by their guests, plus the $18 daily guest fee, and will also be responsible for any other charges by their guests. Member sponsors are held accountable for the conduct of their guests.

All guest applications for enrollment in the Women’s Sailing Instructional classes shall be approved by both the Race Committee Chair and the Membership Committee.