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Introduction to Sailing

Miramar Yacht Club offers Annual Introduction to Sailing Sessions 

Sailing is a sport unlike any other. It can be enjoyed at any age, it offers equal opportunities to men and women, while race and social status are irrelevant. Sailing brings challenge and satisfaction, fulfillment and adrenaline-surging excitement. It offers a sense of freedom and independence that, once experienced often leads to healthy addiction. For those who catch that sailing bug, there is rarely any cure.

The formal route to training is to find a sailing school, spend a small fortune, and discover that you learn nothing at the end of last session. The other, more sensible way to learn is to join a group of people that already sails.

It's become our club's tradition to host one day sailing lesson for people who've never tried sailing. Many people think of sailing a boat as of something dangerous, expensive, inaccessible and difficult to get into or learn. Little do they know that there is a place in Brooklyn where everyone is welcome to sail, learn and enjoy this beautiful sport. So, let your dream become a reality. Spend a day with dreamers like yourself, learning sailing. If you like it sign up for our special "Seek&Sail".

Who should attend the class? If you agree to any of the following statements, this class is for you. 

  • I have never been sailing.

  • I’ve been sailing only couple of times, but I couldn’t tell you the difference between a close tack and a broad reach.

  • I’m not interested in taking a sailing class at this time, but I would like to know enough to be helpful on a sailboat.

  • I’ve enrolled in a basic sailing class, but I’d like to get a solid head start before my first on-the-water lesson.

  • I am 14 years old or older. 

What is the class schedule?

  • The classroom session starts at 10:00 and last for about two - two and a half hours,

  • Lunch and social hour, from noon to 13:30,

  • After lunch you will spend about two hours practicing sailing in the Bay (subject to weather condition)

Due to increased demand Miramar Yacht Club hosts Introduction to Sailing class not just once this year, as we traditionally do in May. Organizers of the class have made arrangements with the management of the club to host this class twice:

  • May 22nd, 2021 - Class and Practice sail*

  • May 23rd, 2021 - Class and Practice sail*, and

  • June 12-13th - Seek & Sail Session

Important Note: Due to NY Executive Order No. 202.17 signed by Gov. Cuomo on 4/15, all members and guests must wear a cloth face covering/mask while inside, and at the request of other members in close proximity to them.
This directive is effective 4/17/2020 8:00PM and will remain in place until further advised by the State of New York.

Because of the uncertainty related to COVID-19 pandemic this schedule might change. Please revisit this page for latest updates.

In the event of cancellation all students will be fully refunded.

What to expect from the class?

After completing this one day course (about 5 hours), you’ll understand:

  • how a sailboat works,

  • the common commands used to steer one,

  • some basic sailing terminology,

  • basic boating knots,

  • basics of boating safety and weather.

The best part of the days is, of-course, is active participation and experiencing magic of sailing.

"I took the class, now what?"Another great tradition of our club is annual Seek & Sail Session; when all students, friends and their friends come together and sail with our captains. After few hours of sailing in the best sailing area of New York all participants are gathering at the club for a party. What you do after the party is entirely up to you, but we are hoping you will join us and keep the magic of sailing going.

Fine Print

Cost of the class:

  • $160 per person at the door, $200 for a couple,

  • Promotional sale available via Groupon; $99 per person, $150 for a couple. Promo expires one day before the class.

  • Seek & Sail Session (June 12-13) is free for all students who took and completed the class.

  • Groupon Standard Cancellation policy applies in the event of cancellations by a student

Last Updated: Friday April 24th, 2021

Please email or call (718) 769-3548 Option 5 with any questions