Sailing - Winter, Spring & Fall 2017

Youth Sailing

Join in the fun of sailing! The skills and great memories will last a lifetime. For some classes no experience is necessary, others build on existing skills. Our sailing program provides a supportive environment where youth sailors of all ages and abilities can improve their sailing skills while learning respect for their fellow sailors, boats, and the water – all while having some fun. NESS is a US Sailing certified sailing center and all of our instructors on our team are either US Sailing Level 1, 2 (Instructor) or Level 3 (Coach) certified. Students are able to take advantage of NESS's unique and extensive fleet of Optimists, Optimist trainers, Club 420s (main, jib, spinnaker and trapeze), O'pen BIC dinghies, Hartley 12’s, Lasers, BIC techno windsurfers, Sonar’s and our J-105. We offer classes on a variety of schedules to fit many needs. Take a core course for 4 weeks or choose a weekly class! Sailing Junior Instructor opportunities and Internships are available for ages 15+. Visit our Internships & Junior Instructor page for more information on these NESS opportunities.



Some basic youth sailing information:


Drop-offs & pick-ups are curbside at 70 Water Street. Parking is available on the street or in the three public parking lots in the Borough (Town Dock, Wayland’s Wharf, & duBois Beach). Please do not park at the Stonington Inn or Breakwater Restaurant, or at the Stonington Commons. Please do not block street traffic or private driveways.

Learn more:

2017 Parent Guide


  • NESS boats and lifejackets are available for use in all classes; however, a personal life jacket is encouraged for comfort and best fit. Lost or damaged NESS equipment will be billed to parents.
  • Classes are held RAIN or SHINE, WIND or NO WIND! Students should come to class prepared to get wet!

Learn more:

2017 Parent Guide


  • Class maximums have been designed to support a safe, productive learning experience.
  • Private lessons are available.
  • Children who wish to bring their own boats for use in class are encouraged to do so; class fees are reduced and free storage is provided on site while attending classes.
  • NESS staff can assist with course selection and reserves the right to make final determination regarding class placements.

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