Let’s go sailing!

Whether you are a beginner looking to try a new sport, intermediate sailor, accessible athlete, or even a seasoned racer, NESS is ready to get you out on the water.

NESS offers a variety of general sailing programs as well as some specialty programs. Our youth sailing programs include open enrollment classes at New London Community Boating (click here to learn more) and sailing summer camp at our Stonington location (click here to learn more and register).

As a US Sailing recognized Community Sailing Center, we offer the highest standard of quality instruction and facilities. Whether you are a novice looking to try a new sport, intermediate sailor, adaptive athlete, or even a seasoned racer, NESS is ready to get you out on the water with our sailing programs.

NESS sailing programsAt NESS, we aim to get everyone out on the water regardless of age, skill level, or ability. In 2017, in collaboration with Sail To Prevail, NESS launched its accessible sailing program in Stonington, CT. Through our accessible sailing program, NESS provides access to the ocean and takes students out of their comfort zones for personal growth and empowerment.

Our accessible teaching methods and specialized equipment support individuals with a variety of cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Using our accessible-ready, specifically designed Sonar and Independence 20 sailboat, students with physical and cognitive disabilities will safely learn to sail with an experienced captain and teacher.

Accessible Sailing 4-Week Program

This 4-week accessible sailing program will teach beginner sailors how to safely plan, rig, and operate a sailboat as a group. Sailors will meet for weekly 2-hour classes aboard our accessible keelboat. Class size: Maximum  students + instructor; class sizes may vary based on physical and cognitive abilities. Schedule: Mondays & Tuesdays 10:30-12:30 or 2:30-4:30/ /Thursdays & Fridays 10:30-12:30. Price: $185.

Our accessible sailing program brings the fun and therapeutic qualities of sailing to individuals with diverse needs. Please call the office (860-535-9362) to schedule a memorable sailing experience.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are $75/hour, scholarships are available.

Contact us at sailing@nessf.org if you have questions!

Whether you are looking to learn a new sport or brush up your skills, learn to sail at NESS alongside other adults with one of our instructors.

NESS also offers private lessons if you want to learn a particular skill or learn one-on-one or in a smaller group. Contact us at sailing@nessf.org

NESS Sailing ProgramsViper 640: This 21-foot asymmetrical sailboat is a great way to take your sailing to the next level or to try out a new fun boat.  Designed for a crew of 3-4 our instructor can take 2 or 3 students at a time. Students will learn about sail shape and rig tuning while sailing upwind and sailing reaching angles while flying an asymmetrical spinnaker downwind.

$240 for a two hour session for up to 3 people

NESS Sailing Programs29er:  The 29er is a pure and simple skiff design, offering a fun, high-speed ride. Simple control systems and light rig loads create the perfect sailing package for all ages and genders, especially youth sailors.  Sign up as a team or come sailing with one of our instructors on this fun and fast skiff.  Optimum weight range for the 29er is 240-320lbs combined.  *Basic trapeze knowledge required* For more information email sailing@nessf.org

$200 for a two-hour session for up to 2 people on the 29er

29er Tuesday’s 4:00-5:30pm Spring 5/7-6/11, Fall 9/3-10/8 $35/day or $195/session

NESS Sailing ProgramsFoiling:

Are you an avid sailor who wants to discover the thrill of flying above the water while hydro-foiling? Whether you are an intermediate or advanced sailor NESS has the right platform for you. Sailing on either our UFO or Waszp you will learn key lessons in balance, apparent wind, boat set-up, and other high-speed sailing skills. Book a 2-hour lesson for a one-on-one lesson with our foiling experts or split the session with one or two of your capable friends. Sailors must have a strong level of dinghy sailing experience and must be fit enough for this high-adrenaline, all-action style of sailing.

$255 for a two-hour session for up to 3 people

Contact us at sailing@nessf.org to reserve your spot.

Are you an active sailor who is looking to learn about high school sailing and the sport of team racing?  This program is open to students in grades 8-12 and will be sailed using NESS’s fleet of collegiate 420’s. No trapeze or spinnakers will be used so two sail boat handling and tactics will be the focus. Team Racing is a fun fast pace style of sailboat racing pitting two teams against each other in a win-lose format. Stay tuned for start dates or email adventure@nessf.org for more information if you are interested.

NESS is also the host site for the Williams High School Sailing Team. For more information regarding this team, please email Prescott Littlefield.

Join us for an evening of women’s only sailing! Come and enjoy some time with your friends, or make some new friends, while sailing with one of our instructors. Our Sonars are a great way to gain more confidence sailing around Fishers Island Sound, or just to relax!

Click here to register!

Set sail with an experienced instructor and enjoy going out on the water this summer! This relaxed adventure provides the opportunity to steer and participate in basic sailing maneuvers. Advance registration required.

Sails will depart from the docks behind the train station at City Pier.

Click here to register!

Don’t own a boat? Rent one of ours!

Once you become a qualified skipper by either taking our sailing classes or by passing a check out sail, you can come back to NESS and go sailing with your friends and family.

Check-out Sail: Check-out sails are typically around 1hr in which a customer wanting to rent will have to perform a number of skills. Skills include rigging, sailing on and off a mooring, tacking, jybing, and de-rigging.  Information about safety and the limitations of the boat are also covered.

$75 per check-out sail *$50 re-check out sail each year*


Looking to relax? Go for a sail with one of our instructors and up to 4 of your friends. Contact us for more information: adventure@nessf.org