2022 Program Registration cheat sheet!

We’re fortunate that our programs have become increasingly popular over the past few years. Here’s everything you need to know about lessons, passes, and rentals for 2022:

Youth Programs

Early registration for returning families has already opened. We offer our Beginner classes (youth and teen Flying Scots) plus Science & Sailing camp during early registration. Regular registration for new families will begin Monday 12/20 at noon. At that time, all intermediate and advanced classes will open. All available slots will stay open until they’re filled, but we encourage you to sign up as soon as you can to secure your desired week! Please click here for more information!

Adult Programs

Registration for our adult programs will open up in January of 2022. Though we can usually accommodate all interested adult sailors, we still encourage you to sign up as soon as you make plans. Click here to learn more about our Flying Scot & 420 Lessons or our Catboat Program.

Simply Sail – Private Adult or Family Lessons

Registration for Simply Sail will occur just before the season – we will likely start to open up availabilities in April, for experiences in late May through the summer. We can usually accommodate everybody that’s interested in participating, though Simply Sail tends to fill up anywhere from 2 days to a week out. As always, planning early will ensure you have your choice slot! In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more or purchase a gift certificate, click here.

Pleasant Bay Passes

Like Simply Sail, we will start selling PB Passes in April. Passes are good through the entire season and come in a variety of “flavors”, depending on how much you’d like to sail! Click here to check our our 2022 pass offerings.


Our rental season is a bit weather dependent, but we aim to have boats in the water and available to you by mid-June at the latest. Rental slots will be created well in advance, so you will be able to reserve boats at your leisure. To read our rental policy, click here!

Hiring PBCB Boat Rental Coordinator

Pleasant Bay Community Boating is upping its summer program for 2021 and you can be part of our renewed mission. This 17-year-old organization, with a 3.6-acre campus on the shores of beautiful Pleasant Bay, continues to serve multiple boating interests. We offer youth and adult sailing lessons, community outreach sailing experience, and boat rentals in Flying Scots, Sunfish, 420s, Catboats, Kayaks, and Lasers.

Job: Boat Rental Coordinator:

  • Become familiar with our rental policies and communicate them as needed to people who walk in as well as Boat Card holders who have reservations
  • Review and file rental waivers
  • Maintain boat rental database and registrations
  • Communicate with renters regarding weather conditions, policies and requirements

Our Rental Coordinator will be expected to always maintain a professional and fun demeanor. Work alongside waterfront director and sailing instructors to ensure that all renters are prepared to have fun and stay safe. Friendly, outgoing, organized, responsible. Always model respect for the water, each other, and our equipment. Follow all PBCB policies and guidelines.

Job Requirements:

  • You must be 21+
  • Strong background in sailing preferred (if no background in sailing, please be a quick learner and interested in our boats)
  • Competent use of software for registrations
  • Able and willing to make registrations and phone calls
  • 12 noon – 5PM, daily (we will hire multiple people to cover all 7 days if needed)

Our summer program runs from June 14 through September 15th.

Employees can use kayaks, paddleboards and sailboats when off duty.

Working conditions: outdoor waterfront, boathouse, dock, office

Location: Pleasant Bay Community Boating, 2287 Route 28, Harwich, MA 02645

Please send resume to Program Director: moorem@pbcb.cc

Adaptive Sailing and Kayaking Update

Adaptive Sailing and Kayaking Update

from Executive Director, Mike Trovato



A pillar of PBCB’s mission is providing ‘Access to All’ to the recreational, educational, and therapeutic benefits of boating on Pleasant Bay. Through its Universal Access programs PBCB has traditionally been able to accommodate certain groups with limited access to sailing, ranging from blind and visually impaired sailors to youth and adults with developmental and cognitive challenges to our venerable seniors in conjunction with the area Councils on Aging.


Thanks to the generosity of our loyal donors, construction is now underway at PBCB’s waterfront on a new ADA accessible dock and curbside on a newly-designed drop-off area adjacent to it, which will greatly expand access to the water. These new upgrades will allow us to accommodate wheelchair accessibility going forward and enable individuals with physical disabilities to efficiently move from their vehicle to a sailboat or kayak and in a safe manner.


Additional accessibility enhancements to the new dock will include: two kayak launchers to facilitate adaptive paddling; and a hoyer-style lift and transfer slide box to allow anyone in need of special boarding assistance to safely transfer onto a boat.


To further advance its adaptive program, PBCB will be making appropriate sailboat and kayak seating and steering modifications to accommodate a wider range of physical disabilities and provide a better on-water experience for these participants.


PBCB will also be hosting a three-day Adaptive Sailing Instructor Workshop (conducted by US Sailing) in June which covers all aspects of creating and managing an adaptive sailing program. This course will allow some of our instructor staff to gain valuable insight about adaptive sailing programs through this knowledgeable resource.


All these additions to our campus, equipment and staff training combined will make it possible for PBCB to effectively expand its adaptive sailing and kayaking programs and provide a safe and enjoyable experience to people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the freedom and excitement our sport can offer.


Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.

-Christopher Reeve

COVID 19 Info and Update (May 29,2020)

It looks like we may be able to operate this summer!

Based on the information we have recently received regarding re-opening activities in Massachusetts, we think we will be able to adjust and restructure some of our programs so that we can operate safely. We are already in the process of developing campus wide protocols and procedures for social distancing, personal protection and equipment & facility sanitization, in compliance with CDC, Massachusetts and local health department regulations and guidelines. We are also assessing the needed changes in how we structure and deliver our programs, to keep both our participants and our staff safe.    Clearly, things are going to be different this year!

After we work out all of these issues, we expect be able to offer Boat & Kayak Rentals and limited Adult Sailing, since they are included in Phase 1 of the Massachusetts Reopening Plan. Our Youth Sailing and our Sailing & Science Day Camp programs both fall under the Day Camp category, which is part of Phase 2 of the reopening plan. Regulatory guidelines and restrictions for those activities presently are being worked out by the authorities, including the Harwich Health Department. Once those regulations are determined, we will adjust the organization and structure of these programs to be in compliance and to provide the maximum level of safety possible. Our ability to start these programs will depend on when the regulations and guidelines are received from the authorities and what operational adjustments will need to be made — in addition to those we are already anticipating. The schedule to do all this is uncertain at this time but we hope that we will be able to start offering programs by late June.

Program sign-ups are currently available on line at www.pbcb.cc .  While it will be helpful to know how many people are planning to participate, please keep in mind that times and details may change as we work through this process. We will be communicating additional information as it becomes available via our digital newsletters, emails, social media platforms and, of course, our website.

It is often said that Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, so now that summer is here, we are hopeful that we will soon be welcoming everyone back to PBCB to enjoy some healthy, outdoor activities and that we will be seeing the Bay filled with boats and smiling faces once again!



COVID-19 Info and Update

A note from Ted Baylis, President:


Challenges have always been part of sailing and boating. Shifting winds, varying weather patterns, waves and currents all create challenges, but we learn how to work with them.

And now comes another huge challenge, the coronavirus; the potential illness it brings is certainly changing our world in the near term. Nothing matters compared to the health and wellbeing of our families, our friends, and our community. Here at PBCB we are committed to taking every possible care to do our part to keep this virus in check, stop its spread, and get us back to some level of normalcy as quickly as possible.

PBCB is also being challenged in a number of ways. Some programs will need to be cancelled or rescheduled and others may need restructuring. Our staff has reduced their hours as much as possible to save money, and we are also working with our supporters, collaborators and vendors to address other operational and financial challenges. However, it is very encouraging to see everyone cooperating, working together and supporting each other. We really are all in this together.

The PBCB campus may be closed right now, but we continue to prepare for the summer season. We are working from home, having virtual meetings, contacting seasonal staff, preparing materials and equipment for programs, and adjusting to the challenges as necessary.

We pray that the worst will be behind us soon and the tragedies will have ended. By June or July we hope that self-isolation and social distancing will be a memory, and while we may need to adapt to new ideas on social interaction, the opportunity to get out of the house and on to the water with family & friends may be just what the doctor ordered!

So, while we are heartbroken about the current conditions, we are optimistic about the future, and we are continuing to get ready for summer. This newsletter will update you on some of the things we have been doing. In the meantime, we know that we will weather this storm; we look forward to seeing everyone out on the water and to helping the community to recover from this challenge and move on to the better days that undoubtedly lie ahead.

PBCB is taking precautionary safety measures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and suspending all organized programs, meetings and Speaker Series, and closing our buildings until April 30. The staff is working remotely and will receive emails and telephone calls during business hours.

We will likely reschedule our June Sailabration Gala and will announce the new date.

Still planning for the summer season, knowing that being outdoors and on the water in a sailboat will be one of the healthiest places you can pass the time this summer! When the coast is clear for all of us to go outside and recreate again, PBCB will be ready.


March News!

Welcome Tom Leach, Sailing Director!

Pleasant Bay Community Boating is proud to announce longtime Harwich Harbormaster and party boat captain Tom Leach in the new salaried position as Waterfront/Sailing Director. Leach will replace retiring Greg Kelly who brought the program from the shores at Jackknife Harbor to its new campus setting along the bluff on the western side of the Bay. With the expectation of the Floating Classroom Research Vessel being donated by the Friends of Pleasant Bay, PBCB trustees saw Tom’s unusual background as a fully licensed captain with sailing and towing endorsements, competitive sailor in J/24’s and Flying Scots, and 12 years as co-coach for the Harwich Rough Riders a great fit for its sailing and science program. He is a member of Guild of Harwich Artists and hopes to bring plein air art along with boating safety certification classes to PBCB.
He holds a BS in Chemistry from Tufts University. Leach served the Town of Harwich as Natural Resources Director/Harbormaster for nearly 40 years. In that time, he sought more than a dozen grants and a myriad of permits for waterways improvement and dredging projects. The last and largest was the $1 million grant to replace the Town Pier at Wychmere came after his retirement in 2012. He is married to Jackie Leach a retired Harwich school adjustment counselor. They live one mile from PBCB. He pioneered the first public shellfish upweller system in 1994 at Wychmere, where Harwich students seasonally intern to raise millions of quahogs and oysters while learning science behind water quality and the life that grows in it. After acquiring two pumpout boats and equipment he submitted and the Town was awarded a successful Federal No Discharge Area in 1998 making Harwich the fifth FNDA in the state. He designed the successful Cape Cod Frosty racing dinghy that has six active fleets and is the basis of the youth build-and-sail program at Sail Maine, Portland Community Boating. He is a certified welder, is a past president of the Cape & Island Harbormasters Association and Cape Cod Astronomical Society, and holds a General Ham Radio operators license.
Tom can be reached at: tom@pbcb.cc