A Cape Cod classic

Our catboat program is ever-growing, thanks to our Catboat Coordinator Suzanne Leahy. Suzanne is an amazing resource, with a wealth of experience restoring and designing boats and their spars. Join Suzanne and her wonderful group of instructors in the classroom and on the water…you won’t regret it! These classes are great for both those new to sailing and those new to catboat sailing. Learn to rig and sail these beautiful gaff-rigged, shallow-draft vessels–perfect for exploring Pleasant Bay.

Catboat classes are open to adults 18 years or older. Classes run from mid-June through August.

Please reach out to Suzanne with questions!

Level 1: Beginner

Weekly, Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM – 12:30 PM

Starting Tuesday, June 14th and ending Friday, September 2nd, 2022

Saturday classes: 4 consecutive weeks – 9:30 AM – noon

Starting Saturday, June 11th and ending Saturday, August 27th, 2022

An informative, hands on learning experience for adults of all sailing levels. This class teaches seamanship that fosters confidence and independence at the helm. Topics covered include safety on the water, reading wind, parts of the boat and sail, catboat rigging, mooring procedures, steering and trimming, tacking and jibing. Students will learn to sail as a team, usually with 1 other participant and an instructor.


Level 2: Intermediate

Weekly, Monday – Wednesday, 1 – 3:30 PM

Starting Monday, June 20th and ending Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

In addition to a bit of classroom learning, you will work as a team with another participant to sail a catboat. Your instructor will be with you for support, but the aim of this class is to help semi-independent sailors progress and gain confidence. Topics covered will include sailing upwind, tacking and jibing review, and mooring procedures. This course includes the opportunity to pass a skills check—a passed skills check will allow you to rent catboats independently using a Pleasant Bay pass. This is a great option for those that have already taken the Level 1 class, or experienced catboat sailors looking for a refresher!


Participants: Click here to access class resources

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