The water is a classroom for lifelong learning

Youth Sailing | Ages 6-17 | 


Our Youth Sailing programs offer all young sailors – from beginners to little veterans – the opportunity to learn wind direction, maneuver a boat, take ownership over decisions, and become a leader on the water.   Our sailing program is built on skills-progression, offering beginners and advanced sailors the chance to advance their skills on a variety of boats.


Level 1: Beginning and Intermediate Sailors Ages 6+

Monday-Friday 9:30am-12pm

Flying Scots and Sunfish: Beginning sailors will start sailing with an instructor in our Flying Scots using the mainsail only, to learn to steer and control the boat.  Learning then moves to the Sunfish once they are comfortable handling the tiller and controlling the boat.  They will learn independence in the sunfish and practice safety drills such as the capsize drill.


Level 2: Intermediate and Experienced Sailors Ages 8-15

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30pm-4pm

Opti Fleet: For kids who can steer and control a boat and have learned the capsize drill, our Optis can expand their abilities and independence on the water. These sessions will build on the elements of the rules of the road, fleet racing, with the goal of learning basic team racing, 3 on 3.


Level 3:  Experienced Sailing Exploration Ages 8+

Tuesday, Thursday  1:30pm-4pm

Kids Messing About in Boats (KMAB): For independent young sailors who can steer and control a boat independently, have mastered the capsize drill, and swim confidently.  KMAB is a supervised exploration on the water where sailors go on their own adventure, make their own decisions, and learn the importance of team collaboration. who relish a diversity of boating experiences


Level 4:  Racing and Advanced Boat Handling Skills Ages 13+

Tuesday, Thursday 1:30-4pm

420 Sailing and Racing:  For experienced and ambitious teen skippers who are already competent in a Sunfish and can maneuver and control a boat confidently, capsize safely and handle breeze of 12 knots or more.  Students sailing the 420 learn basic double-handed techniques such as roll tacking. 420 skippers often participate in the local race series in a fun teen atmosphere.  


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Sailing and Science Summer Camp | Ages 6-15

Monday – Friday 9am-4pm

June 22, 2020 –  September 4, 2020


What could be better than a sailing and science-based outdoor summer camp that balances education and recreation?  PBCB’s day camp offers full-day, weekly sessions throughout the entire summer. Our Monday through Friday camp days run from 9 AM to 4 PM.   Campers will explore the natural wonders on our 3.6 acre waterfront shoreline and the Bay beyond, with the guidance and care of our experienced summer camp staff alongside local experts and scientists.  All summer campers will enjoy a hands-on curriculum of science blended with the adventures of learning to sail. Campers will make lifelong friends and form bonds with our wonderful counselors and sailing instructors!

Our sailing program offers progressive sailing skills learning in a variety of boats.  From steering for the first time with the help of an instructor to practicing capsize drills and self-rescuing, sailors of all ages will have opportunities to learn at their pace.  They will also participate in informal, fun races.

For Science education, PBCB staff works in collaboration with experts from the Center of Coastal Studies to offer a unique and engaging curriculum centered on marine biology. Campers explore and observe marine wildlife and learn the relationship between human activities on land and respective impacts on the ocean. 

Our Sailing and Science Summer Camp program pairs discovery science and exploration with sailing. Campers will make aquariums, observe seals, care for baby oysters in an upweller, build and race cardboard boats, sail and boat to the islands in Pleasant Bay, use microscopes, measure phytoplankton levels, practice kayaking and rowing, rig boats, use a beach seine, observe marine habitats and wildlife.