Welcome to summer sailing at DBMS!

Here at DBMS, our sailing programs cater to kids from ages 6 and up with varying abilities and experience levels. We have a variety of classes to keep your kids on the water throughout the summer weeks. All programs meet on a tidal based schedule rain or shine. If you have any questions about which class might be best for your child reach out to Sailing@dbms.org.

1 Week Sailing

Tiller Tamers

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Age 6 4 hrs/Day, 4 days $315   Click to view schedule
The Tiller Tamers class will help your young one to build their first bits of confidence on and around the water. In this 4 day class, students will learn to rig and steer a Pram, take launch rides around the harbor and have fun with ocean themed arts and crafts. This class is designed to help get your 6 year old comfortable on the water, and ready for a Pram class the following summer. This class can be taken multiple times to build upon previous knowledge, comfort levels and skills.

1 Week Sailing

RS Quest

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Ages 7-9 4hrs/Day, 5 days $365

This is a great first step for anyone interested in sailing but who is anxious about sailing without an instructor! Participants will sail our RS Quest. These durable, stable, and versatile boats fit three participants and an instructor! Depending on weather and boat availability, participants will also be able to try sailing a Pram.

2 Week Sailing

Pram Beginner

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Ages 7-9 4 hrs/Day, 10 days $625
This is the introductory sailing class for 7-9 year olds. In Pram Beginner, students will learn the basics of boating safety, nomenclature, rigging, sail control and steering. Prams are small, learn-to-sail boats that prepare sailors for the more complicated Optimist. Students are recommended to sign up for Pram Beginner with a friend. Students will sail with a partner until they are comfortable on their own.

Pram Experienced

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Ages 7-9 4 hrs/Day, 10 days $625
Prerequisite: Pram Beginner 
Pram Experienced is the class for sailors who have completed Pram Beginner, and feel confident and capable of being in a boat alone and sailing alone. Students will build upon their confidence and sailing skills. Proper docking techniques, rigging, seamanship and the ability to sail a triangular course will be mastered before advancing into Optis. Students should take Pram Experienced until they are age eligible for Opti Experienced.

1 Week Sailing

Hartley 12

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4hrs/Day, 5 days $365
Is your participant new to sailing, or a returning sailor looking for a relaxed one week offering? Grab a friend or two and come spend the week sailing a Hartley 12. The Hartley 12 is a fun modern boat that fits 2-3 participants and is designed for both new and experienced sailors.

2 Week Sailing

Opti Beginner

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Ages 10-12 4 hrs/Day, 10 days $625
Opti Beginner is the entry level sailing class for kids aged 10-12. Students will learn basic sailing techniques, rigging, and build confidence on the water. Students in Opti Beginner must know how to properly dock a boat, tie knots, rig their boat, be a safe boater and have the ability to sail a triangular course before advancing into Opti Experienced.

Opti Experienced

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Ages 9-12 4 hrs/Day, 10 days $625
Prerequisite: Opti Beginner 
Sailors who have taken Opti Beginner and have been recommended to move up, or Opti sailors that have other Opti experience should sign up here! Our trained staff will level the group based on skill, interest and confidence in order to give the best experience possible for your sailor. Students will likely repeat Opti Experienced multiple times until they are age eligible for 420 sailing, or the Opti Race Team.

1 Week Sailing

Hobie Catamaran

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4hrs/Day, 5 days $365
This course is designed for older, thrill-seeking students! Our Hobie Getaway catamaran is fast and fun. This is the perfect course if you want to blast around the harbor in our fastest boat! This boat requires a higher level of experience to sail and therefore an instructor will do the majority of the sailing. In lighter wind, participants will get a chance to sail the boat themselves by steering the tiller or learning to control the sails. As the wind picks up, participants will be able to sit back, hold on tight, and enjoy the ride!

2 Week Sailing

420 Beginner

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Ages 13-17 4 hrs/Day, 10 days $625
420 Beginner is this year’s introductory level sailing class for ages 13-17. Students who have no sailing experience, just outgrew Optis, or need a refresher, should sign up for this class. In this class students will learn basic sailing techniques, rigging, and build confidence on the water. Students in 420 Beginner must know how to properly dock a boat, tie knots, rig their boat, be a safe boater and have the ability to sail a triangular course as a skipper and crew before receiving a recommendation to advance into 420 Experienced. Students are encouraged to sign up with a friend who also has interest in sailing. 420s are two person boats and students will be sailing with a partner each day.

420 Experienced

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Ages 13-17 4 hrs/Day, 10 days $625
Prerequisite: 420 Beginner
Sailors who have taken 420 Beginner and have been recommended to move up, or 420 sailors that have other 420 sailing experience should sign up here! In 420 Experienced, sailors will build upon their confidence, sail control, steering, as well as gain a better understanding of wind, weather and how the boat functions. Students will be challenged to perfect their sailing techniques, including sailing upwind and using the tiller extension at all times. Towards the end of the course, students will begin to learn the very basic first steps to racing.

Opti Race Team

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The Opti Race Team will travel to various regattas throughout the New England area with their dedicated Coach. This is a summer long program and students are expected to participate throughout the entire summer and compete in as many regattas as possible. Students receive on the water coaching at practice and events, along with on land regatta support. DBMS provides the racing Optis and handles the logistics for the boats. In order to be eligible sailors must be recommended for the Opti Race Team, have previously competed in Opti Regattas and have a deep love for the sport of sailing. Please contact Sailing@dbms.org should you need further information before registering. 

420 Race Team

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The 420 Race Team will travel to various regattas throughout the New England area with their dedicated Coach. This is a summer long program and students are expected to participate throughout the entire summer and compete in as many regattas as possible. Students receive on the water coaching at practice and events, along with regatta support. DBMS provides the racing 420s and handles the logistics for the boats. In order to be eligible, sailors must be recommended for the 420 Race Team, have competed in 420 regattas previously and have a deep love for the sport of sailing. Sailors are encouraged to sign up with a partner they would like to race with throughout the whole summer. Please contact Sailing@dbms.org should you need further information before registering. 

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