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.

DBMS Junior Sailing Clinics

DBMS will be hosting sailing clinics for Opti and 420’s on Saturday, July 23rd from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This will be a great opportunity for sailors to build upon their confidence with sail control, steering, understanding of wind, weather and how the boat functions. They will also focus on some basic racing tactics. This will be a combination of on the water instruction and some classroom briefings.

DBMS Junior Regatta 2022

DBMS Summer Junior Regatta is open to kids ages 7-19. Register today!

Age 6

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Age 6 4 hrs/Day, 4 days $315
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.

Summer Schedule

Below, you will find the dates and times that apply to all Pram, Opti and 420 Sailing programs for Summer 2022. Click to enlarge.

Session 1
June 27th – July 8th
Session 2
July 11th – July 22nd
Session 3
July 25th – August 5th
Session 4
August 8th – August 19th

Ages 7-9

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Pram Beginner

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

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.

Ages 10-12

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Opti Beginner

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

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.

Ages 13+

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420 Beginner

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

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.

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Discovery Week

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Race Team

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Meet Your Instructors!

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