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Welcome to the 2021 MBC Junior Sailing Program!

Our club is located in the heart of Red Bank, NJ and our mission is to impart a love of sailing as a lifelong sport by providing a fun and educational program for youth interested in sailing and racing.

At Monmouth Boat Club, we have a long history of teaching children to enjoy the sport of sailing. Our program has been in existence for over 50 years, and our primary goal is to ensure that your children have an enjoyable and safe time here at Monmouth Boat Club. 

Whether your child is a beginner interested in learning the foundations of sailing or is a more experienced sailor interested in honing their abilities, our skilled staff will work together with them to achieve their goals.  Our staff is comprised of knowledgeable sailors who have shown a passion for teaching and share a love of sailing.  All of our instructors are US Sailing Level 1 certified, CPR and First Aid certified. 

Our sailing program for 2021 provides flexibility for parents and students, allows for varying skill levels, and creates enthusiasm and engagement in the sport of sailing.

Kerri Harrington

Please click the link below to register:


Description of the 2021 Programs: 

Learn to Sail: This is a one week, half day option for students who have never taken any sailing classes. Students will learn the parts of a sailboat, how to rig an optimist dinghy, wind direction and points of sail, steering and trimming sails.  This option is offered at the beginning and the end of the summer.

Learn to Sail Teens: This course is for teens who would like a refresher or are learning to sail for the first time. Students will develop their sailing knowledge and skills sailing on Flying Scots and 420s.  Students will learn to rig, steer, trim the sails, along with learning basic seamanship and water safety.

Beginner: This is a course for students with less than one year of instruction.   Students will develop their sailing knowledge and skills in an exciting but safe environment.  Instruction is done in club owned Optimist dinghies, and sailors are paired with one another to learn the basics of how to rig a boat, steering, trimming the sail, knot tying, wind direction and water safety.

Intermediate: This course is for sailors who have completed the beginner course and want to continue their progression.  This class allows students to strengthen their sailing knowledge and skills.  Emphasis is placed on proper boat-handling skills, including sail trim, body positioning, weight placement, tiller use, tacking and jibing. Sailors will also learn and develop their racing skills and will have the opportunity to participate in local regattas.  Students will sail either Opti’s or O'Pen Skiffs depending on their skill level. 

Advanced/Racing: Sailors must be at least 12 years old and weigh more than 100 lbs. The 420 provides students the chance to learn in a double-handed boat.  Students will learn how to both skipper and crew. The focus of this class will be learning to sail as a team.  As skills improve they will learn the rules of sailboat racing and work towards learning to fly a spinnaker and use the trapeze.

SWEEPs Week:  SWEEPs is a 4 day junior regatta held at SSYC Monday & Tuesday and at MBC on Wednesday & Thursday.  It is a great event where juniors can learn all about what a regatta is like - they will sail a typical race course, meet other juniors from neighboring clubs, and there are lots of ribbons and prizes.  The racing can be competitive, but the focus is on learning and having fun.

MBC Fun Week:  Fun Week is exactly that - after a week of racing in SWEEPs, the juniors are all excited to finish the summer with a week of fun and games.  There are no formal lessons, instead the juniors use the skills they have acquired throughout the summer to have some fun!  There is a day sail to Krazees Ice Cream, Pirate Day complete with costumes and hidden treasure, Scavenger Hunts on the water, and more.

Schedule of the 2021 Programs: 

The following sessions will be offered for children ages 8 - 16.  All classes meet Monday through Friday with options for morning, afternoon and full day sessions. Morning Session is 9am - 12pm, Afternoon Session is 1pm-4pm and Full Day Session is 9am - 4pm.  Lunchtime for Full Day juniors is unsupervised but there is always an instructor on site.  Please click on the Registration link to view class availability.

If you would like to be put on the waitlist for a particular class, please email junior_sailing@monmouthboatclub.org.

Learn to Sail June 14 - 18 (AM & PM Sessions) - FULL

Learn to Sail August 16 - 20 (AM & PM Sessions) - FULL 

Learn to Sail Teens June 28 - July 2 Full Day - FULL

Learn to Sail Teens July 12-16 Full Day - FULL

Learn to Sail Teens July 26-30 Full Day - FULL

Session 1 June 21 - July 2 (AM, PM & Full Day Sessions) - FULL

Session 2  July 5 – July 16 (AM, PM & Full Day Sessions) -  FULL

Session 3  July 19 - July 30 (AM, PM & Full Day Sessions) -  FULL

SWEEPs Week August 2 - 5 (8am-3pm) -  (only for juniors who have taken a previous session) - $300

MBC Fun Week August 9-12 (only for juniors who have taken a previous session) - $300

Full Season June 21 - August 13 (MWF Full Day) -  FULL

Full Season June 21 - August 13 (M-F Full Day) -  FULL

MBC is excited for our second season with 4 new O'pen Skiffs!!

They have a great reputation for being; fast & easy to rig, fast on the water, self bailing, and super fun to sail!  We are so excited for our juniors of all levels to give them a spin! We hope to incorporate them into all of our classes to give as many juniors as possible the opportunity to take them out.

Here are some video clips to check out: