Adult Sailing Lessons

If you are an adult and want to learn the joys of sailing, there is no better place to take lessons than the Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank, NJ. Each year some 30-40 adults including some teens learn to sail a Flying Scot on the Navesink River. The Flying Scot is a stable, comfortable  19′ tiller steered centerboard sailboat which serves as an excellent family daysailer or competitive racing boat.

The program, coordinated by MBC Past Commodore Denis Farley, consists of four two-hour lessons on the water with a U.S. Sailing Association certified instructor. Each lesson introduces new skills and teaches students the essentials of boat rigging, effective communication between skipper and crew, safety, sailboat handling techniques and how to enjoy another way of being out on the water. Students receive the book “Learn Sailing Right!”, published by U.S. Sailing. A 20-minute DVD on basic sailing, and a five foot piece of line to practice tying knots. Students may sign up at any time during the season.

Lessons are conducted with one or two students and one instructor. We schedule lessons according to the availability of the students from May through October. Lessons are available seven days per week in the morning, afternoon or early evening (light conditions permitting). Lessons can be postponed and rescheduled if weather or winds are unfavorable.

Although membership is not required, we also encourage those interested in becoming more involved to consider membership at the Monmouth Boat Club, where you can further develop sailing skills and develop friendships that can last a lifetime.

Click here for an application! If you have any questions, reach out to registrar Bill Jaeger at (732) 741-3679 or email

Basic Sailing video (copyright 1986 Busch Creative Services Corporation, Innervision Studios, St Louis MO)