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Junior Sailing

Welcome to the 2023 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 2023 provides flexibility for parents and students, allows for varying skill levels, and creates enthusiasm and engagement in the sport of sailing.

Registration for the 2023 program will open on March 1st

Click here to register

Due to overwhelming demand from members and previous registrants, our classes are now full.  We have added additional one week Learn to Sail classes, thank you for your understanding.

If a class is full and you would like to be put on the waitlist, please email your name, phone number, child's age and weight, class name, session and AM/PM or full day option to:

Description of the 2023 Programs

Learn to Sail (8-12yr olds): This is a one week, half day option for juniors 8-12 yrs old 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 of the summer. The curriculum for this class is the same as the first week of the Beginner class, this is not a prerequisite for the Beginner class.

Learn to Sail Teens (13-16 yr olds): 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 (8-12 yr olds): 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 (10-14 yr olds): 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 (12-16 yr olds): 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 Session (8-16 yr olds):  This session is a fun introduction to racing and is only open to juniors who have taken a previous session this summer.  In the first week juniors will continue lessons at MBC with the focus on how to sail a typical race course, basic race rules and strategy. The second week juniors will participate in the SWEEPs regatta.  Sweeps is a 4 day junior regatta that takes places at the Shrewsbury Sail and Yacht Club (SSYC) Monday & Tuesday and at MBC on Wednesday & Thursday.  The racing can be competitive, but the focus is on learning and having fun.  This session is open to all levels, including Beginners!

MBC Fun Week (8-16 yr olds):  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 2023 Programs  

The following sessions will be offered for children ages 8 - 16.  All classes meet Monday through Friday (unless otherwise noted)  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.

Learn to Sail June 19 - 23 (AM & PM Sessions) Ages 8-12   $350 (FULL)

Learn to Sail June 26 - 30 (AM & PM Sessions) Ages 8-12   $350 (AM FULL)

Learn to Sail Teen June 26 - 30 (Full Day) Ages 13-16   $500 (FULL)

Session 1 July 3 - July 14 (AM, PM & Full Day Sessions) AM/PM $450, Full Day $650. *no classes on July 4th (FULL)

Session 2  July 17 – July 28 (AM, PM & Full Day Sessions)  AM/PM $450, Full Day $650 (FULL)

SWEEPs Session  July 31 - August 11 (only for juniors who have taken a previous session - Full Day) $400 *Does not include Sweeps regatta registration (FULL)

MBC Fun Week August 14-18 (only for juniors who have taken a previous session) $350 (FULL)

Full Season July 3- August 18 (MWF Full Day)  $1200 (FULL)

Full Season July 3 - August 18 (M-F Full Day)  $1500. (FULL)