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Junior Lessons & Camps

 Junior Lessons & Camps

Junior Sailing

The MBC Junior Sailing Program offers a variety of classes to help children and teenagers develop a love of sailing and appreciation for our beautiful waterfront. Please see the class descriptions below and use the links to access Clubspot, our online registration platform for sailing lessons and camps. If you have any questions about our classes or need some advice on finding a good fit for your child, please contact MBC’s Junior Sailing Chair, Gately Ross, at or (617) 256-8651.

Afternoon “Sea Squirts”

We are excited to offer a new Sea Squirts class to introduce children ages 5-7 to waterfront sports for three weeks this season. These shorter classes held from 2-4 PM will focus on beach and harbor-related games, activities, and excursions in varied watercraft suitable for the up-and-coming sailor. The afternoon scheduling of Sea Squirts is complemented by a special morning tennis opportunity from 11-12:30 for Sea Squirts participants. Please contact Bryan Adinolfi for pricing and registration details on that class. Sea Squirts will be offered on July 5-9, July 19-22 and August 2-6. Space is Sea Squirts is limited and families are encouraged to register ASAP!

  • Time: 2 – 4 PM
  • Days: Monday through Friday
  • Class Weeks:
    • Week 1: July 5-9 (5 Days)
    • Week 2: July 19-22 (4 Days)
    • Week 3: August 2-6 (5 Days)
  • Ages: 5-7
  • Maximum Class Size: 8
  • Cost: Weeks 1 and 3 are $175, Week 2 is $140

Teen Social Sailing

Are you looking for something to keep your TEENAGER busy and having fun in the afternoons? Do you think that they “missed the boat” on learning how to sail? Or have forgotten all the skills that they learned ages ago in the morning program? Are they intimidated by their friends who race? NOT THIS YEAR!!
This summer we are mixing things up in the afternoons with a TEEN SOCIAL SAILING class. This is a fun-focused sailing class with the objective to keep our kids busy (off their electronics), out on the water and together developing basic seamanship skills while having a blast. No previous sailing experience is necessary. This class will only be offered afternoons Monday-Thursday from 1:30-4:30 PM on the weeks of June 28- July 1, July 12-15 and August 9-12. With no sailing on Fridays, teens are free to participate in Interclub Tennis matches. Instruction will be held in MBC’s 420s, BICs, Sonar and other member boats based on interest and availability.

  • Time: 1:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Days: Monday through Thursday
  • Class Weeks:
    • June 28 – July 1
    • July 12-15
    • August 9-12
  • Ages: 13+
  • Maximum Class Size: 12
  • Cost: $160

Junior Sailing Morning and Afternoon Group Classes

Group sailing lessons are offered in the morning and afternoon throughout the summer. The classes focus on developing the fundamental skills to safely enjoy sailing on the MBC waterfront. Instructors will establish objectives and boat use for each class week based on enrollment and may organize sailors in smaller sub-groups to focus on skills appropriate to their experience level. Beginners through advanced sailors are welcome, and participation for multiple weeks is recommended to allow time for the progression of sailing skills.

Morning Class

Morning class from is geared towards the younger crew learning the ropes and building confidence in varied boats and areas of the MBC waterfront. Children must turn age 7 by December 31, 2021 to participate. In general, class instruction will focus on progressing each sailor's skills through the following areas:

  • Understanding how wind propels boats and the various points of sail
  • Onshore rigging and de-rigging of boats
  • Launching and landing techniques on beach and docks
  • Helming a boat upwind and downwind
  • Basic tacking and gybing maneuvers
  • The morning class will have a high focus on developing confidence around the waterfront!

Afternoon Class

Afternoon class offers a flexible format accommodating more experienced sailors as well as older children ready to try MBC’s larger 420s and Lasers. In general, afternoon class instruction will focus on progressing each sailor's skills through the following areas:

  • Understanding how wind propels boats and the various points of sail
  • Onshore rigging and de-rigging of boats
  • Launching and landing techniques on beach and docks
  • Upwind and downwind sailing and tacking technique in varied wind and wave conditions
  • Self-recovery of capsized boats
  • Navigation around anchored marks, buoys, islands and other sailboats
  • Racing concepts such as starting and fast sailing from point to point
  • Optional participation in regattas

Group Class Schedule and Cost

  • Morning Class: 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Afternoon Class: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Days: Monday through Friday, except for week 5, which is Monday through Thursday
  • Class Weeks:
    • Week 1: June 21-25 Note: Afternoon class only this week.
    • Week 2: June 28-July 2
    • Week 3: July 5-9
    • Week 4: July 12-16 Note: Afternoon class only this week.
    • Week 5: July 19-22 (4 days)
    • Week 6: July 26-30
    • Week 7: August 2-6
    • Week 8: August 9-13
  • Ages: 7+
  • Maximum Class Size: 12
  • Cost: 5-day week are $200, the 4-day week is $160

MBC2 Full Day Camp

MBC2 is a full day camp program for children ages 7 to 12 that combines all of the BEST that Madison Beach Club has to offer: the waterfront and both tennis and sailing instruction. Our goal is to emphasize the importance of teamwork, respect and safety while having FUN. MBC2 is a great way to build friendships while introducing our youngest members to popular MBC activities they can enjoy throughout the summer. It couldn’t be easier!


Mornings are an opportunity to explore our waterfront and enjoy a variety of MBC watercraft including sailboats, kayaks, and paddleboards. Campers will take part in rigging, sailing games and participate in water-excursions to nearby destinations! NO previous sailing experience is necessary. All participants will increase their sailing/boating knowledge and confidence while discovering the opportunities MBC can offer its youngest sailors.

Midday Lunch Break

Campers are provided with a kid-friendly lunch each day (allergies will be noted) and supervised in the dining room while they have some downtime before the afternoon. Children will change into their tennis clothes during this break.


Afternoons on the courts are the foundation of our highly successful junior tennis program. MBC’s tennis pros keep it fun with music to inspire footwork drills, fundamental lessons, scoring basics, matches and fun games while improving basic skills and honing technique.

  • Time: 9 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Days: Monday through Friday
  •  Class Weeks:
    • Session 1: June 21-25
    • Session 2: July 12-16
    • Ages: 7-12
  • Cost: $500

2021 Sailing Instructors

This summer we welcome Elizabeth “Libby” Ryan as our Head Sailing Instructor. A musician and graduate student at Michigan State, Libby holds advanced instructor certifications from US Sailing, was former collegiate racer, and previously instructed at Pettipaug Sailing Academy in Essex. She will be assisted by veteran Instructor Lily Kaiser who returns for her third year with MBC; Nicholas Hughes, a seasoned dinghy racer also from Pettipaug; and Sadie Turner, a former Instructor at the Gather New Haven Schooner Camp. Please stop by the Junior Sailing Room or Sailing Boatyard, learn about our classes, and welcome our new Instructor team for 2021!

Instructor Photos

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