New England Sailing Center Course

Club Member Program

Club Member Benefits

New England Sailing Center (NESC) is pleased to provide you specials based on your club membership. Member’s immediate families are welcome to take advantage of club member discounted rates. We offer sailing instruction, certifications and charters out of Jamestown, RI and in the British Virgin Islands(BVI).

NESC is an accredited ASA training facility offering beginner through advanced sailing certification courses. Group and private courses are available to align with your learning preferences.

NESC offers bareboat charters for qualified sailors and skippered charters are also available. Charters can be scheduled for one or more days based on availability.

Contact us to check availability and to schedule your charter or sailing course.
 

Our Non-Certification Courses

Intro to Sailing

Overview / Rates

Intro to Cruising

Overview / Rates

Competent Crew

Overview / Rates

 
 

Our Certification Courses

Basic Keelboat

Overview / Rates

Bareboat Cruising

Overview / Rates

Accelerated Bareboat

Overview / Rates

Coastal Navigation

Overview / Rates

Coastal Passage

Overview / Rates

Offshore Passage

Overview / Rates

VHF Communications

Overview / Rates

 
 

Basic Keelboat Challenge

Overview / Rates

Bareboat Cruising Challenge

Overview / Rates

 
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Our Charter Fleet

Beneteau 39

Overview / Rates

Beneteau 43

Overview / Rates

Hanse 505

Overview / Rates

J22

Overview / Rates

 
Please complete our Skipper Sailing Resume and Provisioning Forms if you are interested in chartering with NESC.
 

Summary of courses

Intro to Sailing
New England Sailing Center Course
Non-certification. Three hour sail. Hands on keelboat experience sailing a J22 or J24
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Non-certification. Three hour sail. Gain hands on keelboat experience sailing a J22 or J24.

Enjoy a three hour sail on a J22 (22 foot keelboat with tiller) or J24 (24 foot keelboat with tiller) and discover the principles of sailing. You can experience sailing while also having the option to gain hands on experience. The J22 and J24 both offer strength, stability and speed unmatched in a keelboat of this size. See a description of the J22/J24 boat.

Intro to Sailing is a great option for individuals that are trying to determine if sailing is right for them before taking the Basic Keelboat course. NESC holds up to two sessions daily in both group and private formats.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Certification: None
  • Duration: Three hours
  • Cost: $110 $88 per person
  • Curriculum: Sailing introduction

Visit our Intro to Sailing Overview for more information on this course.

Intro to Cruising
New England Sailing Center Course
Non-Certification. Three hour sail. Hands on cruising on a 39 or 43 foot monohaul
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Experience hands-on sailing on a cruising monohull in the Newport Harbor. You can experience three hour day sails on a 39+ foot yacht for group and private sails.

Intro to Cruising is a great option for individuals, couples and families wanting to experience cruising while also gaining hands on experience. NESC holds up to two sessions daily including a three hour afternoon sail and a three hour sunset sail. Both group and private sessions are available with up to eight individuals per session.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Certification: None
  • Duration: Three hours
  • Cost: $125 $100 per person
  • Curriculum: Cruising introduction

Visit our Intro to Cruising Overview for more information on this course.

Competent Crew Endorsement™
New England Sailing Center Course
Non-certification. Day sail to week long options. Gain knowledge and skills to support qualified sailors
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

NESC developed the Competent Crew Endorsement for students and family members wanting to experience sailing without the in depth training and certification. Participants can be as hands on as they would like. Day sail to week long options are available.

This instruction level is most common for couples and families that have varying interest levels but want to experience sailing together. Students completing the Competent Crew Endorsement instruction level can gain sufficient knowledge to support certified sailors for recreational sailing during daylight hours and within sight of land.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Certification: None
  • Duration: Consistent with individual training courses
  • Cost: Consistent with individual training courses
  • Curriculum:

Consistent with individual training courses but in a more relaxed manner

Visit our Competent Crew Endorsement Overview for more information on this course.

Basic Keelboat Certification
New England Sailing Center Course
Prerequisites: None. Two-day course for members with some small boat experience but little to no formal training. ASA certification achieved: Basic Keelboat
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

In our two day Basic Keelboat (BK) course you will learn the fundamental principles of sailing. You will experience a mix of classroom and on the water training that will enable you to skipper an 18 to 27 foot keelboat in a safe, confident manner.

The two day certification course combines classroom and three to four hours of on the water training each day. Classroom time focuses on terminology, parts of the boat, knots and theory followed by on the water training. Following the water training session on day two you have the option to take your Basic Keelboat Certification written exam as a conclusion to the BK course.

We offer this course weekly with a maximum of four students in each course. You can extend your training to include an optional third day for more time on the water practicing and refining your skills. The BK course is taught on a J22 or J24 boat that are one of the most popular keelboats for day sailing in the world. See the J22/J24 description in the Frequently Asked Questions below. Private lessons are available.

This course meets ASA Basic Keelboat Certification standards. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: None

There are no prerequisite certifications required. The only requisite is your desire to learn sailing.

  • Certification: ASA Basic Keelboat Certification

Students may choose to complete the ASA Basic Keelboat Certification exam after completing the second day’s curriculum. The ASA Certification fee is $85.

  • Duration: Two days

Training can be extended to include an optional third day for more time on the water practicing and refining your skills.

  • Cost: $425 $340 per person for the two day course

The cost is $525 per person if you would like to include the optional third day.

  • Options:

ASA Basic Keelboat Certification ($85)

Third day for skills mastery ($100)

Incorporation into the Accelerated Bareboat Certification program (see description below)

  • Curriculum:

Curriculum for this course includes parts of boat, terminology, personal floatation devices and safety gear, safety at sea including right of way and commands, knots, points of sail, tacks and jibes, basic sail shape and trim, sail raising and controls, docking, man overboards and proper boat put down.

Visit our Basic Keelboat Certification Overview for more information on this course.

International Bareboat Cruising Certification™
New England Sailing Center Course
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Certification. Five-day course covering the Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising Certification requirements
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Five day course covering the Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising Certification requirements. This course is for members wanting formal ASA Bareboat Cruising certification to qualify them to charter yachts domestically and around the world. This is an internationally recognized certification.

Training may be completed in five full days or divided into two courses: two days for Basic Coastal Cruising training and three days for Bareboat Cruising training.

Your classroom will be a Beneteau 39 cruising yacht. Training will cover both theory and skill requirements for the Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising standards. The first two days will cover the skills for Basic Coastal Cruising with the option for ASA Basic Coastal Cruising certification. The final three days will cover the skills for Bareboat Cruising with the option for ASA Bareboat Cruising certification. Completion of your training will qualify you to sail a cruising yacht up to 54 feet. Testing for the ASA Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certifications will provide you with International recognition of your qualifications.

We have a maximum of four students in our group courses. Private lessons are also available for individuals, couples and families. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat certification

If certifying, students must have completed the Basic Keelboat course or have comparable training to challenge the certification.

  • Certification: ASA Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certifications

Students may choose to complete the ASA Basic Coastal Cruising Certification exam after completing the second day’s curriculum. The ASA certification fee is $50 and includes text.

Students may choose to complete the ASA Bareboat Cruising certification exam after completing the sixth day’s curriculum. The ASA certification fee is $50 and includes text.

  • Duration: Five days
  • Jamestown Cost:
  • Monohull
$1,995 $1,596 per person
  • Catamaran
$2,195 $1,756 per person
  • BVI Cost:
  • Monohull
$1,995-$2,195 $1,596-$1,756 per person
  • Catamaran
$2,495-$2,695 $1,996-$2,156 per person
  • Options:

ASA Basic Coastal Cruising certification ($50)
ASA Bareboat Cruising certification ($50)

  • Curriculum:

Curriculum for this course includes a review of terminology and sailing techniques relative to a mid-size auxiliary cruising sailboat followed by on the water training. Topics covered include auxiliary cruising sailboat systems, maneuvering under power and sail, basic coastal navigation and coarse plotting, reefing, anchoring, crew overboard, safety at sea, radio operation, weather forecast interpretation, and heavy weather techniques.

Visit our International Bareboat Cruising Certification Overview for more information on this course.

Accelerated Bareboat Certification™
New England Sailing Center Course
Prerequisites: None. Seven day course that combines the two-day Basic Keelboat and five-day International Bareboat Cruising courses
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Seven day course that combines our two-day Basic Keelboat and our five-day International Bareboat Cruising courses.

NESC developed the seven day Accelerated Bareboat Certification (ABC) course so that motivated students complete a fast track program that advances them from beginner to bareboat certification through our comprehensive course that combines all of the skill requirements for the ASA Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certifications.

This course is structured as a combination of classroom and on the water training. You will learn on a J22 or J24 for the Basic Keelboat training and a Beneteau 39 or Beneteau 43 cruising yacht for the Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising courses. The accelerated pace supports an immersion into the sport of sailing.

The first two days will cover sailing fundamentals and skills for Basic Keelboat with the option for ASA Basic Keelboat Certification. Days three and four will cover the skills for Basic Coastal Cruising with the option for ASA Basic Coastal Cruising Certification. The final three days will cover the skills for Bareboat Cruising with the option for ASA Bareboat Cruising Certification. Completion of your training will qualify you to sail a cruising yacht up to 54 feet. Testing for the ASA Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certifications will provide you with International recognition of your qualifications.

We have a maximum of four students in our group courses. Private lessons are also available for individuals, couples and families. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: None

There are no prerequisite certifications required. The only requisite is your desire to immerse yourself in learning to sail.

  • Certification: Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certifications
  • Duration: Seven days
  • Jamestown Cost:
  • Monohull
$2,595 $2,076 per person
  • Catamaran
$2,895 $2,316 per person
  • BVI Cost:
  • Monohull
$2,595-2,895 $2,076-$2,316 per person
  • Catamaran
$2,895-$3,095 $2,316-$2,476 per person
  • Options:

ASA Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certification fees are included.

  • Curriculum:

Curriculum includes parts of boat, terminology, personal floatation devices and safety gear, safety at sea including right of way and commands, knots, points of sail, tacks and jibes, basic sail shape and trim, sail raising and controls, dock leaving and return, and proper boat put down. The course also includes a review of terminology and sailing techniques relative to a mid-size auxiliary cruising sailboat followed by on the water training. Cruising topics covered include auxiliary cruising sailboat systems, maneuvering under power and sail, basic coastal navigation and coarse plotting, reefing, anchoring, crew overboard, safety at sea, radio operation, weather forecast interpretation, and heavy weather techniques.

Visit our Accelerated Bareboat Certification (ABC) Overview for more information on this course.
 

Coastal Navigation Certification
New England Sailing Center Course
Prerequisites: None. Eight hour classroom based course. Can be supplemented into the IBCC or ABC courses
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Eight-hour classroom based course that can be incorporated as a supplement to the International Bareboat Cruising and Accelerated Bareboat Cruising courses.

Coastal Navigation is a classroom only navigational theory course that will teach you how to safely navigate a sailing yacht in coastal or inland waters. A combination of traditional techniques and electronic navigation systems will be covered.

It is common today for most sailors to rely on electronic navigational equipment such as a differential GPS or radar. The intent of this course is to expand on these modern systems to teach you how to confidently and safely navigate using a minimum of resources and traditional methods. Upon completion of this course you will have the insight and feel of a seasoned navigator. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: None

NESC recommends that students have completed their Basic Keelboat and Basic Cruising Certifications to ensure familiarity with standard yacht and sailing terminology.

  • Certification: Coastal Navigation Certification
  • Duration: Eight hours
  • Cost: $295 $236

The cost includes text, materials and exam fee.

  • Curriculum:

Curriculum for this course includes Aids to Navigation, the Mercator chart, understanding use of a navigation log, safe inshore pilotage, weather information integration, navigational strategies, fog safety precautions, variation and deviation, plotting tools, and benefits and limitations of navigation systems.

Visit our Coastal Navigation Certification Overview for more information on this course.

Coastal Passage Making Certification
New England Sailing Center Course
Prerequisites: Bareboat Cruising and Coastal Navigation. Five-day course sailing at least 50 nautical miles upon coastal waters
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Coastal Passage Making is for advanced sailors looking for experience of at least 50 nautical miles upon coastal waters. Coastal Passage Making challenges those students who have taken Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Navigation or have the equivalent qualifications. Everything you learned from these courses will be used along with new skills you master through this course. Some of these skills include night time approaches to anchorages, night time man overboards, full on navigation, lights at night, standing watches and safety items one must know when sailing out of sight of land.

  • Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Navigation

If certifying, students must have completed the Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising and Coastal Navigation courses or have comparable training to challenge the prerequisite certifications.

The Coastal Navigation course prerequisite is offered in conjunction with this course. Tuition is discounted from $295 to $236 when taken in combination with Coastal Passage Making.

  • Certification: Coastal Passage Making Certification
  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights course
  • Cost: $2,195 $1,756 per person (maximum 4 students)

Tuition includes the Coastal Passage Making text, night of arrival sleep aboard, provisioning for 5 days (4 breakfasts; 4 lunches; 2 dinners; snacks and starter kit) and the Coastal Passage Making certification fee. Not included in the tuition are drinking water and other beverages, dinners ashore, instructor’s gratuity. A minimum deposit of 50% of total package is due at the time of the booking. Balance is due 60 days prior to the course start date.

  • Curriculum:

Coastal Passage Making graduates will have successfully demonstrated their ability to responsibly skipper and crew an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during passages on coastal waters, in all weather conditions, including all levels of visibility and all hours of the day and night.

Visit our Coastal Passage Making Certification Overview for more information on this course.

Offshore Passage Making Certification
New England Sailing Center Course
Prerequisites: Bareboat Cruising and Coastal Navigation. For advanced sailors looking to experience deliveries and sailing distances from 600 - 800 nautical miles upon coastal waters
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Offshore Passage Making graduates will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat to any destination worldwide. Students will prepare a plan for an open ocean passage of at least 600 nautical miles of which a minimum of 250 nautical miles must be sailed at least 50 nautical miles offshore; demonstrate a comprehensive check of the vessel, her rig and equipment; develop a primary and alternative watch schedule and duty roster for the skipper, navigator, crew and ship’s maintenance for the passage; demonstrate a plan of advanced weather forecasting: global weather patterns, high and low pressure systems, fronts, storms, squalls, gales, hurricanes and various fog conditions; and more.

  • Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Navigation and Coastal Passage Making Certifications

Documented equivalent experience for the Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Passage Making levels may be submitted if petitioning to challenge prerequisite levels.

  • Certification: Coastal Passage Making or Offshore Passage Making Certification
  • Duration: Varies. Dependent on scheduled passage.
  • Cost: $2,395-2,595 $1,916-2,076 per person (maximum 4 students)

Tuition includes course text, night of arrival sleep aboard, provisioning on board, corresponding certification fee, Customs fees. Not included in the tuition: beverages, instructor’s gratuity. A minimum deposit of 50% of total package is due at the time of the booking. Balance is due 60 days prior to the course start date.

  • Curriculum:

Coastal Passage Making graduates will have successfully demonstrated their ability to responsibly skipper and crew an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during passages on coastal waters, in all weather conditions, including all levels of visibility and all hours of the day and night.

Visit our Offshore Passage Making Certification Overview for more information on this course.

VHF Certification
New England Sailing Center Course
Prerequisites: None. Six hour classroom based course. Learn how onboard and handheld radios, EPIRBs, SARTs, AIS and DSC-enabled radios are used in marine communications
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Six hour classroom based course. Learn how onboard and handheld radios, EPIRBs, SARTs, AIS and DSC-enabled radios, are used effectively in marine communications.

A six to eight hour course offered in one day, covering general rules for the use and operation of VHF radios, SARTs, and EPIRBs. Every crew member needs to know how to operate a marine radio as well as what to do in case of an emergency. This course also covers an introduction to other marine communications. Students qualify to test for the International Yacht Training (IYT) VHF Radio Operator Certificate.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Certification: International Yacht Training (IYT) VHF Radio Operator Certificate
  • Duration: six to eight hour course
  • Cost: $195 $156 per person

Includes the IYT course manual, exam fee, laminated certification card, IYT training logbook. Retake fee $25.

  • Curriculum:

A written exam will be administered at end of classroom session. A grade of 70% or higher is required to pass. Should a candidate fail an examination, a re-take exam will be allowed for an additional fee.

Visit our VHF Certification Overview for more information on this course.

Basic Keelboat Challenge
New England Sailing Center Course
Prerequisites: Formal small keelboat training or equivalent experience. Four hours including certification exam. For those with strong keelboat skills but no formal certification
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Four hours including certification exam. For those with strong keelboat skills but no formal certification.

Challenge requirements meet the ASA Basic Keelboat Certification standards. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites:

Formal small keelboat training or equivalent experience.

  • Certification: ASA Basic Keelboat Certification

The ASA Certification fee is $85.

  • Duration: Four hours
  • Cost: $225 $180 per person
  • Curriculum:

Visit our Basic Keelboat Certification Overview to review your knowledge to successfully complete the challenge.

Bareboat Cruising Challenge
New England Sailing Center Course
Prerequisites: Extensive cruising experience. One day including certification exam.
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

One day including certification exam. For those with extensive cruising experience but little formal training or certifications may qualify for the one day Bareboat Cruising certification challenge. This is a full day session from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The majority of the class is completed on the water. Skills evaluation is on a Beneteau 39 or 43. The classroom component includes content review and testing.

This challenge meets the ASA Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising Certification standards. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites:

Extensive cruising experience.

  • Certification: ASA Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising Certifications

The ASA Certification fee, text books, logbook and one year membership to ASA are included in the course fee.

  • Duration: One day
  • Cost: $795 $636 per person for the one day course
  • Curriculum:

Curriculum includes parts of boat, terminology, personal floatation devices and safety gear, safety at sea including right of way and commands, knots, points of sail, tacks and jibes, basic sail shape and trim, sail raising and controls, dock leaving and return, and proper boat put down. The course also includes a review of terminology and sailing techniques relative to a mid-size auxiliary cruising sailboat followed by on the water training. Cruising topics covered include auxiliary cruising sailboat systems, maneuvering under power and sail, basic coastal navigation and coarse plotting, reefing, anchoring, crew overboard, safety at sea, radio operation, weather forecast interpretation, and heavy weather techniques.

Visit our Accelerated Bareboat Certification (ABC) Overview to review your knowledge to successfully complete the challenge.

Charter Fleet Rates

J22 or J24 Charter
New England Sailing Center (NESC)
Charter for an enjoyable day sail or to practice your sailing techniques.
New England Sailing Center (NESC)
  • J22/J24 Charter Description
  • Visit our J22/J24 Overview for more information on this boat.

 

  • Charter Rates

Half day rental $150 $120; Charter hours 10:00-1:00 or 2:00- 5:00

Daily rental rate $250 $200; Charter hours: 10:00-4:00

Beneteau 39 Charter
New England Sailing Center (NESC)
Beneteau 39 available for instructional, crewed charters and bareboat charters.
New England Sailing Center (NESC)
  • Beneteau 39 Yacht Charter Description
  • Visit our Beneteau 39 Overview for more information on this boat.

 

  • Charter Rates:
  • May 15 – Oct 15
$3,500 $2,800

  • Rates can be prorated for a minimum of 5 nights

  • Less than 5 nights may be accommodated based on availability and will include a $200 turnaround surcharge

 

  • Jamestown Incidental Fees:
  • Night of arrival sleep aboards
$75 per person
  • Yacht damage insurance
$50 per day
  • Fuel and water top offs

 

  • Skippered Charters:
  • Skipper
$250 per day + meals and gratuity
Beneteau 43 Charter
New England Sailing Center (NESC)
Beneteau 43 available for instructional, crewed charters and bareboat charters.
New England Sailing Center (NESC)
  • Beneteau 43 Yacht Charter Description
  • Visit our Beneteau 43 Overview for more information on this boat.

 

  • 7-Day Charter Rates (Jamestown):
  • May 15 – Oct 15
$4,400 $3,520

  • Rates can be prorated for a minimum of 5 nights

  • Less than 5 nights may be accommodated based on availability and will include a $200 turnaround surcharge

 

  • Incidental Fees:
  • Night of arrival sleep aboards
$100 per person
  • Yacht damage insurance
$50 per day
  • Fuel and water top offs

 

  • Skippered Charters:
  • Skipper
$250 per day + meals and gratuity