New England Sailing Center (NESC)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Where are you located

We are located at 47 Conanicus Ave, Jamestown, RI Please see the Getting to Us page for a map and directions.

  • Gratuity rates for instructors and skippers

Typical gratuity rates are 15-20% of the event list price. A gratuity for your instructor or skipper is a most welcome expression of your satisfaction. NESC appreciates your recognition of our team’s efforts.

  • Scheduling courses

Contact us to discuss your sailing course objectives and we’ll review our schedule and openings with you. Email us at or call us at (401) 619-1697.

  • Reschedule and Cancellation Policy

With regard to rescheduling, should there be a COVID-19 related issues or inclement weather, we will reschedule without penalty. If cancelling, our standard cancellation policy will apply: outside of 30 days refundable less $200 cancellation fee. No refund within 30 days of start date. All cancellations must be received in writing. If considering trip insurance, we’ve partnered with InsureMyTrip. Request a quote.

  • Instructors

NESC instructors focus on providing you with the knowledge, experience and confidence outlined within the course content. Our instructors are certified through the stringent standards of the ASA instructor training program to ensure that students receive an exceptional sailing education.

  • Group versus private lesson differences

NESC offers both group and private courses to align with your learning preferences. There is a maximum of four students in each group course to foster an efficient teaching and learning environment. This also ensures that each student gets ample hands on experience. Private courses are good for individuals, couples and families wanting a custom course experience or additional one-on-one instruction. Families often enjoy private sessions that are tailored to provide a mix of sailing instruction and holiday activities.

  • American Sailing Association (ASA) certification benefits

Students that successfully complete their course certification exams will receive American Sailing Association (ASA) certification. ASA certifications have International recognition, so you’ll be able to sail throughout the world based on your certification.

The ASA system has eight primary levels of student certification from Basic Keelboat all the way to Offshore Passagemaking. Whether your goal is to skipper a bareboat charter in the Caribbean or to crew confidently on a short weekend sail, the ASA’s sailing-education system will guide you as you learn the theory behind sailing, practice the skills needed to handle a sailboat, and build the foundation of knowledge that will enable you to navigate a vessel safely and within the law.

By establishing national standards for sailing education, the ASA has provided a way for more people to take part in the sport safely, with the proper training and respect for their responsibilities as boaters, ensuring that sailing will be safer, smarter, and more fun for everybody.

  • NESC boats and yachts

NESC teaches and charters on various boats. Our fleet is made up of a J22 sailboat, and our cruising yachts include: a Beneteau 39, a Beneteau 40, a Bavaria Vision 46, a Jeanneau 51, a Hanse 548, and an Astrea 42.

The J22 is designed and built in New England. It offers strength, stability and speed unmatched in keelboats of its size. The J22 is tiller driven to enhance the boat’s reaction time and the large rudder provides a light feel, translating into a forgiving and precise helmsmanship. The J22 has a sail plan that gives the boat speed in light to medium wind but that can easily be reefed if the winds increase.

The Beneteau 39 is a beautiful yacht that ensures exceptional stability and comfort at sea. These yachts are spacious, solidly built and move very well in all wind conditions. Pretty Girl offers great space above and below deck with three spacious cabins equally sized and two heads. Other features include helm cockpit, large bimini and spray hood. Pretty Girl is ideal for a family of six or 2-3 couples, but with the convertible settee this yacht can sleep eight. This is a beautiful yacht model that you will truly enjoy cruising on.

The Vision 46 is made up of brilliantly conceived details evident as you step into the cockpit. Every instrument essential for navigation and control is within easy reach. With a perfect view of the deck and sail trim, the Vision 46 can be sailed with your fingertips. The layout features 3 cabins and 2 heads. This yacht includes a convertible settee and is ideal for a family of six or 2-3 couples.

The Jeanneau 51 Yacht benefits from the latest innovations that have made Jeanneau Yachts so successful: unequaled level of finish, unrivaled quality of life aboard and maximum ease of handling. Living spaces have been carefully studied, with meticulous attention to detail and the use of fine materials, to contribute to an excellent cruising experience and a luxurious lifestyle on board.

The Hanse 548 is the crème de la crème of the luxury yachts, providing an excellent sailing experience with coveted Hanse handling. Beautiful, fast and comfortable, the 548 offers all the amenities that one would expect of a quality luxury yacht. Modern hull shape and interior build a sublime contrast to the natural materials and warm hues. The salon has the look and feel of an elegant lounge.

The 2022 Astrea 42 is ideal for instructional and crewed charters as well as performance ocean sailing. Boasting a high degree of comfort, the Astrea 42 has a low center of gravity to afford maximum safety and with a generous sail area.

  • Travel Insurance

You should not overlook travel insurance for your upcoming trip. We have partnered with InsureMyTrip, because they are the best option to compare plans and find the right coverage for you. They have thousands of travel insurance plans and a one-of-a-kind recommendation engine to help travelers find the right plan. Most importantly, they will be there for you before, during and after your trip if you should need anything – especially help with a claim with the provider.

  • Sailors Packing List

Please see our recommendation guide for more information on what to pack. PDF Version: NESC Sailors Packing List