New England Sailing Center  (NESC). Sailing school in Newport, RI.

Specials & Events

NESC is pleased to offer students and guests the following limited time and limited opening specials. We hope you can take advantage and we would encourage you to check back often as we update our specials frequently based on availability in our courses.

Many of these specials are available for a limited time and for a limited number of offerings. Contact us to check availability and to schedule your course.

Specials & Events

Special Course Offerings
New England Sailing Center (NESC)
Expand your sailing experience with these unique events.

NESC is pleased to offer these specials to our students and clients.

These opportunities can fill up quickly so contact us for additional information or scheduling assistance.

Coastal Passage Making

  • 8/30-9/3: Jamestown, RI to Salem, MA Coastal Passage Making Training

ASA 106 Certification Course; ASA 105 supplement available
Saturday, August 30 – Monday, September 3, 2021
Tuition: $2,095pp
Training Boat: Bavaria 46

August 29: Arrive in Jamestown with sleep aboard your training yacht
August 30: Jamestown, RI to Cuttyhunk, MA
August 31: Cuttyhunk, MA to Menemsha to Hadley Harbor
September 1: Hadley Harbor to Provincetown, MA
September 2: Provincetown to Scituate, MA
September 3: Scituate to Salem, MA

Day 1 – Jamestown, RI
Begin your journey on Narragansett’s 2nd largest island and home to the lovely town of Jamestown, RI. Rich in history having been visited by Italian navigator, Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524, it became a center for fur trading, agriculture and fishing for centuries to follow. Much less busy than its neighbor to the east (Newport) Jamestown retains its quaintness with several small shops, restaurants and local entertainment. Portions of several movies have been filmed in and around Jamestown, including Wind, Me, Myself & Irene, American General, Evening, Dan in Real Life, Moonrise Kingdom, and Irrational Man.
Skills: Sail planning, logbook, Charting, Coast Pilots, key Rules of the Road, Safety and Emergency equipment, weather observation, yacht layout, food storage, preparation and facilities, and navigation equipment.
Day 2 – Cuttyhunk Island (Approx. 5 hrs)
Perhaps New England’s first English settlement, it was occupied with a small fort built by Bartholomew Gosnold’s expedition in 1602. They planned to develop sassafras, which was a valuable crop in Europe at the time. Sited at the very end of the Elizabeth Islands, it was originally known as ‘Poocuohhunkkunnah’ named by the native Wampanoag’s; meaning ‘Land’s End’. After entering from the north through a very narrow inlet Cuttyhunk opens up into a lovely salt pond harbor where many transient boaters come for an evening’s rest. If you go ashore and walk to the island top you can enjoy the priceless view east across Vineyard Sound to Gay Head, or west across Buzzards Bay to the mainland.
Skills focus: Docking, coastal navigation, key Rules of the Road, man overboard and recovery, heaving to and lying a hull, weather observations, sail and trim, marine communications/VHF and mooring, and dinghy operations.
Day 3 – Menemsha and Hadley’s Harbor (Approx. 6 hrs)
Next travel through Quick’s Hole and across the Vineyard Sound to Menemsha for lunch ‘in the rough’. You may recognize scenes from the films ‘Popeye’ with Robin Williams and ‘Sabrina’ with Harrison Ford while you’re there. Indulge yourself with fresh seafood at Larsen’s – direct from the boats, to the pot, to your plate. Bring your own wine and glasses though! Menemsha is a dry town.
After lunch head north then west past Woods Hole Research Center at the top of the Elizabeth’s to a tranquil hideaway gem you’ll never forget – Hadley’s Harbor. Anchor in front of the Forbe’s Mansion and enjoy relaxing, swimming and adventuring ashore. It’s the perfect place to recharge and perhaps to forget.
Skills focus: Piloting and coastal navigation, tides and currents, aids to navigation, more sail and trim, anchoring operations, and dinghy operations.
Day 4 – Provincetown (Approx. 8 hrs) / Night Sail
Next travel by night north through Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal, past Massachusetts Maritime Academy and under the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges. Travel across Cape Cod Bay to where the Mayflower and Pilgrims first landed. Provincetown has been a collection point for writers and artists since the 1890’s. Rich in art, restaurants, entertainment and diversity, you’ll enjoy this vibrant destination on the extreme tip of ‘the Cape’.
Skills focus: Night safety, watchstanding and duties, Coast Pilots and piloting, Key Rules of the Road, tides and currents, anchoring operations, vessel mechanics and maintenance, and dinghy operations.
Day 5 – Scituate (Approx. 6 hrs)
Next travel west across Cape Cod Bay to charming Scituate. Founded in 1636 by a group from Plymouth called the ‘Men of Kent’, it too is rich in history and excellent seafood. Visit the William-Barker House built in 1634. Visit the Old Scituate Lighthouse and discover the ‘American Army of Two’ made up of the lighthouse keeper’s daughters who alone warded off a British naval party during the war of 1812.
Skills focus: Advanced sail and trim, marine emergencies, and severe weather management.
Day 6 – Salem (Approx. 5 hrs)
Finally head north across Boston Harbor Entrance to the city of witches – historic Salem. Situated on Boston’s North Shore in Essex County, and founded in 1629, its one of America’s oldest and most influential cities. For a period, it was America’s most affluent city during the British occupation of Boston in the mid 1700’s. Visit the Witch House, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home on the waterfront where he wrote the Scarlett Letter and the House of Seven Gables just next door. A must see, visit the Peabody Museum with its huge collection of global art and artifacts – all within walking distance to the port. Jump in a taxi and visit Beverly and Marblehead immediately north and south of Salem. Their residents both lay claim as birth place to the American Navy. They both may be right. Come to find out why.
Skills focus: Skills summary and review.