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Classes & Clinics
Dry Land Refresher for Dinghy Sailors
Join us for a classroom overview of the basics of dinghy sailing. Participants in this course will get to practice rigging 420s, learn about how to best utilize the boat’s sail controls, and review small-boat safety protocols. Come rehearse and learn your dinghy knowledge with us so you are ready to set sail this summer!
Dry Land Refresher for Keelboat Sailors
Shake out those winter cobwebs and review basic theory‚ terms and maneuvers. Rigging‚ docking‚ mooring, and crew-overboard drills are also covered with chalk talks. This class is a great way for returning keelboat sailors to prepare for the upcoming 2020 sailing season!
First Sail
First Sail Weekdays
Take Your First Sail on Lake Champlain
Have you ever wanted to learn how to sail? Here is your chance! If you aren't sure if sailing is right for you or if you do not have time for a full course this is the program that will get you out on the water. In partnership with US Sailing's First Sail initiative we are offering several opportunities for you to have your first sail. The program is conducted on a keelboat with a certified US Sailing instructor on board and all participants receive access to an online learning course from US Sailing.
Thursdays 5:45PM - 7:45PM
Classes & Clinics
Forest Bathing Walk and Paddle Adventure
Unplug from your life and join us for a tranquil paddle on the lake followed by a Forest Bathing Session. Led by Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide Duncan Murdoch, this session will offer ways to explore nature through your traditional 5 senses in new and deeply familiar ways. The session will culminate with a tea ceremony in the forest and return paddle back to the CSC.
Photography and Sailing - New
Learn the basics of photography, and apply them on the water while sailing on a keelboat!
Wind~Word Creative Writing Sail
First Sail
First Sail Weekends
Take Your First Sail on Lake Champlain
Have you ever wanted to learn how to sail? Here is your chance! If you aren't sure if sailing is right for you or if you do not have time for a full course this is the program that will get you out on the water. In partnership with US Sailing's First Sail initiative we are offering several opportunities for you to have your first sail. The program is conducted on a keelboat with a certified US Sailing instructor on board and all participants receive access to an online learning course from US Sailing.
Saturdays 1PM - 3PM
First Sail with Foam Brewers
Take Your First Sail on Lake Champlain
Have you ever wanted to learn how to sail? Here is your chance! If you aren't sure if sailing is right for you or if you do not have time for a full course this is the program that will get you out on the water. In partnership with US Sailing's First Sail initiative we are offering several opportunities for you to have your first sail. The program is conducted on a keelboat with a certified US Sailing instructor on board and all participants receive access to an online learning course from US Sailing.
Sail is followed by social hour at Foam Brewers

Saturdays or Sundays, 1PM - 3PM
Adult Dinghy
Dinghy Sailing Basics Weekdays
Dinghies offer an excellent opportunity to get an active, hands-on introduction to the sport of sailing. Our boats are 12-14 feet long and seat 2 adults. You will learn how to right a capsized boat on your first day of class! These fun vessels bring you close to the water, allowing you to feel how the waves and wind affect the boat immediately. An added bonus to this 15 hour course is the thrill of getting wet while recreating on Lake Champlain.
Includes a class textbook, Learn Sailing Right.
Monday - Friday
Dinghy Sailing Basics Weekends Half-Day
Dinghies offer an excellent opportunity to get an active, hands-on introduction to the sport of sailing. Our boats are 12-14 feet long and seat 2 adults. You will learn how to right a capsized boat on your first day of class! These fun vessels bring you close to the water, allowing you to feel how the waves and wind affect the boat immediately. An added bonus to this 15 hour course is the thrill of getting wet while recreating on Lake Champlain.
Includes a class textbook, Learn Sailing Right.
Saturdays, 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Dinghy Sailing Basics Weekends
Dinghies offer an excellent opportunity to get an active, hands-on introduction to the sport of sailing. Our boats are 12-14 feet long and seat 2 adults. You will learn how to right a capsized boat on your first day of class! These fun vessels bring you close to the water, allowing you to feel how the waves and wind affect the boat immediately. An added bonus to this 15 hour course is the thrill of getting wet while recreating on Lake Champlain.
Includes a class textbook, Learn Sailing Right.
Saturdays, 9am - 5pm
Dinghy Sailing Basics Weekends- Laser Edition
Dip your toes into the sport of sailing on one of our Lasers! These famous one-design boats are single-handed and clock in at just under 14 feet in length. You will learn how to right a capsized boat on your first day of class! These fun and capricious crafts allow sailors to learn the basics of sailing independently. An added bonus to this 15 hour course is the thrill of getting wet while recreating on Lake Champlain.

Includes a class textbook, Learn Sailing Right.
Saturdays, 9am - 5pm


Please note: All participants are required to go through a health and temperature screening each day prior to entering the facility. Masks are required in all indoor spaces.

Session I: August 8th and 15th
Session II: August 22nd and 29th
Session III: September 12th and 19th
Adult Keelboat
Keelboat Sailing Basics Weekday Mornings
If you have never experienced big boat sailing or enjoy the more relaxed side of the sport, then keelboats are the right boat for you. Unlike the dinghy course you will be in a boat with several adults and an instructor, all learning how to sail together. Everyone will have an opportunity to trim sails, steer the boat, and approach a mooring. This 15 hour keelboat class gives you more time to observe your peers at work and take in the sights and sounds of Lake Champlain.
Includes a class textbook, Learn Sailing Right.
Monday - Friday, 9am - 12pm
Adult Dinghy
Women in Wind Dinghy Sailing Basics
Dinghies offer an excellent opportunity to get an active, hands-on introduction to the sport of sailing. Our boats are 12-14 feet long and seat 2 adults. You will learn how to right a capsized boat on your first day of class! These fun vessels bring you close to the water, allowing you to feel how the waves and wind affect the boat immediately.
Includes a class textbook, Learn Sailing Right.
Saturdays, 9am - 5pm
Adult Keelboat
Keelboat Sailing Basics Weekday Evenings
If you have never experienced big boat sailing or enjoy the more relaxed side of the sport, then keelboats are the right boat for you. Unlike the dinghy course you will be in a boat with several adults and an instructor, all learning how to sail together. Everyone will have an opportunity to trim sails, steer the boat, and approach a mooring. This 15 hour keelboat class gives you more time to observe your peers at work and take in the sights and sounds of Lake Champlain.
Includes a class textbook, Learn Sailing Right.
Monday - Friday, 5pm - 8pm
Classes & Clinics
Laser Skill-Building Clinic
This 3 -hour class will help you become a better Laser sailor by fine tuning your existing sailing skills. Instruction will focus on boat set up, boat handling and sail trim to maximize your boat speed in a Laser.
Prior dinghy sailing experience is required.
Adult Big Boat Clinic
This is a fantastic opportunity if you have taken an introductory sailing course, or have equivalent experience, and want to try out sailing on a 29-34 foot keelboat. This full-day sailing clinic will introduce the basics of sailing bigger boats, including the crew roles and skipper responsibilities that go beyond those needed to sail small boats. An intro to big boat racing will be included with the July clinic and an intro to big boat cruising will be included with the August clinic.
Adult Keelboat
Keelboat Sailing Basics Weekends
If you have never experienced big boat sailing or enjoy the more relaxed side of the sport, then keelboats are the right boat for you. Unlike the dinghy course you will be in a boat with several adults and an instructor, all learning how to sail together. Everyone will have an opportunity to trim sails, steer the boat, and approach a mooring. This 15 hour keelboat class gives you more time to observe your peers at work and take in the sights and sounds of Lake Champlain.
Includes a class textbook, Learn Sailing Right.
Saturdays
US Sailing Keelboat Certification
US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification - June 28
US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification - July 18
Adult Keelboat
Women in Wind Keelboat Sailing Basics
If you have never experienced big boat sailing or enjoy the more relaxed side of the sport, then keelboats are the right boat for you. Unlike the dinghy course you will be in a boat with several adults and an instructor, all learning how to sail together. Everyone will have an opportunity to trim sails, steer the boat, and approach a mooring. This 15 hour keelboat class gives you more time to observe your peers at work and take in the sights and sounds of Lake Champlain.
Includes a class textbook, Learn Sailing Right.
Monday - Friday, 5pm - 8pm
US Sailing Keelboat Certification
US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification - July 26
US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification - August 8
US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification - August 23