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Classes & Clinics
Dry Land Refresher for Dinghy Sailors-New
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 2019 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.
Intro to Sailing
Brand new to sailing? Then this 2-hour introductory class is for you! Join us for a classroom introduction to the basic concepts of sailing. Learn the basic sailboat parts‚ points of sail‚ basic sail trim‚ some essential knots‚ tacking‚ gybing‚ and more. You will also learn about the in-season sailing courses, lessons and rentals available at the Community Sailing Center.
Photography and Sailing
Learn the basics of photography, and apply them on the water while sailing on a keelboat!
Wind~Word Creative Writing Sail
Women In Wind SUP Yoga
This class will ease you into Stand up Paddle Boarding and SUP Yoga. Class begins with basic SUP and paddle stroke instruction on land followed by a guided paddling warm up out to a water “studio” best suited to the weather conditions of the day. Here we will embark on a series of yoga postures designed to bring a whole new awareness to balance and alignment. We will practice strengthening and stretching postures while experiencing a deep connection to the natural world. It is guaranteed to invigorate, relieve stress and leave you feeling empowered and centered.
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, 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
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 Half-Day- New Time Offering!
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
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. 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, 5pm - 8pm
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 cruising will be included with the July clinic and an intro to big boat racing will be included with the August clinic.
Etchells Sailing Clinic-New!
Are you ready for a new set of challenges aboard a new vessel? Then try your hand at our Advanced Keelboat Clinic on a 30’ Ethcells, one of the most popular racing boats on Lake Champlain. Prior completion of a CSC Learn to Sail course is a prerequisite for registration.
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, 9am-5pm
Classes & Clinics
Tuesday Night Etchells First Sail-New!
Take a First Sail on our new Etchells! This one-night session allows sailors to put their skills to test aboard the newest member of our fleet and familiarize themselves in the basics of Etchells Sailing. These classes will be staffed by a a US Sailing Certified instructor and will offer participants the opportunity to sail one of Lake Champlain’s most popular racing boats.
US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling
This course is for individuals looking to learn how to operate a powerboat safely and build their on-the-water boat handling skills.
US Sailing Keelboat Certification
US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification
US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification
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
US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification