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Massachusetts Maritime Academy - SUMMER SAILING SCHOOL Boat Donations - SUMMER SAILING SCHOOL

Students sailors on Great Herring Pond with the Keith Hartford Sailing Center in the background.

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MMA’s Summer Sailing School provides a mix of activities both off and on the water for kids age 8 through 18.


Sailing is one of very few sports that can be enjoyed for a lifetime and the same is true for the skills inherent in sailing. Three vital life skills become practiced and familiar habits when one spends time on the water in a sailboat:

TEAMWORK. Learning how to work in a crew is a key component of sailing. Every member of our staff has competed in intercollegiate regattas and many also have international race experience. They know the importance of communication for safety and success, but also appreciate having fun and making friends.

RESPONSIBILITY. As a sailor gains skill, coaches step back and allow the sailor greater decision-making opportunities. Confidence and independence are fostered through peer instruction and hands-on learning.

LEADERSHIP. A skipper’s ability to appropriately communicate directions is vital to leading a successful crew. Sailors are paired (and sometimes tripled) in boats and given many opportunities to compete against one another.
For sailors of every level, from those who have never been on a sailboat to those who have sailed competitively, the possibilities for learning are endless. Our talented staff teaches the mechanics of sailing (from the basics to racing strategies), water safety, nautical terminology, and navigation.


Furthermore, members of our Summer Sailing School staff have been trained in US SAILING's REACH program.  We are now incorporating lessons in in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into our program.  In addition to learning about sailing, students will cooperate in fun, hands-on activities, increasing an interest in STEM topics and decreasing summer learning loss.


         Session I    June 22 - June 26

        Session II    June 29 – July 3

       Session III    July 6 – July 10

       Session IV    July 13 – July 17

        Session V    July 20 – July 24

       Session VI    July 27 – July 31

     Session VII    August 3 – August 7

HALF-DAYS Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

FULL-DAYS Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

OVERNIGHT Monday at 8:00 a.m. through Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Morning or Afternoon Sessions - $300 per week.
Full Day Sessions - $525 per week.
Overnight Sessions - $950 per week.

MMA offers a Multiple Session Discount of 10% off the Half and Full-Day options and 20% off the Overnight option. “Multiple Session” is defined as either one sailor attending multiple sessions or multiple sailors attending one session together.



The Massachusetts Maritime Academy sailing program has built a tradition of excellence during its long and storied tenure. That success continued last year with impressive performances at both the regional and national levels under the tutelage of Chuck Fontaine, our veteran Sailing Program Director, and his staff.

The Summer Sail Camp staff is led by Coach Fontaine and includes MMA Sailing Team coaches, Academy personnel, and members of the Cadre of Cadets. The Cadets who will be teaching your children are all experienced sailors who have competed at the collegiate level in both dinghies and yachts. They have been chosen to work in Camp because of their experience as sailors and as mentors, as well as for their leadership skills.

Classes are held at MMA’s Keith Hartford Sailing Center on Great Herring Pond in South Plymouth. The Center consists of nearly nine acres of land and has more than 350' of shoreline. It is located fifteen minutes from the Academy’s Buzzards Bay campus and ten minutes from the Sagamore Bridge.

Great Herring Pond is part of the Buzzards Bay watershed, covers approximately 376 acres and has just over five miles of shoreline. It is a natural warm-water pond with an average depth of 20 feet. The water is clean and clear, with underwater visibility of about eight feet.

The Center’s boathouse has an indoor classroom, restrooms, and male and female locker rooms. Outside, there are grassy areas for group activities in both sun and shade. There are four docks and a small sandy beach. The Summer School’s fleet consists of eighteen Vanguard 420s, six Optic, and fifteen Jibe Tech dinghies for students and four Boston Whalers for coaches.


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