Since opening our doors in 2008, we have been nationally recognized as “ASA Outstanding School” 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (every year this award was offered) AND “ASA Outstanding Instructor” 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (x2), 2015, 2016 (x2), 2018, 2019, 2020. No other sailing school in New England has earned such recognition, and this puts our program in the top 1.5% of our competition world-wide!
Quality – Not Quantity!
At Black Rock Sailing School, you will obtain world-class sailing instruction and gain access to New England’s youngest fleet of high quality sailing club boats within Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Our students and annual sailing club members enjoy reciprocity between all of our locations.
We specialize in daysailing, coastal cruising, bareboat charter certification, women’s-only courses, docking, navigation, performance cruising, and “adventure cruising” experiences along the New England coastline and beyond.
Our school is the perfect match for those who wish to daysail around their local waters, explore the New England coastline by boat, bareboat charter in exotic locations, or enjoy the thrill of an offshore passage to Bermuda.
We offer ASA 101 and 103 courses EVERY Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, Saturday, Sunday out of our Massachusetts and Rhode Island locations May – October. More advanced courses are available throughout the year in both New England and in the Virgin Islands (see our schedule).
Our ASA graduates can get a 15% discount when joining our sailing club to practice their new skills aboard our boats!
Our small sailing club is designed to provide our customers with inexpensive boat access aboard boats that you will be proud to sail. You can enjoy day sailors and moderate sized cruising yachts capable of extended trips along the coast – at a fraction of the cost of ownership. Higher levels of membership provide access to all smaller boats as well!
If you are serious about learning how to sail, or are looking to join a high quality sailing club in Boston Harbor or Narragansett Bay, we are confident that Black Rock Sailing School should be your choice!
A Winning Formula!
Since 1991, Black Rock’s founder has been mentored by leaders in the sailing school industry, and since 1995, he has managed or owned award winning sailing schools in New England and in the Caribbean year-round. This experience and knowledge is passed along to members of this already talented staff each year.
We have always sacrificed growth for high standards, and waiting to hire only the best instructor candidates has been paying off. Black Rock Sailing School is the place to go if you would like to learn how to sail – at any level!
We keep our program small so that we can focus on quality – not quantity. We are not a sailing school “factory” like our larger competitors who must feed their huge sailing clubs and racing programs, and we are not a yacht brokerage firm and/or charter company disguised as a sailing school trying to ultimately sell more boats.
We have never lost our focus, and will always be a sailing school first. Please visit our website to learn more about our program!
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.
Other Services Available
- Women Only Courses
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
- Corporate Team Building Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Day Sail Charters (member-only)
- Vacation Charters
- Sunset Cruises
- Sailboat Cruises
- Racing Courses
- Sail Trim Courses
- Spinnaker Courses
ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program - Sign Up Now >>
At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course. Black Rock Sailing School – Boston is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.
'Ultimate, quintessential, ideal, perfect...you can choose any superlative and stick it in front of 'sailing instructor.' Brenton has the DNA for the job!'
D.C. of Norwalk, CT - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
'I have wanted to sail for a very long time. After my husband took the ASA 105 course with Brenton, he came home and immediately said, 'Honey, I have found your teacher!' I just learned more in one day than I have after five years (of sailing)!'
M.R. of Boston, MA - ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
Having been an instructor in the past, I like to know when I see a real pro. Brenton is on a whole other level. He possesses that rare talent of knowing what works when it comes to instruction - whether to a 7 yr old or a 70 yr old.
J. C. of Manchester By The Sea, MA - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Your knowledge and experience are astounding, and the way you’re able to bring it to our level made us both feel confident and secure in the process. We could not have imagined a better instructor or nicer person to spend a week with!
M.M. & J.M. - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Black Rock Sailing School – Boston
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