Black Rock Sailing School – Boston

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).  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).

Sailing school graduates enjoy a FREE 30 day membership in our sailing club to practice their new skills aboard our boats – with the option to join as an annual member at a 20% graduate discount!

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!

Members enjoy unlimited sailing aboard our fleet of late model Harbor 20’s, Colgate 26’s, J/80’s, Hunter 33’s, and J/105’s! Charter Club members also have access to our 2015 Beneteau 41 3-cabin located in the Virgin Islands year-round!

If you are serious about learning how to sail, or are looking to join a high quality sailing club in Boston Harbor, Marblehead 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.  In 2014, two of our three full-time instructors earned national recognition as “Outstanding Instructor” from the American Sailing Association.

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!

ASA Sailing Certification Courses Offered

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
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.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
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.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
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.
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
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.
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
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.
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
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 Offered

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Vacation Charters
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Day Sail Charters (member-only)
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Sailboat Cruises
  • Racing Courses
  • Sail Trim Courses
  • Spinnaker Courses

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • '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, Basic Keelboat Sailing

  • 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

Contact Information

Black Rock Sailing School – Boston

Address Fan Pier Marina, One Marina Park DriveBostonMA02210United States
Phone(617) 639-3061
Websitewww.blackrocksailingschool.com
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