Boston Sailing Center
| (617) 227-4198 |

Our commitment to teaching sets us apart. Over 400 students learn with us every year, making the Boston Sailing Center one of the top adult sailing schools in the country. Yet classes on the water are always small, so you’ll receive highly personalized instruction. Our staff shares a love of sailing – whether it’s a night sail with friends after work, a vacation cruise with family, or competing in local fleets and national championships. You’ll find this enthusiasm in every class we teach.

Our main courses are ASA 101 Basic Keelboat, ASA 103 Coastal Cruising, and ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising. In addition, we offer courses on racing during the summer and winter, ASA 105 Coastal Navigation, and ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising. If you have little to no sailing experience, ASA 101 Basic Keelboat is the place to start. Qualified sailors can sign on at any level of instruction or jump straight to a membership. We also offer series of courses packaged together in our Macro Programs for students looking to tailor their specific sailing goals.

Our facilities are unique – a Louisiana Riverboat berthed at Lewis Wharf on historic Boston Harbor. Just a short walk north of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, our floating classroom and clubhouse is an excellent venue for member and student events, post-sail socials to meet other sailors at the club, and other functions. We’re also close to a wide variety of historical sites, restaurants, and nighttime entertainment spots.

From the Riverboat, we enjoy unrestricted sailing along Boston’s historic waterfront and beyond, including day sails among the beautiful Boston Harbor islands, overnight trips to Marblehead and longer sails to destinations like Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard and Newport.

After you take a course or if you already know how to sail, we have five levels of membership to keep you on the water all season long. As a member of the Boston Sailing Center, you’ll enjoy more time on the water than most boat owners – and at far less cost. Membership entitles you to unlimited sailing during the regular season with no additional cost for boat usage. The Center’s low member-to-boat ratio ensures optimal boat availability throughout the season. And our proven record of excellent boat maintenance is second to none.

One of the greatest assets of the Boston Sailing Center is the capable, knowledgeable staff. Founded in 1977, we employ upwards of 40 people during the high season, and the majority of the staff has been with us for over five years. However, the senior staff are quickly approaching 20-30 years! They have helped shape the Boston Sailing Center into a thriving community of local sailors.

American Sailing Certifications 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.

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)
  • Sunset 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. Boston Sailing Center is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • I learned to sail at BSC with their Macro package taking Learn to Sail through to Basic Cruising and have loved every minute of their instruction. The instructors are very experienced, and the staff are amazing. I am amazed how much I've learned![read more]

    Nicole C. - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • Right place to start to learn how to sail a small keelboat and to get your first ASA certifications. Some very nice teachers will take good care of you and soon the sea will safely become yours. Good mindset. Recommended 100%.

    Pascal P. - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

  • The sailing school offers great balance - sound instruction and principles, coupled with good sailing experience throughout the course - with very personable folks who are practical and genuine.  No stuffy sailors here - just enthusiasts.[read more]

    Doug L. - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

Contact Information

Boston Sailing Center

Address 54 Lewis WharfBostonMA02110United States
Phone (617) 227-4198
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