The CBC's six new RS Quest sailboats provide a stable learning environment for sailors just beginning the sport, while also offering growth opportunity for those sailors ready for intermediate skill development.
Give yourself (or a friend!) the gift of learning on a RS Quest this summer!
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Drop-in Sail Racing

$45/person - 3.5 hrs

Join a CBC instructor on a J24 keelboat for a night of racing on Bellingham Bay! If you already have sail experience, and want to dip your toes into the world of racing, this is the night for you! Racing takes place on Thursday evening and is typically a 3-4 hour adventure. Come prepared to test your skills and learn new maneuvers in a fun and supportive environment.

In order to register for a Thursday night race on a CBC boat, you much be checked-off to rent a sailboat through the Community Boating Center. Not checked-off yet? If you think you have what it takes to sail without an instructor call the office to set up a 1-hour check-out sail!

To register, call the office at 360-714-8891.

2018 Program Dates:

Thursday's beginning July 19th

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Experience Sailing - Guided Sail

$55/person - 3.5 hrs

Join us for a sail on Bellingham Bay!  Our professional skippers will lead a sail exploring the beautiful sights and views of the bay.  Never been on a sailboat - no problem!  From first timers looking to get a feel of being on the water to experienced sailors looking to enjoy a day on the water, the guided sail is perfect for all skill levels.  Sailing on a keelboat is a great introduction to the sport.  Learn basic sail lingo and maneuvers, and if you're feeling up to it, take your turn on the tiller!

2018 Program Dates:

Custom dates available upon request!

June - September

Sunset Sail - Wednesday 6pm - 9:30pm (time subject to change with available light)

Sunday Sail - Sundays 2:30pm - 6pm

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Introduction to Keelboat Sailing

$275/person, 12 hour class, maximum 4-8/class

Our Introduction to Keelboat Sailing course is designed to take you from novice to sailor in four classes. You will learn about the wind clock, how to tack, gybe & tiller steer, how to rig our J/24 Keelboats with a main sail, jib & genoa, and crew-overboard recovery.

Keelboats are a heavier bigger style of sailboat with a weighted keel, these boats are sturdy under high winds, and carry momentum. Our keelboats do not have motors which means you will learn how to sail to and from a mooring buoy. This class is great for people interested in cruising and/or racing.

Class Content Includes:

  • Rigging a boat
  • Rules of the road
  • Person Overboard
  • Upwind and downwind sailing maneuvers
  • Sail trim
  • Tacking and Jibing
  • Safety procedures
  • Approaching and leaving a dock or mooring
  • Securing boat to a mooring or dock

Required Reading: We use US Sailing's Basic Keelboat book in conjunction with our classes, and any studying you are able to do before the first class will help us to spend that much more time on the water. You can buy a copy of Basic Keelboat from us or find it online, at the library, etc.  We request that you read at least Part 1 (Sailing Concepts), Part 2 (Preparation), and Part 3 (Your First Sail) before the start of class.

View Course Syllabus

2018 Program Dates:

Custom dates available upon request!

Saturday/Sunday - 5/12 - 5/20 10am - 1pm

Saturday/Sunday - 5/26 - 6/3 10am - 1pm

Monday - Tuesday - 6/4 - 6/12 6pm - 9pm

Saturday/Sunday - 6/16 - 6/24 10am - 1pm

Monday - Tuesday - 6/18 - 6/26 6pm - 9pm

Saturday/Sunday - 7/7 - 7/15 10am - 1pm

Monday - Tuesday - 7/9 - 7/17 6pm - 9pm

Saturday/Sunday - 8/4 - 8/12 10am - 1pm

Saturday/Sunday - 8/25 - 9/2 10am - 1pm

Learn more about our new RS Quest sailboats!

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Introduction to Dinghy - Get into a RS Quest!

$275/person, 12 hour class, maximum 4/class

Our Introduction to Dinghy Sailing course is designed to take you from novice to sailor in four classes. You will learn about the wind clock, how to tack & gybe, tiller steer, how to rig the boat, and capsize recovery.

Dinghies are a fast-paced wind powered boat, they traditionally have a drop down centerboard that is not weighted which allows the boat to capsize under extreme conditions. This class is great for beginner sailors that are willing to get wet.

Class Content Includes:

  • Rigging a boat
  • Upwind and downwind sailing maneuvers
  • Person overboard
  • Sail trim
  • Tacking and Jibing
  • Safety procedures
  • Approaching and leaving a dock or mooring
  • Capsize recovery

Required Reading: We use US Sailing's Learn Sailing Right: Beginning Sailing book in conjunction with our classes, and any studying you are able to do before the first class will help us to spend that much more time on the water. You can buy a copy of Learn Sailing Right: Beginning Sailing from us or find it online, at the library, etc.  We request that you read Chapters 1 through 13 before the start of class.

View Course Syllabus

2018 Program Dates:

Custom dates available upon request!

Monday/Tuesday - 5/21 - 5/29 6pm - 9pm

Saturday/Sunday - 6/9 - 6/17 2pm - 5pm

Saturday/Sunday - 6/23 - 7/1 2pm - 5pm

Wednesday/Thursday - 7/11 - 7/19 6pm - 9pm

Saturday/Sunday - 7/21 - 7/29 10am - 1pm

Monday/Tuesday - 8/6 - 8/14 6pm - 9pm

Saturday/Sunday - 8/18 - 8/26 2pm - 5pm

Monday/Tuesday - 8/27 - 9/4 6pm - 9pm

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Keelboat Refresher/Intro to Keelboat Continuation

$150/person, 6 hour class, maximum 4/class

Have experience sailing but just need a little extra time with an instructor before venturing out on your own? Our Keelboat Refresher course will help you by going over the basics of sailing, orienting you to our fleet and the skills needed to sail to and from the mooring line, and give you the confidence you need to sail on your own. This two-part class uses the same curriculum as our Introduction to Keelboat Sailing course but at a faster pace with emphasis on safety and boat control. If you have completed our Introduction to Keelboat Sailing class and would still like more time with an instructor on board, or it has been a year or two since you have been on the water, this class is a great continuation of your sailing education.

Class Content Includes:

  • Rigging
  • Upwind and downwind sailing maneuvers
  • Tacking, jibing, and hand exchange
  • Approaching and leaving a dock or mooring
  • Leaving and returning to a mooring or dock
  • Safety procedures, such as person overboard

2018 Program Dates:

Custom dates available upon request!

Sunday - 5/6 & 5/13 2pm - 5:30pm

Saturday/Sunday - 6/9 & 6/10 9:30am - 1pm

Wednesday/Thursday - 9/12 & 9/13 1pm - 4pm

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Introduction to Keelboat Racing

$275/person, 12-16 hour class, maximum 6/class

Introduction to Keelboat Racing is an entry intermediate level keelboat sailing class, prior knowledge and experience of sailing is required. However, this class is very much so an introduction to racing - consider it a racing lite course. This four part course will give you a foundation of race knowledge including experience in the different roles of crew aboard a race boat. Instructor ratio is high to offer the ease and feel of total control under often stressful circumstances. If you are interested in advancing your sailing experience, joining a crew to race on Thursdays, or have some experience racing and crave more knowledge and time aboard a boat, this course is for you.

To enroll in this class, you must have taken our Introduction to Keelboat Sailing, a US or ASA Basic Keelboat class, or complete a Race Class Ready checkout with one our instructors*.

2018 Program Dates:

Monday/Thursday - 5/7 - 5/24 5pm - 9pm

Monday/Thursday - 9/3 - 9/17 4pm - 8pm

*Race Class Ready checkouts are scheduled between instructors and students based on a schedule that works for the both of you. Primary skills we will be looking for is familiarity with understanding of the wind clock, ability to tiller steer, ability to tack and jib boat with or without crew, and understanding of boating terminology. Cost is $20 and can qualify you to rent as well, checkout will last roughly an hour.

Learn more about our new RS Quest sailboats!

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Private Lessons

Keelboat: $60/hour, +$40/hour for additional student

Dinghy: $60/hour, +$40/hour for additional student

The Community Boating Center offers private sailing lessons for all ages during the operating season (April through October). Private lessons can be a perfect solution for skill refinement after taking a sailing class, refreshing forgotten maneuvers, practicing person overboard drills, or simply getting the extra attention only private instruction can provide. All lessons take place on Bellingham Bay and depart from the Fairhaven public boat launch next to the Boating Center. 90 minute minimum per lessons. Lessons are scheduled around your schedule and instructor availability.

For more information or to schedule a private lesson, contact the Program Manager or call (360) 714-8891