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Youth Sailing at HMC

In HMC’s youth sailing programs, children and youth ages 7-18 have the opportunity to learn about and participate in the sport of sailing on our beautiful harbor. Our programs cater to all levels and we emphasize seamanship, skills and teamwork in our safe, fun-filled and hands-on class formats. For specific questions about HMC’s sailing program, please email:

Our 2019 sailing program registration will open in March. If you have questions about the program, please email:

What Level Am I?

Please note that all sailors must pass HMC’s Swim Check. Movement between levels is determined by the previous season’s end of session evaluation or Katie Manning, HMC’s Director of Sailing (

Beginner Learn to Sail – Starts at age 7 and goes up to age 11. Learn the basics of sailing knot tying and proper use of tiller and rudder. Children get to build comfort on the water while being introduced to sailing basics.
Apprentice 1 year sailing experience and basic knowledge.
Venture Proficient sailing solo with desire to fine tune skills for recreational sailing. (formerly “Advanced”). This is a non-racing class that also focuses on seamanship and maritime education.
Opti and 420 Learn to Race HMC offers two ‘Learn to Race’ classes for children and youth who want to learn about and prepare for future racing. Children in both of these classes must be independent boat-handlers have at least 2+ years (or 4 sessions) of sailing instruction to qualify to register. 
Optimist – Ages 9-14 and under 110 pounds
420’s – Over 13 and over 90 pounds
12+ Beginner Venture Age 12+ (or for 11 year olds about to enter middle school). For those who are new to sailing or for youth with some sailing experience and a desire to sharpen skills alongside youth of a similar age. Sailing in turnabouts.
Opti and 420 Race Successfully meets all the previous criteria with a desire to learn to race. HMC participates in several local regattas throughout the summer with the youth race sailors. The race program involves some parent commitment and director approval if your child is new to the program. Please contact our Director of Sailing, Katie Manning ( if you have questions about our youth race programs.
Optimist – Under 14 and under 110 pounds
420’s – 12+ and over 90 pounds. In addition to the age and weight requirements, sailors are required to have 3+ years of sailing experience or at least 6 sessions (i.e. 3-4 week blocks) of regular sailing.



Youth Sailing Session 1Tuesday, June 19th-July 13th, 2018.

Youth Sailing Session 2: July 16th-August 10th, 2018

 Beginner AM  MTuThFr 8:00 – 10:15 am  $475
Apprentice MTuThFr 10:00 am – 12:30 pm  $475
Beginner Venture 12+ MTuThFr 10:00 am – 12:30 pm  $475
420 Learn to Race MTuThFr 9:30 am – 12:00 pm  $525
Opti Learn to Race  MTuThFr 10:15 – 12:45pm  $525
Beginner PM MTuThFr 1:30 – 3:45pm  $475
Venture (Advanced) MTuThFr 1:30 – 4:30 pm  $550
Race Classes
Opti Race MTuThFr 1:00 – 4:30 pm  $625
420 Race MTuThFr 1:00 – 4:30 pm  $625


To be placed on the waitlist please email: The waitlist is on a first come, first served basis and individuals on the waitlist will be notified immediately if a spot opens up.

Scholarships and Payment Plans

We offer youth scholarships to those who qualify, along with payment plans in order to assist with costs. For more information about how to apply, please visit the Sailing FAQ page, or email

Swim Check

All sailors enrolled in Beginner AM, Beginner PM, Apprentice I, or Beginner Venture 12+  MUST complete a swim check, regardless of whether they are returning participants or newcomers. Any youth sailor, regardless of level, that is new to HMC must also pass a swim check. Both session 1 and session 2 sailors must complete the swim check. It is a Hingham Maritime Center policy that once a returning sailor advances past the primary levels of lessons, they are exempt from the swim check.

For further details regarding the Swim Check, please visit the Sailing FAQ page, or email