Sailing is back!

Come learn to sail on idyllic Quitsa Pond!  Our program welcomes kids of all abilities and ages and we encourage those with little to no experience to give sailing a try.  Students will be in daysailers with other students and an instructor at all times. Students will learn the fundamentals of sailing via first hand experience.

In order to participate, all students must be able to swim.  In addition, see the list of “Things to Bring” to prepare your child for lessons.  We will provide every student with a lifejacket, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.  Students may not bring electronics on the water (instructors will maintain contact with shore at all times).

Arrive 10 minutes prior to your lesson to give time for drop off, getting fitted for a lifejacket, and making sure the boats can leave promptly at the start of each lesson time. Arrive 5 minutes before pick up time so that the instructors can do check out and have time to get the next boat of kids on the water promptly. Lessons leave from the Chilmark Town Landing - to minimize traffic, PLEASE CARPOOL.

Sailing during CCC hours is only available to kids 6+ registered in the morning program.


MONDAY-FRIDAY          9-10:30am &          10:30am-12pm

For kids participating in the Morning Program, lessons may be booked in the CCC office at a cost of $30/lesson, $100/4 lessons, & $200/10 lessons.


Things to Bring

  • Bathing suit

  • Long sleeve shirt/warm upper layer

  • Sunscreen

  • Closed toed shoe

  • Hat/sunglasses

  • Snack

  • Water

  • Towel

  • Critical medical supplies (EpiPens, inhalers, etc.)

  • Please bring all of the above in a small tote bag with your child's name


We also offer private lessons to individuals or groups of all abilities and ages.  Please contact Noah (, Nick (, or Luke ( if you are interested.


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Nick graduated from Harvard University this past spring, and was Captain of the Sailing Team his senior year. Nick grew up sailing at the Center and is an avid racer, enjoying racing on Menemsha Pond, down island, and beyond. Unfortunately, “real life” beckons and Nick will leave the Vineyard early this summer to begin work in Washington, D.C.

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Noah is a rising junior at Bowdoin College, and grew up sailing on Menemsha Pond. In addition to having sailed on Bowdoin’s varsity team, Noah enjoys coaching middle school and high school students in the fall at SailMaine, a community sailing program based in Portland. Noah has also just returned from a study abroad program where he sailed from New Zealand to Tahiti and was able to experience what life is like aboard a tall-ship. Noah can’t wait to continue teaching sailing this summer.

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LUKE LEFEBER, Assistant Director

Luke is a rising junior at Vassar College. He has sailed on Menemsha Pond for as long as he can remember, and reflects fondly on his time spent sailing as a camper at the Center. With experience as a first mate aboard a charter sailboat out of Menemsha and as a sailing instructor in Oak Bluffs, Luke is thrilled to teach on the pond through the program that served him so well growing up.