Sailing program for youth launched in Belfast

Posted June 19, 2009, at 8:38 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Three-day instructional programs for young sailors 8 to 13 years old will be held in Belfast Harbor from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, July 8 to Aug. 28.

The Come Boating organization’s Youth Sailing Program is for beginning sailors, although lessons are available for advanced youth sailors as well. Classes will be taught by U.S. Sail-certified small-boat sailing instructors, according to a press release.

As they acquire skills to sail and row a small boat, children will learn about water safety, the parts of a sailboat, how to rig a boat and tie knots, what to know about tides, currents and wind, and how to sail under varying conditions.

The cost of the Youth Sailing Program is $60 a week, $50 for members of Come Boating. Participants must be able to swim, and each child must have a life vest and whistle. Scholarships are available to qualified families.

Come Boating also offers sailing lessons for adults, which are tailored to individuals and their particular needs. The cost is $65 for members of Come Boating and $75 for nonmembers.

Registration forms and more information on the Youth Sailing Program and sailing lessons are available from Tom Jamieson at 338-3288 or and at, which also has information on the organization’s community rowing programs, events and membership.