The Nahant Sailing Program provides sailing instruction for youngsters Ages 8+. Advanced students may choose a cruising, or advanced/racing curriculum, with an opportunity for competition with other local programs. The curriculum combines recreational summer fun with basic skills instruction that emphasizes water safety, good sportsmanship, teamwork, care of equipment, and enjoyment of the sport of sailing. Evening sessions provide an opportunity for adults to learn to sail or participate in intermediate racing as well. Town budget support, fundraising, volunteer labor, and limited scholarship assistance are required to keep participant fees affordable.
The Sailing Program is run by the Town of Nahant for the benefit of the community and administered by a Sailing Committee appointed by the Town. Providing a quality program requires the commitment and assistance of:
- The Sailing Committee
- Town of Nahant Officials
- Friends of Nahant Sailing, Inc.
- The Nahant Dory Club
- Volunteers and Contributors
Town of Nahant Officials are not directly involved in the management of the program, except that the Sailing Committee shall consult with and make an annual report to the Town Administrator. The Town partially funds the program and supports the program in other significant ways, including:
- Maintenance: The Town Administrator may authorize the Department of Public Works (DPW) to assist with the movement of boats and major equipment for the purpose of winter storage or weather related events.
- Safety: The Town maintains a Harbormaster’s rescue boat at the Town Wharf that will respond to an emergency according to guidelines of the Nahant Police Department.
- Insurance: The Town maintains insurance coverage for the equipment of the Sailing Program as well as liability coverage for the full and part-time Instructors, members of the Sailing Committee, and other volunteers formally involved in the Program.