Community Sailing, a program of the Apprenticeshop, is an integral part of midcoast Maine’s sailing community. We sail from April to October! Established in 1998 as a summer youth program, we now offer classes for youth, teens and adults.

Rockland Community Sailing
Community Sailing
programs provide fun and exciting seamanship and sailing classes in spring, summer and fall.  Our summer program gets students ages 7-18 out rigging and sailing while learning safety, tides, weather, knots, racing, and seamanship skills. Participants develop self-confidence, teamwork, and good sportsmanship while forming connections to the maritime environment that last a lifetime. Our instructors are life-long sailors with a passion for teaching and sharing the joy of sailing with others. Each class curriculum is designed to progress to the next class, ensuring that all sailors are engaged in meaningful learning at their skill level. For more information about High School Sailing and Adult Sailing, follow these links.

Class Descriptions

RCS_th_01Sea Fleas (Ages 4-5)
Monday- Friday 9:00-11:45am
$115 per week
This class is a wonderful way to introduce your youngsters to sailing and seamanship. Based primarily on land, children will learn parts of the boat and basic seamanship through fun games and songs. There will be maritime-themed stories and a harbor tour. Class Size limit: 12. Register Today.




Intro to Rowing (Ages 6-7)
Monday-Friday 9:00-11:45am
$115 per week
Taught in a variety of rowing dinghies, students will learn rowing, basic seamanship, knot tying, boat handling, and safety. Rowers will develop confidence on and around the water, and as always, there will be a strong emphasis on fun. Class Size Limit: 12. Register Today.



RCS_th_06Beginning Sailing (Ages 7-10)
Monday – Friday 9-4:30pm
$280 per week
This is an introduction to sailing. Taught in Optimist, students will learn basic sailing and boat handling in a fun and encouraging environment. In addition, they will learn basic knots, navigation and water safety while building confidence on the water. Pre-requisite for the Green Optimists. Class size limit: 12. Register Today.



RCS_th_05GREEN Optimist (Ages 7 -11)
Monday- Friday 9-4:30pm
$280 per week
Taught in Optimist, this class is for the intermediate sailor who is ready to take their skills to the next level. Students will be taught more advanced boat handling and sail trim techniques, maximizing their boat’s best performance which should bring smiles to their faces! Sailors are introduced to racing, fun drills and friendly competition. At the Instructor’s discretion and student’s skill level and confidence, they may be invited to day long area regattas. Rules of the Road and seamanship including basic chart work and knot tying, will be integrated each day. Class Size limit: 12. Private Optimists are welcome. Register Today. 



RCS_th_04Adventure Sailing (Ages 11-18)
Monday- Friday 9-4:30pm
$280 per week
This class is for sailors who’d like to experience sailing in a variety of boats (26’ Colgate, 17’ Cape Cod Knockabout, 14’ Wianno Jr., 26’ Crotch Is. Pinky, 23’ Sonar, 19’ Yngling. Students will be taught basic to intermediate sailing, boat handling, seamanship, navigation and knot tying. Curriculum includes sail theory, boat design and nomenclature and students will transfer these skills to the different boats they sail.  No experience necessary. Class size limit: 12. Register Today.




RCS_th_08420s (Ages 13 and up)
Monday – Friday 9-4:30pm
$280 per week
Introduction to 420 sailing.  These sailors will learn rigging, boat handling, sail trim, and how to sail safely in both light and heavy air. Fun drills will help them gain confidence in racing, both at the start and around short courses.   They will use the Club420’s which do not use spinnakers or trapezes. This is a prerequisite to the 420 RACERS. Register Today.




RCS_th_02420 RACERS (Ages 13 and up, and 120 lbs. or more).
Monday -Friday 9-4:30pm
$280 per week
Our highest level youth racing class uses our 420’s rigged with spinnakers and trapezes and experience an incredibly thrilling kind of racing. Sailors will hone their racing and boat handling skills. They should be prepared to sail both in light air and heavy weather and ready to learn how to compete on a crowed start line. Sailing fast, fine tuning their boat and sails, learning trapeze and spinnaker work, racing tactics and the understanding racing rules will be a focus for these sailors. All students are invited to participate in regattas. Maintaining equipment and participating in some regattas will be part of the class. Must have previous 420 experience. Register Today.



RCS_th_09Instructor Trainees (Ages 15-18)
Monday – Friday 9-4:30pm
$280 per week (includes a limited edition t-shirt.)
Take your sailing experience to the next level and learn skills to become a solid sailing Instructor. During our one week intensive experience this student will shadow our certified USSAILING Instructors, learn the tricks of the trade of teaching to various skill levels and be exposed to a wealth of knowledge from our teaching staff.   Once a student has successful completed this course, they may apply to work as an Instructor Trianee (IT) for the remaining summer sessions. This is the beginning to a great career as a sailing instructor that students can take all over the world. Do what you love! Must submit sailing experience and letter of intent. Class size limit: 6. Register Today.

For more information, visit the or call 207-594-1800.



With more than 2.5 acres of waterfront property, the apprentices, Rockland Community Sailing students, instructors, staff, and our local community gain access to the waterfront via our 400-foot fixed pier and more than 400-feet of seasonal floats. Our launch ramp gives us and the greater community the ability to haul and launch vessels up to 60-feet. Our float system (April-October) allows easy and accessible vessel tie-up. The Apprenticeshop also owns, manages, and rents a number of moorings to accommodate larger vessels during the summer season.

2015 Waterfront Rates

Rates for dinghy dockage, mooring rental, parking, and boat storage for the coming year are as follows:

Dinghy Dockage
< $275 for seasonal space (includes one parking permit)
< Register for 2015 dinghy dockage today!

< Under 30-feet: $1,000 per season (includes dinghy dockage and one parking permit)
< Over 30-feet: $1,200 (includes dinghy dockage and one parking permit)

< $100 for a seasonal permit
< $8 per day

Boat Storage
We offer outdoor storage for your vessel(s). Subject to available space.
< Outdoor: $28/foot (winter: Oct 16 – June 15) (summer: June 16-Oct. 15)
< Indoor: $7/square foot

For more information please call us at 207-594-1800 or send us an email.

Our waterfront allows The Apprenticeshop and Rockland Community Sailing to offer traditional and diverse sailing experiences that make seamanship a unique part of our programs and both promotes and preserves the maritime traditions of Rockland and coastal Maine.


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From April through October, program participants and instructors get out on the water in our fleet of traditional and modern vessels. Formal and informal training occurs throughout the season for youth and adult sailors, our High School Sailing team, special partnership programs such as Trekkers and Adaptive Sailing, first- and second-year apprentices, 12-week small boatbuilding participants, and our extended waterfront community.

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The greatest builders are also confident mariners, and the greatest sailors can fix their craft at sea. Having the opportunity not only to build but also to sail traditional boats is one of the many components that sets The Apprenticeshop apart from other schools. The sailing season includes at least two overnight expeditions along with other opportunities to get out on the water. Local racing clubs are always looking for willing crew, and there are occasional offshore sailing opportunities delivering sea education vessels along the northeast coast.

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During winter months, Friday afternoons are focused on apprentice-led presentations covering a wide variety of topics, including knot tying, sail theory, navigation, and boat handling. Additionally, students tour mid-coast boat yards, visit sail makers, maritime museums, and even model ship makers and traditional tool enthusiasts. Local boat builders and crafts people give demonstrations at the Shop on a variety of topics such as hand saw sharpening and log hewing. Apprentices may also have the opportunity for offsite training in skills such as wood turning and blacksmithing.