The Boston skyline is iconic, and along with many other cities, it truly transforms when it’s lit up at night. Put yourself on a sailboat, on peaceful Boston Harbor or out at sea and approaching a port at night after a long sail and the word “majestic” comes to mind. Seeing how familiar buoys and beacons look at night and learning new approaches to familiar skills is what our Night Sailing Course is all about. Designed for sailors with a foundation of basic navigation under their belt, Night Sailing welcomes sailors of an intermediate level or above.
2021 Update- Posted November 2020
Due to Covid 19, we were unable to fulfill a number of our courses from the 2020 season and will be working to execute on those courses before posting new ones. If you would like to join our Waitlist please sign up here. Any contacts on our waitlist will be the first contacted when we post new courses and/or open enrollment for the 2021 season.
Night sailing is offered on a variety of days:
- A single evening, from 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Prerequisites- Any of the below
Practical skills covered in the course
- Prepping proper gear (clothing, equipment such as binoculars, VHF, hand bearing compass, head lamp, etc.)
- Safety Issues PFD, harness use, hyperthermia, COB in limited visibility
- Boat preparation
- Weather forecast, tides and currents and effect on route planning
- Sail selection and settings
- Night sailing techniques, rules of the road, proper sound signals, potential emergencies and appropriate response
- Costal navigation and use of landmarks at night. How to deal with light pollution
- Plotting courses
- Dead reckoning
- Line of position (LOP) and fixes
- Running fix
- Light characteristics of aides to navigation (ATON)
- Running lights on other vessels
- Rules of the road (COLREG)
- Navigation in limited visibility and use of AIS and char plotter and backing to paper chart
- Route planning
Things to Note
Course work starts with a one hour session on land to review procedures and prep the boat. We aim to depart the dock at 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm with the goal of reaching Deer Island around 9:00 pm. Route planning and weather will direct the class towards the Graves or Nantasket Roads Channel. Students are advised to bring both food and drink along with proper layers for an evening of sailing.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note that in an effort to keep our courses and memberships as affordable as possible, we must limit changes in schedule and membership. Because staff and instructors are hired and scheduled in advance, Courageous memberships, lessons, and/or other program fees are not refundable for any reason, including cancellation due to weather, or the participant’s inability to utilize the membership, lesson, or program. That said, we do understand that sometimes life gets in the way of sailing plans and, if necessary, we will work with you to reschedule for a later date. We cannot reschedule lessons within two weeks of their start date unless we are able to fill the spot with another student. All rescheduled lessons purchased before September 1 must be completed before the end of the season for which they were purchased; if purchased between September 1 and October 31, rescheduled lessons must be completed before June 30 of the following year.