Falmouth Harbor Sailing School 

Teaching the community the art and science of sailing since 1990

FHSS is a 501 C 3 nonprofit community access sailing program that has partnered with the Falmouth Yacht Club. The program is open to club members and non-members that are looking for sailing experience. The school maintains its own fleet of teaching boats, so boat ownership is not required. 

​Classes are scheduled Monday - Thursday.  Friday is reserved for FREE sailing activities and racing. Participation is not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged.  This is the best time to practice new skills that have been learned in class.  All students are encouraged to participate in all 8 weeks because the curriculum is based on that length of time and it is the best value.  We recommend that sailors in all Opti and 420 classes enroll for at least two weeks. Sailors do not need to enroll for consecutive weeks.

2018 Program Dates


  • Week 1 - June 25 - June 28, 2018           June 29 Friday Free Sail
  • Week 2 - July 2 - July 6, 2018  (There will be no classes on July 4, class will be held on July 6)
  • Week 3 - July 9 - July 12, 2018              July 13 Friday Free Sail
  • Week 4 - July 16 - July 19, 2018              July 20 Friday Free Sail
  • Week 5 - July 23 - July 26, 2018              July 27 Friday Free Sail
  • Week 6 - July 30 - August 2, 2018           August 3 Friday Free Sail
  • Week 7 - August 6 - August 9, 2018      August 10 Friday Free Sail
  • Week 8 - August 14 - August 16, 2018    August 17 Falmouth Cup

For a list of class descriptions go to the Classes page.  Program enrollment is limited.  Registrations are accepted on a first-come first-served basis, so please register early.



Falmouth Harbor Sailing School offers private lessons to children and adults of all ages. Whether you are in town for a couple days or have lived in Falmouth your entire life, we welcome the opportunity to share the joy of sailing in beautiful Vineyard Sound.

Lessons are generally offered on our sail boats which comfortably sit up to 6 people, including an instructor. Private Lessons can be scheduled on weekdays between 11:30AM and 4:00PM or on weekends by appointment. Private Lessons are also an excellent way for students to advance skills learned in classes and can be done in Optis or 420s

Rates: $60.00/hr for 1 person and $30.00/hr for each additional person in the same boat.  We recommend two hours for each lesson.