Adult Education At Raritan Yacht Club

The RYC Education Committee is pleased to offer multiple sail training options for many levels of sailing experience, ages youth through adult. Programs are available for those who have never been in a boat, those with some experience and wish to improve their skills and those who wish to compete in sailboat racing.

RYC Adult Introduction to Sailing Program

This annual, one-day Introduction to Sailing Course is designed for those who have thought about sailing but have not become involved in the sport. The Introduction to Sailing Program is a great way to experience the exhilarating sport of sailing on beautiful Raritan Bay.

In years past, the presenters have been well-known sailing professionals or RYC club members, and sometimes the presenter is an RYC club member with an international sailing reputation.

RYC Adult Sailing Lessons

Raritan Yacht Club is happy to announce the availability of both private, semi-private, and group sailing lessons for adults. These lessons are meant to address the requests from less experienced sailors looking to enhance their confidence.

Sailing instruction will be specific to the needs of the student and can range from basic sailing instruction to fine tuning racing skills. Lessons can be taught on any of the club boats (YY-15's, 420's, or the Colgate 26's) or on the student's privately owned boat.

Lessons are open to both club members and non-members. All instruction must take place at Raritan Yacht Club and can be scheduled through our main office at 732-826-2277.

For lesson pricing and instructor background information, please click on the links below.

For lesson pricing and instructor background information, please click on the links below.

  • Adult Introduction to Sailing
    • Dates to be Announced

      If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to sail, then join the RYC Adult Introduction to Sailing program. Now in seventh year, this is a wonderful community outreach program to offer a day of sailing instruction and on-water training to people of the surrounding towns and cities.

      Participants may register by e-mail or in person at the Raritan Yacht Club. Admission to the program is free, and we only ask – primarily due to timing constraints – that participants buy their lunch at our club galley for a nominal fee.
      Once registered, the program begins with knowledge club members conducting classroom instruction in the areas of Sailing Theory, Sailing Terminology, Sail Handling & Trimming, Knot Tying, Elementary Navigation and Boat Safety.
      There are hands on opportunities during the classroom session and opportunities to ask questions. Participants will then be assigned to various sailboats skippered by volunteer club members. After eating lunch with their skipper and fellow crewmembers, participants will spend about three to four hours sailing on the Raritan Bay, practicing the real-life application of what they learned in the classroom.

      The event wraps up with a post-sailing activity on the club deck and opportunity to interact with RYC members. Those interested in club membership and/or information on the club’s fractional sailboerat program, can have their questions answered, and applications will be available.

  • Adult Sailing Lessons Pricing
    • Sailing lessons are scheduled as 2 hour sessions with pricing as follows:

      For Raritan Yacht Club Members

      Up to 2 students: $100 per session/$50 per student
      Up to 3 students: $125 per session/~$41.50 per student
      Up to 4 students: $150 per session/~$37.50 per student

      *10% discount for concurrent participation in Colgate 26 program

      For non-members of Raritan Yacht Club

      Up to 2 students: $110 per session/$55 per student
      Up to 3 students: $140 per session/~$47 per student
      Up to 4 students: $165 per session/~$41 per student

      Sailing lessons will be on the following sailboat options

      • Colgate 26 (maximum of 4 student)

        • The Colgate 26 is a keel boat specifically designed for sailing instruction. Its’ large cockpit easily accommodates up to 4 students along with an instructor. The Colgate 26 provides a stable yet fun sailing experience for all levels of sailing experience.

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      • JY 15 (maximum of 1 student)

        • The JY 15 is a non-ballasted sailing dinghy that has served as both the foundation of many one design fleet racing while also being the learning platform for the development of the sailing skills of teenagers and adults

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      • 420

        • A faster more agile sailing dinghy as compared to the JY 15. The 420 was specifically designed as a transitional boat that is easier to handle than its larger cousin the 470

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      • Sailboat provided by the student(s) (for RYC club members who have a boat currently on either a mooring on stored at the club)

      *Lessons can be extended in 30 minutes increments with concurrent increase in price

  • Adult Sailing Instructors
    • Gary A. Myer

      • NJ Certified Teacher (Forty Years)

      • NJ Safe Boating

      • Coast Guard Safe Boating

      • US Sailing Safety at Sea Certificate

      • Twenty-eight years of experience teaching sailing

      Kimberly Myer

      • NJ Certified Teacher (two years)

      • US Sailing Level I, try II Instructors Certificates

      • NJ Safe Boating Certificate

      • Coast Guard Safe Boating

      • US Sailing Safety at Sea Certificate

      • University of Rhode Island Sailing Team

      • Seven years of experience teaching sailing

  • ASA Sailing Courses


      Welcome to Raritan Yacht Club's

      ASA Sailing Academy,

      offering adult education

      and accredited courses.

      Whether you have always wanted to learn to sail, are looking to charter a boat, or seeking to expand your sailing resume, enrollment in any of our certification programs will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need.

      Our weekend long courses in Basic Keelboat Sailing, Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering and Coastal Navigation each provide 20 hours of guided instruction in the classroom and on the water aboard a vessel from our fleet of sail boats. Classes are guided by professional instructors who are certified by the ASA.

      Basic Keelboat Sailing (2 Day)

      Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Includes basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, sail trim, points of sail, aids to navigation, seamanship and safety, including rules to avoid collisions and hazards.

      Coastal Cruising (2 Day) $

      Learn the art of cruising as we sail to one of our partner yacht clubs in either New Jersey’s scenic Atlantic Highlands, Keyport, or Great Kills on Staten Island.
      Includes cruising terminology, marine systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.

      Bareboat Chartering (1 Day)

      Learn provisioning, galley operations, marine systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.

      Coastal Navigation (2 Day) $

      Learn to apply navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. (Classroom only)

      Click here to learn more about the American sailing association's certification program

      Contact RYC (732) 826 2277 to Sign up or Register Online.


      Head Instructor:

      ASA Certified for Levels 101, 103, 104 and 105

      Instructor: Christopher Ericson

      ASA Certified Level 101
      USCG Masters Level Captain’s License
      10+ Years of experience as an ASA Sailing Instructor

      For a complete schedule of ASA classes and Certifications offered in 2018 click below.

      ASA schedule of classes

OUPV (Six-pack) Captain’s License Training - Online Only

Through the Mariner’s School, RYC is also offering the Captain’s License class online. Students have a full year to complete this course and sit for the Coast Guard exam. In addition to the online course, we can set up optional study groups for members who enjoy reinforcing their online learning through discussion.

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