Boston

Sailing School

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SailTime University

At First Reef Sailing, the official sailing school of SailTime Boston, we strive to deliver high-quality sailing courses and experiences in a professional, modern setting in both instruction and equipment. Our goal is to bring sailors with no prior experience up to a live-aboard or bareboat charter level of skills while fostering a sense of community and providing avenues for experience-building and continuing education.

We are Paul Sullivan and Forrest Hardy, two lifelong sailors and career sailing instructors. Over our combined two decades of teaching sailing we have found that most sailing schools hire great sailors first and good instructors second.  Our goal is to create a sailing school where the staff are excellent instructors and teachers, not just excellent sailors.


First Reef Sailing provides sail training at all levels from Basic Keelboat requiring no prior experience at all up to Coastal Passage-Making. All sailing courses will be official certification courses taught under the American Sailing organization.  We will also be offering “mile-building passages” as well as land-based clinics to provide a source of continuing education for experienced sailors. Our goal is to create a community of great sailors and great people!

Accelerate Skills Development

Experiential Education

We offer small class sizes (typically 2 to 4 students) to maximize helm time and accelerate your skills development. We believe that experiential education is the best way to learn, so nearly all course time is spent on the boat.
All of our instructor-captains are USCG-licensed and ASA-certified.
SailTime supports the national recreational boating education standards as recognized by the United States Coast Guard.

ASA 101 Course

Students learn to sail a boat of about 20 feet in length in moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision.

ASA 103 Course

Students will learn to skills to perform as skipper or crew of a 30-50 foot boat by sailing in coastal waters.

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Boating Education

SailTime supports the national recreational boating education standards as recognized by the United States Coast Guard.