Accessible sailing

Adaptive sailing takes place daily during the summer from the Esplanade in Boston. Mercury and Sonar sailboats are provided, with adaptations as needed.

Learn to sail with Community Boating, Inc. on the Esplanade at the Charles River Reservation. Specialized accessible sailboats and transfer equipment, dedicated staff assistance, and sailing instruction are all provided. Adaptive seating and a Hoyer lift are also available.

Sailors can reserve 75-minute sailing lessons or guided recreational sails that are customized to meet your needs. If you sign up for lessons, you can track your progress and get rated on the various vessels. You can also take part in group sailing classes and competitive races.

This is a UAP supported program. It takes place on a DCR property, but is run independently by Community Boating, Inc.

The program cost is $50 for the season. A need-based, reduced fee of $1 is available. 

A dozen people are sharing a sailboat. The people in the front of the boat are smiling and waving, while one person in the back controls the rudder.
Enjoy both guided group outings and solo sailing lessons with Community Boating.

2019 adaptive sailing dates

April 1–October 31, 7 days a week by appointment.

Season Weekdays Weekends
Spring (April 1–June 16) 1 p.m.–5:30 p.m. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Summer (June 18–August 23) 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Early Fall (August 24–September 23) 1 p.m.–5:30 p.m. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Late Fall (September 24–October 31) 1 p.m.–4 p.m. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

This program operates on a reservation basis. You can book appointments up to 30 days in advance. You can reserve a whole boat for lessons or sails 2 times per week. You can also reserve unlimited seats for guided recreational sails.

Returning members can register online via Community Boating's scheduling webpage. New members must get an orientation before scheduling an appointment. Please make sure that you are familiar with Community Boating's Policies.

If you need help booking an appointment, contact Community Boating at or call (617) 651-1209.