A Salem Community Boating Center

Fun, safe and accessible sailing! Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Sail Salem is a community sailing program that conducts summer sailing camps with educational programs for children. We have introduced the sport of sailing to thousands of children from Salem and its surrounding North Shore towns. Sailing lessons are conducted in Salem Harbor right out of Salem’s Winter Island. We bring a love of sailing to many children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be on a boat. Scholarships and financial aid are available for Sail Salem programs. For details, see Youth Sailing Programs.

Adult Sailing. Sail Salem also has learn-to-sail programs for adults, covering the basics, using our 23-foot Sonar keelboats. For details, see Adult Sailing Programs.

“My oldest boy is on his third year with Sail Salem. It is by far his favorite camp! It will be my younger boy’s first year this season and he can’t wait. Sail Salem… you ROCK!”

2024 Snowflake Regatta Warm-Up Party

The public is invited to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow sailors, skiers, and townspeople as we launch the annual Snowflake Regatta—an event held for the benefit of the Sail Salem Scholarship Fund and dedicated to the memory of Brad White.  We begin this celebration with the Snowflake Regatta Warm-Up Party at 6:00pm on Wednesday, February 28, at Finz Seafood & Grill, on Pickering Wharf in downtown Salem.

Everyone is welcome at the Warm-up Party, including nonskiers; but for those who venture North, the celebration will resume on March 16 in North Conway where we will hold ski races and have fun for the whole family.

2023 Snowflake Regatta Warm-Up Party ~ Photo by Ann Marije Veenland-Lee

For more information, see Snowflake Regatta.

It’s time to break up with plastic pollution!

Every year, roughly 33 billion pounds of plastic enters the marine environment, creating a growing problem for our oceans and the animals that live there.

Plastic foam, which is often used for cups, plates, food containers, and packaging, is one of the most common plastics found polluting our beaches and coasts. Easily broken up into small pieces, it spreads and is difficult to clean up. Plastic foam also frequently gets mistaken as food by sea turtles, seabirds, and other marine wildlife, which can block the digestive system and even lead to starvation.

This Valentine’s Day, you can show your love for the oceans and say farewell to foam.

If passed, the Farewell to Foam Act will reduce plastic pollution at the source by prohibiting the sale and distribution of plastic foam food containers, packing peanuts, and single-use foam coolers. Your voice can make a difference and your members of Congress need to hear from you. Take action today and tell your representatives it’s time for the United States to break up with plastic pollution and pass the Farewell to Foam Act. Help protect our oceans from harmful plastic pollution today

Seafarers Program

Sail Salem offers a Seafarers Program, which provides a sponsored opportunity for kids who have limited or no access to experience being near or on a boat learning to sail. Although thousands of kids live within a mile of the water, many have not been to the beaches or participated in any recreational water activities.

Sail Salem created the Seafarers Program to chip away at the barriers for economically disadvantaged children and encourage participation. Sail Salem is now collaborating with local school counselors, teachers and neighborhood associations to actively identify families who qualify. The Seafarers Program offers a free 1 or 2-week session with transportation within Salem, breakfast, lunch, and swimming lessons if needed. If you are, or know of a family interested, please Contact Us.

Our 8-year-old took beginners camp here and loved it. He is shy but had a great time with the counselors. I hope he can do it again next year. Its great and so very affordable!

The Value of Sailing

Sailing is a sport and is amazing in the life lessons that it can teach students. It’s all about leadership, empowerment, and respect for the environment. It also teaches teamwork by working with a crew through, sometimes, some real frustration depending on the levels of the wind and what the environment is doing on a given day.

There are always opportunities for racing sailboats, which we like to introduce to our sailing students. But then there’s also this world of just being on a boat, fishing, or just traveling along a coast with a crew of often many personalities.
– Keegan Whitehair, former Director of Sail Salem

Thank you, Sail Salem, for a wonderful sailing experience. Our kids from California wanted to learn how to sail while visiting Salem. Your program was well organized, safe, and most especially fun. We will definitely sign up again next year. Please let your wonderful sail instructors know they did a superb job!

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