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» Sunfish Checklist
» Sunfish Set-up and Rigging Pictures
» Sailing Policies and Certification 2016
» Certification List - 2016
» Prospective Sailing Member Information (limited access)
» Cruise Guidelines (limited access)
» Wind Alert - JFK
» Tide - Canarsie


What is Sebago Sailing?

Welcome to Sebago Sailing! We have a great sailing program, with a lot of energized sailors who love to cruise and race the small boats that we and our members have. Jamaica Bay is excellent small boat sailing! We typically get great wind. See our yearly events and the ongoing schedule below.

Our Boats
Most of our club boats are one-design dinghys. Generally they are single person boats that can be quite athletic to sail, and require hiking out to keep the boat upright. The club has eight Sunfish, four Lasers, a vintage 420, a Vanguard 15, a Crawford Melonseed and several sailing canoes. Many members also have their own boats at the club, which include one design dinghys and traditional style sailboats. All boats at Sebago must be carried down the ramp on a dolly and launched from the dock (there is no boat launching ramp or mechanical device for launching boats at Sebago). This naturally limits the craft to those that are relatively light in weight. There is also a mast height restriction at the Belt Parkway bridge.

Due to launching and storage restrictions not all small boats are suitable for use at our facility. Members must have the approval of the Sailing Chair to use club boats and members must also contribute to the Sailing program or other club programs. Members must have the explicit approval from the Sailing Chair to store or bring any personally owned sailboats onto the Sebago property - and be a member in good standing.

To use one of our club boats, a member must be "certified" to use that particular type of boat by the Sailing Chair. Download SailCom Policies and Certification Requirements.

Interested in joining Sebago Sailing?
We like to interview and meet any potential sailing member, schedule a time for you to see the club and the facilities, and talk to a Sailing member representative. Contact to set up a tour or for any questions.

Our club is non profit, and member run, with no paid staff and each member is required to contribute to the running of the club so we all share in the work to maintain the facilities, the equipment and boats.  We like to make sure you are joining the club with that understanding and determined to fulfill at least the mandated volunteer hours (minimum 15 hrs/year) and thereby make a contribution to the club. To use club boats you must be a contributing member and be checked out and certified for each boat type.

Please note: We do not rent boats, teach sailing to non-members or have a junior sailing program and we are not a boat storage facility!

Yearly events include:
Annual Sailing Clinic (Class is full - wait list only) - This is the best opportunity for our members to learn sailing at Sebago. This is two day basic sailing class, but the information can be adapted to the skills of our students, as necessary. We teach primarily adults, and use the club boats, so you will learn to rig and sail our particular boats, and you will also be offered specific information regarding our waterfront, the basin, and Jamaica Bay. Remember - these boats require very physical movement. You will be wet, and more than likely you'll flip the boat and spend a little time in the water (but that makes it fun!). The class runs all day on both days, and includes classroom instruction, rigging, on-land training, and extensive on-the-water training for both days. We usually cruise out to one of the islands and set up buoys to run sail drills by the second day. The class requires an instructor for each student, so enrollment is limited.
Monthly Cruises - Sebago Sailing has a cruise scheduled once every month in our active summer season. Any certified sailor is welcome to join in. Use of boats is on a 'first come-first served' basis. Sailors should be rigged and on the water by the times listed on the calendar for each cruise. Cruises are typically 3-4 hours long, and usually include beaching for lunch.
Training Workshops
Racing in the Spring and Fall.

UPCOMING EVENTS - 2016 See the google calendar below this listing (more dates will be posted throughout the season):

August Cruise - August 27, 11am meet, 12pm launch, for certified sailors
Racing 101 - August 21, Time to be determined, for beginning racers, rules and on-the-water practice
Race Tune-Up and Clinic - September 4, Time to be determined, on-the-water training, race prep
SEBAGO CUP Open Call, non-members welcome - September 10, Annual Open Class Cruising Race - Skippers Meeting 11:30 AM, Start at 12:30 pm.
» NOR (Notice of Race)
» SI (Sailing Instructions).
Fall Race Series for the Eoin Delap Cup Open Call, non-members welcome - September 17, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - first gun 12:15pm
» NOR (Notice of Race)
» SI (Sailing Instructions).

View Google Calendar of Sailing Events - Refer to Club WIde Calendar for ALL CLUB Scheduled Activities
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Annual Sail Class - June 25 & 26, 9am-5pm both days, limited enrollment, members only, fee $185 (Class is full - wait list only)
Spring Race Series - May 1, 8, 15, Note: Spring Race Series suspended pending dock replacement. We hope to have water access by mid-late May once again.
We will race on May 22 - first gun 12:30pm
Instructor Workshop - May 21, 10am-2pm+
May Cruise - May 29, 10am meet, 11am launch, for certified sailors
Instructor Workshop - June 5, 10am-2pm+
June Cruise - June 11, 10am meet, 11am launch, for certified sailors
Double-hander Workshop - July 9, 9am meet, for certified sailors
July Cruise - July 10, 10am meet, 11am launch, for certified sailors


SEBAGO CUP ----- September 19, 2015
Our annual cruising race!
This is an open class cruising race open to non-members. Fleets will be created upon the participation of at least two boats of the same class. Contact for more information.
Skippers meeting - 11:30 am
Starting gun - 12:30 pm.

NOR - Notice of Race
SI - Sailing Instructions

NOR - Notice of Race
SI - Sailing Instructions
Open to all Laser, Sunfish, Force 5 and other one design dinghy class sailors.
Series Days
     September 13 / Sunday - Day #1
     September 27 / Sunday - Day #2
     October 4 / Sunday - Day #3
     October 11 / Sunday - Day #4
     October 18 / Sunday - Day #5
     October 25 / Sunday - Day #6
Series Times:
     11:15 am - Skippers Meeting.
     12:15 pm - First Warning Signal, races to follow. (Water and Snacks available on the water)
Fee $15 for Non-Sebago members, $50 for Series boat storage.

From our previous regattas:

» Race Results from 2014 Regatta
» Pictures from the 2014 Regatta, courtesy of Chris Bickford

From the 2013 season:
Race #1 Pictures: from Jim »
Race #4 Pictures: from Zach »
Race #4 Pictures: from John Thomas »
Race #5 Pictures: from Jason Stevens »

Our annual Sebago Cup Race - 2013
What a great Sebago Cup. Winds out of the NW 8-15 with 20 participants (a record!). Seven lasers (with four guest sailors), nine sunfish, three ACA canoes and one Vanguard 15. The course was approximately 7.5 miles - as the crow flies. First finishers completed in about 2.5 hrs.
Dave Cripton who won first overall -- first laser
Leo Ryo, second overall -- second laser
David Trinder, third overall -- third laser
Logan Tack, first Sunfish
Hans Liebert, second Sunfish
Keith Nichols, third Sunfish
Jim Luton, first Canoe
Zach Carver, second Canoe
Marilyn Vogel, third Canoe

» Pictures from Sebago Cup 2013 - HS

» Pictures from Sebago Cup 2013 - BA

» GPS Track from one of our sailors - Sebago Cup 20-13 - SC

» Jamaica Bay's Jewel, by Julia Marsh, (Sailing World, Sept. 12) - Article about this fabulous race!

» Pictures from Sebago Cup 2012

*Spring Laser Regatta - 2011
Congratulations to Ted Cremer
winner of our 2011Spring Regatta!

Winners Race Report from Ted Cremer
Click for pictures from the event by Bonnie Aldinger
Video to come for the event by Chris Bickford

*Spring Laser Regatta - 2010
Congratulations to David Nicol
winner of our 2010 Spring Regatta!

Read the Winners Race Report from David Nicol
Click for pictures from the event by Bonnie Aldinger
Click for pictures from the event by Chris Bickford

*Spring Laser Regatta - 2009
Congratulations to Blake Marriner
Read the Winners Race Report from Blake Marriner