Youth and Adults can learn to sail on the warm waters of Norton Pond.
Welcome to the Lincolnville Boat Club
We are a small club focused on the education of sailing to people young and old. Our primary venue is the calm, warm waters of Norton Pond which is an outstanding environment to learn to sail in. Students love the small class sizes, our enthusiastic staff, and the fact that we get them sailing from their first day through the last. And our prices are the best in the area.
The LBC also has several classes focused towards adults and families, from introductory sailing on the pond to ocean sailing. With competitive pricing and conveniently scheduled evenings these classes these are wonderful choices for those who have to work or want to get out on the water on a regular basis.
Scholarship applications are available through our website www.lincolnvilleboatclub.com
2012 Youth Course Descriptions
We utilize U.S. Sailing certified instructors in all of our youth courses. The boats we sail are Vanguard 420’s, Optimist dinghies, and Lasers which are ideal for learning and advancing sailing capabilities. These are operated out of Norton Pond. We also have a keelboat which we sail in Penobscot Bay out of Lincolnville Beach. Classes are held Monday thru Friday.
2012 Adult Course Descriptions
Our ocean sailing courses are intended to be a relaxing way to get some sailing time. We sail from the ferry terminal in Lincolnville from 5-7:30, when the winds are generally calm.
Evenings are spent building up confidence with time at the helm sailing Penobscot Bay. In addition, discussions will be held on all things sailing; charts, navigation, safety, reefing, sail trim, radio communication, docking, weather, tides, etc. Instructors are sailors with years of experience sailing, racing, and touring in Maine.
All courses run one night a week for four weeks for $200. If the schedule doesn’t quite work for you please call, as a small club we are quite flexible
The Introductory Sailing class is an afternoon class focused on students ages 8-10. Class size is limited to 4 so that we can monitor sailors who will be in their own Optimist dinghy. Our focus is to spark an interest in sailing in young kids and build confidence on the water. They are encouraged to repeat this course over the course of the summer or graduate to the Beginner class.
Available Discounts: For students who know they want to spend two weeks sailing, we are offering a discount for combining a Beginner and Intermediate class. There is a 10% savings when students sign up for both--only $340. Also available is a 10% discount when two or more friends or siblings sign up for the same course together--only $170 ea.￼
Our Beginner course is focused on providing kids with a fun opportunity to learn and hone basic sailing skills. Norton Pond offers warm waters, gentle breezes, and minimal boat traffic in which to safely practice sailing. All students are issued a U.S. Sailing textbook from which we instruct in all the topics necessary to sail with confidence. It’s not unheard of for our students to be sailing solo by the end of the course! This is a full day class and students should come prepared with lunch, clothing, etc. to be out of the house for six hours. Ages 10 and up.
For those young adults who have already got the rudimentary skills down pat and want to progress in sailing. The intent of this course is to build more precision into their sailing skills. We’ll be using both 420’s and Lasers, focusing on the details of sailing and different types of rigging. Youth who have successfully completed a beginner course are eligible.
The Advanced course will expose students to sailing opportunities outside of Norton Pond. We plan to spend a day on the pond getting familiar with each other and our sailing instruction, but the remaining 4 days will be spent on the ocean, weather permitting. We will primarily use our keel boat, but may also bring down the sailing dinghies. Youth who have successfully completed an Intermediate course are eligible.
Boating, Hiking, Canoeing, & Ocean Sailing
This summer we’re expanding beyond sailing to include other boating activities on the pond. We now have canoes, kayaks and row boats which we’ll be using to tour both Norton Pond and Megunticook Lake. Once students are comfortable getting their watercraft to move, we’ll set destinations for hiking, swimming, lunch, and an overall good time. There is such a diverse ecosystem for kids to investigate and explore that we will have hours of fun checking it all out.