Summer Programs


Due to COVID-19 and public health guidelines, we have revamped our summer camp offerings for 2020 to only include activities that meet social distancing requirements. The safety of our students is our top priority. Current offerings are listed below. Messing About in Boats, for ages 5-10, and Beginner Sailing will return in 2021.


For questions about registering for camps, please call 360.385.3628 x100 or email registrar@nwmaritime.org.


Learn to Sail

A year-round windy bay, skilled sailing instructors, and a beautiful waterfront location on the Northwest Maritime Center dock combine to make our sailing lessons for youth some of the best in the region.

Since the early 1990s, our sailing instructors have taught hundreds of people to sail on Port Townsend Bay. In 2006, NWMC and Jefferson County YMCA expanded the fleet to offer new Optimist Dinghies, the most popular learning dinghy in the world, and Vanguard 15s, two-person planing hull dinghies. These boats are safe, fast, and fun! In diverse and challenging waters, our excellent instructors teach competent sailing for all conditions. This is the perfect place to introduce your child to sailing or take their skills to the next level. And for the advanced sailors, we have the International Flying Junior (FJ). The FJ is a sailing dinghy originally designed in 1955 in the Netherlands by renowned boat designer Van Essen and Olympic sailor Conrad Gülcher. Our sailing classes are ideal for teaching young sailors the skills of boat handling and racing.

Intermediate Sailing

12:00 – 3:00 PM | Ages 10-17 | $225
Jul 6-10, Jul 20-24, Aug 3-7, Aug 17-21

Intermediate Sailing is for students who have taken our Beginner Sailing class and have been recommended for Intermediate Sailing. Due to the public health requirements for social distancing, we will be using Optis for this class with only one student per boat. Students in this class must feel comfortable with skills such as: sailing alone, managing tiller hand exchanges, and capsizing. This class stands out because students can perfect their skills on boats that are forgiving with instructors standing by in chase boats. If you do not know if your child is ready for Intermediate Sailing, please call and ask our registrar at 360.385.3628 x104. Instructor to student ratio is 4:8 if the class is full.

Limited to Jefferson and Clallam county residents.

Advanced Sailing

12:00 – 3:00 PM | Ages 10-17 | $225
Jul 13-17, Jul 27-31, Aug 10-14

Advanced Sailing is for students who have taken our Beginner & Intermediate Sailing classes and were recommended for Advanced Sailing. Due to the public health requirements for social distancing, we will be using Optis for this class with only one student per boat. Students in this class must be able to do all the skills of the Beginner and Intermediate Sailing classes. Students will explore advanced sailing such as bouy racing, Port Townsend Bay distance sailing, and other advanced technical sailing skills. Instructor to student ratio is 3:8 if the class is full.

Limited to Jefferson and Clallam county residents.


Learn to Sail Instructors

Alyce Flanagan
Alyce Flanagan grew up on her family’s 82-ft schooner on which she sailed all over the globe. She has been teaching sailing in some form or another since she learned to talk. She has a USCG Captain’s license, has worked on a variety of tall ships and sail trailing vessels, and is currently the coach for the Port Townsend High School Sailing Team. In addition to that, she has extensive dinghy racing experience and has competed in both high school and collegiate racing. Since graduating she has kept her feet wet racing 505’s with her father. She is excited to share her passion for sailing this summer.

Erik Brown
Erik Brown started sailing on Optis in Connecticut when he was 6 years old and has never looked back. He has a USCG Captain’s license as well as a US Sailing Instructor Certification. Erik has experience in all types of sailing craft from dinghies to schooners, and his most recent passion is sailing his hydro foiling windsurfer. He has worked as a sailing instructor on and off for the past 13 years and looks forward to spending another summer on the water.

NWMC Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing (email to registrar@nwmaritime.org).

  • Cancellations 30 days or more prior to the first day of the program will be refunded the program cost less an administrative fee of $40 per program.
  • Cancellations 7 days to 29 days prior to the first day of the program will be refunded 70% of the program cost.
  • Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the first day of the program will not be refunded.
  • Please ask about options to reschedule.
  • If NWMC, WBF, & SSE cancels a program, 100% of fees will be refunded or a reschedule option may be arranged.