Hello and welcome to the Abbot Fletcher Sailing School.
Since 1995, Orr’s Bailey Yacht Club has offered sailing instruction through the Abbot Fletcher Sailing School on Casco Bay in Harpswell, Maine. The program has provided an enjoyable, safe, hands-on educational experience, making memories to last a lifetime. The consistent involvement of committed OBYC members, parents, and, most importantly, the efforts of our dedicated instructors, has made our program one of the very best in Maine. A word about the school.
The name sake of the Abbot Fletcher Sailing School is Abbot Fletcher. Abbot was a long time member of the Orr’s-Bailey Yacht Club. He raced and sailed on Merriconeag Sound with his grandfather, Rear Admiral William B. Fletcher, in a 32 foot gaff-rigged sloop “Juanona” from the 1930s to 1950s. He later owned a 38 ft. sloop “Majek” in which he had a long and distinguished career, winning dozens of races including multiple Monhegan Island and Marion, MA to Bermuda Races.
Abbot shared his love of sailing with his family and with all who sailed with him, including the Bowdoin College Sailing Team of which he was coach for many years. Abbot’s son, Max, has been an active member of OBYC for many years and carries on his father’s tradition of sail boat racing and extensive cruising. Abbot’s grandson, Christopher, was a founding instructor of the sailing school and served as program director for 2013 and 2014.
We are looking forward to the 2015 season. It may be cold now, but summer is ahead, that is a certainty. You can download and print the 2015 course schedule and application at the bottom of this page. The medical form is there as well and must accompany the application.
We teach sailing, boating safety and sailboat racing skills to children ages of 8-18. Our instructional programs offer opportunities to develop greater sailing ability, self-confidence, social skills, goal setting, achievement, and an understanding of seamanship and interaction with others in a unique ocean environment. We accept junior sailors from both member and non- member families. The Abbot Fletcher Sailing School is an organization that encourages diversity and equality. Most of our instructors began sailing in our Junior Program. We invite all to join us as we grow and learn in a spirit of camaraderie and respect, passing on the heritage of Maine sailing.
The Beginner and Intermediate classes use Hunters and Laser sailboats. The racing classes use Opti’s and 420’s. Our fleet consists of 17 sailboats, standard class boats for learning how to sail and race and four Boston Whaler chase boats. Our staff of 10 instructors are certified by USSailing of America.
We encourage early sign-ups. Classes are small and fill up quickly. The course schedule for 2015 is attached to the application and can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. Please down load all of the documents below as they each has valuable information regarding to the sailing school.
A swim test is required on the first day of each class. This is not a difficult test but demonstrates a student’s swimming ability and comfort level around water.
The test requires the following:
- Each student swims approximately 30′ while wearing a life jacket.
- At the end of the 30′ swim, the student must remove the life jacket, tread water for 30 seconds
- Swim 30′ back to the where they started without the life jacket.
- Any stroke is acceptable. Please bring a bathing suit, towel and dry clothes on the first day.
We hope you‘ll join us this summer.
Abbot Fletcher Sailing School Committee
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