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Welcome to the Northeast Harbor Sailing School website…

The Northeast Harbor Sailing School is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sailing instruction to the summer and year-round residents of Mt. Desert Island, Maine. Situated on Gilpatrick Cove in Northeast Harbor, the sailing school shares the facilities of the Northeast Harbor Fleet and provides a safe, enjoyable learning environment to children of all ages.

Our program runs for eight weeks during the summer and includes rowing, beginning and intermediate sailing, and competitive sailing instruction. Group sailing lessons are available to youngsters from 6–18 years of age and to adults as well.

Our staff is certified by US Sailing to teach and coach sailing to children and adults. To learn more about our program, please browse our website.


If you have questions regarding courses contact director@nehss.org

If you are not a member of the Northeast Harbor Fleet, please contact Melissa at nehfleet@gmail.com

Check out our 420 Great Harbor Dream, a collaboration with Southwest Harbor, Bar Harbor, Seal Harbor, and Little Cranberry now in its fourth year. Classes are offered for 8 weeks, beginning Monday, June 24th. Questions about what class to sign up for? Email director @ nehss . org

420 Great Harbor Dream

Bringing together Mount Desert Island’s youth 420 sailors! This program was introduced in summer 2013. Our 18 fun, fast 420 Turbos on water were on the water each weekday morning and afternoon. Read about the project in the Mount Desert Islander.

"Sailing centers around Mount Desert Island are investing in teenage sailors with a swift new fleet of 420 sailing dinghies..."



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REGISTER for 2019 classes

Check out our class offerings on our "Classes" page. Contact director@nehss.org with questions

Our 420 Turbos are getting revamped for 2019! These fast, fun boats are half the weight of our original club 420s. They will be moored off of Greenings Island where students from area clubs can meet and race in both morning and afternoon. Check out the Great Harbor Dream 420 class!


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