Crimson Sailing Academy

at Harvard

Status: Cancelled

Bern Noack available for Coaching

We regret to inform you that we will be unable to run the camp this summer. Due to Harvard University's continued COVID-19 response, we are not permitted to run any programs at the Harvard Sailing Center. We are sorry we won't be able to spend this summer with your kids, but we hope to see them all next summer.

As a result I am available for clinics at your club or sailing center. Areas of particular expertise include Lasers and Laser Radials (ILCA 6 and 7), team racing and collegiate dinghies. I have raced in three senior Laser World Championships and three Laser Masters World Championships most recently placing 7th in the Master's division at 2015 Worlds, and my Harvard sailors have won 14 NEISA Men's and Women's Singlehanded Championships and 4 ICSA Men's and Women's Singlehanded Championships. Click here to read my resume. Please email me if you are interested.

- Coach Bern

Crimson Sailing Academy is a great opportunity for kids ages 11 to 17 to learn in a fun and safe environment at Harvard University. Our campers come back year after year. Current and former college sailors, who are passionate about sailing, will assist Coach Bern and act as great role models for campers. With a maximum of only 24 sailors per session, our experienced staff is able to tailor instruction to individual camper's needs.

The camp is taught in a new fleet of boats at Harvard's cutting edge facility in the heart of the Metro Boston area, conveniently accessible by T. The kids learn to sail on the Charles River in responsive two-person Collegiate FJs and 420s. These simple trainers offer the responsiveness and performance needed to really understand the forces of wind and water that make a sail boat work.


We offer two comprehensive levels of instruction in small groups to ensure individualized instruction. New CSA campers with previous sailing experience will be assessed by our instructors to determine appropriate course placement.


11 - 17 year old beginners
Two-week long curriculum.
Mates will learn the basics of sailing both on land and on the water assuming no prior instruction.

beginner sailor
  • reading the wind
  • parts of the boat and sail
  • points of sail
  • knots
  • rigging and derigging
  • tacking and gybing
  • sailing upwind
  • man-overboard recovery
  • capsize recovery
  • docking


11 - 17 year old intermediates
1st time Ensigns will improve upon their basic skills. In addition to reviewing Mates' skills, they will also learn:

intermediate sailor
  • basic roll tacking and gybing
  • how to read telltales
  • lifts and headers
  • sailing upwind efficiently
  • hiking
  • planing
  • right of way rules
  • basic racing

Returning Ensigns will continue to improve intermediate-level skills and learn new techniques, including higher wind sailing, trapezing, flying the spinaker, steering with weight and sails only, etc.

Daily Schedule

  • Each session will run Monday - Friday from 9:00 - 4:00.
  • The Sailing Center will be open from 8:30 - 4:30 to facilitate drop-off and pick-up.
  • Please note that class will be held even in inclement weather -- there is plenty we can learn on land.

Must Haves

  1. Sailors must provide a coast guard approved life jacket
  2. Mates only: Sports helmet with chin strap (bike, rollerblade, ski, ... etc)
  3. Lunch and portable snacks
  4. Water bottle
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Towel
  7. Change of clothes


Ensign - 1 week : $600

- $550 if registered by May 1

Mate - 2 weeks : $1200

- $1100 if registered by May 1

A Typical Good Weather Day

9:00 - 9:30
Class session outlining goals for the day
9:30 - 10:00
Rig and prepare
10:00 - 12:00
On the water instruction
12:00 - 12:30
Lunch on land
12:30 - 1:00
On land instruction
1:00 - 3:00
On the water instruction
3:00 - 3:30
Derig and clean up
3:30 - 4:00


  1. Requirements

    1. Camper must be between the ages of 11 and 17 by August 31. No exceptions will be made.
    2. Camper must be able to pass the Harvard Recreational Boating Swim Test prior to the first day of camp.

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