Crimson Sailing Academy

at Harvard

Maximize your boat speed! The jump in boat speed from high school sailing to collegiate sailing is a substantial one. College sailors are able to sail the boats at maximum speed a much higher percentage of the time than high school sailors. They maximize their boat speed by efficiently combining their sail trim, balance, steering and boat handling. Sailing the Collegiate Dinghies Clinic is a three-day clinic intended for high school and college sailors who wish to learn the techniques that will get them to the next level of their game. The clinic emphasizes the level of refinement required to be competitive in college. Instead of spending your whole college freshman year getting up to speed, get started now! Learn collegiate sailing techniques and practice like one of the top college sailing teams in the country. No housing is provided.

All aspects of sailing the Collegiate FJ and 420 will be covered. Specific topics will include straight-line speed, tacking, gybing, and boat handling for starting. Please note, strategies and tactics may be covered in the clinic, however the focus will be on sailing the boats well. Sailing will take place in Harvard's fleet of FJs and 420s.

This clinic is designed for youth sailors who are fairly experienced with racing dinghies either from their scholastic or junior programs and are looking for the next level of refinement to their speed and handling skills. Participants should be able to execute roll gybes and tacks confidently and be looking to push them towards the high level needed to be a successful college racer. Sailors should also be in control and comfortable in conditions in which the boat is overpowered upwind and planes reaching and occasionally downwind.


No date has yet been scheduled for this clinic.


Skippers can register without a crew, although we recommend that skippers come with a crew. If skippers come alone, skippers must be prepared to split their time between crewing and skippering. Crews must come with a skipper.

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis. A minimum of 10 students is required for the clinic to proceed. The first 20 sailors registered are guaranteed a slot. The clinic may be expanded to a maximum of 36 sailors providing additional coaches are available.


Registration - Four Requirements

  1. 1.

    The sailor must be at least 14 years old.

  2. 3.

    To reserve a spot, full payment must be made. If paying by credit card, please email us so we can send you a link for payment. If paying by check, make the check payable to Crimson Sailing Academy. Mail all materials to

    Crimson Sailing Academy
    P.O. Box 335
    Belmont, MA 02478

  3. 2.

    The clinic registration form must be completed:


  4. 4.
    Swim Test

    Harvard regulations require that all sailors must demonstrate adequate swimming ability by passing the Harvard Recreational Boating Swim Test on the first day of the clinic. The test consists of: Jump or dive into deep water. Surface and swim 100 continuous yards using either front crawl or breaststroke while demonstrating rhythmic breathing. Tread water for 2 minutes.


This is a day clinic only. No accommodations are provided. Housing in the Cambridge/Boston area can be expensive. We recommend booking your housing early. The Internet websites are a good source for deals on hotels.

Cancellation Policy

Drop off / Pickups

Bring to Clinic

Please bring the following personal items to make the experience more enjoyable.


Please bring lunch. Lunchtime is sometime between 12:00 and 2:00 pm.


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