So you’re ready to see the wide-open ocean with the wind at your back? Discover the best of Nantucket sailing during your next visit to the island! Nantucket is known for its pristine waters and scenic landscape, and the best way to see it is by boat. First-time sailors will have a blast on Nantucket’s best sailing tours while experienced boaters get involved in the island’s sailing club.
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Everything You Need to Know About Nantucket Sailing
Explore the New England waterways when you dive in with Nantucket sailing. From guided tours to community sailing to one of the most treasured sailing events around, the island truly offers the best of the best.
Nantucket Community Sailing
Nantucket Community Sailing is where the locals go to sail. The NCS offers lessons, classes, boat rentals, and memberships for residents and non-resident guests alike. Memberships and lessons are open to all ages (5 and up) and all skill levels. Rentals include 420s, Rhodes 19s, and Marshall Cat 15’ sailboats, as well as kayaks, SUP, and windsurf rentals.
If you frequent the island, you’ll want to invest in a membership to earn discounts towards gear and lessons!
Sail away with U.S. Coast Guard Captain James A. Genthner aboard The Endeavor. Captain Jim offers the best tours of the Nantucket Sound and has been entertaining Nantucket guests for 35 years. Tours depart from Straight Wharf at four times a day, including every day at sunset. Private charters are available upon request. Excursions run from May through October.
Nantucket Race Week
If you want to witness all the action without setting foot on a boat, check out the annual Nantucket Race Week. The early-August sailing extravaganza includes 13 unique regattas, daily awards ceremonies and dinners, and a very special beach clean up when the festivities are over. Anyone is welcome to compete as long as they are registered members of U.S. Sailing.
Don’t miss the exciting youth regattas! Watch as these talented young people showcase their skills in Nantucket’s reckless waters. Cheer on your favorite and celebrate with them all at the end of the race.
Tie-Off at Nantucket’s Premier Hotel, Greydon House
You’ll need a place to lay your head after a day of Nantucket sailing. Come back to Nantucket’s most stylish downtown hotel, Greydon House. Book your stay in one of our Deluxe Rooms and enjoy a plush king or queen size bed, chic Roman and Williams furnishings, wide-plank, chestnut floors, hand-painted Dutch and Moroccan tile walk-in showers, and so much more.
Don’t forget to book directly to earn our best rate and communicate directly with our friendly staff. Leave third-party fees and hassle in the past when you book from our website or call us directly. We can’t wait to welcome you to Nantucket!