The BTB AppRoach

Big Tree Boating is a community sailing program offering classes for all ages and abilities, open to all residents and visitors of Islesboro. The program is designed to teach proper seamanship, respect for the water and a lifelong love of sailing.  

Class Descriptions and Other "How-To's"

The BTB program runs Monday – Friday from the end of June through Mid-August. Lessons run in the mornings from 10:30 – 12:30 and the afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30. We do not offer lunch or any supervision outside of the lesson hours.

All sailors meet on Moseley Dock a few minutes before class starts.  If you are late, just wave to the instructors on the float and we’ll come back for you. 

During the 2021 Season we may have staggered start times and smaller classes to allow for social distancing and other COVID safety precautions.

CREW

CREW

Introduction to Sailing

MORNING SESSION | 10:30-12:30

For novices or those who need to brush up on the essentials.  Learn parts of the boat, the mechanics of rigging, how to trim sails and steer the boat, docking techniques, rules of the road, and safety on the water.  At week’s end, students should feel comfortable in a boat and be able to assist a qualified skipper in properly handling a boat.

SKIPPER I

SKIPPER I

Intermediate Sailing

MORNING SESSION | 10:30-12:30

For those who have passed the Crew test or who can demonstrate the experience and ability to participate. Students will improve on skills learned in Crew class.  Effective sail trim, sailing a variety of set courses, maneuvering in close quarters, and properly leaving and returning to a mooring or dock will be emphasized.

SKIPPER II

SKIPPER II

Beyond Intermediate Sailing

AFTERNOON SESSION | 1:30-3:30

For those who have passed the Crew test or  who can demonstrate the experience ability to participate. Students will improve on skills learned in Skipper I.  Effective sail trim, sailing a variety of set courses, maneuvering in close quarters, and properly leaving and returning to a mooring or dock will be emphasized.

START YOUR DINGHIES

START YOUR DINGHIES

Intro to 420's and Lasers

MORNING SESSION | 10:30-12:30

An introduction to sailing Lasers and 420s, light and fast dinghies capable of  planing and requiring different rigging and boathandling techniques.  Lasers normally are sailed by one person, and 420s are sailed by two people. Both types of boats capsize frequently, but are self-rescuing.  Aspiring dinghy sailors should be prepared to get wet often and may wish to purchase wetsuits. Ordinarily limited to those at least 12 years old who have passed Skipper II.

DINGHY Sailing II

DINGHY Sailing II

Advanced Dinghy Sailing

AFTERNOON SESSION | 1:30-3:30

For those who have passed the Crew test or  who can demonstrate that experience and knowledge qualify them to participate.  Students will improve skills learned in Crew class.  Effective sail trim, sailing a variety of set courses, maneuvering in close quarters, and properly leaving and returning to a mooring or dock will be emphasized.

Recreational Sailing

Recreational Sailing

Pick Your Poison

MONDAY – THURSDAY | 10:00 – 4:00
FRIDAYS | 10 – 5:30
WEEKENDS | 1:00 – 5:30

Big Tree’s fleet of sailboats is available for recreational sailing to qualified members who have demonstrated their ability to sail independently.

Register for an Adult Membership and sail all summer. You must call in advance to make sure we have a boat available.    

REGISTER

Registration for Summer 2021 is open!

After you register online (link to form below), please pay via PayPal or mail your check and any additional forms to
BTB P.O. Box 273 Islesboro, ME 04848 – or bring them with you to the dock! 

You can also download the forms to send in by snail-mail.

If you submit your registration more than 2 weeks in advance, you can assume that your registration is approved unless you hear from us. If you are registering closer to your start date, please email bigtreeboating@gmail.com after filling out our online forms.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. We’ll see you at Mosely’s Dock!

Additional Programs

REFRESHER CLASS

REFRESHER CLASS

Brush up on your sailing Skills

CALL OR EMAIL TO ARRANGE A TIME

Took a course a year or more ago and can’t quite remember how to pick up a mooring or reef the sail?  Sign up for a brief refresher to bring those skills back into focus.  Late afternoon or weekend hours may be available.

 

ADULT MIX n' MINGLE

ADULT MIX n' MINGLE

An Annual tradition

MONDAY to THURSDAY  | 1:30-3:30 ( Weeks 3 and 7 only)

Intended for adults who have already passed Skipper II, BTB alumnae may bring new recruits to this class.  Mercuries are normally used, but the more adventurous may opt for Lasers or 420s.  A chance to make great progress and connect with new and old friends. 

 

ADULT DINGHY RACING

ADULT DINGHY RACING

New this summer 2021

SELECT FRIDAYS  | 4:30-6:30 ( July 2, 16, 23, 30 and Aug 6)

Intended for experienced adults and BTB alumnae, we are holding informal Laser races on select Friday evenings in July and early August.  Call or email in advance to register.  We will do our best to give everyone a chance to race.  (207) 691-0197 or bigtreeboating@gmail.com

 

MEMbership fees

 Big Tree Boating is committed to provided sailing classes at a low-cost to island residents.  Scholarships are available for Islesboro Children and Adults. Cost should never be an obstacle to membership.

To apply for a scholarship, please send Katie Wuori an email with a request: bigtreeboating@gmail.com.  

Individual Junior Membership

$155

Includes 2 weeks of instruction. Additional weeks of instruction at $80/week.

ICS Student Membership

$90

Includes 2 weeks of instruction. Additional weeks of instruction at $45/week.

Adult Membership

$190

Includes 2 weeks of instruction. Additional weeks of instruction at $95/week.

Recreational membership (no instruction) is $190 for the full summer.