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. 

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 – FRIDAY | 10:30-4:00
WEEKENDS | 12:00 -4:00

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

Is there a rate to register for recreational sailing that doesn’t include instruction? 

REGISTER

Registration for Summer 2021 will open in late spring.  Join our mailing list, and be one of the first to know about enrollment.  

Please bring your signed forms and waivers with you on your first day if you haven’t mailed them in advance. You can assume that your registration is approved unless you hear from us.

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.

 

LADIES’ AUXILIARY

LADIES’ AUXILIARY

An Annual tradition

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

Although intended for mature women 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. 

 

MEMbership fees

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

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.