Sailing & Rowing

Sailing Classes

About Come Sail Away Sailing Program

Come Sail Away is an exceptional and affordable course for those with an urge to get out on the water. 

Sailing is a challenging sport. To help ensure the safety of everyone on board, a good sailor must have a healthy respect for Mother Nature, known as Seamanship, and must always be aware of the shifting winds and the changing waters.

Classes are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and enjoyable recreational sailing. Each class it taught by certified instructors who have a passion for being on the water. Classes will take place out of Phalen Lakeside Activity Center.

Sailing Topics:

  • Rigging
  • Useful knots in sailing
  • Sailing terminology
  • Rules of the road for sailors
  • Sailing rescues for students & others
  • Sailing to all points of the wind

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Rowing Classes

The City of Saint Paul, partnering with the Minnesota Boat Club, provides introductory rowing programs. These programs, for ages 13 and up, require students to be able to swim at least 50 yards and tread water for at least five minutes. Rowing is one of the fastest growing recreational sports. Most students have no previous rowing experience but are proficient rowers by the end of the class. The sport utilizes a sliding seat and oars that provide an excellent total body workout for three major muscle groups: the legs, the back, and the arms. The unique range of motion also increases endurance, works the body symmetrically, tightens the stomach, develops flexibility, and promotes the growth of long, lean muscles.

Adult Classes

All Learn to Row sessions are held on the Mississippi River at the MBC boathouse on Raspberry Island. In Learn to Row, students will learn basic rowing techniques, water traffic patterns, and proper handling of equipment. Returning rowers will also benefit from the comprehensive crash course. The session will begin in the boathouse and progress onto the water in a safe rowing boat under the close supervision of a qualified instructor. 

High School Rowing Camp

Spend beautiful mornings on the Mississippi River while improving upon rowing skills. An Olympic sport, rowing has established a presence in many high schools and colleges and has gathered some of the fittest athletes in the world in professional leagues. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for youth ages 13–18 to land a spot on the next great rowing team. 

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