South Portland Sailing Center had it's beginnings as a sailing club with a fleet of dinghies in 2012. Our classes were mostly introductory courses on small boats ranging from 10 feet to 14 feet. As we learned about our clientele in South Portland, Maine, the decision was made to switch from dinghies to small keel boats to better serve our customers.
The 2014 season brought many new and exciting changes for us. We became an American Sailing Association Affiliate School and were able to offer more comprehensive classes aboard larger boats. We added the Sea Sprite and the Ensign to the fleet and started our rental program, in addition to our ASA classes. 2014 was also the start of our relationship with the City of South Portland. We partnered with the city to bring a positive presence to the underutilized Thomas Knight Park, a hidden gem to many southern Maine residents.
In 2015, we added the ASA 101/103 combo course to our list of classes and had a few students join us aboard S/V Nomadic for the Wednesday night summer and fall race series hosted by Centerboard Yacht Club. Tyler sailed south to Key West, Florida to pursue a secondary location.
2016 was our busiest season to date. Tyler rejoined us in Maine for a portion of the summer to help teach ASA classes. We had numerous students participate in the race series throughout the summer and fall aboard our little sailboat that could, the Pearson Ensign.
We look forward to the excitement of the 2017 season!