Registration is underway for the Longshore Sailing School for a variety of 2014 summer programs, which run from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Highly qualified, US Sailing-certified instructors will provide safe, fun learning in water-safety, sailing fundamentals, sailing performance and theory. Longshore Sailing School is open to the public and is located at the entrance to the Saugatuck River in Westport.

Longshore Sailing School offers a progressive program of sailing instruction for children and young adults aged 8-16. This program is split between a core curriculum that provides a strong foundation in a variety of small sailboats, and more advanced one week specialty courses concentrating on performance and racing techniques in Lasers and catamarans. WaterBugs is an introductory course for 8-9 year-olds.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding returns this year, with experienced instructors available Saturday mornings for a one hour guided tour of the inlets and islands of the Saugatuck River mouth.

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Connecticut Safe Boarding Certification is offered for adults with a one day, eight-hour course recognized by the both Connecticut and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Women's sailing on weekday mornings in June and individualized private lessons are also available, as well as weekend adult classes for people with different levels of experience in both dinghies and catamarans.

Tennis instruction is also available with schedules synchronized to allow aspiring-sailors and tennis players to split their summer between Longshore Sailing School and Westport Tennis Club. Four 2-week sessions are offered between June 23 and August 15.

For more information, call (203) 226-4646 or go to to register online. Longshore Sailing School is a community organization partnered with Westport Parks & Rec.