NPS Sailing Association (Monterey)

Come sail with us! 

Sailing at NPSSA has a long history, and we are proud to be able to offer NPS and NSAM personnel the chance to get back out on the water with membership at only $50 per year. The Sailing Club is open to all active duty, DoD civilians, retirees and the spouses and/or family members of the aforementioned.  Sailing Club membership is obtained through membership in the NPS Foundation (please email for a Sailing Club membership form).

The NPS Sailing Association provides sailing opportunities to the NPS and NSAM community with two Santana 22' sailboats available for rent at substantially lower rates than anywhere out in town. The boats are located at the Coast Guard pier in downtown Monterey, providing an incredible opportunity to get out and experience the beautiful Monterey Bay firsthand.

Interested in learning how to sail? Need to rent a boat? Please visit the Naval Postgraduate School's Sailing Association website at or email


Services Offered

Group Sail Excursions 

NPSSA also offers group sails which are led by an experienced skipper.  These provide an excellent opportunity for sailors to brush up on their skills or for novices to experience sailing on Monterey Bay.  Group sails cost $10 for NPSSA members or $25 for non-members.  Contact for the next group sail opportunity.


Sailing Classes

NPSSA offers sailing classes throughout the year at a cost of $225 and students must be NPSSA members.  Classes include three two-hour classroom session (offered in the evening) and three six hour sailing sessions (on the weekend).  If you are an experienced sailor and want to join the club and rent a boat you will need to schedule a check sail with an Association skipper.

Course materials:

We use the book, Start Sailing Right, which you can purchase at:

Please try to read the first 10 chapters of the book before the first class.  That's 60 pages, big print, and lots of pictures!


Sailboat Familiarization Training

12-12:45 pm • By Appointment Only
Covers: terminology, equipment, rules of the road, knot tying, safety and emergency procedures. Individual sailboat rentals also available for qualified NPSSA members and are open to anyone. To make an appointment, email


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