Charles River Sailing Academy

Summer Sailing Camp at MIT Sailing Pavilion

Sailors aged 10 - 17

Early Registration UNTIL may 1  

Since 1935, the MIT sailing pavilion has been where thousands in the Boston area have learned and perfected sailing and racing on the Charles River. 

The Charles River Sailing Academy at the MIT Sailing Pavilion is open to sailors who are entering grades 6 through 12, and is led by MIT Sailing Coach and former U.S. Sailing Team Coach Mike Kalin.



415 361 1287


CAMP Location

MIT Sailing Pavilion
134 Memorial Drive
Cambridge MA 02139


2017 Sessions 

Camp 1:  June 19-23 (Beginner)
Camp 2:  June 26-30 (Beginner)
Camp 3:  July 10-14 (Beginner) -- sold out

Camp 3.5: July 17-21 (Beginner)

Camp 4:  July 24-28 (Beginner + Int)
Camp 6:  Aug 7-11 (Beginner)
Camp 7:  Aug 14-18 (Beginner)
Camp 8:  Aug 21-25 (Beginner)

Camp Details

Camp Sessions


  • Camp Sessions:  9am - 4pm
  • Up to 10 sailors per session
  • Head coach:  Mike Kalin, MIT Varsity Sailing Coach


All campers are required to wear closed toed shoes, Coast Guard approved lifejackets (provided), and helmets (provided).  Additionally, we'll conduct a brief swimming competency test at the MIT pool on Monday morning.  The swimming test consists of 50yds swimming (no time limit; not a race) followed by 2 minutes of treading water (no buoyancy aids). 

Skill Levels


  • Safety and capsize recovery
  • Rigging & derigging
  • Beam reach sailing
  • Maneuvering (tacks, gybes)
  • Close hauled sailing
  • Sail trim on all points of sail
  • Sail theory and boat dynamics

Typical Day

  • 9:00 - 9:30 ... Arrival, chalk talk
  • 9:30 - 10:00 ... Rigging
  • 10:00 - 12:00 ... On the water
  • 12:00 - 1:00 ... Lunch & learn on shore
  • 1:00 - 3:00 ... On the water
  • 3:00 - 3:30 ... Derigging
  • 3:30 - 4:00 ... Debrief

Location: a five minute walk from the Kendall T-stop.

MIT Sailing Pavilion
134 Memorial Drive
Cambridge MA 02139



MIT Tech Dinghy.  The Tech is a simple stable sturdy single-sailed boat sailed by beginner sailors through advanced racers.  The boats can be sailed by one or two sailors at a time.


Fireflies.  A 14 ft, UK designed double-handed boat with main and jib sail.  They are used by the MIT racing team, and are available to advanced sailors in the camp.



MIT Sailing Pavilion

The MIT Sailing Pavilion is home to the MIT sailing team and offers a perfect platform for dinghy sailing, whether you are a beginner sailor, or advanced racer. 

Fleets, Amenities, and other Resources:

  • 30 MIT Tech Dinghies
  • 24 MIT Turbo FJs
  • 24 Fireflies
  • 6 420s
  • 6 Lasers
  • 6 Cape Cod Catboats
  • 1 Mach 2 Foiling Moth
  • 8 Sailboards
  • 6 Safety coach boats & safety launches
  • Life jackets available for all sailors
  • Locker Rooms
  • Indoor shore school classroom
  • Outdoor observation deck



Head Coach & Director

Mike Kalin

Mike Kalin is MIT Sailing head coach, and the head coach and director of Building 51 Sailing.  Mike has been with the MIT sailing program since 2014, and previously from 2000 - 2006, helping the coed team to a consistent ranking among the top 15 in the nation, with the squad placing as high as 11th at Nationals.

In 2006, Kalin left MIT to compete full-time for the Canadian Sailing Team where he was the fourth-ranked member of the team in the Olympic Laser class, winning the Marvin McDill Award in 2006 for the top rookie performance at an Olympic class world championship. Since sailing for the Canadian team he served as the sailing director at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco from 2008-11, as a coach for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team, and as a member of the 2013 America’s Cup Race Management Group.  Mike also serves as U.S. Sailing Development Team Coach.  In a former life, Mike was a mechanical engineer with engineering consulting firm Hatch, and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in Canada.  contact:    cell: (415) 361-1287



Camp Registration:  $400 per sailor per session

Team Race Clinic Registration:  $175 per sailor

Method of Payment:  Checks payable to Charles River Sailing Academy LLC

Mail check to:  

Mike Kalin
36 Sciarappa St #2
Cambridge MA 02141

Registration Requirements

Age:  Sailors must be between 10 and 17 by date of camp

Submit Online

Submit by email to

  • Medical & Immunization Form (Download Here) OR Physician's Medical Examination & Immunizations
  • Emergency Contact & Treatment Consent Form (Download Here)
  • Liability Waiver (Download Here)
  • Medication Form (Download Here) (If camper will be taking medications at the camp)

Registration is complete upon receipt of all required documents and payment

Cancellation Policy:

  • Registrations cancelled by June 10 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee.
  • Registrations cancelled after June 10 will not receive a refund.


The Charles River Sailing Academy is open to any and all entrants,limited only by number, age, grade level, and/or gender.


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Short Course race training week: July 24-28, 2017


Mastering the fundamentals needed to compete in High School and College sailing

MIT Varsity Coach, Mike Kalin, will lead a small group (up to five boats) of 14-18 year old sailors who have aspirations to compete while in high school or college.  The week will cover boat handling techniques, tactics, common sailing rule situations, "go-fast" tricks, mastering windshifts and the skills required to compete on the Charles River.