Society for the Education of American Sailors - We're All About Sailing

Our mission:

To promote and encourage small craft activity as recreation and sport by providing low cost learn-to-sail programs and to encourage relationships among all persons interested in sailing craft and water safety. All persons regardless of race, creed, sex or national origin shall be eligible for membership. (Click here for new membership or membership renewal)

The chapter holds monthly meetings at the Keyport Yacht Club. This is at 115 1st St, Keyport, NJ 07735, (732) 739-0727. Click here for a list of past and future speakers.

The Monmouth chapter of SEAS runs a full range of sailing courses from basic through advanced, including cruising. Our basic sailing course is for people interested in learning how to sail. These courses consist of four evening classroom sessions plus two full days on the water in the chapter's own boats. The basic sailing fleet consists of two 18ft American and two 18ft Harpoon daysailers, supplemented by multiple Lasers - a mix of boats that allows students to learn to sail both sloop-rigged (2 sails) and single sail boats in the safety of the Shrewsbury River.

In addition, we have club-sponsored activity sails on Thursday evenings on the American and Harpoon daysailers to give members the chance to practice their skills with more experienced club members available for help and advice. Throughout the season we also have full-day Saturday and Sunday sailing sessions, using the Lasers, Americans, and Harpoons, open to all club members.

For more advanced sailing and boat handling, the chapter owns keelboats which are used for teaching, day-sailing and planned excursions on the Sandy Hook and Raritan Bays. Additional details on these boats may be found on the Keelboat page.

We also offer a course designed to prepare sailers for cruising, covering all aspects of preparing for and undertaking a cruise on a large cruiser (38-40 ft) for a weekend or longer. The course culminates with a 3-day Columbus Day weekend cruise on the Chesapeake Bay. Numerous cruises throughout the year allow students to continue to enhance their skills and experience.

Look at our summer sailing schedule to see what's happening on the water, and how to get involved.

All the SEAS chapters arrange bareboat charter cruises at numerous premier sailing locations both within the U.S. and abroad. Both weekend and weeklong cruises are organized. Recent destinations have included the Chesapeake Bay, New England (Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Block Island), various islands in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, Tahiti, Turkey, and Spain. In addition, we've cruised in the Florida Keys and the British Virgin Islands. The chapter has qualified skippers, and there also is a program to train and qualify members as first mates and skippers. As part of this emphasis on cruising, SEAS Monmouth organizes an annual 3-day cruise and cruising course on the Chesapeake Bay (click here for more information).

How to contact SEAS Monmouth:

If you have questions about any of the SEAS Monmouth activities, or would like more information about the club, send an Email to: seasmonmouth@yahoo.com and someone will get back to you.

We're all about sailing ...

Whether teaching on and sailing our fleet of small boats (Lasers and 18' daysailers), cruising the Raritan Bay on a breezy summer evening aboard our 28' O'Day and 22' Rhodes sloops, or cruising away from home aboard larger chartered sailboats.

28' O'Day sloop

The 28' O'Day anchored near Red Bank, NJ for 4th of July fireworks.

Our Annual 3-Day Chesapeake Cruise

Getting ready for departure from Haven Marina in Rock Hall, MD as part of our annual 3-day Columbus Day weekend cruise.

Anchored off Tobago Cays

Anchored off the Tobago Cays in the Caribbean Grenadines.