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New Haven Community Sailing

Sail Haven is a part of the Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc organization. 

Sail Haven is providing the New Haven Community with community oriented sailing programs. Our first programs, for the summer of 2023 are:

  • Adult Sailing Lessons 

  • Adult Affordable Access (use of sailboats of a very inexpensive membership fee and No rental fees!

We are currently looking for members. We also are looking for boat donations, or cash donations so our volunteers can go buy more used boats. Our current fleet is composed of 420 Dinghies, Lasers, and Sunfish.

Sail Haven realizes that the above small boats are not right for all folks. Therefore we are piloting a program to acquire a fleet of 17' or 18' foot Daysailors for the 2024 Season. Please let us know if you would like to help.

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Canal Dock Boathouse

Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. (“Canal Dock”) is a New Haven, Connecticut 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Canal Dock has partnered with the City of New Haven to conduct community-oriented, waterfront boating activities at The Canal Dock Boathouse on Long Wharf. Multiple types of recreational boating opportunities are already underway (dragon boating, kayaking & rowing) and new programs are planned for the future; all programs for New Haven public school students are free. In addition, public education programs in environmental science will be a signature initiative in the near future.

“Opening New Haven’s Waterfront for Adventure, Discovery and Growth”

Our Mission

Our Mission

Canal Dock is a non-profit established to bring the community to New Haven’s waterfront! This includes the historic New Haven Harbor on Long Island Sound, along with the Quinnipiac and Mill Rivers. Canal Dock’s community programs introduce residents to paddle boarding, Dragon boating, kayaking and rowing.  More importantly for the future of our community, these programs connect people to the outdoors, the environment, a shared heritage and ultimately to each other. Our youth programs use rowing machines, watercraft and in some cases competition to encourage young people to develop leadership skills and positive peer relationships.  All of Canal Dock programs are designed to be affordable and accessible, particularly to low income communities and communities of color. Our goal is that Canal Dock will provide a gathering place in a diverse and urban context unparalleled in the State of Connecticut. Its proximity to multiple modes of transportation will attract the diverse population of New Haven and surrounding towns. Most importantly, it will incorporate the waterfront into the identity of the city in a way that has been prevented for decades by transportation infrastructure, providing an opportunity to interpret both the history of the Adee building, collegiate rowing, and the harbor in general.

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