Learn to sail at Community Boating Center, CBC, in Providence, RI. Youth summer camps, adult sailing lessons and sailing instruction, kayak & paddleboard rentals.

Making Sailing Affordable
and Accessible in Rhode Island

In communities across the country, non-profit, public access sailing programs are making learning to sail and recreational boating affordable and accessible to ordinary folks.

Several years ago, it struck a group of local sailors that the people of Rhode Island should have access to a community boating program. Organized and implemented entirely by volunteers, this visionary plan was set into action. The Community Boating Center (CBC) at Providence’s India Point Park opened in June 1994 with a small fleet of boats, a few docks and a boat storage shed built largely with donated materials and volunteer labor.

Today, our new boathouse, 60 boat plus fleet, and dedicated membership, positions CBC as an integral component to the success and growth of Providence’s waterfront revival.

Founded as a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, CBC offers a variety of opportunities that allow the general public to experience the thrill of sailing and paddling in upper Narragansett Bay.

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Much More Than a Race!

Renaissance Regatta, our signature fundraiser, is your opportunity to take part in celebrating all that CBC accomplishes every year.

Much more than a race, this fundraiser fosters a lifetime of youth learning. Thanks to our supporters, CBC nurtures a sense of community in which the diversity of the urban environment is respected and encouraged. We need your help!

US Sailing AccredidationCBC is an Accredited
US Sailing Community
Sailing Center

US Sailing’s Community Sailing Accreditation Program identifies those programs that are offering the highest level of boating education and public access. Programs of all types are eligible, provided they meet the specific guidelines set forth by the Community Sailing Council.

Organizations that are recognized enjoy increased visibility as some of the best facilities in the country. Additionally, US Sailing Accredited Community Sailing Centers are invited to participate fully in the governing process that molds, shapes and improves the quality and reach of US Sailing programs.