William F. Ryan Boating and Sailing
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This facility is named for William F. Ryan, the city’s first full-time director of recreation, serving from 1955-1975. For over 50 years the instructors at the William F. Ryan Boating and Sailing Facility have taught the city’s children ages 8-16 the fundamentals of boating. We have a very experienced and friendly staff that enthusiastically teaches youngsters the fundamentals of rowing, canoeing, and sailing.
The William F. Ryan Boating and Sailing Facility is located in scenic Merrymount Park. The boating facility is located on Black’s Creek, a pristine saltwater lagoon ideally suited for boating and sailing.
Directions to the William F. Ryan Boating and Sailing Facility
You can reach the facility by going through the main entrance of Merrymount Park located on Merrymount Parkway which begins at Adams Field. Proceed up the hill and go through the Pageant Field parking lot. There you will find two granite columns that are separated by a dirt road. Follow this dirt road down the hill and eventually into the facility parking lot.
Canoeing and Kayaking
In our canoeing and kayaking class we teach students the basics of both canoeing and kayaking. We teach the children how to correctly paddle canoes and kayaks, how to safely and properly enter and exit these boats, and how to correctly steer and maneuver canoes and kayaks.
During canoeing and kayaking class we take students on journeys throughout the many creeks that branch out of the lagoon. These undisturbed creeks, abundant with wildlife, offer the students a chance to demonstrate their canoeing and kayaking abilities.
The William F. Ryan Boating and Sailing Facility is fortunate to have a fleet of O’Day Widgeons, that are ideal for the beginner or experienced sailor. In our beginner sailing class we teach students the art of sailing. Students will learn the different parts of a sailboat, how to tell the direction of the wind, how to properly fold a sail, and dock a sailboat, the three major points of sail, and also how to come-about and jibe (how to turn the boat).
The Intermediate Sailing class is only for participants who have completed at least three years of beginner sailing and can effectively display their sailing skills. The Boating and Sailing Supervisor must approve any promotion to this level of sailing. In this class students begin to learn the fundamentals of sailboat racing.
The Advanced Sailing class is only for participants who have completed at least five years of sailing lessons and can effectively display their knowledge of sailing and racing. The Boating and Sailing Supervisor must approve any promotion to this level of sailing. In this class students engage in competitive racing with other members of the class.
You’ve seen the kids do it, now it’s your turn! The facility now has an adult kayaking program to enable Quincy residents to enjoy the rapidly growing popularity of this activity. Five full size adult kayaks on a first come first serve basis throughout the day after a period of instruction. There will be a time limit if participants are waiting.
Please buy your Membership before you register for class:
Youth - $60.00
Family - $140.00
Adult - $35.00
Adult and Family Boating Hours
Monday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday's from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday for 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.