AMHS keeps two authentic, Azorean Whaleboats docked at Community Boating Center (1641 Padanaram Ave., New Bedford) for the summer season. These boats are 40 feet long, made entirely of wood, and carry a boat steerer (coxswain) with 6 sailors.
If you would like to participate in an open sail, please sign up for the open sail time slots that you are available and can commit to. Slots are added often and will be filled on a 1st come 1st serve basis. If there are particular days/times that work better for you, please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate open sail time slots that work best for those who are interested. Depending upon weather conditions and the number of people signed up for a sail, the coxswain will determine whether or not a sail must be canceled (typically by 5pm the evening before).
Waivers & Dues
For anyone who is looking to experience sailing on one of our Azorean whaleboats for the 1st time, you can do so free of charge! An individual can row or sail up to a total of 2 times before being required to become a member and pay boat dues. All individuals must sign a joint AMHS CBC Waiver before getting on our boats (AMHS CBC Joint Waiver). You can save time by signing the waiver ONLINE ahead of time. If you are not able to complete it online, extra paper forms are located in the lock box at the dock. All coxes will verify passengers have signed a waiver before taking any passengers out on the boats.
-Please arrive 30 minutes early, boats should be leaving the dock at the scheduled time to maximize time on the water!
-If you are not able to make it to a sail that you have signed up for, please provide at least 24 hours notice so that the slot can be filled by someone else.
-If you can sign the AMHS CBC Joint Waiver online ahead of time it’s a big help
-Please bring a bottle of water, hat/sunglasses, and a pair of gloves are recommended.
Please let me know if you have any questions. See you on the water!
Ryan Dwelly, Water Activities Committee Chair
Lara Harrington, Water Activities Committee
Lisa Lemeuix, Water Activities Committee
Community Boating Center
1641 Padanaram Ave, New Bedford, MA 02740