(508) 757-2140

FAQ

General Questions

Do I have to bring my own life jacket?

Regatta Point Community Sailing supplies PDFs (personal floatation devise) – US Coastguard type III life jackets for all its patrons. You are welcome to bring your own PDF/ life jacket.

When do I have to wear a PDF / life jacket?

Everyone must wear a PDF/ life jacket when on the dock or in a boat.

Who is responsible for my safety?

The person who rents the equipment is responsible for the safety of everyone. Regatta Point will help under the good Samaritan Law, but is under no obligation to help. You must boat responsibly.

Can a sailboat tip over?

Yes- sailboats can tip over. It is a natural part of sailing in small boats.

What should I bring?
  • Swimsuit and weather-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Sunglasses with lanyard (polarized recommended)
  • Hat with visor
  • Closed-toed water shoes
  • Small water bottle or hydration system
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler

Optional

  • Waterproof camera
  • Stand up paddle board, SUP paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Lip balm with sunscreen

What We Provide

  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boards, paddles, PFDs, etc.
Can I bring my dog?

We love dogs and they are always welcome, they just have to be on a leash.

If I get hot can I jump in the water?

For safety reasons, you cannot jump off the docks or boats. There is a designated swim area in each location.

Do I have to pay for parking?

Parking is free at Lake Chauncy and Coes Pond.

Parking at Lake Quinsigamond is free after 5. The parking day rate is $8.00 and a season parking pass is is only $60. The season pass is a good at all Mass Parks.

What is your tax ID number?

We are a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit and our tax ID number is 04-2309329

What is the Gordon Battye Scholarship Fund? How do I apply?

In 2010, Joan Battye seeded the scholarship with $500 in the name of her late husband and former assistant manager Gordon Battye. Since 2010, this scholarship has help hundreds kids, teens and families afford the learn to sail programs at Regatta Point Community Sailing.
Gordon Battye’s love for the lake inspired the scholarship fund in his name to support access to RPCS / Lake Quinsiagmond for anyone in our community regardless of age, ability, race, gender, religion, or economic status.

To apply, please fill out the Gordon Battye Scholarship Fund Request Form.

Scholarship Applications Request can be mailed to:

Regatta Point Community Sailing
PO Box 4008
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Or dropped off at the boathouse, or emailed to info@regattapoint.org

What should I do if I have other questions?

We’re always happy to help with class/camp selection, placement, and other inquiries. Contact us at 508-757-2140 or email us at info@regattapoint.org.

Youth Programs

What time can I drop off/pick up my kids?

Drop off is between 8:45 and 9am.
Pickup is at 4pm.

What should my kids bring to camp?
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch
  • Bathing Suit
  • Change of Clothing
What if my child will be absent?
Please call (508)757-2140 and let us know if your child will be absent.
How do kids store their lunches?
Kids leave their lunches in bags in the cubbies or lockers. If their lunch needs to be kept cold, make sure to pack it in a cooler.
Can Junior Members leave for lunch?
The Junior Members are free to leave the park for lunch. They must sign themselves in and out.

Adult Membership Questions

What type of ADULT memberships do you offer?

RPCS offers all access full season single, full season adult, adult double, student, 30 day, family, & senior/military memberships.

What does all access memberships mean?

The all access membership means that you only pay one fee. The membership benefits that are included are all onsite RPCS group classes, free rentals for boats that you are rated for, and discounted private lessons

Can I bring guests?

With a RPCS membership you can bring in a guest to kayak even on the first day! You can take out guests with any boat that you are certified for. Boats for our members are on a first come first served basis.

How do I get certified if I already know how to sail?

If you are an experienced sailor, a checkout with one of our instructors is easy to arrange. It takes about an hour.

Can I get a private lesson?

Yes-simply call our office 508-757-2140 and book your time, register and pay. You must register and pay beforehand in order to ensure we have an instructor available.

How do I sign up for classes?

At the time of membership sign up there is a place to fill in your class choice. You can also sign up by phone, email, or in person.

How do I earn my helmsman certification?

After completing the beginner I class, you can sign up in the office for your helmsman test. Times are available starting at 4 pm on weekdays and during our weekend hours. There needs to be at least a 5 knot wind to complete the test.

What classes do I take after I have my helmsman certification?

The class after your helmsman is called beginner II sailing. The class teaches you how to use a jib, balance a boat, and working together with two sailors.

Paddle Questions

What is Paddle Reward?

When you rent (kayak, paddle board, paddle boat, or row boat) pick up a frequent Rental Card and have it punched in the office every time you rent. Rent 5 times and get the 6th rental free!

Who can rent a boat?

Adults 18 years old and older may rent and use any boat.

Young adults 12 – 17 may rent boats with signature of parent or guardian and direct adult supervision (from the same boat, in an adjacent boat, or from our dock).

Children under 12 may only rent boats when accompanied by an adult.

Where can I go?
  • Lake Chauncy & Coes Pond – explore the whole lake after getting on the boat.
  • Lake Quinsigamond - Any renter can explore the area from the Route 9 bridge to the north end of the lake any time.

For your safety, you can become certified (for paddle boards and kayaks only) to explore the entire lake after participating in a brief safety training. The cost of whole lake certification is free. Just watch the video once a year and answer the questions on the test.

How do I rent?

  • Sign waiver
  • Pay for first hour
  • Go out and have fun!
What are the key safety rules?

We are committed to maintaining a safe boating environment. These rules help to ensure your enjoyment:

  1. On Lake Quinsigamond, stay on the north end of the lake (unless certified for the whole lake)
  2. Wear proper fitting lifejackets at all time
  3. Do not swim or jump from boat
  4. Only land at the Regatta Point dock or facility.
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