Bethel Point Sailing Center

Bethel Point Sailing Center

The Bowdoin team sails on Casco Bay, in a protected ocean inlet. The team has a fleet of 18 FJs and two motorboats.  Typically there is an 8 to 12 knot seabreeze, which gets shifty near sunset. The area has nine to ten foot tides, so Bowdoin sailors learn to respond to shifting current on the racecourse. Unlike most other Northern New England teams, our large tides prevent Quahog Bay from freezing in the winter which allows our team to begin practicing early in the spring.

Few sites rival Bethel Point for its sheer beauty. The rocky shorelines are wooded, and often the team observes seals, ospreys, egrets, and bald eagles. The only other boats we see are an occasional lobster boat. Sailors on the team love the mini escape from campus life that heading to the site gives them each day.