Hatteras Sailing Organization

Inspiring independence, seamanship, and respect for nature.

Wind & Waves Maritime Festival

KOA Cape Hatteras, June 7-9, 2024

Free Family Friendly Event

Wind n Waves Maritime Festival coming up soon. We’ve got a full weekend of fun planned. The schedule is amazing starting Friday at 6pm with Pamlico Deli’s Beach Party Bonfire with live acoustic music and ghost crabbing contest at the oceanside stage. Saturday Festivities start at 12 noon with the Maritime Arts & Crafts Market and a full line up of activities on Four Stages:

  • Maritime Market Right Off Highway 12 In The Soundside Lot: Live Music, Oyster Shucking, and an exciting line up of speakers including Keeper James, Scott Dawson, and Tyler Kinnakeet Oysters – surrounded on all sides by our local Maritime Arts & Crafts Market featuring local Outer Banks vendors and artists. 
  • Soundfront By The Boat Ramp: Get to know Hatteras Sailing and join in for Sailboat Racing, Hobie Cat lessons and rides, build your own boat contest, Paper boat races, Learn To Sail chalk talks, demo sails, boat tours and more.
  • Oceanfront Beach: Beachside Bonfire, Pamlico Deli barbecue, Endless Summer Surf Lessons, Learn to Surf Fish with Bill Crawford, Hobie Cat Surf Sailing, and a Sunrise Worship Service.
  • KOA Stage: Outer Banks Boil, Bottomless Pints, &  Live Music featuring The Simps on Saturday Evening.

All proceeds benefit Hatteras Community Sailing (Hatteras Sailing Organization)

Come Sailing With Us

Visitors

Go Sailing while you are on the Outer Banks. Learn To Sail or Take A Sailboat Charter with one of our experienced crew on the beautiful Pamlico Sound. Hatteras Sailing is open to all visitors and offers a variety of boats large and small for all ages, agilities, and skill levels. Sailing on the Pamlico Sound is a must-have Outer Banks Experience.

Residents

Learn how you can get involved in the many programs Hatteras Community Sailing puts together each Spring, Summer, and Fall for full time and seasonal Outer Banks Residents. Learn to sail, get an introduction to sailing, or just hop on for the boat ride during one of our community sailing events. In 2024, Hatteras Sailing has a jam packed calendar of programs for all ages.

Sailing School

For Individuals And Family Groups Open To The Public

Looking for a sailing school? Earn your sailing certifications and learn to sail while your family happily lounges on the Outer Banks national seashore. Our sailing school offers a similar curriculum to Offshore Sailing School or JWorld right here on Hatteras Island. Our entry level and performance courses last most of the day and leave you enough time to enjoy the beach and dinner with your family after lessons are done for the day.

Course Description (link to registration)BoatScheduleHours InstructionCourse Fee#Sailors
Basic KeelboatMelges 243-Days: 8am – 5pm21$895 pp4
Performance KeelboatMelges 243-Days: 9am – 2pm15$595 pp4
Basic Catamaran SailingStiletto 273-Days: 9am – 4pm21$595 pp5
Basic Liveaboard CruisingSabre 425-Days: Live Aboard120$1250 pp5

Sailing Camp

Youth & Kids Sailing Camp

The Cape is surrounded with water, the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Pamlico Sound on the other, so our exploration takes us to the water! We use our sailboats and coach boats to take the kids to hidden bayside beaches and sandy clam shoals where they can play in the shallow water and learn to sail. We learn basics of sailing on the same boats our sailing team sail and we get out on the big boats too. A week of jam packed water sports fun.Taught by Hatteras Sailing Coaches and junior sailors as assistant coaches. We learn to sail and have lots of fun with a variety of activities including

  • exploring
  • sailing
  • paddling
  • swimming
Registration Link
& Description
AgesBoatScheduleHours InstructionCourse Fee#Sailors
Intro To Sailing5-7 yrsBig Boats3 Days: 8am-12noon12$279 ppmin 4 / max 8
Anytime 3-Day Sailing Camp8-12 yrsOptimist / Stiletto 273-Days:
9am – noon
9$179 ppmin 4 / max 8
Anytime 5-Day Sailing Camp8-12 yrsOptimist / Stiletto 275-Days:
9am – noon
15$349 ppmin 4 / max 8
Anytime 3-Day Sailing CampTeen – AdultC420 / Melges 24 / Hobie3-Days:
9am – noon
9$300 ppmin 4 / max 8
Anytime 5-Day sailing CampTeen – AdultC420 / Megles 24 / Hobie5-Days:
9am – noon
15$500 ppmin 4 / max 8
** To reserve a spot, complete the registration form indicating the week you are on Hatteras. All camps are first come first serve. Once 4 campers are signed up, we will send you a payment link to confirm your camp reservation in camp.

May Is Community Sailing Month

Taking a minute for ourselves

Those of us who live here on Hatteras are looking forward to a busy summer as we clean cottages, mix drinks, manage reservations, stock shelves, repair whatever, and all work together to make the summer visitors make those precious memories that keep them coming back to Hatteras year after year. May is a really good time to breathe in the wind and soak in the waves of our home island for ourselves. At Hatteras Community Sailing, we’ve nominated May “Community Sailing Month” and jam packed the sailing center schedule full of opportunities for Hatteras Island Residents to get out on the water and learn to sail before memorial day. 

Intro To Sailing Days: Go sailing for a couple hours each Monday and learn a little about how sailing works.

Basic Keelboat 101: Learn how to sail the Melges 24 including the knowledge and skills to sail independently.

Basic Cruising 102: Sail the Sabre 42 ‘Legacy’ to Ocracoke and/or Beaufort and back as you learn and live aboard the boat.

Performance Keelboat: Learn to race the Melges 24 level up your basic sailing skills, more advanced sail trim, tactics, and more. Compete in the Souther Bay Race Week in Hampton, VA.

High School Sailing Team

OBX Has A High School Sailing Team

Sign Ups are open for 2024 High School Sailing

Calling 8-12th graders from Manteo, First Flight, CHSS, or Homeschools…

Sail with other Outer Banks teens on the high school sailing team. 8-12th grades are eligible including students from Manteo, First Flight, CHSS, or homeschool. The sailing team is organized and coached by Hatteras Community Sailing for all junior sailors in the Outer Banks as a part of the South Atlantic
Interscholastic Sailing Association (SAISA).

Sailing is an exciting, challenging, and athletic sport. The top ranked sailing colleges are also the top academic colleges including the ivy league and military academies. Sailing looks great and stands out on college applications. All are welcome regardless of sailing experience or school district.

Last year Hatteras Community Sailing and Colington Yacht Club leadership worked together to spearhead the first ever High School Sailing effort for the Outer Banks. Kids from First Flight and Cape Hatteras participated, learned from scratch and competed against schools from Raleigh, Wilmington, Lake Norman, Beaufort NC, Charleston, Beaufort SC, Hampton and New Bern. The regattas were pretty massive! Lots of great sailors from the entire Southeastern Atlantic. Away Game” schedule is set by the parents and kids involved in an interest meeting before the season starts. Hopes are that we can form teams for each of the local districts here on the OBX Manteo, First Flight, Hatteras, and Ocracoke.

Team is forming now. Sign up before Feb 28. Practice starts in March.

Recent News

Stay In The Loop

Hatteras Coaches Junior’s Week at Colington Yacht Club

Coaches and Sailors from Hatteras Sailing travel to Kill Devil Hills to coach the 2023 Colington Yacht Club Junior’s Week Clinic. Jay and Meg Phillips spent last week coaching Outer Banks Youth during the 2023 Colington Yacht Club Junior’s Week. The clinic lasted all day for five days. Eight kids from 8-12 years old learned on the Optimist Sailboat and 6 teenagers learned to sail on the C420. Read More

Hatteras Sailors Demonstrate Skill and Growth at Optimist Nationals

“It am proud to see Hatteras Sailors competing on the national stage with sailors from Chicago, San Diego, and Annapolis. Every time we enter a regatta these kids make lifelong relationships and treasured memories they will carry with will them for the rest of their lives” says Hatteras Sailing Program Director and Optimist Coach, Meg Phillips. Read More

Hatteras Sailors Heading to Optimist Nationals

Two sailors from the Hatteras Community Sailing race team, Beau Phillips (age 9) and Seaton Hawpe (age 11) will compete in the 2023 Simmons Boatworks Optimist US National Championship hosted by Hampton Yacht Club in Virginia from June 30 – August 4th. Read More

HCS Is Officially 501(c)(3)

Congratulations to Hatteras Community Sailing with special thanks to Gerry Linder. Back in 2020 when a group of parents launched Hatteras Community sailing, we never dreamed how challenging it would be to get non-profit status with the IRS for a kids sailing program … Read more

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Hatteras Sailing is a sponsor and member supported organization. Thank you to all our local business and individual sponsors.

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Become a Member

Hatteras Community Sailing (Hatteras Sailing) is a member-based organization, open to all, created to encourage sailing and competitive opportunities for our Island Youth.

Hatteras Sailing is a nonprofit community organization focused on inclusion of youth and adults who have a desire to learn more about our Island’s wonderful natural assets!

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Hatteras community sailing offers a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities. We need support to establish a firm and sustainable future for the Hatteras Sailing Organization’s US Sailing juniors program. Sponsorships are acknowledged in a variety of ways including a banner ad on our website, t-shirt logos, and recognition on our social channels. Click to learn more.