About Us

Hatteras Sailing Organization

Hatteras sailing organization is a NC non-profit corporation and a US Sailing Community Sailing foundation and is establishing registration as a 5013(c) US registered non-profit corporation. The mission of our community sailing foundation is to promote community sailing on Hatteras Island, North Carolina, USA.

Getting kids outside…

We think it is really healthy to get kids outside and into nature, and we happen to be blessed enough to live on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Our youth sailing program enjoys year round sailing and diverse wind and sea conditions.

and into nature

Our youth are encouraged to take out the boats as often as they can, to sail together, respect nature, and enjoy our beautiful ocean and sound. We make safety a priority and emphasize having fun. Parents often sail alongside the kiddos in a Stiletto 27 operated by Phillips Boatworks.

Board Members


Jay Phillips of Phillips Boatworks

Jay Phillips has been sailing professionally for more than 30 years, and has a passion to pass his love for this life-building sport onto new, young sailors. “We can’t really spare any effort grounding our next generation to the earth, the sea, and the creator”, says Jay on why he founded Hatteras Sailing. “Sailing is a great way to get kids in touch and engaged with their environment”

Vice Chairman

Nathan Snead of Pamlico Sailing

Nathan is a US Coast Guard Captain and owner of Pamlico Sailing. He has been sailing from around age 6 when he first sailed solo on a sunfish. “As soon as I felt that independence of sailing on my own, I was hooked”, says Nathan about how he grew his love of sailing.


Geoffery S. Grisham, ASA, CVA

Geoffrey S. Grisham has specializes in the valuation of technology companies as well as intangible assets associated with technology. He owns a MX20 monohull racer/cruiser and a Club 420. Before moving to the Outer Banks, Geoff raced Lightening Class at his yacht club in TN.


Jennifer Dunleavy

Jennifer Dunleavey is a graduate of George Washington University and has worked in non-profits for over 25 years.  Jennifer currently serves as the Controller and Vice President of Operations for the Direct Selling Education Foundation in Washington, D.C.  Her areas of professional focus include human resources, organizational management, and financial operations.  Jennifer comes from a sailing family and is proud to have a daughter who participates in the Hatteras Sailing Organization. 

Members at Large

Capt. Jay Crawford of Outer Banks Kiting

Jay Crawford holds a USCG Masters License, 25-ton and a BS in Physical Education/Leisure Services from Winthrop University, South Carolina. Jay has been living, breathing and coaching kiteboarding on Hatteras Island since the early days. Flying Naish product since 1999, Jay has worked with and learned from the pioneers. He spends winters in “Shacks Beach”, Puerto Rico, or Heavenly Ski Resort, California, to further expand his teaching knowledge.jennied0212@hotmail.com

Billy Mosley

Tater Gaskins of Hatteras Island Air

Tater, the owner of Hatteras Island Air, having grown up here on Hatteras feels that sailing is a natural fit for Hatteras and Hatteras Island Youth. “I’m very interested in the physics of sailing. Knots are cool”, says Tater. Like Chip, Tater is interested in learning sailing as he mentors his own son, Ellis, in survival skills and outdoor activities.

Get in Touch

    Hatteras Sailing Organization

    PO Box 102
    Avon, NC 27915

    Phone: 252-297-6665

    We store our boats and usually sail from the Mariner’s Cove Marina behind the Froggy Dog restaurant off of bonita drive. Follow our news to learn find a time to drop by and join our group sailing.

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