2023 Summer: July Intro To Sailing for Teens


Hatteras Sailing’s July Intro To College Sailing for Teens

  • Ages: 13-18
  • Date: July 10-14
  • Time: 12:30-4:30pm
  • Spots: Min 4; Max 8
  • Price: $295 per student (Fessenden Center Resident Price)
  • Location: Hatteras Sailing Center 48962 NC Highway 12, Buxton NC 27920
  • Mandatory Orientation Meeting: Parent and Student orientation July 6th, 5pm


Must turn 13 by Sept 1, 2023. Swimming Test required; Water shoes and refillable water bottle are required;  Lifejackets are available to borrow, but if you have a more comfortable life vest please bring it. You will be sent home for not wearing water shoes or life vest on first warning. These are safety insurance requirements. Please pack sunscreen, a towel, and a small snack. Rash guard and athletic shorts with modest swim bottoms are the best option because you will be moving around in the boat. Bring dry shorts/shirt/dress that you are comfortable wearing over your suit when out of the water. You will get wet. 


Hatteras Community Sailing (HCS) exists to inspire Cape Hatteras residents and visitors to independence, lifelong seamanship, and a respect for nature. This camp is an introduction to the sport of college sailing. The boat we sail is the International standard for Collegiate Sailing, the C420. High School Sailing is a smaller pool of athletes compared to bigger team sports, and it can be easier for High School Sailors to get on a College team.  Some sailing Scholarships are available. Dinghy sailors are respected and get preference among maritime professionals opening doors to lifelong careers in sailing. The C420 sailboat is a feeder to Olympic Sailing. It is a swift, exciting and nimble boat to sail. Don’t be intimidated. We sail a 2 person boat. Experienced skippers will sail together with beginners during camp. Coaches will provide a chase boat and rotate beginners sailing with experienced crew. Each day we will introduce a new aspect of the sport, do land exercises, observe sailing demonstrations, and then try out sailing with an experienced skipper. Meet other Hatteras kids who sail for an introduction to the sport at this fun week of camp. Learn basic sailing skills and knowledge including: 

  • Wind awareness
  • Boat Parts
  • Basic Knots
  • Capsize Recovery
  • Points of Sail
  • Boat handling in light conditions: Tack, Jibe, Upwind, Downwind, Reach

**NOTE: In case of winds over sustained 15 knots camp may meet in an alternate location; Camp is not canceled for rain, only chance of lightning or excessively high winds will prompt a cancellation for the day. Parents will be texted evening before camp and sometimes we will do alternative activities while a thunderstorm may pass by.

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2023 Summer July Intro To Sailing for Teens

Must turn 13 years old by Sept 1, 2023 to participate. If you are younger, please sign up for Optimist sailing instead. If you are not sure whether this is the right sailing session for you to attend, please fill out this inquiry form before registering. This is an introduction to the sport of high school and college sailing. The goal is to introduce you to the sport of high school and college sailing and for you to learn some basic sailing skills. If you love what you learn here, we can pair up teammates for summer sailing.

Boat Handling Skills To Be Introduced

  • rigging / boat parts / sail care
  • launching and stowing boat
  • wind awareness: direction & speed
  • basic knots: square knot, bowline, figure 8, double overhand stopper, clove hitch
  • capsize & recovery
  • proper sailing posture and body position
  • points of sail
  • balancing the boat for optimal performance and speed
  • tacking; jibing, feathering
  • avoiding the pinch
  • sailing close haul

Waitlist / Inquiry Form


    Sailor Information Form

    Learn To Sail Collegiate 420: July 10-14

    ** required for each sailor please complete 48hrs prior to orientation

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