2023 Summer: June Explore Sailing Camp (8-12)


Hatteras Sailing’s June Explore Sailing Camp (8-12)

  • Ages: 8-12
  • Date: June 12-16
  • Time: 9am-12pm
  • Spots: Min 4; Max 8
  • Price: $295 per student (Member or Resident Price)
  • If you need a scholarship please apply here
  • Swimming, playing, paddling, learning to sail Optimist
  • We may also sail the larger boats or go on powerboats given the current conditions

What are we learning?

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. Each day of camp includes chalk talk, land drills, instructor demonstration, on the water instruction, snack time, and a de-brief. While we aim to offer a variety of instructional activities, nothing is a substitute for getting into a boat and learning to sail. The main focus of all our instructional activities will be maximizing time on the water. We play and experience a variety of boats depending on the weather conditions.

Learn to sail camps will be lead by a trained Optimist Coach. We will focus on basic knowledge, safety, and boat handling skills. We have fun and our goal is that your sailor will leave the week wanting to come back and sail again with us or at your local sailing club back home. Each sailor is provided with a skills progression chart that the coaches will use to communicate with the parents. As the student masters the skills, coaches will initial sign off on that skill.

Weather Policy: We try to move and groove through the week to find weather and match the instructional hours. Once we start camp, no partial refunds and we work on alternate days/times or alternate material that can be accomplished in the current weather.

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Swimming Test must be passed; Water shoes and refillable water bottle are required;  Lifejackets are available to borrow, but we encourage you to bring a comfortable life vest that you are willing to wear during camp. You can be sent home for not wearing water shoes or life vest on first warning. These are strict safety insurance requirements. Must turn 8 by Sept 1, 2023. Please pack sunscreen, a towel, and a small snack. Wear a swimsuit and bring dry shorts/shirt/dress that you are comfortable wearing over your suit when we are out of the water.


Sign up for camp here! Please complete this registration form to get on the list for camp.

    Who is this for? What will sailors learn?

    Learn To Sail Optimist camp is for beginner and intermediate sailors.  A swim test is required to participate in all sailing camps. We run beginners and intermediate sailors together in the same camp by splitting the group. Each camp has a lead instructor and a junior assistant coach to work with sailors in different beginner skill levels.  Coaches are looking for mastery of each of the skills taught before moving to the next level. Beginner sailing in this age group is taught on the Optimist Sailboat. You are not required to own your own sailboat to participate. Course registration includes the boat charter fee. Charter agreement is required to be signed by parent at orientation.

    Beginner Skills

    • rigging / boat parts
    • 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
    • sailing light conditions on beam reach
    • upwind in light conditions
    • downwind in light conditions
    • tacking/jibing in light conditions

    Intermediate Skills

    • review all the above for competence, confidence
    • points of sail
    • proper sailing posture and body position
    • capsize & recovery in moderate to heavy conditions
    • sail while you bail
    • sailing beach reach in moderate conditions
    • tacking moderate conditions
    • close haul sailing in moderate to heavy conditions
    • downwind sailing in moderate to heavy conditions


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