Learn to Sail this Summer

Asheville Youth Sailing helps new sailors learn the sport, get confident, spend time on the water, and become sailors for life.

For All Students

Asheville Youth Sailing invites all students ages 5-18 who exhibit a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, who would not have the opportunity to attend well-structured summer sailing education without financial assistance.

No Experience Needed

Learn to sail independently in a fun, safe program. Learn everything you need to skipper a small boat on your own. On-shore and on-the-water instruction. Swimming experience is mandatory. Be the master of your own sea!

Something New

Sailing will challenge you. You will never forget how to sail once you learn! Look forward to high school sailing opportunities, college scholarships, sailing industry careers and opportunities for personal achievement. Welcome to a true lifetime sport.


About Asheville Youth Sailing

We think everyone – including you – should have the opportunity to feel the wind on your face and the breeze in your hair as you sail out onto a lake alone, and in charge!

Make your own decisions along the way. Some will be good, others will be bad. Grapple with mistakes but know a responsible adult will pull up beside you and coach you out of whatever situation you find yourself in. Maybe you’ve run aground? No problem – shove off! Is your boat facing into the wind? Again, no problem – pivot and be on your way! Too much wind for you? We’ll get you safely to the shore.

Each sailing day will consist of on-shore small-group lessons and time on the water.

There are lots of options to learn to sail this summer! See the complete program listing here. Weekly sessions cover everything from sailing traditions, language, skills, and boat handling. Yes, that’s quite a commitment! But learning a new sport takes time and dedication. See the entire schedule of lessons and events here.

Scholarships are available so all participants can have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the sport of sailing at little or no cost to their families. The Sailing Scholarship Program focuses on all school-age children who exhibit a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, putting forth the effort to help themselves, who would not have the opportunity to attend well-structured summer sailing education without financial assistance.


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Is Sailing Safe?

Will I fall in?

Sailing is a lifetime sport. It's not without risks, but if you can swim, you should be fine! (We also have full-coverage insurance, just in case...)

Isn't Sailing Expensive?

Isn't Sailing Expensive?

It doesn't have to be!

Learn to Sail 2020's summer program open to all area youth ages 5-18. (Scholarships are available!) Once you finish the program you'll have the opportunity to sail with Asheville Sailing Club members from April to November.

Is Sailing Hard to Learn?

Is Sailing Hard to Learn?

Well, it takes practice!

Like anything worth doing, the more time you spend sailing, the more you'll learn. We really want you to show up for all the lessons. Make a commitment to yourself.

When are Lessons?

When are Lessons?

Four one-week sessions in June

Sessions start June 8th, June 15th, June 22nd, and June 29th. Other opportunities for the racing team and JV and HS Sailing, with a back-to-school racing clinic in August.

What If I Have to Miss?

What If I Have to Miss?

There's a little leeway

Since each sailing session depends on the one before it, you can only miss one day in a session week. Learning to sail takes commitment!

2020 Summer Learn-to-Sail Sessions

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Start off Sailing (Ages 5-7)

This Learn to Sail session helps young children (ages 5-7) feel at ease on the water and be comfortable in boats. Sailors are paired up two to a boat with an emphasis on being safe, having fun and learning the sights, sounds and feel of sailing.

Beginner Opti Sailing (Ages 6-9)

This sailing session is for 8-9 year old sailors who will sail on their own. They learn to sail Optimist Dinghy trainers that are designed to be sailed single-handed!

Junior Sailing (Ages 9-16)

These sailing lessons are for 9-12 year old sailors and will be geared towards different sailing ability and interest of the students.

Junior Racing Program (Ages 10-18)

Our Junior Racing Program is split into two groups. Learn to Race (LTR) and Advanced Racing Team (ART). The Learn to Race program prepares sailors for participating in club-level regattas. The Advanced Race Team travels to away regattas and clinics. Both groups sail in the evenings. All sailors start out in the Learn to Race program before graduating to the Advanced Race Team program.