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 10-14 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.

Show off your skills at a 4th of July Celebration Regatta (that’s basically a sailing race and party!) Stay for the fireworks.

Lessons take place on twelve Saturday mornings from May through mid-September covering 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.

This competitive scholarship program, available to only 14 junior sailors gives the participants the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the sport of sailing at no cost to them or their families. Asheville Youth Sailing focuses on 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 2018 is a scholarship-based summer program open to all area youth ages 10 - 14. (So it's free!) 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?

Saturdays - May to September

Specifically, the 2nd Saturday in May till the 2nd Saturday in September.
(Very specifically, sailing days will be the first two Saturdays in May. The 1st, 3rd and 4th Saturday of June. The 1st, 2nd and 4th Saturday in July. The 1st, 2nd, and 4th Saturday in August and the 1st two Saturdays in September.) Whew! Just check out the lesson date calendar.

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 three Saturdays - and no more than one in a row. Learning to sail takes commitment!