2022-2023 Sessions

↓ Click on an Picture or Class Below for More Information ↓

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 8-9)

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.

2022 Junior Open Sailing

Four weekly sessions of Junior Open Sailing, starting Mondays July 4, July 11, and July 18 from 1 pm – 5 pm. $100 a week. These sessions are for sailors who have sailed with Asheville Read more…

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.

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 who exhibit a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, who would love the opportunity to attend well-structured summer sailing education.

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.


Untangle all your knots here...
FAQ Number 1 Image of a sheet bend knot

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!

AYS programs are open to all area youth. (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?

It depends on the season!

We have Learn-to-Sail a few weeks every summer. Later in the summer, we host Junior Open Sailing Sessions for sailors we know. After school starts, we will practice on Tuesday & Thursdays and 1 weekend day.

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!

COVID-19 Information

We believe being on the water might be one of the best choices this summer! COVID-19 has interrupted all of our plans. We follow all US Sailing/American Camp Association recommendations for Day Camps. Unfortunately, we are unable to host campers younger than 5 year's old.