Join the Sailing Team! We happily invite all students from beginners to advanced level sailors to come and participate in the South Atlantic Sailing Association (SAISA) with us. High school sailing leads to regional and national competitions, summer race teams, collegiate sailing, employment opportunities and lifelong friendships.

Buncombe County Middle & HS Students

Why Sailing?

  • Sailing is a co-educational competitive sport.
  • Colleges actively recruit talented sailors for their college teams.
  • Sailing involves physical strength and agility, and teaches students about navigation, physics, the marine environment, and the importance of teamwork.
  • Sailing is an activity that literally can take you around the globe and provide a warm introduction to other sailors in just about any country.
  • Sailing is a sport that you will enjoy throughout your life.
  • Supervised use of host club facilities, offering quality access to the water.
  • Safety and rescue boats are on the water at all times with liability coverage under the Club’s insurance policy.
  • Professional coaching during regattas and practices.

How much does it cost?

  • We pay for professional coaching, safety boats and maintenance to racing boats…
  • Spring fee: $130
  • Fall fee: $175
  • Winter fee: $130
  • Regatta Entrance Fee: ~$20 each person per regatta. Paid at the regatta to the host. (Transportation and lodging is not included.)
  • HS SAILING Uniform: One time cost of $36 per sailor for a pinnie
  • ADDITIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: High School Sailing clinics and summer programs are offered as a way to further enhance sailing skills.

What’s the time commitment?

High School Sailing has three seasons:

  • Spring season: March – May.
  • Fall season: August – October.
  • Winter season: November – February

More time spent in the boat is the best way to grow as a sailor!
Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 – 8:00 PM at Lake Julian
(Varies with sunset and facility hours.) Open sailing on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Sailing Practices

All sailors are expected to rig (set up) and derig (take down) boats for practice. Sailing teams focus on team racing, strategic and tactical training, and physical fitness. Drills performed at practice will foster experience to properly prepare a sailor for regattas. Many practices will include mini-races to offer sailors opportunity to try, fail and ultimately succeed at racing.

High School Sailing Teams at a South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association Regatta
South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association Regatta

What do I need?

  • Completed Registration Forms and payment
  • US Coast Guard Approved Sailing/paddling Life Jacket (“PFD” – personal flotation device)
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Enthusiasm and commitment

What do we sail?

Most HS sailing is “fleet” racing. It is done in double-handed one-design dinghies such as the Club 420 or single-handed lasers.

Can I sail on my team this year?

YES! Both skipper and crew positions are needed! If you are interested in joining the sailing team, however lack the experience, we will teach you. The host club offers a robust Learn-To-Sail Program with a few weeks focused on high school sailing through intensive training and clinics this summer.

Summer Intensives

Beginning HS Sailing Team Training Camps: The weeks of June 17, June 24, and July1. In this week long training camp, we’ll focus on boathandling, basic rules of the road, fitness, proper sailing conditioning and short course race tactics.

Pre-season HS Sailing Clinic: July 29 – August 2. This week long clinic is limited to the first 30 sailors that sign up. The coaching staff and a guest coach will be onsite this week to evaluate the sailors and start pairing up teams for the fall 2019 season.

Asheville Youth Sailing also offers opportunities for students to join their Junior Racing Team.

What happens at a regatta?

Teams, determined by the head coach, are expected to arrive at the host regatta by 8:00 AM to check in together. Families are expected to make arrangements for their sailor to get to the regatta either by driving them or carpooling.

Each high school sailing team has at least four members, two skippers and two crew. All boats are entered into a rotation. The A skippers and crew take to the water and sail the first two races. In the meantime the B skippers and crew wait their turn to sail. After two races, the boats are swapped, the A teams jump out allowing the B team to jump in the boat ready to sail two races. This A/B flip-flop continues throughout the regatta. Since only half of the kids are sailing at a time, it allows for a lot of fun interaction between teams while waiting. A team’s score is the total of both their A and B scores added together. Races are generally short, with the goal of both A and B teams completing 6 races each day. Novice crew can also be swapped for alternate crew. This helps with fatigue and to allow all to participate.

We participate in regattas in the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association. The 2019 – 2020 Calendar is here. Note: we do not participate in every regatta.

9/7/2019SAISA Atlanta Yacht Club OpenAtlanta Yacht Club
SAISA Brunswick Open
Brunswick, GA
North Points #1 – RaleighLake Jordan
SAISA Beaufort OpenBeaufort, SC
SAISA Charleston Open
Charleston, SC
10/19-20/2019North Points #2 – Lake Norman
Lake Norman YC
North Points #3 Sunbury
SAISA College of Charleston Invitational
College of Charleston
SAISA Wrightsville Beach Open
Wrightsville Beach
North Points #4 Lake Lanier
Lake Lanier Yacht Club
SAISA Lake Mayer Open
Lake Mayer
North Points #5 Florida YC
Florida Yacht Club
SAISA Brunswick OpenBrunswick
North Points #6 Charleston
SAISA Lake Crabtree Open
Lake Crabtree
North Points #7 Beaufort
Beaufort, SC