Carolina Summer Sailing Camp

In the Carolina Summer Sailing Camp, children between 9 and 16 participate in small group, on-the-water, week-long sessions to learn basic and intermediate sailing skills. We sail Optimist (Opti)  and “420” sailboats and emphasize safety, building confidence, having fun and improving skills. All head instructors are US Sailing certified.  The cost per weekly session in 2024 is $385 with discounts for siblings.

We sail on Jordan Lake at Crosswinds Boating Center, Apex, NC, Monday through Friday. Dropoff is between 8:45 and 9:00am, and pickup is at 4:00pm. 

2024 Sailing Camp Calendar

DateOpti Camp (9 to 11-year-olds)420 Camp (12 to 16-year-olds)
June 17 - 21 Beginner - FullIntermediate
June 24 - 28 Intermediate Beginner - Full
July 8 - 12Beginner - Full
July 15 - 19Intermediate - FullIntermediate
July 22 - 26 BeginnerBeginner
July 29 - Aug 2Beginner
Aug 5 - 9IntermediateIntro to Racing
Aug 12 - 16BeginnerBeginner

2025 Sailing Camp Calendar

DateOpti Camp (9 to 11-year-olds)420 Camp (12 to 16-year-olds)
June 16 - 20Beginner
June 23 - 27 Intermediate Beginner
July 7 - 11BeginnerIntermediate
July 14 - 18IntermediateBeginner
July 21 - 25 BeginnerIntermediate
July 28 - Aug 1Beginner
Aug 4 - 8Intro to RacingIntro to Racing
Aug 11 - 15BeginnerBeginner

Course Offerings


Participants learn the parts of a sailboat, how a sailboat works and how to properly rig and begin to sail.  Suitable for complete novices.


Participants review all skills learned in the Beginner class, plus learn
upwind and downwind techniques and introduction to racing.  Suitable
for children who have some sailing experience and are comfortable alone
in a boat.

Intro to Racing

For those sailors who have taken our Beginner and Intermediate level classes, or have joined us for Junior Sailing, we now offer a session called “Introduction to Racing” the week of August 5!  Sailors will learn race start techniques, how to sail upwind and downwind efficiently, and some of the Racing Rules of Sailing.
 We love racing because it is engaging, social, available through high school, college, and beyond, and it’s the best way to continuously develop sailing skills.

Our Sailboats


One-person boats built for ages 9-11. 


Two-person boats built for ages 12+.

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