Youth Sailing

Cape Fear Sailing Academy is North Carolina’s elite youth sailing program and ASA’s “Outstanding Schoole Of The Year”. We think it is so important to teach proper sailing at a young age and show our youth that it is an extremely enjoyable pass time and sport. Our programs cover all the basics your child needs to understand sailing and start enjoying it as a hobby. 

Beginner Course

This course is offered on Vanguard Opti’s. The class is a comprehensive course broken down into a 3 hour session, Monday through Friday 9am12pm for ages 8 to 11, and in the afternoon from 1pm to 4pm for ages 12 to 16. This course introduces children to the fun of sailing through the use of Vanguard Optimist Dinghies. They will learn righting a capsized boat, points of sail, rigging, docking, learn to sail figure 8’s, tying knots and so much more. To begin, there is on shore instruction and a swim test. Then training on the water for the remainder of the week. From this the children learn a whole new vocabulary and understand new concepts. Most importantly, they come away with a feeling of independence from sailing their own dinghies which helps teach them responsibility and the importance of team work. CSFA works hard to give each child the attention they need by only having 4 students at a time with an unprecedented 2 to 1 student to instructor ratio. Our kids sail, learn and most of all, have a lot of fun!

Cost: $475 per child with 4 children max

Beginner Course

Prerequisite to this class is the beginner course or something similar. The course is offered on a Colgate 26. This boat is used by the US Naval Academy and the Coast Guard Academy. They use the best and so do we. This course works on the fundamentals of sailing a bigger boat. Practicing tacking and jibing, heaving too, man overboard drill, rules of the road, knot tying, and sailing as a team. Team work is so important and working together is the goal of this class. The course is offered in the afternoon at 1 pm to 5 pm

Cost: $575 per child with 5 children max


606 W West St #202

Southport, NC 28461

(910) 279-2355