800 classes and 11 summers later, 622 students went from a non-sailor to a confident cruiser in just one week at The Little Washington Sailing School (LWSS). If you’ve ever dreamt of learning to sail, now is the time. With a pandemic still underway, escape to the open water and fresh air. The LWSS is open for Summer 2020 enrollment. Experience the joy of sailing, safely at a distance, on the Washington waterfront and Pamlico River.

Please know that the LWSS is functioning in compliance with the guidelines from the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Upon daily arrival, students are undergoing a health screening and temperature check to ensure staff and student safety. “The classroom surfaces are being regularly sanitized and seating has been rearranged to adhere to social distancing guidelines,” said Director Kevin Clancy. “Face coverings are strongly recommended during classroom instruction, but most of the instruction happens outside in the open air,” said Clancy.

Before heading out on the water, there will be some classroom training to introduce seamanship and sailing fundamentals in a 10-module format. The LWSS promotes self-reliance, awareness of safety, sportsmanship, teamwork, self-confidence and respect for others. All students will be matched to a boat of appropriate size. The LWSS has six 14ft Vanguard 420 sailboats and eight Optimist Prams. Students are encouraged to help each other with rigging, launching, retrieval and maintenance of boats and equipment.

The LWSS is an affordable summer camp option at a cost of $325 per session. According to the 2018 ACA Business Operations Report, the average day camp rate is between $199-$800, so the LWSS rate is competitive. However, if you are an aspiring young sailor who needs financial help, there are scholarship opportunities available. “Duke Energy funded 20 scholarships in 2019 for students, which was great because our mission is to get kids who want to sail on the water” said Clancy. To apply for a scholarship, the LWSS asks that the aspiring student write a paragraph about why they want to sail, and parents should also submit a letter about why their family qualifies for financial help. Contact Kevin Clancy at 252-402-7878 if you have any questions.

Classes are led by dedicated sailing enthusiasts. All instructors are US Sailing Level 1 certified. Each class session is one week long and there are nine sessions at LWSS designed for sailors of all experience levels. The week ten session welcomes back returning sailors for an advanced racing course called Regatta Week. Admission to the week ten class will be at the discretion of the Lead Instructor or Program Director. Below are the dates for the 2020 season:

Week 1:  June 8 – June 12                                   Week 6:  July 13 – July  17
Week 2:  June 15 – June 19                     Week 7:  July 20 – July  24
Week 3:  June 22 – June 26                     Week 8:  July 27 – July 31
Week 4:  June 29 – July 3                         Week 9:  August 3 – August 7
Week 5:  July 6 – July 10                          Week 10:  August 10 – August 15**

**Advanced Sailing STEM Course / Regatta at Cypress Landing on 8/15.

“For the first time last year, the LWSS offered a shorter weekend session for adults that turned out to be a tremendous success,” said Clancy. The LWSS plans to host an adult session the weekend of September 11 this year. Once you register, you’ll receive educational material in the mail to review before your session begins. The adult session has an accelerated pace featuring a Friday evening classroom session and 9am-5pm sailing on Saturday and Sunday. In this time frame, adults can walk away with the same skillset children do after a week-long session.

In order to participate, students are required to bring their own water, swimsuit/trunks and waterproof shirt, boat shoes or sneakers, a change of dry clothes, towel, and sunscreen. It is recommended that students bring a face mask, hat or visor, sunglasses, and waterproof container for valuables as well. Most importantly, Clancy recommends that all students arrive with an open mind and a willingness to trust their instructors. With both, he has no doubt that students will be confident on the water by the end of their session.

Enroll with the LWSS today and chart a new course to turn your summer around! For more information visit littlewashingtonsailingschool.org.