We’ve been working hard to ensure that Charleston Community Sailing provides a safe, fun and rewarding experience for all young sailors whether they are first time students, a returning “veteran”, or an experienced racer looking to compete at the highest levels.  Our open sailing classes are OPEN TO ALL, choose your boat – opti, 420 or keelboat and join us for afterschool sailing.  Sessions run one month with a weekly practice and you can build your skills from one session to the next.  We look forward to seeing you out on the water!

Open Opti 
This program is open to all beginner and intermediate level Opti sailors. New sailors will be able to learn the basics of Opti sailing while having fun, and once they gain a little experience, they will be able to start learning to sail the boat without a partner. This class will cover all basic sailing skills, with the goal of preparing sailors to sail at a green fleet level. Ages 8+

February Sunday Session: February 4, 11, 18, 25, 11A-1PM
March Session:  March 5, 12, 19, 26, 4-6PM
March Sunday Session: March 10, 17, 24, 31, 11A-1PM
April Session:  April 9, 16, 23, 30, 4-6PM
April Sunday Session: April 7, 14, 21, 28, 11A-1PM

Open 420 
Open beginner 420 is open to all sailors in middle or high school who would like to learn to sail a double handed dinghy while having FUN! Sailors will be taught the basics of double handed dinghy sailing, and given the skills needed to learn competitive sailing in the future. This program is perfect for older youth who are wanting to learn to sail, or Opti sailors who are looking to make the switch to the 420.  Ages 11+

February Session: February 6, 13, 20, 27, from 4-6PM
March Session:  March 5, 12, 19, 26, from 5-7PM
April Session:  April 9, 16, 23, 30, from 5-7PM

Open 420 Racing

NEW for 2024!  420 Youth Racing is the perfect program for sailors who have full sailing competency and are ready to test their skills against other sailors in a competitive environment. This would be a great opportunity for current high school sailors to continue honing their skills and get more time on the water. Topics covered in this program include: Racing Rules of Sailing, starting line in practice and in theory, basic overall strategy, mark rounding, boat handling, and more. This program will give youth sailors the skills needed to participate in and increase performance in regattas. For younger sailors, this could be a stepping stone to high school racing and further coaching.  Ages 11+

Fridays, 4-6PM
February Session:  February 2, 9, 16, 23
March Session:  March 1, 8, 22, 29 (no class on 15th)

Open Keelboat
This class is for students who have the basics of sailing covered and are ready to expand and transfer their skills to a new class of boat: the keelboat. Sailors will learn to work together and communicate as one crew to sail a J24. They will also work on mastering skills previously learned, sailing more efficiently including tacking, jibing, upwind and downwind sailing. This class is a continuation of Beginner Sailing and could be a stepping stone to Adventure Sailing (offered in the Summer) based on the students’ skillset and interests. This course is also a great step towards gauging their interest in racing in CORA if your sailor wants to “test the waters” on a keelboat. Sailors who have previously taken Open dinghy courses are welcome. Ages 9+

Wednesdays, 4-6PM
February Session: February 7, 14, 21, 28
March Session:  March 6, 13, 20, 27
April Session:  April 3, 10, 17, 24
May Session:  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Junior Captain Powerboat Docking Workshop

Did you hear about SCDNR’s new law requiring boater education for youth to operate a powerboat? This Junior Captain docking workshop is the perfect hands-on complement to written boater education. Give your teen the opportunity to master the skills of docking, undocking, and maneuvering at low speeds. Docking a powerboat can be one of the most stressful tasks you watch your new youth boater do. In this workshop, they’ll learn how to control a boat at slow speed in close proximity to other boats and fixed objects. We’ll cover how to approach the dock and depart the dock in a variety of conditions and safely secure your boat. Gain understanding on the use of spring lines, how to safely fend off, and other techniques. With the knowledge they’ll gain in this workshop, coupled with previous and continued on-the-water practice, your teen’s confidence in docking and slow-speed maneuvering will increase and their boating will be both safer and more enjoyable.  4 hour class, 6 participants – minimum 3.

Prerequisite experience: Must have prior experience and solid competency driving a powerboat with an outboard engine. Boaters born after July 1, 2007 are required by law to pass an approved boater education course before operating a boat, personal watercraft, or a specialty propcraft powered by 10 hp motor or more. More information.

Date:  TBD
Cost:  $145