College of Charleston Employees Save on Sailing Camps, Classes

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College of Charleston faculty and staff get a 10% discount on all summer sailing programs – including the Youth Sailing Camps and the Community Basic Keelboat classes for adults.

sailboats in Charleston Harbor

Want to leave all your troubles behind and just sail off into the sunset? Thanks to the College of Charleston Sailing Program’s Learn-to-Sail camps and classes, you totally can – without throwing your budget off course!

That’s because College of Charleston faculty and staff get a 10% discount on all summer sailing programs – including the Youth Sailing Camps and the Community Basic Keelboat classes for adults, as well as intermediate classes.

Camps and classes are held at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex at the Patriots Point Marina in Mount Pleasant. Students will learn the basics of sailing on the College’s J/22 keelboats, which have been modified for instructional purposes and therefore allow for a comfortable, safe and exciting sailing experience.

The Youth Learn-to-Sail camps introduce children ages 8–14 to the sport of sailing and teach them boating safety, basic sailing principles and proper boat handling skills. And, for those who have experience sailing, the Continuing Sailing camps are designed to further their knowledge and skills. Running Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., each five-day session is capped at 30 participants. The following sessions of Learn-to-Sail and Continuing Sailing camps are still open:

students and sails at sailing center
  • Camp 1: June 3-7
  • Camp 2: June 10-14
  • Camp 3: June 17-21
  • Camp 4: June 24-28
  • Camp 6: July 15-19
  • Camp 7: July 22-26
  • Camp 8: July 29-Aug. 2
  • Camp 9: Aug. 5-9

More information on the youth sailing camps – including how to register with the CofC faculty/staff discount – is available on the Youth Learn-to-Sail class webpage.

The Community Basic Keelboat Class provides adult students with the skills necessary to independently skipper a 22-foot sailboat. The program lasts nearly three weeks and includes two two-hour classroom periods (6–8 p.m.) and 15 hours of on-the-water instruction (6–8:30 p.m.). There are both weekend and weekday options available, with weekday classes starting with lectures on Thursdays and sailing on Mondays and Wednesdays and weekend classes starting with lectures on Fridays and sailing Saturdays and Sundays. The following two sessions are still open:

J/22 keelboats at CofC Sailing Center
  • Session 3 (Weekdays): June 6–26 (lectures on June 6 & 20, on-the-water instruction June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26)
  • Session 4 (Weekends): June 7–23 (lectures June 7 & 21, on-the-water instruction June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23)
  • Session 5 (Weekdays): July 4–24 (lectures July 4 & 18, on-the-water instruction July 8,10, 15, 17, 22 & 24)
  • Session 6 (Weekends): July 5–21 (lectures July 5 & 19, on-the-water instruction July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21)
  • Session 7 (Weekdays): Aug. 1-21 (lectures Aug. 1 & 15, on-the-water instruction Aug. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 & 21)
  • Session 8 (Weekends): Aug. 2–18 (lectures Aug. 2 & 16, on-the-water instruction Aug. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18)

More information about the Basic Keelboat Class – including how to register with the CofC faculty/staff discount – is available on the Community Learn-to-Sail class webpage.

Intermediate Sailing classes will also be available at a discounted rate for faculty and staff. The adult Intermediate Sailing classes will cover topics such as sail shape and trim with full sails; telltales, puffs, lulls, lifts and headers; weather, lee and neutral helms; close-quarter sailing (sailing in/out of marina and on/off the dock); and rigging and sailing with the spinnaker. These classes will be around 21 hours of lectures and sailing, with three full days of sailing (9 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday–Sunday, with a lunch break). For more information and to participate in the next Intermediate Sailing class session, contact Kelly Arrindell by email or phone: 843.216.8450.

The College of Charleston Sailing Program also offers private lessons in either the z420s (max two people) or the J/22s (max three people), which are customized to fit the students’ particular needs. To schedule a private lesson at a discounted rate, call 843.216.8450.

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