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Bow To Stern Sailing School
404 Broad St.
Oriental, NC 28571

(252) 974-6000

American Sailing Association–certified instructor Jim Edwards' dream in February 2008 came to be a summer sailing program with a fleet of wooden Optimist boats and a waiting list in June of that year. Community members and business owners in Oriental and Pamlico County volunteered hundreds of boat-building hours, donated materials, resources and high enthusiasm to create and launch the phenomenon destined to reach more than 380 children by the fall of 2010. Local kids aged from 7 to 15 came out to learn to sail along with those from as far away as Mexico, Greece, Sweden and  in the United States from California to New York State. Each program offers 10 one-week sessions Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Bow to Stern Sailing School’s Youth Sailing Camp and CIT Program offer intensive on-the-water sailing and classroom activities from Beginner to Advanced levels. Racing rules and tactics taught at the Intermediate and Advanced level so students may participate in local, regional and possibly further-reaching regattas. The older sailors may participate in the Counselor in Training program to include assisting with the Youth Sailing Program and exposure to Keelboats. All school graduates are welcome to participate in the regattas.

The school emphasizes life skills on and off the water. Students are encouraged to display respect, humility, stewardship and cooperation for the greater good well exemplified in the history of the program. Edwards and his staff aspire to help build foundations within individuals to support long-lasting, healthy relationships with others, the earth and themselves.

Registration is available online or by telephone; support, suggestions and sponsors are always welcome and ideas for expanding the program have already resulted in additional and larger boats. Hopes reach toward boat rentals for kids, a high school program with SCUBA lessons and keel boat classes while living on board.


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